NDIA To Present 2013 Dwight D. Eisenhower Award To The Honorable Ashton B. Carter, Deputy Secretary of Defense

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The award will be presented to Dr. Carter at NDIA's Annual Award Dinner on Friday, May 3, 2013, at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner in McLean, Virginia.

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The Eisenhower Award and Medal recognize leadership and strategic impact at the highest levels of national security.

National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) has chosen the Honorable Ashton B. Carter, Deputy Secretary of Defense, to receive the 2013 Dwight D. Eisenhower Award at NDIA's Annual Award Dinner on Friday, May 3 at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner in McLean, Virginia.

Prior to assuming office as the Deputy Secretary of Defense on October 6, 2011, Dr. Carter served for over two years as Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. There, he guided the Department’s efforts to expedite the fulfillment of operational needs, enhance buying power, and strengthen our nation’s defenses against potential threats. Dr. Carter also served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during President Clinton’s first term, from 1993 to 1996.

Before his most recent government service, he served as Co-Director of the Preventative Defense Project, a research collaboration between Stanford and Harvard Universities and as the chair of the International Relations, Security, and Science faculty at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Dr. Carter has had a long and impressive career serving the Department of Defense, Defense Science Board, Defense Policy Board, and Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board. His accomplishments in the private sector include sitting on both board and advisory councils, and consulting for various companies and organizations.

Dr. Carter has three times been awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, an honor for his career in public service, and the highest award given by the Department. He has also been awarded the Defense Intelligence Medal for his contributions toward intelligence.

Previous NDIA Eisenhower Awardees who served as Secretary or Deputy Secretary of Defense include: Gordon R. England (2006), Deputy Secretary of Defense; Dr. William Perry (1997), Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense; The Honorable Dick Cheney (1992), Secretary of Defense; Honorable Caspar W. Weinberger (1987), Secretary of Defense; and Governor William P. Clements (1981), Secretary of Defense.

About The Eisenhower Award: The Dwight D. Eisenhower Award is NDIA's most prestigious award and is accompanied by the Eisenhower Medal. The award is named in honor of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and serves to recognize his support for and contribution to a strong national security and robust defense industrial base. The Eisenhower Award and Medal recognize leadership and strategic impact at the highest levels of national security. The Eisenhower Award is bestowed annually on an individual who best reflects President Eisenhower's beliefs and support for a strong national security and industrial base.

The awardees will meet the following criteria:

  •         U.S. Citizen
  •         Strategic impact and leadership at the National level
  •         A leader in support of the military services and other security-related agencies
  •         An active supporter of the defense industrial base and its programs
  •         A leader in defining and addressing industrial base and national security issues

About NDIA: The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is America’s leading Defense Industry association promoting national security. NDIA provides a legal and ethical forum for the exchange of information between Industry and Government on National Security issues. NDIA members foster the development of the most innovative and superior equipment, training and support for warfighters and first responders through our divisions, local chapters, affiliated associations and events.

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