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Program Management Corner


The Aviation Week Program Excellence Team has chosen 22 programs as finalists for this year’s awards. The finalists will be honored at the Program Excellence Awards Banquet Oct. 23 at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner in McLean, Virginia.

Finalists are:
Supplier System Design — CPI Aero Next Generation Mid Band Jammer Pod; Northrop Grumman Missile Defense Agency Threat Modeling Center

Supplier Production — Elbit Systems of America Common Laser Range Finder Integrated Capability (CLRF IC); Northrop Grumman F-35 [Fuselage] Production Rate Ramp Up

Supplier Sustainment — Elbit Systems of America F-16 HUD Value Engineering Upgrade (VECP); Honeywell Aerospace C-130J RAAF Jetwave

Special Projects — Boeing Commercial Aircraft ecoDemonstrator; Northrop Grumman Parker Solar Probe Upper Stage; Raytheon Space & Airborne Systems Raven Claw

OEM System Design — Aurora Flight Sciences Autonomous Passenger Air Vehicle (PAV) Prototype; Boeing T-X Advanced Pilot Training Program; Embraer E-190/E-2; General Atomics Aeronautical Systems SkyGuardian Unmanned Aircraft System; Lockheed Martin InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) Mars Lander; Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems AN/SQS-62 Variable Depth Sonar (VDS)

OEM Production — Boeing Joint Direct Attack Munition; Elbit Systems of America Night Vision Cueing Device (NVCD); Lockheed Martin Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile; Northrop Grumman PGK GPS Guided Nose Kit; and Raytheon Rolling Airframe Missile

OEM Sustainment — Lockheed Martin Air Force Distributed Common Ground Station; Raytheon Air Operations Center Weapon System Sustainment and Modification

Winners will be named during the Oct. 23 banquet.

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Becoming a Program Excellence Evaluation Team Member

Aviation Week facilitates a process set up by industry leaders 15 years ago to identify excellence in program leadership. Each Evaluation Team member takes part in scoring the nominee applications against four factors that were identified as critical to program leadership — creating value, leading organizations, managing and adapting to complexity, and creating measurements that serve as an alert system versus a rearview mirror.

The Program Excellence Initiative is an annual program that the participating companies support not only as a way of upping the industry’s game on program performance and providing positive visibility for this demanding aerospace profession, but also for invaluable best-practice sharing and program/project manager education and training that is almost impossible to gain any other way.

Member companies have one voting representative on the Evaluation Team; each company also receives free complementary seats to all Program Excellence events. The team assists in nominating programs for the awards program and coordinates within their own companies a process to score entries that simultaneously creates a learning opportunity for the company’s program community. Team members assist in identifying the most significant challenges faced in program execution.

If you’re interested in your company joining the Program Excellence Evaluation Team, contact carole.hedden@aviationweek.com for more information

Program Excellence Initiative

Gather, analyze, learn, apply.

Aviation Week Network's Program Excellence initiative as part of the DefenseChain event unites leaders from across aerospace and defense companies, from program/project leaders and engineers to the IT experts, supply chain managers and strategic planning executives who together create performance success.

For more information on Program Excellence please contact Carole.Hedden@aviationweek.com.


Program Excellence Evaluation Team

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