James Forrestal Industry Leadership Award

The James Forrestal Industry Leadership Award is named for James Forrestal, the last cabinet-level Secretary of the Navy and our nation’s first Secretary of Defense. It honors Forrestal for his leadership and outspoken advocacy for a robust and responsive defense industrial base during the early years of post-WWII demobilization. The award is bestowed annually on a defense industry executive who best reflects Forrestal’s vision, leadership, and staunch support of 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, and
  • Be a leader in defining and addressing issues of the industrial base and national security.

2021 James Forrestal Industry Leadership Award Recipient:
Ms. Eren Ozmen 
Chairwoman, President & Owner
Sierra Nevada Corporation


Previous Award Recipients:
2019
Mr. Mitch Daniels, 12th President of Purdue University and 49th Governor of Indiana
2018
Arnold L. Punaro, CEO, The Punaro Group, LLC
2017
Dr. Wanda M. Austin, Former President & CEO, The Aerospace Corporation
2016
Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Lockheed Martin Corporation
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.