William J. Perry Award

The Perry 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.  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.

The Perry Award honors the immediate and long term impact that an individual or team has had in shaping the United States precision strike combat advantage. Recipients over the two-decades since Dr. Perry received the first honor have exemplified excellence and leadership qualities that are a testament to the exemplary nature of the Precision Strike community.