2023 DAW Awards Winners Announced!

Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards

2023 Winners Announced!

2023 Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards!

Dr. William A. LaPlante, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, announced the winners of the 2023 Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards. The five annual awards, representing 24 separate categories, recognize individual and team accomplishments that advance the National Defense Strategy and support the Secretary of Defense's priorities through excellence in acquisition. The winners will officially receive the honor in an in-person ceremony on January 24, 2024 at Defense Acquisition University.

The Defense Acquisition Workforce is comprised of nearly 162,000 civilian and military professionals from each of the military services, as well as defense agencies and field activities. Their work is critical to building enduring advantages for the warfighter as the Department continues to innovate and modernize. A total of 49 individuals will be honored at the awards ceremony.

2023 Defense Acquisition Workforce Award Winners

If you have questions contact achievement.award@dau.edu.

  • Awards will represent the Air Force, Army, Navy, Defense Agencies, and Field Activities and presented in the following categories:
  • Defense Acquisition Individual Achievement Award

    The Defense Acquisition Workforce Individual Achievement Awards recognizes individuals who demonstrate the highest levels of excellence and professionalism in their respective acquisition functional area.

  • David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award

    The David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award recognizes DoD acquisition program and other teams who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in developing, acquiring, and sustaining operational capability that supports the National Defense Strategy lines of effort to increase readiness and lethality, strengthen alliances and achieve significant reform.

  • Software Innovation Team Award

    The Software Innovation Team Award, established in 2019, recognizes teams who are driving speed and innovation in continuous 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 professionals who have demonstrated “innovation and local adaptation” by using the flexibilities and authorities granted by the Federal Acquisition Regulation and DoD Instruction 5000.02, “Operation of the Defense Acquisition System”.

  • Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Innovation Award

    The Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Innovation Awards recognize acquisition organizations that have demonstrated exceptional innovation in talent management.

If you have questions about the 2023 Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards, please send an email to achievement.award@dau.edu. View past year's winners at the links below.