BENS Eisenhower Award
The BENS Eisenhower Award, first presented in 1986 on the 25th Anniversary of President Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, recognizes those outstanding Americans whose contributions to our country best reflect President Eisenhower’s definition of security as “...the total product of our economic, intellectual, moral and military strength.”
Both public servants and private citizens have been selected by members of the BENS Board of Directors to receive the Award. Past recipients have included President Jimmy Carter; Secretaries of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Condoleezza Rice; Secretaries of Defense Robert Gates, William Perry, and William Cohen; Senators Richard Lugar, Sam Nunn, Carl Levin, John McCain and John Warner; Generals David Petraeus, James Jones, John Abizaid, and Michael Hayden, as well as business leaders Thomas Watson, Jr., Tom Peters, Norm Augustine, Denis Bovin, Fred Smith, Robert Rubin, Josh Weston and John Whitehead, among others.
Below are a selection of photos from past BENS Eisenhower Award Dinners.