INSA opens nominations for 2017 achievement awards

INSA logo 112Members 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 Arlington, VA-based Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) announced on August 29. 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 nonexecutive 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 Monday, October 31, 2016.

Source: INSA