William J. Perry Award (Perry Award)

 

Perry Award

 

PRECISION STRIKE ASSOCIATION TO PRESENT
William J. Perry Award to Charles “Tooba” Kelly

Arlington, VA – Precision Strike Association (PSA), an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association
(NDIA), will present Charles “Tooba” Kelly, Staff Specialist in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) Land Warfare and Munitions Directorate, with its 2017 William J. Perry Award. The award will be presented at the Precision Strike Annual Review (PSAR-17) on Tuesday,
March 28, 2017 in Springfield, VA.

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(l-r); Mr. Bill DeMaso, Lockheed Martin;
Mr. Hondo Geurts (SES); Mr. Dave Rice,
Member, PSA Board of Directors; and
Dr. Paul Kaminski; and Mr. Ken Masson,
Chairman, PSA


Mr. Hondo Geurts (SES)



Mrs. Kelly Geurts & Mr. Hondo Geurts
(SES)


Dr. Paul Kaminski




Video introduction of award presentation
to Mr. Geurts by Dr. William J. Perry


(l-r) Dr. Kaminski; Mr. Geurts and
Mr. Masson

PSA is pleased to announce the William J Perry Award winner for 2016 – Mr. Hondo Geurts (SES). he Perry Award recognizes superb contributions to precision strike systems. It recognizes public or private sector leadership or achievement that results in significant contributions to the development, introduction or support of precision strike systems.
James “Hondo” Geurts, Acquisition Executive, U.S. Special Operations Command, McDill AFB, FL is the recipient of the 20th William J. Perry Award.

The award honors the immediate and long-term impact that Mr. Guerts has had on the U.S. precision strike combat advantage. It recognizes his indispensable contributions to U.S. Special Forces capabilities and the positive impact on programs supporting U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) warfighters.

“Mr. Geurts’ leadership has positively impacted SOFIC’s ability to deliver decisive battlefield capabilities around the globe. He has set the benchmark for Department of Defense acquisition policies, procedures, innovation and acquisition workforce development,” according to the Perry Award citation.

James F. Geurts, SES, was presented the award during a 15 March luncheon award ceremony, a highlight of the Precision Strike Association’s Precision Strike Annual Review (PSAR-16), which was held 15-16 March at the Waterford Conference Center, Springfield, VA.

The PSA’s Perry Award recognizes public or private sector leadership or achievement that results in significant contributions to the development, introduction or support of precision strike systems. It is named after the former U.S. defense secretary and precision strike weapons advocate.

This year marks the 20th consecutive year that the Perry Award was presented to a deserving individual or team of experts who have led to the strengthening of U.S. national security interests.

Geurts is responsible for all special operations forces research, development, acquisition, procurement and logistics programs. “USSOCOM under Mr. Guerts leadership, continues to enhance the capabilities of the MQ-9 and AC gunships to ensure unparalleled SOF support in increasingly challenging operational mission set…He is the embodiment of the precision strike credentials for the William J. Perry Award…The breath of Mr. Guerts’ contributions to USSOCOM and the precision strike community is staggering and is in keeping with the highest standards set forth by Dr. Bill Perry,” the award citation states.

Unable to attend the ceremony, Dr. Perry provided thoughtful remarks via video. He said “no one can doubt the importance of precision strike in modern warfare, but special operations forces have special needs for urban operations and in minimizing collateral damage, so the challenges that Mr. Guerts faced were several fold.”

Dr. Perry said Mr. Guerts adapted existing munitions, like Hellfire, for special missions, saving USSOCOM a considerable amount of money. “Beyond that, he had to field them quickly, when and where needed, and had to use streamlined acquisition approaches.”

Dr. Perry said “Guerts’ achievements provide lessons the whole U.S. Department of Defense should look at as regards how to achieve acquisition of vitally needed weapons in a more effective, streamlined and faster acquisition mode.”

Mr. Geurts said receiving the Perry Award “is truly special. I appreciate the recognition, but the Perry Award is not about an individual, it’s about a team effort working on very hard problems.”

He sees the need for more problem-solving in the future. “The last ten years were hard, and the next decade will be harder, but we will figure our way through. The challenge is to adapt, get out of one’s personal comfort zone, whether in industry, academia or government, and do what needs to be done.”

Mr. Guerts is unsure whether the old acquisition models “will get us there. So we will have to take some risks, be willing to try something different to lay the foundation for those coming behind us, to take us to the next level.”

He did say one thing is clear: “The use of precision weapons is a given, the way we fight now, the way we conduct business.”

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William J. Perry Award Requirements
In recognition of superb contributions to precision strike systems, the Precision Strike Association and the William J. Perry Award recognizes public or private sector leadership or achievement that results in significant contributions to the development, introduction or support of precision strike systems. The recipient must have made significant contributions that have led to the strengthening of our national security by direct application of precision strike capabilities to DoD systems and/or to the enhancement of our industrial technology base for application to precision strike technology.

Past William J. Perry Award Recipients:

• 1997 Dr. William J. Perry
• 1998 Former Vice President Dan Quayle
• 1999 RADM Walter Locke, USN (Retired)
• 2000 The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
• 2001 NAVSTAR Global Positioning System Joint Program Office
• 2002 Representative Jim Hansen
• 2003 Terry R. Little
• 2004 JDAM Program Team: U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy & The Boeing Company
• 2005 United States Warriors of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom
• 2006 The Tactical Tomahawk Team: U.S. Navy and Raytheon Company
• 2007 The Small Diameter Bomb Team: U.S Air Force and The Boeing Company
• 2008 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System: U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin Corp.
• 2009 United States Special Operations Command Stand-Off Precision Guided Munitions (SOPGM) Quick Reaction Team
• 2010 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod Team
• 2011 Project Dragon Spear Joint Acquisition Task Force
• 2012 The 16th Annual Award was presented to the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) Team at the 2012 Precision Strike Winter Round Table on January 17, 2012

• 2013 JAMS / Lockheed Martin HELLFIRE II Team
• 2014 BLU-129B Team


William J. Perry Bio

Dr. Perry served as Secretary of Defense from February 1994 to January 1997. He was deputy secretary of defense from March 1993 until January 1994. Before joining the Clinton administration, Dr. Perry was chairman of Technology Strategies Alliances, a professor in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, and co-director of Stanford's Center for International Security and Arms Control. From 1977 to 1981, Dr. Perry was under secretary of defense for research and engineering. As such, he was responsible for weapon systems procurement and research and development. He has received numerous awards and decorations from the U.S. and foreign governments, non-governmental organizations and the military, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1997 and the U.S. Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal in 1980 and 1981.

All questions can be directed to Angie DeKleine, Precision Strike Association at info@precisionstrike.org or by calling (703) 247-2599.

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2015 Award Winner Dr. Paul Kaminski

PSA is pleased to announce the William J Perry Award winner for 2015 – Dr. Paul Kaminski. The Perry Award recognizes superb contributions to precision strike systems. It recognizes public or private sector leadership or achievement that results in significant contributions to the development, introduction or support of precision strike systems. Dr. Kaminski has made significant and enduring contributions that have led to the strengthening of our national security by direct application of precision strike capabilities to DoD systems and to the enhancement of our industrial technology base for application to precision strike technology. Dr. Kaminski was presented the Award at the luncheon ceremony held on Tuesday 17 March 2015 as part of the 2015 Precision Strike Annual Review (PSAR-15).

(l-r) Mr. Ken Masson, Chairman, PSA; Mr. Julie Kaminski; and Dr. Paul Kaminski
(l-r) Mr. Ken Masson, Chairman, PSA; Mr. Julie Kaminski; and Dr. Paul Kaminski


(l-r) Dr. Paul Kaminski and Mr. Ken Masson, Chairman, PSA
(l-r) Dr. Paul Kaminski and Mr. Ken Masson, Chairman, PSA



(l-r) Mr. Dick Rumpf; Rumpf Associates Int'l (PSA Board of Director’s Emeritus Member); Dr. Paul Kaminski and Mr. Ken Masson, Chairman, PSA
(l-r) Mr. Dick Rumpf; Rumpf Associates Int'l (PSA Board of Director’s Emeritus Member); Dr. Paul Kaminski and Mr. Ken Masson, Chairman, PSA

(l-r) friend Linda Waters (friend of Mrs. Kaminski); Howard's wife Barbara Schue; Mrs. Julie Kaminski; Dr. Kaminski; and Mr. Howard Schue (a former AF officer and business colleague of Dr. Kaminski)
(l-r) friend Linda Waters (friend of Mrs. Kaminski); Howard's wife Barbara Schue; Mrs. Julie Kaminski; Dr. Kaminski; and Mr. Howard Schue (a former AF officer and business colleague of Dr. Kaminski)

Video introduction of award presentation to Dr. Kaminski by Dr. William J. Perry
Video introduction of award presentation to Dr. Kaminski by Dr. William J. Perry

 

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The 2014 Dr. William J. Perry Award, which recognizes superb contributions to precision strike systems, was awarded to the BLU-129/B Team that includes the joint Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Armament Center and 46th Test Wing, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Aerojet Rocketdyne Corporation. The Precision Strike Association has bestowed the Perry Award every year since 1997. The award was presented at a luncheon on the first day of PSA’s 2014 Precision Strike Annual Review held March 18-19, 2014, in Springfield, VA.


(l-r) Ken Britt, PSA Vice Chairman, Dr. Randall
Simpson, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,
John Myers, VP Tactical Systems, Aerojet
Rocketdyne, Dr. John Wilcox, Director for Munitions
Directorate, AF Research Laboratory,
Major General John MacDonald, USA (Ret.)
and Suzy Kennedy, PSA Chairwoman



(l-r) Jose Gonzales, OSD/ATL, Office of Land
Warfare, Dr. Randall Simpson,
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,
John Myers, VP Tactical Systems, Aerojet
Rocketdyne, Dr. John Wilcox, Director for
Munitions Directorate, AF Research Laboratory,
Major Joann Kenneally, USAF, CENTCOM, and
Major General John MacDonald, USA (Ret.)


(l-r) Mitch Moffet, Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory, Dr. Randall Simpson,
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,
Dr. John Wilcox, Director for Munitions
Directorate, AF Research Laboratory,
Major General John MacDonald, USA (Ret.),
John Myers, VP Tactical Systems, Aerojet
Rocketdyne, and Kip Hamilton,
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


 

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Ceremony Photos from 2009 WJP Award Luncheon
Bill Dalecky, Maj Gen David Eidsaune, USAF and Col James "Hondo" Geurtz, USAF Col James "Hondo" Geurtz, USAF accepts award on behalf of his team

Randy Tylicki (NGC) Maj Gen Eidsaune, USAF, Col Geurtz, USAF, Rod Krebs (Raytheon) & Bill Dalecky (Chairman)

SOPGM Team members who were able to at tend the awards luncheon