Nomination Information



The nomination period is closed.



The INSA Board of Directors will designate selected members of INSA governance boards to serve as the INSA Awards Committee which will review nominations for each of the INSA Achievement Awards categories and choose the awardees. The awards committee will be augmented by an academic subcommittee constituted by INSA, comprised of recognized professional members of academia.

Civilian government employees will be eligible up to and including the grade of GS-13; uniformed military personnel up to and including the grade of O-3/E-6; and academics up to and including graduate students and untenured professors. 


Joan A. Dempsey
Mentorship Award


All recipients of requests for nominations will also be afforded the opportunity to nominate one supervisor/mentor from their organization (GS-15/O-6 and below) who they believe deserves to be recognized for encouraging and inspiring young professionals to strive for excellence in the intelligence and national security communities. The Academic Subcommittee may submit up to five mentorship nominations from across academia. DHS may submit up to five nominations from across the homeland security intelligence enterprise. These nominees will be reviewed by the INSA Awards Committee, which will choose the awardee.

Sidney D. Drell
Academic Award


An Academic Subcommittee, comprising recognized professional members of academe, will be constituted by INSA to identify and select up to five academic candidates. These candidates will be reviewed by the INSA Awards Committee, which will choose the awardee. In addition to the Nomination Form, a nominee for the Academic Award may also submit a Curriculum Vitae detailing their research, publications, and other academic achievements.

Richard J. Kerr
Government Award


Directors and Chiefs of civilian and military agencies and departments within the Intelligence Community will be asked to submit a single civilian candidate each. These candidates will be reviewed by the INSA Awards Committee, which will choose the awardee.

Edwin H. Land
Industry Award


Chief Executive Officers of INSA corporate member organizations will be invited to nominate a single, young professional candidate from their respective organizations who they believe deserves recognition for exemplary support to the intelligence and national security communities. These candidates will be reviewed by the INSA Awards Committee, which will choose the awardee.

William O. Studeman
Military Award


Service intelligence Chiefs, Chiefs of military agencies, the J-2 JCS, Combatant Command J-2’s, etc., will be asked to submit a single uniformed military candidate each. These candidates will be reviewed by the INSA Awards Committee, which will choose the awardee.

John W. Warner
Homeland Security Award


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be asked to identify potential candidates from across the homeland security intelligence enterprise, including DHS, FBI, and other federal, state, local, and tribal law-enforcement personnel and other first responders. Up to five candidates may be submitted, who will be reviewed by the INSA Awards Committee, which will choose the awardee.


Nomination Process:

  • Nomination forms may be submitted in hard copy or electronically.
    • Hard copy address:        

    2013 Achievement Awards
    Intelligence and National Security Alliance
    901 N. Stuart Street, Suite 205
    Arlington, VA 22203

  • In addition to the justification described below, nomination forms must include nominee contact information (full name, agency/organization/company/educational institution, title, address, phone number and email address).
  • Each nomination must address, in 250 words or less for each criterion, each of the following:
    1. Explain the reason the individual is being nominated for the award (i.e., how has this individual been a builder, mobilize, and unifier of people, institutions or causes).
    2. Describe the individual’s most significant contribution and/or achievement.
    3. Describe the impact that contribution or achievement had on the mission of his/her organization.
    4. Provide other insights that would help describe the nominee’s impact.
  • Up to five letters of support, labeled as such and each not exceeding one page, may be included with the nomination package (optional).
  • Classified Nominations: The nature of the intelligence community means that effective consideration may involve classified information. Arrangements can be made to ensure that candidate packages containing classified information are appropriately handled, but in all cases the awards citations and the awards ceremony will be unclassified. INSA reserves the right to revoke an award if an unclassified citation in sufficient detail to justify in a public forum the granting of the award cannot be provided by the nominating agency.  Please email achievement@insaonline.org requesting information on submitting a classified nomination.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Monday, August 19, 2013.

SELECTION DATE: Awardees will be notified in September. All nominees will be advised of results before Monday, October 7, 2013..

AWARD DATE: Awards will be presented on Wednesday, November 13, at a formal awards banquet to be held in the Washington DC area.