In the evening’s keynote speech, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper began by thanking INSA for its support of the intelligence and national security communities and for hosting events that highlight the exceptional talent within their ranks, noting the symbolic event setting at the United States Institute of Peace. On a day in which he testified at two public congressional hearings, Director Clapper shared with the audience several stories of his beginnings in the Intelligence Community as an Air Force 1st Lieutenant more than fifty years ago. Despite many changes in the IC over the years, Clapper noted, the “Intelligence Community mission is critical.” Reducing uncertainty for decision makers remains essential, Clapper mentioned, “whether in the Oval Office or in an old foxhole. The commitment, capability, and caliber of the people doing the mission has remained constant.” Director Clapper closed by distinguishing the ever-improving diversity and integration of the IC, recognizing that the 2016 Achievement Award winners were testament to that diversity. “I am proud that when I leave public service,” Clapper closed, “I will leave it stronger and more integrated than ever before.”
INSA received more than 75 nominations across 6 award categories for the Achievement Awards. Each nomination was reviewed by a selection committee that chose the recipients after careful evaluation of six main criteria: leadership, influence, proficiency, values, team building and personal skills.