Former U.S. Senator Kit Bond, a partner at Thompson Coburn, received the 2011 Dwight D. Eisenhower Award from the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) on Thursday, April 14.
“It is an incredible honor to be recognized by an organization that champions the arsenal of Democracy,” said Senator Bond. “Supporting a vibrant defense industrial base is key to America’s safety and security. A vibrant defense industrial base equals economic security – providing millions of jobs in every state in the nation. And a vibrant defense industrial base equals national security – ensuring the United States has the strongest military in the world.”
“Kit Bond has been committed to a well-equipped military and robust defense industrial base for many years. For these and other reasons, the National Defense Industrial Association proudly bestows its highest honor upon him,” said John D. Illgen, NDIA Chairman of the Board.
Bond, who retired from public office at the end of 2010 after serving two terms as Missouri Governor and four terms as a United States Senator for Missouri, has spent his career working to ensure our warfighters’ needs are met while being responsible with taxpayer dollars.
During his 24 years in the Senate, Bond developed a track record of working across the aisle for policies critical to our national defense – from founding the Senate Aerospace Caucus to advocate for a strong and secure American aerospace industry, to creating the Senate National Guard Caucus to support our nation’s citizen-soldiers.
As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Bond worked with Democrats and Republicans to keep our defense industrial base healthy and competitive by successfully advocating for a multiyear procurement of the Navy’s F/A-18 and keeping the C-17 production line open. To ensure our industrial base remains on the cutting edge, Bond spearheaded the creation and funding for the Nanotechnology Enterprise Consortium, which focuses on innovations for the U.S. Army.
Also, as Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Senator Bond authored and secured passage of legislation enabling intelligence agencies to close dangerous intelligence gaps and give our terror-fighters the tools needed to collect and analyze data to stop attacks before they happen.
The Dwight D. Eisenhower Award is NDIA's most prestigious Award and is accompanied by the Eisenhower Medal. The Award and Medal recognize leadership and strategic impact at the highest levels of national security. The Eisenhower Award is bestowed annually on an individual who best reflects President Eisenhower's beliefs and support for a strong national security and industrial base. The two most recent recipients of the award were Generals James Conway and David Petraeus.