Raytheon and Government Security News honored retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen Monday with the publication’s first-ever award for “Distinguished Leadership and Innovation in Public Safety and Security.”
A Raytheon statement calls the award GSN’s highest public safety award, recognizing individuals who contribute to the public’s safety and well-being through the virtues of personal integrity, leadership skills and innovative thinking.
“Admiral Allen is a public servant of remarkable talent and devotion, and exemplifies the best in leadership qualities and innovative thinking,” said Daniel Crowley, president of Raytheon’s network centric systems business. “Raytheon is honored to bestow this premier award on such an accomplished individual.”
During videotaped acceptance remarks, Allen said first responders need to have access to interoperable communications capabilities, already in existence in everyday lives of many citizens.
“We need to get to a national system that allows interoperable voice, data and video communications when and where we need it, because it is happening in the private sector in our daily lives with our hand-held devices,” Allen said in the video. “We can’t waste any more time in not putting these capabilities in the hands of our first responders.”