INSA Achievement Awards

Give Credit Where Credit Is Due

With so many hard-working early- to mid-career professionals powering the national security, intelligence, and homeland security communities, we know there is someone in your organization deserving of recognition.

Nominate a rising star or proven mentor for a 2022 Achievement Award. 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.

It's simple—just download a nomination form, fill it out and email it to [email protected] before COB on Friday, October 29.

The six award categories span all segments of the Intelligence and National Security Community.

Achievement Award Categories

GOVERNMENT

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

 

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 up to GS-13 or equivalent.

INDUSTRY

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

 

 

MENTORSHIP

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

MILITARY

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

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

The Sidney D. Drell Science and Technology Award
Open to researchers conducting innovative scientific or technological R&D whose applications have potential to make significant impacts in intelligence, defense, and/or homeland security.


Highlights from the 2021 Award Ceremony! 

Honoring our Rising Stars!

INSA's 11th Achievement Awards Ceremony took place virtually on Wednesday, February 17 from 4:30-6:00 pm ET. We recognized six outstanding early and midlevel professionals in the intelligence, national security, and homeland security communities, as well as the senior leaders who inspired their success. View the program recap. 

"Being able to hear the successes of the awardees and listen to theirs and the speakers’ reflections was inspiring. I immediately felt I was in a community of peers."

- 2020 Achievement Awards Ceremony Attendee

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 professionals up to and including GS-15/O-6 and equivalent rank
  • Sidney D. Drell Science & Technology Award
    • Open to early and mid-career professionals undertaking innovative science or technological R&D whose applications have had (or have potential to make) significant impacts in intelligence, defense, and homeland security
  • Richard J. Kerr Government Award
    • Open to civilian government employees up to and including GS-13 and equivalent rank
  • Edwin H. Land Industry Award
    • Open to contractors and nongovernment employees with eight to ten years of nonexecutive experience
  • William O. Studeman Military Award
    • Open to uniformed military personnel up to and including 0-4/E-7
  • John W. Warner Homeland Security Award
    • Open to law enforcement professionals, intelligence analysts, and first responders from federal government, state, local, tribal, and territorial agencies at levels up to federal GS-13 or equivalent.
View Past Recipients

2021 Awards Ceremony

Video with keynote by Dr. Stacey Dixon

Commemorative Program (PDF)

 

Latest Achievement Awards News 

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