INSA Achievement Awards

Honor Our Rising Stars!

Nominations are now closed. 

Now in its 11th year, the INSA Achievement Awards recognize outstanding early- to mid-career professionals from the national security, intelligence, and homeland security communities, as well as the senior leaders who inspire their success.

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Achievement Award Categories 

ACADEMIC

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




 

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.

 

"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 Academic Award
    • Open to graduate students and untenured professors at accredited U.S. academic institutions
  • 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

2020 Awards Ceremony

Video with keynote by Hon. Ellen McCarthy

Commemorative Program (PDF)

 

Latest Achievement Awards News 

The 2020 Achievement Awards: A Night of Good Stories and Great People

The 2020 Achievement Awards: A Night of Good Stories and Great People

More than 200 leaders from across the intelligence, national security, homeland, and academic communities attended INSA's 10th Achievement Awards ceremony on Thursday, February 20 at the U.S. Institute of Peace. The festive evening kicked off with a lively networking reception, where guests enjoyed catching up with colleagu ...

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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