Three Honeywell Aerospace sites have been awarded the James S. Cogswell Award by the U.S. Department of Defense. The award recognizes the sites’ excellence in handling government classified material. Fewer than 0.3 percent of cleared defense contractors receive the Cogswell Award each year.
The winners were the Solid State Electronic Center in Plymouth, Minn.; the Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. (HTSI) Lexington Park, Md., site; and the Albuquerque, N.M., site.
“It’s extremely gratifying to be recognized by the DOD and to be ranked among the very best of the government’s more than 13,000 cleared defense contractors,” said Carey Smith, President, Defense and Space. “Protecting government classified information is a responsibility that we do not take lightly and we’ve developed a robust Industrial Security Program to ensure that we exceed all basic requirements.”
Named for the DOD’s first chief of industrial security, the Cogswell Award follows principles of industrial security excellence. Sites are evaluated on their success at establishing and maintaining a security program that far exceeds basic National Industrial Security Program requirements and providing leadership to other cleared facilities in establishing best practices while maintaining the highest standards for security.
“In order to even be eligible for this award a facility’s industrial security program must demonstrate sustained excellence by achieving two consecutive ‘superior’ ratings on government security assessments, then be nominated by a DoD representative,” said Kai Hanson, Director, National Compliance for Honeywell. “Nominees will then undergo a rigorous screening process including a background investigation and vetting by all government contracting agencies.” This year there were 500 cleared defense contracting facilities that made it to the Defense Security Service Director’s desk for consideration. “Honeywell’s three sites were selected, not simply because they met the above criteria, but because they have industrial security engrained in their culture – a true differentiator that propelled our sites to the winners circle” said Hanson.
Hanson also credits site security leaders with maintaining and executing Honeywell’s Industrial Security Management Program flawlessly. They include Sandy Miller, Facility Security Officer, and Mike Stoutenburg, Information Systems Security Manager, at Plymouth; Audrey Healy, Facility Security Manager, at Lexington Park; and Audrey Pineda, Facility Security Manager, and Steve Sparks, Information Systems Security Manager, at Albuquerque.