David Sarnoff Award

The David Sarnoff Award is AFCEA’s most prestigious award, established to recognize individuals who have made lasting and significant contributions to global peace and security. Each recipient in his or her unique way has demonstrated a sustained and personal commitment to information sharing and collaboration across traditional and nontraditional boundaries.

AFCEA established the David Sarnoff Award in recognition of lasting and significant contributions to world peace. Recipients are marked by a sustained and personal commitment to communications, electronics and information technology, and in particular their role toward a stronger, more secure tomorrow.

The Award's namesake, David Sarnoff, exemplifies those great individuals whose work and sacrifice form the backbone of America. An entrepreneur from the start, he delivered newspapers to spread the word of the day. An early pioneer in radio, Sarnoff quickly rose to prominence in the newly developing American telecommunications industry. During World War II, he witnessed first-hand how talk and cooperation between government and industry in times of peace would help ensure effective communications during war. Communication, dialogue, an open and effective information exchange—what AFCEA is all about.

We are proud to claim David Sarnoff as a Founding Father and Charter Member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, and he in turn would be proud of today's AFCEA, known and respected around the world.

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David Sarnoff Award Winners:

2015 David Sarnoff Award

Al Grasso

2014 David Sarnoff Award

Congressman Michael J. Rogers (R-MI) 

2013 David Sarnoff Award

General Keith B. Alexander, USA
Commander, U.S. Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM)
and Director, National Security Agency/
Chief, Central Security Service (NSA/CSS)

2012 David Sarnoff Award

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

2011 David Sarnoff Award

Admiral James G. Stavridis, U.S. Navy
Commander, U.S. European Command and
NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe

2010 David Sarnoff Award

The Honorable John G. Grimes
Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for
Networks and Information Integration (ASD NII),
and Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO)

2009 David Sarnoff Award

The Honorable John W. Warner
Former United States Senator, Commonwealth of Virginia
and Former Secretary of the Navy

2007 David Sarnoff Award

General James E. Cartwright, USMC
Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

2006 David Sarnoff Award

General Michael V. Hayden, USAF
Director, Central Intelligence Agency

2005 David Sarnoff Award

Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr., USN
Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

2004 David Sarnoff Award

Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI)

2003 David Sarnoff Award

General Alfred M. Gray, USMC (Ret.)
29th Commandant of the Marine Corps

2002 David Sarnoff Award

General Richard B. Myers, USAF
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

2001 David Sarnoff Award

Dr. Ralph W. Shrader
Chairman and CEO, Booz Allen Hamilton

2000 David Sarnoff Award

General Dr. Klaus Reinhardt
Commander, Joint Command Centre,
Former Commander, Kosovo Force

1999 David Sarnoff Award

The Honorable Duane P. Andrews
Former Assistant Secretary of Defense, C3I,
Corporate Executive Vice President, SAIC

1998 David Sarnoff Award

Admiral Archie Clemins, USN
Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet

1997 David Sarnoff Award

Admiral William A. Owens, USN (Ret.)
Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
and President/Vice Chairman of the Board, SAIC

1996 David Sarnoff Award

The Honorable Emmett Paige, Jr.
Assistant Secretary of Defense for C3I

1995 David Sarnoff Award

The Honorable William J. Perry
Secretary of Defense

1994 David Sarnoff Award

The Honorable Albert Gore
Vice President of the United States

1993 David Sarnoff Award

Mr. Robert E. Allen
Chairman and CEO, AT&T

1992 David Sarnoff Award

The Honorable Richard B. Cheney
U.S. Secretary of Defense

1991 David Sarnoff Award

General Colin L. Powell, USA
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

1990 David Sarnoff Award

General Robert T. Herres, USAF (Ret.)
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

1989 David Sarnoff Award

Mr. Norman R. Augustine
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Martin Marietta Corporation

1988 David Sarnoff Award

Admiral Bobby R. Inman, USN (Ret.)
President, Westmark Systems

1987 David Sarnoff Award

General Bernard W. Rogers, USA
Supreme Allied Commander, Europe

1986 David Sarnoff Award

Senator Barry M. Goldwater (R-AZ)

1985 David Sarnoff Award

General John W. Vessey, Jr., USA
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

1984 David Sarnoff Award

Mr. H. Ross Perot
Chairman of the Board, Electronic Data Systems

1983 David Sarnoff Award

His Excellency Joseph M.A.H. Luns
Secretary General, NATO

1982 David Sarnoff Award

Senator Harrison H. Schmitt (R-NM)

1981 David Sarnoff Award

Dr. William O. Baker, President
Bell Telephone Laboratories (Ret.)

1980 David Sarnoff Award

General Russell E. Dougherty, USAF (Ret.)
Member, Defense Science Board

1979 David Sarnoff Award

Mr. Arthur A. Collins
Collins, Inc.

1978 David Sarnoff Award

General Alexander Haig, USA
Supreme Allied Commander, Europe