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UAH in elite national group receiving industrial security award

HUNTSVILLE — The University of Alabama in Huntsville was the only university to receive the 2022 Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award. UAH, which was one of 26 other winners, also was honored in 2018.

The Cogswell Award focuses on principles of industrial security excellence and providing leadership in establishing best practices.

“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,” said Interim UAH President Dr. Charles Karr.

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.

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