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Nominations sought from the IC, private sector, and academia for national security professionals exhibiting great promise

Nominations due Monday, October 31, 2016; six recipients to be recognized in winter 2017 ceremony

ARLINGTON, VA (August 29, 2016) – Members of the intelligence and national security communities are encouraged to nominate their peers and partners from government, private industry, and academia for the 2017 Achievement Awards, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) has announced. The Achievement Awards recognize up-and-coming leaders and mentors serving or supporting the U.S. national security mission. The six awards and eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Joan A. Dempsey Mentorship Award – Nominees would come from public, private and academic elements up to and including GS-15/0-6 and equivalent rank.  
  • Sidney D. Drell Academic Award – Nominees would include graduate students and untenured professors.
  • Richard J. Kerr Government Award – Nominees would be civilian government employees up to and including GS-13 and equivalent rank.
  • William O. Studeman Military Award – Nominees would be uniformed military personnel up to and including 0-3/E-6.
  • Edwin H. Land Industry Award – Nominees would include contractors and nongovernment employees with 8-10 years of non executive experience.
  • John W. Warner Homeland Security Award – Nominees would include law enforcement personnel, intelligence analysts and first responders from the federal government and state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) partners.

The Achievement Awards program has recognized employees from the Defense Intelligence Agency, Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, National Nuclear Security Administration, National Security Agency, Northrop Grumman, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Office of Naval Intelligence, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Secret Service, and Vencore, among other organizations in recent years.

INSA Chairman Tish Long said, “INSA is very proud to again host the Achievement Awards. This program represents something we as a community must embrace: recognizing and investing in the amazing young professionals who will be responsible for protecting our nation in the future and are contributing to that mission today. I urge all leaders in our intelligence and national security communities to submit nominations on behalf of the rising stars in their organizations.”

The INSA Board of Directors established the Achievement Awards in 2010 to recognize the accomplishments of entry- and mid-level professionals and mentors working in intelligence and national security. The six awards are each named after a recipient of the William Oliver Baker Award.

Both online and printable versions of the nomination form are available at Instructions to submit nominees who would require a classified nomination are available by contacting INSA at

Nominations for all awards will be accepted through Friday, October 31, 2016. Recipients will be acknowledged at the 2017 Achievement Awards reception, more details about the reception will be released at a later date.


About INSA
The Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) is the premier intelligence and national security organization that brings together the public, private and academic sectors to collaborate on the most challenging policy issues and solutions. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public-private organization, INSA’s ultimate goal is to promote and recognize the highest standards within the national security and intelligence communities. INSA has 160 corporate members and several hundred individual members who are leaders and senior executives throughout government, the private sector and academia.

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