DefenseScoop 50 Awards DefenseScoop 50 Awards


Nominations are now open for the 2024 DefenseScoop 50 awards. Nominate and recognize candidates from across the defense tech and innovation space for their achievements and contributions to advancing U.S. defense and national security.

The DefenseScoop 50 Awards honor the trailblazers and leaders in and outside of the U.S. military who are dedicated to using modern technology to revolutionize defense. These awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of the defense visionaries who are shaping how technology is becoming a central fixture to deter and defend against emerging threats.

Award Categories

Golden Defense

The most prestigious DefenseScoop 50 category, the Golden Defense award recognizes the visionaries who have spent their careers leading the U.S. military’s transformation into a modern, innovative force.

Defense Leadership

The uniformed and civilian executives leading defense programs that are breaking down barriers, disrupting legacy processes and driving innovative approaches in support of the National Defense Strategy.

Industry Leadership

Private sector executives who are instrumental partners, working hand-in-hand with the U.S. military services and DOD to inject innovation and transformation across the defense ecosystem.


The cutting-edge, innovative application of technology that has disrupted traditional defense operations and processes leading to enhanced impact on mission and support elements.

Up and Comer

Early-career executives whose exceptional achievements over the past year have put them on track to be next-generation leaders in the defense community.

Award Criteria

Individuals: Accomplishments should have occurred between April 2023-present. Nominations for members of the defense industrial base are limited to the “Industry Leadership” category.

Programs: Nominated programs in the “Innovation” category must be current government programs

Nominations Close: Friday, March 1, 2024
Voting Opens: Monday, March 18, 2024
Voting Closes: Friday, April 19, 2024
Winners Announced: Monday, May 20, 2024

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