The Intelligence and National Security Alliance has selected Leon Panetta, a former defense secretary and CIA director, to receive the organization’s William Oliver Baker Award for his nearly five-decade career in public service.
Panetta will receive the award June 6 at the 30th annual William Oliver Baker Award ceremony in Washington, INSA announced Thursday.
INSA gives the Baker Award to intelligence and national security leaders in the government, private sector and academia for achievements and contributions to the fields.
“Secretary Panetta’s dedication and sustained excellence make him an outstanding model for all professionals in public service, especially those in the intelligence and national security communities, and the ideal recipient of the award’s landmark, thirtieth year of recognizing excellence and selfless service,” said John Negroponte, INSA chairman ambassador.
Panetta became CIA director in January 2009 and moved to the Pentagon two years later as defense secretary.
He is also served as chief of chief of staff and budget director for President Bill Clinton.