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Aviation Week Network Names 2021 Program Excellence Award Finalists

September 17, 2021 GMT

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 17, 2021--

Aviation Week Network, serving the global aviation, aerospace and defense industries, announced today the 18 finalists for the 2021 Program Excellence Awards, representing every sector of the aerospace and defense industry.

“We had 35 nominees qualify for evaluation this year,” said Joe Anselmo, Senior Vice President and Editorial Director, Aviation Week Network. “Each represents the best of the industry in terms of meeting the needs of customers, creating value, and dealing with complex technological, organizational and geopolitical challenges. We look forward to announcing the winners at our annual Program Excellence Banquet on October 20.”

Aviation Week Network’s Program Excellence Awards were created in 2004 at the behest of the aerospace and defense industry. While honoring exceptional leadership, the awards were established to identify lessons learned and best practices that would be shared across the industry. A team of evaluators – this year numbering close to 200 – score each nominee’s submission packet, providing an opportunity for professional development among the evaluators. To date, more than 400 programs have been evaluated and their information made available to the industry at large.


“It’s one of those rare moments when companies that fiercely compete against one another come together to share their common challenges, identify processes that respond to those challenges and then share what they have learned with all,” said Carole Rickard Hedden, Executive Editor for Program Excellence.

Finalists for 2021 include:

Prime System Design & Development:

Boeing Defense, Space & Security
MQ-25A Engineering & Manufacturing Development
David Bujold
Sr. Director/Program Manager

Collins Aerospace
Mounted Assured Positioning, Navigation and
Timing System Generation II (MAPS GEN II)
Paul Haag
Manager, Value Stream Management

Lockheed Martin
Command and Control, Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC)
Mark Johnson
Program Director

Prime Production:

Collins Aerospace
E-2D Weapon Systems Trainer
David Nistler
Sr. Manager, Value Stream Management

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated
U.S. Air Force MQ-9A Production
Claudia Mowery
Vice President, USAF Programs

Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control
PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE)
Kurtis Jetsel
Director, Program Management, PAC-3 Production

Raytheon Technologies
SPY-6 Family of Radars
Mike Mills
Sr. Director, SPY-6 Programs

U.S. Air Force
Col. James Lotspeich
OpsC2 Product Line Chief for Kessel Run

Prime Sustainment:


Boeing Defense Space & Security
International Space Station
John Mulholland
Vice President and Program Manager

Lockheed Martin
GPS Control Segment Sustainment (GCS)
Jeffrey A. Kostelecky
Program Manager

Northrop Grumman
Henry Cyr
Director, Manned C2-ISR Integrated Product Team

U.S. Navy
F/A-18 E/F Readiness
Naval Sustainment System
RADM Shane G. Gahagan
Program Executive
Officer, Tactical Aircraft Programs

Special Projects:

Honeywell Aerospace
Ultraviolet Light Treatment System
Bob Lenz
Sr. Director, Offering Management

Lockheed Martin
Sandra Freund
Mission Operations Program Manager

Raytheon Missiles & Defense
Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA: Flight Test
Aegis Weapon System-44 (FTM-44)
Roy Donelson
Executive Director, Strategic Missile Defense

Supplier System Design & Development:

Astronautics Corporation of America
wirelessAirborne Communication System (wACS)
Josh Berrian
Sr. Program and Product Strategy Manager

L3Harris Technologies
Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope
Optical Telescope Assembly
Dave Smith
Program Manager

Supplier Production:

Qioptiq Ltd.
Joint Strike Fighter Relay Optical Assembly Ramp Up
Lance Nicholls
Continuous Program Lead

The Program Excellence Awards banquet is being held in conjunction with the Aviation Week Network DefenseChain Conference, Oct. 19-20, also to be held at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. For more information go to

The Aviation Week Network Program Excellence Awards are sponsored by Siemens Digital Industries Software. Evaluation team members are The Boeing Co., Collins Aerospace, Defense Acquisition University, Elbit Systems of America, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Honeywell Aerospace, L3Harris Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Moog Space & Defense, Northrop Grumman, Parsons Corp. and Raytheon Technologies.


Aviation Week Network is the largest multimedia information and services provider for the global aviation, aerospace, and defense industries, serving 1.7 million professionals around the world. Industry professionals rely on Aviation Week Network to help them understand the market, make decisions, predict trends, and connect with people and business opportunities. Customers include the world’s leading aerospace manufacturers and suppliers, airlines, airports, business aviation operators, militaries, governments, and other organizations that serve this worldwide marketplace. Aviation Week Network’s portfolio delivers award-winning journalism, data, intelligence and analytical resources, world-class tradeshows and conferences, and results-driven marketing services and advertising.

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