BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services, Inc. Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
For the eighth consecutive year, BAE Systems, Inc. has received the James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award. The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency —an agency of the Department of Defense—presents this prestigious award to facilities with industry-leading security practices in protecting classified information.
Only 51 of the approximately 13,000 cleared defense contractor facilities across the United States were recognized for far exceeding the National Industrial Security standards in overall security program management, implementation and oversight, including BAE Systems, Inc. headquarters in Arlington, Va. and four other facilities across the nation.
As part of the Combat Vehicles business, our Sterling Heights, Mich. and York, Penn. facilities support the design, development, manufacture and life cycle support of tracked and amphibious combat vehicles and self-propelled artillery to the U.S. and international militaries.
Our Minneapolis, Minn. site is an engineering and program management center for gun systems, weapon launching systems, advanced munitions, and weapon handling for the U.S. Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy as well as allied nations worldwide. The site also includes personnel who support the Combat Vehicles business.
The Fort Walton Beach, Fla. site, part of our Intelligence and Security business, produces electronics and sensors and provides critical parts obsolescence management services for a number of customers, including the U.S. Air Force. 
“I'm incredibly proud of these teams and the role they play in defending our national security," said Michelle Sutphin, vice president of Security for BAE Systems, Inc. “Our local Facility Security Officers work hard every day to protect our employees, our products and our customers.”
The Cogswell award is the most prestigious honor the DCSA bestows to cleared industry facilities. To be considered, a facility must be nominated by a DCSA Industrial Security representative and have a superior rating for two consecutive years. Less than one percent of cleared contractors are selected annually.
The award, established in 1966, is named in honor of 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.
The awards ceremony took place at NCMS, Inc. – the Society of Industrial Security Professionals annual training seminar on June 12, 2019, in St. Louis, Mo. Employee representatives from our five facilities accepted the awards on behalf of the company.