Stan Sims, director of the Defense Security Service, presented the award to Linda Hudson, Inc. president and CEO, in front of the company’s board members during a ceremony today. While the awards were presented in July, the DSS honored BAE Systems, Inc. with this personal commemoration event to highlight the trusted partnership between the company and the Department of Defense.
“This honor is one the entire BAE Systems, Inc. workforce should take pride in,” said Tom Langer, vice president of Security. “It recognizes their commitment to safeguarding our nation’s secrets and critical technologies day after day.”
The Cogswell Award is the most prestigious honor in the U.S. defense industrial security field, with only 26 defense contractors – less than 1 tenth of 1 percent of all eligible companies – receiving the award in 2012. Of those recipients, BAE Systems, Inc. is the largest FOCI company – a designation for those with foreign ownership, control, and influence – to receive the Cogswell Award at the headquarters level.
The award is named for the late Air Force Col. James S. Cogswell, the first DOD chief of industrial security. Cogswell was responsible for developing the basic principles of the department’s Industrial Security Program, which include an emphasis on the partnership between industry and government to protect classified information.