UAH in elite national group receiving industrial security award

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Michael Mercier / UAH

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of Alabama System, was one of only 26 winners of the 2022 Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award.

UAH was the only institute of higher learning in the nation to be chosen for the award. The university also was awarded in 2018.

The Cogswell Award focuses on principles of industrial security excellence, including 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.

“This distinguished research award from one of the nation’s leading agencies providing oversight for America’s security operations indicates the degree of UAH’s secure operations investment and the dedication of UAH’s professional security team, as well as all the involved individuals on our campus,” says Dr. Charles Karr, interim UAH president.

Only facilities that have at a minimum two consecutive superior industrial security review ratings and show a sustained degree of excellence and innovation in their overall security program management, implementation and oversight can be nominated by a DCSA industrial security representative. DCSA makes the final selections.

The award was established in 1966 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 includes an emphasis on the partnership between industry and government to protect classified information.