INSA Achievement Awards

Nominations for the 2019 INSA Achievement Awards are now closed. Award recipients will be announced in mid-January 2019 followed by an award ceremony at the United States Institute of Peace on Thursday, February 21, 2019.


About the Awards

In 2010, the INSA Board of Directors established the INSA Achievement Awards to recognize the accomplishments of young professionals (GS-13/O-3/E-6 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 have inspired them. INSA strongly believes it is worthwhile to formally and publicly acknowledge early achievers; in many cases, the Achievement Awards represent the first formal recognition the recipients have received. Six awards, named after previous William Oliver Baker Award winners, are presented to acknowledge the importance of mentorship and inspire young professionals 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

2018 Awards Ceremony

Video with keynote PPDNI Sue Gordon

Commemorative Program (PDF)

Latest Achievement Awards News 

INSA Recognizes Future Leaders at 2018 Achievement Awards

INSA Recognizes Future Leaders at 2018 Achievement Awards

INSA held its eighth annual Achievement Awards ceremony on February 22, 2018, at the United States Institute of Peace. More than 220 INSA members and guests helped recognize recipients for exceptional leadership, mentorship, and outstanding contributions to U.S. intelligence, national security, or homeland security.


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