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
2021 Charlie Allen Award For Distinguished Intelligence Service Winner
VADM Lowell "Jake" Jacoby, USN (Ret.)
2020 Charlie Allen Award For Distinguished Intelligence Service Winner
The Honorable Susan M. Gordon
2019 Charlie Allen Award For Distinguished Intelligence Service Winner
Mr. Chris Inglis
2018 Charlie Allen Award For Distinguished Intelligence Service Winner
Ms. Maureen Baginski
2017 Charlie Allen Award For Distinguished Intelligence Service Winner
Ambassador Hugh Montgomery, Ph.D.
2016 Charlie Allen Award For Distinguished Intelligence Service Winner
Dr. Donald M. Kerr
The MITRE Corporation
2015 Charlie Allen Award For Distinguished Intelligence Service Winner
Director Robert Cardillo
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
2013 Charlie Allen Award For Distinguished Intelligence Service Winner
Defense Intelligence Agency
2012 Charlie Allen Award For Distinguished Intelligence Winner
The Honorable Stephanie O'Sullivan
Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence
2011 Charlie Allen Award For Distinguished Intelligence Winner
Ms. Letitia Long
Director, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
2010 Charlie Allen Award For Distinguished Intelligence Winner
Dr. Lawrence Gershwin
National Intelligence Officer for Science and Technology, ODNI
2009 Charlie Allen Award for Distinguished Intelligence Winner
The Honorable Dr. Robert M. Gates
Secretary of Defense
2008 Charlie Allen Award for Distinguished Intelligence Winner
The Honorable John M. McConnell
Director of National Intelligence
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