Stephanie O’Sullivan to Receive 2018 William Oliver Baker Award

Stephanie O’Sullivan to Receive 2018 William Oliver Baker Award

Former principal deputy director of national intelligence to be recognized June 8 in Washington, D.C.

ARLINGTON, VA (February 26, 2018) –The Honorable Stephanie O’Sullivan, who served more than three decades in the Intelligence Community (IC), most recently as principal deputy director of national intelligence (PDDNI), has been selected to receive the 34th William Oliver Baker Award from the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, INSA Chairman Letitia A. Long announced today.

“Stephanie O’Sullivan has been a central figure in shaping the Intelligence Community for over 20 years. She has been a pioneer and champion for women rising into IC executive management, particularly in science and technology. She helped foster the development and adoption of the IC’s most sensitive intelligence collection and analytic capabilities. Later she spearheaded integration across the Community and better prepared the IC to anticipate and respond to national security challenges. Stephanie exemplifies the innovative spirit of Dr. Baker and is highly deserving of the award bearing his name.”

Ms. O’Sullivan retired from public service in January 2017, following six years in the No. 2 post in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), where she focused on IC coordination and information sharing, as well as intelligence integration initiatives and resource challenges. She served her entire ODNI tenure under Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, the 2006 Baker Award recipient.

Mr. Clapper said, “I am very pleased to congratulate my friend and colleague Stephanie O’Sullivan on receiving the Baker Award. I had the privilege and pleasure to work alongside her for six years, and like many others across the Community, I know I am better for the experience. She is a public servant of the utmost intellect, professionalism, and humility, and her contributions will be felt for a long time to come. She richly deserves this recognition.”

Prior to ODNI Ms. O’Sullivan served as associate deputy director at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). She spent 16 years overall at CIA, including four as head of the Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T). She held various management positions in DS&T, where her responsibilities included research and development in fields ranging from power sources to biotechnology.

Ms. O’Sullivan inadvertently began her intelligence career in 1983 when she responded to a job posting seeking experience in “ocean engineering,” leading to a position with defense contractor TRW. She subsequently joined the Office of Naval Intelligence before heading to CIA in 1995.

Ms. O’Sullivan will be recognized at the 2018 William Oliver Baker Award Dinner on Friday, June 8, 2018, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. This event will be closed to press.

INSA annually presents the Baker Award in recognition of individuals who have made sustained contributions or singular achievements of extraordinary merit to the intelligence and national security affairs of the United States. The Baker Award selection committee is comprised of members from INSA’s leadership and board of directors.

About the William Oliver Baker Award

A remarkable scientist and inventor, Dr. William Oliver Baker helped usher in the digital age, setting the foundation for the robust technologies and platforms used today, including lasers, satellites and telecommunications. He joined AT&T’s Bell Laboratories in 1939, serving as vice president for research from 1955-1972 and president from 1973-79. Beginning in 1956, Dr. Baker served on the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. He advised Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Reagan on scientific affairs, particularly intelligence-gathering technologies.INSA’s predecessor organization, the Security Affairs Support Association (SASA), awarded Dr. Baker the SASA Medal of Achievement in 1984, henceforth known as the Baker Award. Scientist, Inventor, Scholar, Statesman are etched on the Baker Award medal, reflecting the many roles in which Dr. Baker significantly influenced U.S. intelligence and national security affairs.

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About INSA 

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