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The Honorable James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence,

to receive AFCEA’s highest award

For Immediate Release August 7, 2012


AFCEA Media Contact:                        

Somer Miller

(703) 631-6139


FAIRFAX, VA – AFCEA International is pleased to announce that The Honorable James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, has been selected as the 2012 David Sarnoff Award winner.


AFCEA established the David Sarnoff Award, its highest honor, to recognize individuals who have made lasting and significant contributions to global peace and security. Each recipient in his unique way has demonstrated a sustained and personal commitment to information-sharing collaboration across traditional and non-traditional boundaries.


As the founding father of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association – AFCEA as it is known today – Sarnoff established the Association’s legacy of communication, dialogue, and an open and ethical information exchange between the Public and Private Sectors. These principles remain the pillars of AFCEA International today.


“Director Clapper has had incredible career in intelligence and national security,” said Kent Schneider, the President and CEO of AFCEA International. “Our awards committee was unanimous in the choice of Director Clapper in spite of some impressive competition. He has done it all.”


Director Clapper has served as Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence at U.S. Air Force Headquarters during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Director of Intelligence for three war-fighting commands: U.S. Forces Korea, Pacific Command, and Strategic Air Command. Of his 32 years in uniform he also served two combat tours during the Southeast Asia conflict and flew 73 combat support missions in EC-47s over Laos and Cambodia. His career began as a rifleman in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and culminated as a lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force and Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Director Clapper has been awarded three National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medals, two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal and a host of other U.S. military and foreign government awards and decorations. He retired from the U.S. Armed Forces in 1995 and transitioned to industry for six years as an executive in three successive companies, maintaining a focus in the Intelligence Community. He also served as a consultant and advisor to Congress and to the Departments of Defense and Energy, and as a member of a wide variety of government panels, boards, commissions, and advisory groups. He was a member of the Downing Assessment Task Force that investigated the Khobar Towers bombing in 1996, and was vice chairman of a commission chaired by former Governor Jim Gilmore of Virginia on the subject of homeland security. Director  Clapper returned to the government in September 2001 as the first civilian director of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA). He served as Director for five years, transforming it into the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) as it is today. Finally, prior to his current appointment, Director Clapper served for three years as the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, the senior intelligence official at the Department of Defense.


Previous Sarnoff recipients include Vice President Dick Cheney, General Colin Powell, Vice President Al Gore, Norm Augustine, Admiral Bobby Inman, Senator Barry Goldwater, Admiral Archie Clemins, The Honorable Duane Andrews, Dr. Ralph Shrader, General Richard Myers, Senator Daniel Inouye, Admiral Edmund Giambastiani, General Michael Hayden, General James Cartwright, Senator John Warner, the Honorable John Grimes, and Admiral James Stavridis.


The Award will be presented on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at the W Hotel in Washington, D.C. Banquet tickets and tables are available. For more information visit or contact Julie Lama at email.



AFCEA International, established in 1946, is a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry, and academia as an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, IT, intelligence, and global security. To learn more about AFCEA International, visit









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