The James Forrestal Industry Leadership Award is named in honor of James Forrestal, who was Secretary of the Navy and Secretary of Defense. The award serves to honor Secretary Forrestal for his leadership and outspoken advocacy for a robust and responsive defense industrial base during the painful early years of post-WWII demobilization.
The Forrestal Award is bestowed annually on a defense industry executive who best reflects Secretary Forrestal’s vision, leadership and staunch support for a strong industrial base.
The awardee will meet the following criteria:
• U.S. Citizen.
• Strong record of business accomplishments.
• Broad understanding of the vital role the industrial base plays in ensuring the
• Keen political instincts.
• A record of actively supporting the defense industrial base and its programs.
• Company must be a current NDIA Corporate Member.
NDIA and its predecessor organizations, ADPA and NSIA, have presented annual awards since 1979 - ADPA presented the Eisenhower Award and NSIA the Forrestal Award. Beginning in 1994, the two annual awards were presented in alternating years. After the merger of ADPA and NSIA, and beginning in 2005, the NDIA Board directed the Eisenhower Award and Medal to be presented annually at the NDIA Annual Award Dinner, and the Defense Industry Leadership Award be renamed the Forrestal Award and Medal, also to be presented annually at a venue selected by the Board. This decision perpetuates the legacies of these two great historical figures and preserves both awards.
2016 James Forrestal Industry Leadership Awardee Marillyn Hewson
Previous Award Recipients:
2015 David L. Joyce, President & CEO, GE Aviation; and Senior VP, General Electric
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
2004 J. Robert Beyster, Founder, Chairman & President, Science Applications Int’l
2003 Thomas W. Rabaut, President & Chief Executive Officer, United Defense LP *
2002 Dr. Vance D. Coffman, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin
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
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
1994 Daniel Tellep, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin
1993 Bernard L. Schwartz, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Loral Corporation *
1992 William A. Anders, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, General Dynamics
* In 2005, the Defense Industry Leadership Award was renamed the James Forrestal