James Forrestal Industry Leadership Award

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The James Forrestal Industry Leadership Award is named in honor of James Forrestal, who has served as secretary of the Navy and of Defense. The award honors his leadership and outspoken advocacy for a robust and responsive defense industrial base during the painful early years of post-World War II demobilization.

The Forrestal award is bestowed annually on a defense industry executive who best reflects Forrestal’s vision, leadership and staunch support for a strong industrial base.

Award nominees must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have had strategic impact and leadership at the national level
  • Be a leader in support of the military services, other security-related agencies, and warfighters
  • Be an active supporter of the defense industrial base and its programs
  • Be a leader in defining and addressing issues of the industrial base and national security

If you have questions on submitting nominations, please contact Liza Jones, ljones@ndia.org or call (703) 247-2560.

Dr. Wanda M. Austin  Former President & CEO, The Aerospace Corporation

Dr. Wanda M. Austin, 2017 James Forrestal Industry Leadership Awardee

Previous Award Recipients:

2017

Dr. Wanda M. Austin, Former President & CEO, The Aerospace Corporation 

2016

Marillyn Hewson

2015

David L. Joyce, President & CEO, GE Aviation; and Senior VP, General Electric Company

2014

Sean O’Keefe, EADS North America, Chairman & CEO

2013

Wesley G. Bush, CEO & President, Northrop Grumman Corporation

2012

Ralph D. Crosby, Jr., Frm.  Chairman of BOD and CEO, EADS North America

2011

Robert J. Stevens, Chairman & CEO, Lockheed Martin

2010

James F. Albaugh, President & CEO, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems

2009

Ronald D. Sugar, Chairman, CEO & President, Northrop Grumman Corporation

2008

Award not presented

2007

Clayton M. Jones, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Rockwell Collins

2006

William H. Swanson, Chairman & CEO, Raytheon Company

2005

George J. Pedersen, Chairman, CEO & President, ManTech International Corporation *

2004

J. Robert Beyster, Founder, Chairman & President, Science Applications Int’l Corporation *

2003

Thomas W. Rabaut, President & Chief Executive Officer, United Defense LP *

2002

Dr. Vance D. Coffman, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation *

2001

Harry C. Stonecipher, President & Chief Operating Officer, The Boeing Company *

2000

Philip A. Odeen, Executive Vice President, Washington Operations, TRW Inc.*

1999

Kent Kresa, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Northrop Grumman Corporation*

1998

Dennis J. Picard, Chairman, & Chief Executive Officer, Raytheon Company *

1997

Jerry R. Junkins, Chairman, President & CEO, Texas Instruments (Posthumously) *

1996

John McLuckey, President, Space Systems, Information, Space & Defense Systems, Boeing NA *

1995

Norman R. Augustine, President & Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation *

1994

Daniel Tellep, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation *

1993

Bernard L. Schwartz, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Loral Corporation *

1992

William A. Anders, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, General Dynamics Corporation *
* In 2005, the Defense Industry Leadership Award was renamed the James Forrestal Leadership Award