INSA Achievement Awards

Honoring Our Rising Stars! 

Intelligence Community leaders from across the armed forces, academia, government and industry are encouraged to nominate the outstanding early to mid-career professionals within their organizations for a 2020 INSA Achievement Award. Now in its 10th year, these awards honor up-and-coming leaders who have already made significant contributions to the U.S. national security mission, as well as the senior leaders who inspire their success.

Getting started is easy! Identify the appropriate award category, download the editable PDF nomination form, and submit your completed nomination by COB on October 25. Please Note: No handwritten submissions will be considered.

Although requirements differ in each of the individual categories, common areas of excellence include: leadership, potential for growth, impact on the profession, mission accomplishment, and emerging professional standing and influence.

Questions? Contact achievement@INSAonline.org.

ACADEMIC

The Sidney D. Drell Academic Award
Open to graduate students and untenured professors at accredited U.S. academic institutions.



Academic Award Nomination Form

GOVERNMENT

The Richard J. Kerr Government Award
Open to civilian government employees up to and including GS-13 and equivalent rank. 



Government Award Nomination Form

HOMELAND SECURITY

The John W. Warner Homeland Security Award
Open to law enforcement professionals, intelligence analysts, and first responders from the federal government and state, local, tribal and territorial agencies.

Homeland Security Award Nomination Form

          

INDUSTRY

The Edwin H. Land Industry Award
Open to contractors and nongovernment employees with eight to ten years of nonexecutive experience.

Industry Award Nomination Form

MENTORSHIP

The Joan A. Dempsey Mentorship Award
Open to public, private and academic professionals up to and including GS-15/0-6 and equivalent rank.  

Mentorship Award Nomination Form

MILITARY

The William O. Studeman Military Award
Open to uniformed military personnel up to and including 0-4/E-7.

Military Award Nomination Form

About the Awards

The INSA Achievement Awards were established in 2010 to recognize the accomplishments of early to mid-career professionals (GS-13/O-4/E-7 or equivalent and below with the exception of the Joan A. Dempsey Mentorship Award) in intelligence and national security as well as the mentors who inspired them.

Each of the six awards, named after William Oliver Baker Award recipients, acknowledge the importance of mentors and inspire early careerists to strive for excellence in the intelligence, homeland security, and national security communities.

Although missions and requirements differ in each of the individual categories, common areas of excellence include: leadership, potential for growth, impact on the profession, mission accomplishment, and emerging professional standing and influence. 

The Awards

  • Joan A. Dempsey Mentorship Award
    • Open to all public, private and academic elements up to and including GS-15/O-6 and equivalent rank
  • Sidney D. Drell Academic Award
    • Graduate students and untenured professors
  • Richard J. Kerr Government Award
    • Civilian government employees up to/including GS-13 and equivalent rank
  • Edwin H. Land Industry Award
    • Contractor/non-government employees
  • William O. Studeman Military Award
    • Uniformed military up to/including O-3 and equivalent enlisted rank
  • John W. Warner Homeland Security Award
    • First responders and domestic government employees up to and including GS-13 and equivalent rank
View Past Recipients

2019 Awards Ceremony

Video with keynote by LTG. Ashley

Commemorative Program (PDF)

Latest Achievement Awards News 

INSA Opens Nominations for 2020 Achievement Awards

INSA Opens Nominations for 2020 Achievement Awards

INSA has opened up its call for nominations for the 2020 Achievement Awards. Now in its tenth year, the awards recognize outstanding early to mid-career professionals from the homeland security, intelligence, and national security communities, as well as the senior leaders who inspire their success.

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