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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Nomination Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

Please click here to view the Richard H. Johnson Technical Achievement Award (the Johnson Trophy) Requirements and to submit a nomination (You will be directed to another site "Survey Monkey") https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3WSTYY2 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. For more information about the Richard H. Johnson Technical Achievement Award, please visit our website: www.precisionstrike.org.

 


(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.”


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).

In recognition of superb contributions to precision strike systems, the Precision Strike Association takes great pride in awarding the Nineteenth annual William J. Perry Award to Dr. Paul Kaminski. The award honors the immediate and long term impact that Dr. Kaminski has had on the United States precision strike combat advantage. His visionary recommendations focusing on a dramatically changing security landscape in the 1970s, 80s and 90s provided us with the force multiplying technologies that have set us apart over the last two decades; networked precision strike, stealth attack and persistent surveillance capabilities for maneuver forces. Dr. Kaminski’s accomplishments are truly a testament to the exemplary nature of this award and honor Dr. William J. Perry.

Dr. Kaminski has been a longtime advocate for capabilities to enhance US precision engagement advantage. His impact on National Defense and DoD Science and Technology are still being felt today. The DoD “offset” strategy for S&T is very much in alignment with his notion of maintaining our competitive advantage through enabling technology. Dr. Kaminski has helped to ensure that the future of precision strike is firmly in the hands of American power projection over the coming decades.

Commencing with his 20 year Air Force career, Dr. Kaminski was fully enmeshed in the Precision Strike Community. Early in his career, he was responsible for test and evaluation of inertial guidance components for the Minuteman missile and terminal guidance systems for the first precision guided munitions. As Director for Low Observables Technology, USAF Special Programs Office, he had direct oversight of the F-117, stealth missile programs (tactical and strategic), and the B-2 development. He also led the initial development of a National Reconnaissance Office space system and related sensor technology. In today’s parlance, he was instrumental in shaping the 2nd Offset Strategy. During Bill Perry’s SECDEF tenure, he was the DOD Acquisition Executive (now USD AT&L) where he championed numerous Precision Strike Weapons, Systems and Sensors that have served as the bedrock for our technological advantages today.

Dr. Kaminski has been a leader in innovation, technology advances and autonomous systems across the Department of Defense. As part of his responsibilities as Chairman of the Defense Science Board (DSB) he led studies on autonomous systems that ranged from robots, UAVs to automated logistics supply chain management, and many more. His efforts as Chair of the DSB also included the task force on Resilient Military Systems. Having robust offensive capability is only part of the picture; Dr. Kaminski’s recommendations also focused on improving resilience of DOD systems to cyber-attack, consistent with his visionary meme.

Dr. Kaminski’s contributions have continued across his impressive private sector career. From entrepreneur and major laboratory advisor, to Department of Defense consultant and Aerospace and Defense Industry executive, he truly has been omnipresent in U.S. technical efforts in precision guided weapons. He has authored publications dealing with inertial and terminal guidance system performance, simulation techniques, Kalman filtering and numerical techniques applied to estimation problems.

Since Dr. Kaminski embodies the Precision Strike credentials of the William J Perry Award, it is fitting that he receives this award following in the footsteps of his friend and mentor. The breath of Dr. Kaminski’s contributions to U.S. Precision Strike is staggering and is in keeping with the highest standards set forth by Dr. Bill Perry.


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

 



2014 Award Winner - Mr. Chris E. Geswender

It is with great pleasure that the Precision Strike Association presents the Richard H. Johnson Award to Mr. Chris E. Geswender. The Johnson Award is recognition of outstanding personal technical achievement resulting in significant contribution to precision strike systems. We are honored to award the Johnson trophy to a technical innovator, leader and mentor who helped shape a generation of precision systems, and younger engineers who continue with their own contributions.

Chris Geswender has worked for more than 40 years in national security and defense. He has made critical contributions to aerospace systems, precision guided weapons, and in particular, a wide range of guidance systems.

Like Dick Johnson, for whom the award is named, Chris has a background which includes a large number of precision guided weapons, and like Dick, his skills have been applied to other types of systems as well. In most cases, Chris led the affordability efforts, constantly searching for cost-effective solutions to deep technical problems – frequently inventing new methods to make inexpensive sensors work in difficult environments and applications. Like Dick, Chris is recognized as a mentor, as well as an important technical innovator. He is known for his eagerness to share his work with young colleagues, enrolling them in the excitement of solving tough problems by first understanding the theory and the underlying physics, and applying practical systems engineering methods to create innovative solutions.

He is a recognized pioneer in challenging the costs for hi-G launched weapons, and has been a key contributor to creating affordable dual mode projectiles. He is one of the nation’s top experts in guidance of defense suppression weapons, an extremely difficult and dynamic technical problem. These contributions have served the entire DoD community, including, the Air Force, Army, and Navy. A number of international partners have benefited from his efforts and innovations.

He provided technical leadership and personal innovations to the Poseidon Fire Control, HARM anti radiation missile, the Self Protect Weapon (SPW), the AGCW IIR guided bomb, JSOW, the EXCALIBUR Guided Projectile, Medium Range Munition (MRM) tank launched dual mode SAL/IIR guided projectile, the AI3, SAM for low level rockets, as well as a number of other programs. He made these contributions at Texas Instruments, and later at Raytheon Missile Systems. Currently, Chris is a consultant. Chris has authored or co-authored a large number of papers, and has made important contributions to a number of professional societies.

Because these contributions transcend a single program; have been widely felt by the warfighters who defend the United States; have influenced other technologists, have made precision strike systems more widely available to warfighters who defend the United States; comprise a record of innovation found in publications and public domain sources; include contributions outside the field of precision strike; and include recognition of his accomplishments by other awards and honors; the Precision Strike Association is proud to name Chris E. Geswender as the recipient of the sixth annual Richard H. Johnson Technical Achievement Award and the 2014 Johnson Trophy.


(l-r): Mr. Steve Roemerman, Lone Star Aerospace; Tommy Hicks, former colleague of Mr. Geswender at Texas Instruments); Mr. Chris Geswender, Andrew Hinsdsale, Raytheon and former colleague of Mr. Geswender at Texas Instruments; , Mr. Earle “Rudy” Rudolph MBDA, Inc. & PSA Chair for Communications


(l-r): Mr. Chris Geswender and Suzy Kennedy, JHU/PL & PSA Chairwoman







(l-r): Mr. Steve Roemerman, Lone Star Aerospace; Mr. Chris Geswender; and Andrew Hinsdsale, Raytheon and former colleague of Mr. Geswender at Texas Instruments




(l-r): Mr. Steve Roemerman, Lone Star Aerospace; Mr. Chris Geswender; Andrew Hinsdsale, Raytheon and former colleague of Mr. Geswender at Texas Instruments;. Mr. Dale Spencer & PSA Membership Chair.


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.


Johnson Award Winner - Dr. Polansky with Suzy Kennedy

  • Suzy Kennedy, Chairman of
    the Board, PSA

  • Gary F. Polansky, Flight
    Systems Department,
    Sandia National Laboratories


Johnson Award Winner - Dr. Polansky  with Suzy Kennedy and David Keese

  • Suzy Kennedy, Chairman of the Board, PSA

  • Gary F. Polansky, Flight Systems
    Department, Sandia National Laboratories

  • Mr. David Keese, Director, Integrated
    Military Systems, Sandia National Laboratorie



CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

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 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) 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. For more information about Dick Johnson and the award, please visit http://www.precisionstrike.org/Johnson_Award.htm.

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


The Precision Strike Association (PSA) is pleased to announce that Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control/U.S. Army Joint Attack Munition Systems HELLFIRE II Team have won its William J. Perry Award. The award was presented by Dr. Paul Kaminski-Director, Defense Science Board, on behalf of Dr. Bill Perry, at PSA’s Annual Precision Strike Annual Review (PSAR-13) March 19-20, 2013, in Springfield, VA.

The award is named in honor of former Secretary of Defense Dr. William J. Perry and recognizes exceptional contributions to precision strike systems in the private or public sector by an individual or team.

The award is named in honor of former Secretary of Defense Dr. William J. Perry (1994-1997) and recognizes exceptional contributions to precision strike systems in the private or public sector by an individual or team. The recipient's contributions must lead to the strengthening of national security by a direct application of precision strike capabilities to a Department of Defense system or enhance the industrial technology base for application to precision strike technology, according to award guidelines.