Richard H. Johnson Award (Johnson Award)

 

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A STRIKING CAREER: Precision Strike Weapons group honors acquisition leader with roots in its community

Precision Strike Association's (PSA) Richard H. Johnson Technical Achievement Award (the Johnson Trophy), is named after the first recipient, and presented annually to recognize an individual from public or private sector for outstanding personal technical achievements resulting in significant contribution to precision strike systems. The recipients of the Richard H. Johnson Award will be honored during the luncheon at the PSA-Precision Strike Technology Symposium.

Dick Johnson, who was awarded the trophy posthumously, was an exemplar of such achievements, having personally led the design or redesign of more precision strike airframes than any contemporary. In a number of conflicts over the past two decades, the majority of weapon airframes employed were Johnson’s designs. His designs, or imitations of them, appear in nearly every nation’s military were precision strike systems are employed.

Dick never managed a large group, or ran a program. He was a highly productive engineer whose life was marked by decades of innovation and record breaking, as well as a record breaking pilot.

The trophy is awarded each year based on deliberations of a distinguished jury of industry, government and military members, and of the PSA Nominating Committee, and is awarded at the annual Precision Strike Technology Symposium (PSTS) held in the fall at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD. Nominations for the Johnson Trophy are open to any US or allied individual.


2013 Award Winner - Dr. Gary F. Polansky

It is with great pleasure that the Precision Strike Association presents the Richard H. Johnson Award to Dr. Gary F. Polansky. The Johnson Award is recognition of outstanding personal technical achievement resulting in significant contribution to precision strike systems. Dr. Polansky’s contributions are many and their impact has certainly been felt in the precision strike community. As an example, Dr. Polansky’s successes are key elements that have led military warfighters and DoD leaders to actively pursue the development of hypersonic boost-glide weapons for the U.S. inventory.

Like Dick Johnson, for whom the award is named, Gary has a strong background in aerodynamics. Like Dick, Gary is no stranger to the wind tunnel. In the mid-1980s, he pioneered the development of aerodynamic and aerothermodynamic analysis tools that became the standard at Sandia National Laboratories for maneuvering hypersonic systems. These tools enabled rapid analysis of complex systems and served a critical role in a number of successful flight tests in the late 1980s and 1990s. After more than 25 years, these tools remain in routine use at the laboratory.

For the last decade Dr. Polansky has provided Sandia National Labs with technical and management leadership of hypersonic flight systems and hypersonic delivered warhead systems for NASA, DARPA, Air Force, Navy, and Army applications. He led the development and rocket sled track testing of Kinetic Energy Projectile (KEP) warheads at hypersonic speeds for the Navy. These successful tests demonstrated the lethality of the concept in a prototypic configuration and established the technical basis for the decision to baseline KEP warheads as the primary warhead for the first generation of CPGS systems. Dr. Polansky also led the technical team that conducted sled track tests of an advanced fuze for high-speed penetrators. He was instrumental in developing new rocket sled/payload separation technology that enabled the longest ever free flight of a separated vehicle to target impact. Although the newly developed fuze did not function as intended, the test was groundbreaking in terms of delivering precise conditions for the prototypic test of the high-speed penetrator in its delivery vehicle.


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Precision Strike Association's (PSA) Richard H. Johnson Technical Achievement Award (the Johnson Trophy), is named after the first recipient, and presented annually to recognize an individual from public or private sector for outstanding personal technical achievements resulting in significant contribution to precision strike systems. The recipients of the Richard H. Johnson Award will be honored during the luncheon at the 2014 Precision Strike Technology Symposium.

Richard H. Johnson Technical Achievement Award (the Johnson Trophy) Requirements

Criteria for selecting the annual award recipient are:

Primary Considerations:

  • Notable technical innovation in the field of precision strike which advanced the defense of the United States
  • Contributions as an individual
  • Technical contributions which advanced state of the art

Secondary Considerations:

A legacy of personal technical innovation and accomplishment which:

  • Transcends a single program
  • Has been widely felt by the warfighters who defend the United States
  • Has influenced other technologists as measured by factors such as imitation and mentoring
  • Have made precision strike systems more widely available to warfighters who defend the United States

Other considerations:

  • A record of innovation found in publications, patents, and similar public domain sources

Past Richard H. Johnson Award Recipients

2009 Richard H. Johnson
2010 Robert J. Whalen
2011 posthumously to Robert H. Widmer
2012 David Keith Sanders
2013 Dr. Gary F. Polansky

Richard H. Johnson:

Dick Johnson, who was awarded the trophy posthumously, was an exemplar of such achievements, having personally led the design or redesign of more precision strike airframes than any contemporary. In a number of conflicts over the past two decades, the majority of weapon airframes employed were Johnsonís designs. His designs, or imitations of them, appear in nearly every nationís military were precision strike systems are employed.

Dick never managed a large group, or ran a program. He was a highly productive engineer whose life was marked by decades of innovation and record breaking, as well as a record-breaking pilot.

The trophy is awarded each year based on deliberations of a distinguished jury of industry, government and military members, and of the PSA Nominating Committee, and is awarded at the annual Precision Strike Technology Symposium (PSTS) to be held 21-23 October, 2014 at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD. Nominations for the Johnson Trophy are open to any U.S. or allied individual.

- Submit a Nomination -

You will be directed to another site, "Survey Monkey", to complete the nomination process. Please fill in all of the necessary fields, the more information you provide, the easier it will be for the committee to make a decision.

Nomination Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, September 3, 2014.