The William J. Perry Award for Excellence in Security and Defense Education

Every day, thousands of dedicated professionals in government, the military, academia, and civil society do the tireless, often unheralded work of making the Americas safer and more secure. The Perry Award offers an opportunity to recognize some of the individuals and organizations advancing security and defense education in the Americas.

Awardees may be either individuals who or organizations that, through education, research, outreach, and/or scholastic leadership, have contributed to the knowledge base of defense and security practitioners, advanced a cooperative international security environment, and/or promoted sustainable institutional capacity in the Americas. Awardees will have made sustained contributions in their fields in a manner consistent with the Perry Center’s mission.

Individual Category
  • 2021 – No Award Presented
  • 2020 – No Award Presented
  • 2019 – Dr. Linda Castro Gainza
  • 2018 – General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda
  • 2017 – Dr. Marcos Pablo Moloeznick Gruer
  • 2016 – Ambassador Luigi Einaudi
  • 2015 – Admiral Francisco Soberón Sanz and Prof. Ivelaw Griffith
  • 2014 – Dr. Richard Millett
  • 2013 – Dr. María Liz García de Arnold
  • 2012 – President Felipe Calderón
  • 2011 – Mr. Nelson Jobim
  • 2010 – Dr. José Bayardi and General (ret.) John Galvin
  • 2009 – No Award Presented
  • 2008 – President Álvaro Uribe Vélez
Institutional Category Other Awards
  • 2017 – Mr. John Cope (Legacy Award)