Dwight D. Eisenhower Award

This recognition constitutes NDIA's most prestigious award. The Eisenhower Award honors the significant contributions made by Dwight D. Eisenhower as President of the United States and General of the Army to the long-term strategic posture of America’s defense industrial base. It recognizes outstanding leadership and strategic impact at the highest levels of national security. The award is bestowed annually on an individual who best reflects Eisenhower's strong commitment to ensuring a robust national security posture.

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, and
  • Be a leader in defining and addressing issues of the industrial base and national security.

2021 Dwight D. Eisenhower Award Recipient:
The Honorable Michèle Flournoy 
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, WestExec Advisors
  and Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy


Past Eisenhower Awardees:
2020
Award Not Presented
 
 
2019
General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., USMC
1998
Senator Ted Stevens *
2018
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
1997
Dr. William J. Perry
2017
Rep. William "Mac" Thornberry (R-TX)
1996
Mr. Daniel M. Tellep *
2016
Mr. Trace Adkins
1995
General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA
2015
Hon. Leon Panetta
1994
Dr. William J. Perry *
2014
Mr. Gary Sinise
1993
Congressman John P. Murtha
2013
Hon. Ashton B. Carter
1993
President George H. W. Bush *
2012
Hon. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon
1992
Hon. Dick Cheney
2011
Senator Christopher S. "Kit" Bond
1991
General Colin Powell, USA
2010
General James T. Conway, USMC
1990
Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr., USN
2009
General David H. Petraeus, USA
1989
Senator Sam Nunn
2008
Admiral Thad W. Allen, USCG
1988
Ambassador Vernon A. Walters
2007
Congressman Norman D. Dicks
1987
Hon. Caspar W. Weinberger
2006
Hon. Gordon England
1986
Mr. Ross Perot
2005
General Richard B. Myers, USAF
1985
Senator Barry Goldwater
2004
Congressman Ike Skelton *
1984
Ambassador Jeanne J. Kirkpatrick
2003
General James L. Jones, USMC
1983
Senator John G. Tower
2002
Senator Daniel K. Inouye *
1982
Congressman William L. Dickinson
2001
General Joseph W. Ralston, USAF
1981
Governor William P. Clements
2000
Senator John Warner *
1980
Mr. Bob Hope
1999
Congressman C. W. (Bill) Young
1979
Senator John C. Stennis
* James Forrestal Memorial Award