Awards

Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards

2019 Defense Acquisition Workforce Award Winners Honored

The Defense Acquisition Workforce is composed of more than 175,000 devoted civilian and military professionals from the Department of the Army, Department of the Navy, Department of the Air Force, Defense Agencies and Field Activities. The acquisition workforce is critical to sustaining and achieving increased readiness, lethality, and affordability. Every member of the acquisition community plays an instrumental role in delivering, procuring, and sustaining innovative and affordable solutions in support of the Warfighter and Defense mission.

Click here to view the list of winners of the 2019 Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards. This year’s program includes two new Individual Achievement Awards: 1) International Partnership and 2) Software, as well as a new Software Innovation Team Award. The Honorable Ellen Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)), hosted the Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards ceremony to recognize the best of the best across the entire Defense Acquisition Workforce. Award winners were honored at a Pentagon ceremony at the Hall of Heroes on October 29, 2019.


  • Awards Presented:
  • Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual Achievement Awards

    The Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual Achievement Awards highlight individuals who demonstrated an exemplary commitment to excellence and professionalism in the acquisition of products and services for the DoD. These awards recognize individuals in each of the 19 acquisition functional disciplines. New categories for the 2019 awards cycle include International Partnership and Software.

  • Software Innovation Team Award

    Software is a crucial and growing part of weapons systems. This award recognizes those who epitomize innovation and use of best practices in software development and acquisition as evidenced by frequent and high quality delivery of software capabilities into the hands of warfighters.

  • Flexibility in Contracting Award

    The Flexibility in Contracting Award was established by Section 834 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. The award recognizes outstanding professionals who have, in their approach to program management and contracting, demonstrated “innovation and local adaptation” by using the Federal Acquisition Regulation and the DoD Instruction 5000.02 flexibilities and authorities (Operation of the Defense Acquisition System) to increase the efficiency of programs.

  • Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Innovation Awards

    The Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Innovation Awards were established to recognize excellence by acquisition organizations in developing unique and innovative solutions to ensure that their workforce is well equipped to deliver world-class capabilities to the Warfighter. The awards highlight exceptional outside-the-box thinking and progress in tackling workforce development challenges.