Last Updated: 07/02/2012*

The Defense Security Services (DSS) selected two Raytheon facilities to receive the prestigious James S. Cogswell Award for Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement. The DSS is an agency of the Department of Defense (DoD) overseeing the protection of the nation’s classified assets. Stan Sims, director of Defense Security Service, made the announcement at the annual seminar of National Classification Management Society (NCMS) on June 13, 2012, in Orlando, Fla.

The Cogswell award is the most prestigious honor the DoD bestows on a cleared industry, historically earned by less than one percent of the nation’s eligible defense contractor facilities, which currently number 13,000. The award is presented annually to recognize consistent, superior security ratings, and sustained excellence and innovation in overall security program management, implementation and oversight.

”Only 26 out of 13,000 eligible defense contractor facilities received the Cogswell Award this year. For Raytheon to receive two of these awards demonstrates the emphasis all Raytheon employees place on protecting our nation’s secrets. I applaud the efforts of all the men and women of Raytheon Global Security Services across the company," said Daniel Schlehr, vice president, Global Security Services, Raytheon Company.

Stan Sims, director of DSS, presented the year’s top honor to Raytheon Technical Services Company (TSC) Indianapolis, IN facility and Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems (IIS) Garland, TX location.

Achieving this distinction requires strict adherence to criteria, total facility commitment and an unwavering focus on setting and meeting extraordinary high levels of performance at all times. Facilities must be nominated by a DSS Industrial Security representative, and only considered for the honor after achieving a minimum of two consecutive superior industrial security review ratings, which include a comprehensive review of contracts, closed areas, classified systems, containers, security education initiatives and personnel clearance files.

Winners must also meet rigorous criteria including operating on principles of industrial security excellence, establishing and maintaining a security program above and beyond National Industrial Security Program (NISP) requirements, and providing leadership to other cleared facilities to set high standards of performance.

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