William J. Perry Award

Call for Nominations is Open!

Nomination deadline: Extended until Thursday, March 2, 2023

Criteria for selecting the annual award recipient: 

  • Contribution to the development, introduction, or support of precision strike systems which advanced the defense of the United States
  • Public or private sector leadership or achievement
  • Breadth or longevity of impact felt by the warfighter
  • Effectiveness as a government/industry team
  • Innovation or technological advancement
  • Innovation of advancement in affordability

Submit your nomination today!


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.