NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aviation Week Network, serving the global aviation, aerospace and defense industries, announced today the 18 finalists for the 2021 Program Excellence Awards, representing every sector of the aerospace and defense industry.
"We had 35 nominees qualify for evaluation this year," said Joe Anselmo, Senior Vice President and Editorial Director, Aviation Week Network. "Each represents the best of the industry in terms of meeting the needs of customers, creating value, and dealing with complex technological, organizational and geopolitical challenges. We look forward to announcing the winners at our annual Program Excellence Banquet on October 20."
Aviation Week Network's Program Excellence Awards were created in 2004 at the behest of the aerospace and defense industry. While honoring exceptional leadership, the awards were established to identify lessons learned and best practices that would be shared across the industry. A team of evaluators – this year numbering close to 200 – score each nominee's submission packet, providing an opportunity for professional development among the evaluators. To date, more than 400 programs have been evaluated and their information made available to the industry at large.
"It's one of those rare moments when companies that fiercely compete against one another come together to share their common challenges, identify processes that respond to those challenges and then share what they have learned with all," said Carole Rickard Hedden, Executive Editor for Program Excellence.
Finalists for 2021 include:
Prime System Design & Development:
Boeing Defense, Space & Security
MQ-25A Engineering & Manufacturing Development
Sr. Director/Program Manager
Mounted Assured Positioning, Navigation and
Timing System Generation II (MAPS GEN II)
Manager, Value Stream Management
Command and Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC)
E-2D Weapon Systems Trainer
Sr. Manager, Value Stream Management
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated
U.S. Air Force MQ-9A Production
Vice President, USAF Programs
Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control
PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE)
Director, Program Management, PAC-3 Production
SPY-6 Family of Radars
Sr. Director, SPY-6 Programs
U.S. Air Force
Col. James Lotspeich
OpsC2 Product Line Chief for Kessel Run
Boeing Defense Space & Security
International Space Station
Vice President and Program Manager
GPS Control Segment Sustainment (GCS)
Jeffrey A. Kostelecky
E-8C J-STARS PME-DMS Retrofit
Director, Manned C2-ISR Integrated Product Team
F/A-18 E/F Readiness
Naval Sustainment System
RADM Shane G. Gahagan
Officer, Tactical Aircraft Programs
Ultraviolet Light Treatment System
Sr. Director, Offering Management
Mission Operations Program Manager
Raytheon Missiles & Defense
Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA: Flight Test
Aegis Weapon System-44 (FTM-44)
Executive Director, Strategic Missile Defense
Supplier System Design & Development:
Astronautics Corporation of America
wirelessAirborne Communication System (wACS)
Sr. Program and Product Strategy Manager
Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope
Optical Telescope Assembly
Joint Strike Fighter Relay Optical Assembly Ramp Up
Continuous Program Lead
The Program Excellence Awards banquet is being held in conjunction with the Aviation Week Network DefenseChain Conference, Oct. 19-20, also to be held at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. For more information go to https://defensechain.aviationweek.com.
The Aviation Week Network Program Excellence Awards are sponsored by Siemens Digital Industries Software. Evaluation team members are The Boeing Co., Collins Aerospace, Defense Acquisition University, Elbit Systems of America, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Honeywell Aerospace, L3Harris Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Moog Space & Defense, Northrop Grumman, Parsons Corp. and Raytheon Technologies.
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