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Arcata Awarded 2014 Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Award!

(Left to Right)   Stan Sims, Director of the Defense Security Service (DSS), Barbara Connors, Arcata Facility Security Officer,  Robert Glass, Special Agent, DSS  Richard Lawhorn, Director of Industry Security Facility Operations, DSS

(Left to Right) Stan Sims, Director of the Defense Security Service (DSS), Barbara Connors, Arcata Facility Security Officer,  Robert Glass, Special Agent, DSS, Richard Lawhorn, Director of Industry Security Facility Operations, DSS

On June 17, 2014, the Defense Security Service (DSS) awarded Arcata a James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award. The award was received by Arcata Facility Security Officer Barbara Connors at the annual NCMS training seminar in National Harbor, Maryland. Arcata has received three Cogswell Awards; the last two (2008 and 2014) were achieved under the leadership of Ms. Connors.

The Cogswell Award, established in 1966, is named in honor of the late Air Force Col. James S. Cogswell, the first chief of industrial security within the Department of Defense. Cogswell was responsible for developing the basic principles of the Industrial Security Program, which include an emphasis on the partnership between industry and government to protect classified information. This partnership ultimately ensures the greatest protection for the U.S. warfighter and our Nation’s classified information. “I congratulate Barbara Connors for her dedication to leading our security program consistently and professionally. Her efforts have not only resulted in a top notch program, but have also been instrumental in helping to raise the level of industrial security excellence of other facilities in the local area,” said Tim Wong, President of Arcata.

This year, the Award was presented to 40 out of 13,300 defense contractors. These companies are subject to recurring assessment and represent companies both large and small. The award criteria focuses on principles of industrial security excellence to include establishing and maintaining a security program that far exceeds the basic National Industrial Security Program requirements, and providing leadership to other cleared facilities in establishing best practices while maintaining the highest standards for security.

The Cogswell Award selection process is rigorous. A DSS Industrial Security Representative may only nominate facilities that have at a minimum two consecutive superior industrial security review ratings and which show a sustained degree of excellence and innovation in their overall security program management, implementation and oversight. The Cogswell Award is given for outstanding achievement in matters related exclusively to a facility’s security program.