In accordance with the tradition of the former Precision Strike Association, the Integrated Precision Warfare Division annually presents the Richard H. Johnson Technical Achievement Award for outstanding personal technical achievement resulting in significant contribution to precision strike systems and the William J. Perry Award for exceptional contributions to precision strike systems in the private or public sector by an individual or team.
Richard H. Johnson Technical Achievement Award
The Richard H. Johnson Technical Achievement Award (Johnson Trophy) is named in honor of Richard H. Johnson, recognizing outstanding personal technical achievement resulting in significant contribution to precision strike systems. Dick Johnson, who was awarded the trophy posthumously, was an exemplar of such achievements, having personally led the design or redesign of many highly effective precision strike airframes, including the Paveway LGB, HARM, Javelin, and JSOW. His designs, or imitations of them, appear in nearly every nation’s military where precision strike systems are employed. Dick was a highly productive engineer whose life was marked by decades of innovation and was also a record-breaking pilot.
The Johnson Trophy is awarded annually in the Fall at the Precision Strike Technology Symposium based on deliberations of a distinguished jury of industry, government, and military members and of the IPW Nominating Committee. Nominations are open to any U.S. or allied individual. Nominations for this award typically close in the Summer.
William J. Perry Award
The Perry Award is awarded annually in the Spring and is named in honor of former Secretary of Defense Dr. William J. Perry, the first individual to receive this award. This award recognizes exceptional contributions to precision strike systems in the private or public sector by an individual or team. Dr. Perry served as Secretary of Defense from February 1994 to January 1997. He was deputy secretary of defense from March 1993 until January 1994. Before joining the Clinton administration, Dr. Perry was chairman of Technology Strategies Alliances, a professor in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, and co-director of Stanford's Center for International Security and Arms Control. From 1977 to 1981, Dr. Perry was under secretary of defense for research and engineering. As such, he was responsible for weapon systems procurement and research and development. He has received numerous awards and decorations from the U.S. and foreign governments, non-governmental organizations and the military, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1997 and the U.S. Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal in 1980 and 1981.
The Perry Award honors the immediate and long-term impact that an individual or team has had in shaping the United States precision strike combat advantage. Recipients over the two decades since Dr. Perry received the first honor have exemplified excellence and leadership qualities that are a testament to the exemplary nature of the Precision Strike community. Nominations for this award typically close in the Winter.