Charlie Allen Award for Distinguished Intelligence Service

This AFCEA award honors senior level intelligence professionals who are making significant contributions.

Candidates for this award must demonstrate a long and distinguished record of significant accomplishments and senior leadership in support of the Intelligence Community at the national and/or international level.

The nomination must describe the candidate's professional record, detailing significant accomplishments in the intelligence arena. Where applicable, highlight the nominee's contributions to the AFCEA Intelligence program, whether at the chapter or international level.

About Charlie Allen:

In 2009, AFCEA renamed its senior intelligence award in honor of Mr. Charles E. Allen.  In doing so, it helped to recognize a legend.  Few if any intelligence professionals have contributed to US intelligence and national security as has Mr. Allen.  Known by his friends and admirers as “Charlie,” he served as a senior government executive for over 25 years (more than 51 years total service) with extensive experience in program management, intelligence analysis and production, intelligence collection management, and system acquisition.  He held senior intelligence and management positions with responsibilities for providing all-source intelligence to cabinet-level officials and as a program manager under the Director of National Intelligence.

Mr. Allen is a nationally recognized expert in counterterrorism, homeland security, warning intelligence, and information sharing with regular appearances before Congressional committees.  He is also a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on terrorism and homeland security.  He established an unprecedented program at the Department of Homeland Security for sharing intelligence and intelligence-related information with law enforcement, homeland security officials, and senior executives in the U.S. private sector.  He also managed a sensitive, compartmented White House-driven acquisition program designed to strengthen U.S. national security.

A brief listing of his most prominent assignments includes:

  •     Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis and Chief Intelligence Officer, Department of Homeland Security
  •     Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Collection, Central Intelligence Agency
  •     National Intelligence Officer for Warning/Director National Warning Staff
  •     National Intelligence Officer for Counter Terrorism/Deputy Chief for Intelligence, CIA Counterterrorism Center
  •     Deputy Program Manager of Compartmented White House Directed Program

Since retiring from active government service, Mr. Allen continues to contribute in a variety of ways including as a member of the AFCEA Intelligence Committee.  AFCEA is honored to name its highest intelligence award The Charlie Allen Award for Intelligence.

This award is presented at the AFCEA Spring Intelligence Symposium


2019 Charlie Allen Award For Distinguished Intelligence Service Winner

Chris Inglis


2018 Charlie Allen Award For Distinguished Intelligence Service Winner

Ms. Maureen Baginski



Past Winners

2017 Charlie Allen Award For Intelligence Service Winner

Ambassador Hugh Montgomery, Ph.D.


2016 Charlie Allen Award For Intelligence Service Winner

Dr. Donald M. Kerr

The MITRE Corporation

2015 Charlie Allen Award For Intelligence Service Winner

Director Robert Cardillo

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

2013 Charlie Allen Award For Intelligence Service Winner

David Shedd

Defense Intelligence Agency

2012 Charlie Allen Award For Intelligence Winner

The Honorable Stephanie O'Sullivan

Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence

2011 Charlie Allen Award For Intelligence Winner

Ms. Letitia Long

Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

2010 Charlie Allen Award For Intelligence Winner

Dr. Lawrence Gershwin

National Intelligence Officer for Science and Technology

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

2009 Charlie Allen Award for Intelligence Winner

The Honorable Dr. Robert M. Gates

Secretary of Defense

2008 AFCEA Distinguished Service to Intelligence Winner

The Honorable John M. McConnell

Director of National Intelligence


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