Three Honeywell Aerospace Sites Receive Highest Security Award from the U.S. Department of Defense

The Defense Security Service (DSS) recognized three Honeywell Aerospace sites with 2016 James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award during a recent ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee. The award, which recognizes industrial security excellence, is among the most prestigious honors that can be bestowed on cleared defense contractors. The winning sites were Honeywell's Solid State Electronic Center in Plymouth, Minnesota, the Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. (HTSI) Lexington Park, Maryland and Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

It’s extremely gratifying to be recognized by the Department of Defense (DoD) and to be ranked among the very best of the government’s more than 13,000 cleared defense contractors. 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,” said Carey Smith, president, Defense and Space for Honeywell Aerospace. 

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.  

 Three Honeywell Aerospace Sites Receive Highest Security Award from the US Department of Defense
 Honeywell's Solid State Electronic Center Plymouth, Minnesota

“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 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 ingrained in their culture – a true differentiator that propelled our sites to the winners circle,” said Hanson. 

 Three Honeywell Aerospace Sites Receive Highest Security Award from the US Department of Defense
 Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. (HTSI) Lexington Park, Maryland

Established in 1966, the Cogswell Award is named in honor of the late Air Force Col. James S. Cogswell, the first chief of industrial security within the Department of Defense. Cogswell was responsible for developing the basic principles of the Industrial Security Program, which include an emphasis on the partnership between industry and government to protect classified information. 

 Three Honeywell Aerospace Sites Receive Highest Security Award from the US Department of Defense
 Honeywell Aerospace - Albuquerque, New Mexico