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Precision Strike Association's (PSA) Richard H. Johnson Technical Achievement Award (the Johnson Trophy), is named after the first recipient, and presented annually to recognize an individual from public or private sector for outstanding personal technical achievements resulting in significant contribution to precision strike systems. The recipient of the Richard H. Johnson Award will be honored during the luncheon at the PSA-Precision Strike Technology Symposium.

Dick Johnson, who was awarded the trophy posthumously, was an exemplar of such achievements, having personally led the design or redesign of more precision strike airframes than any contemporary. In a number of conflicts over the past two decades, the majority of weapon airframes employed were Johnson’s designs. His designs, or imitations of them, appear in nearly every nation’s military were precision strike systems are employed.

Dick never managed a large group, or ran a program. He was a highly productive engineer whose life was marked by decades of innovation and record breaking, as well as a record breaking pilot.

The trophy is awarded each year based on deliberations of a distinguished jury of industry, government and military members, and of the PSA Nominating Committee, and is awarded at the annual Precision Strike Technology Symposium (PSTS) to be held 25-27 October, 2016 at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD. Nominations for the Johnson Trophy are open to any US or allied individual.

Criteria for selecting the annual award recipient are:

Primary Considerations:

• Notable technical innovation in the field of precision strike which advanced the defense of the United States
• Contributions as an individual
• Technical contributions which advanced state of the art

Secondary Considerations; a legacy of personal technical innovation and accomplishment which:

• Transcends a single program
• Has been widely felt by the warfighters who defend the United States
• Has influenced other technologists as measured by factors such as imitation, and mentoring
• Have made precision strike systems more widely available to warfighters who defend the United States

Other considerations:

• A record of innovation found in publications, patents, and similar public domain sources


Deadline for submissions has been extened to: Wednesday, September 7, 2016.

* 1. Name of Person Submitting the Nomination

* 2. Name of Person being nominated

* 3. Name of the Weapon System(s) or Program(s) the Individual is being nominated for.

* 4. Summary

* 5. Operational Impact

* 6. Current Status

* 7. Primary Considerations
• Notable technical innovation in the field of precision strike which advanced the defense of the United States
• Contributions as an individual
• Technical contributions which advanced state of the art

* 8. Secondary Considerations; a legacy of personal technical innovation and accomplishment which:
• Transcends a single program
• Has been widely felt by the warfighters who defend the United States
• Has influenced other technologists as measured by factors such as imitation, and mentoring
• Have made precision strike systems more widely available to warfighters who defend the United States

* 9. Other considerations
• A record of innovation found in publications, patents, and similar public domain sources

* 10. Please add his/her biography here:

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