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.

2019 Dwight D. Eisenhower Award Recipient:
General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., USMC
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff


Past Eisenhower Awardees:
2018
Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
1998
Senator Ted Stevens *
2017
Rep. William "Mac" Thornberry (R-TX)
1997
Dr. William J. Perry
2016
Mr. Trace Adkins
1996
Mr. Daniel M. Tellep *
2015
Hon. Leon Panetta
1995
General Gordon R. Sullivan, USA
2014
Mr. Gary Sinise
1994
Dr. William J. Perry *
2013
Hon. Ashton B. Carter
1993
Congressman John P. Murtha
2012
Hon. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon
1993
President George H. W. Bush *
2011
Senator Christopher S. "Kit" Bond
1992
Hon. Dick Cheney
2010
General James T. Conway, USMC
1991
General Colin Powell, USA
2009
General David H. Petraeus, USA
1990
Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr., USN
2008
Admiral Thad W. Allen, USCG
1989
Senator Sam Nunn
2007
Congressman Norman D. Dicks
1988
Ambassador Vernon A. Walters
2006
Hon. Gordon England
1987
Hon. Caspar W. Weinberger
2005
General Richard B. Myers, USAF
1986
Mr. Ross Perot
2004
Congressman Ike Skelton *
1985
Senator Barry Goldwater
2003
General James L. Jones, USMC
1984
Ambassador Jeanne J. Kirkpatrick
2002
Senator Daniel K. Inouye *
1983
Senator John G. Tower
2001
General Joseph W. Ralston, USAF
1982
Congressman William L. Dickinson
2000
Senator John Warner *
1981
Governor William P. Clements
1999
Congressman C. W. (Bill) Young
1980
Mr. Bob Hope
 
 
1979
Senator John C. Stennis
* James Forrestal Memorial Award