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Program Excellence

Aviation Week Network and the Program Excellence Evaluation Team have selected 24 finalists for the 2022 Program Excellence Awards. The winners will be named and all finalists honored during the annual Program Excellence Awards Banquet, scheduled for Nov. 2 as part of Aviation Week’s Aerospace & Defense Programs Conference at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. 

“Each year industry leaders conduct deep dive reviews of programs nominated for the Aviation Week Program Excellence Awards,” says Joe Anselmo, senior vice president of content and editor-in-chief for Aviation Week. “These are the best of the best in terms of program execution, and the lessons learned from these programs are shared with the aerospace and defense industry overall to drive improved performance for all. It’s a unique program, and we’re honored to be able to recognize these industry leaders and facilitate sharing the lessons learned.”

Click here to see a complete list of this year’s finalists.

Aviation Week Network’s Program Excellence 2022

Aviation Week Network’s Program Excellence Initiative

The annual program was designed by industry leaders to identify program and project management best practices and lessons learned. Aviation Week facilitates the process for these leaders, who comprise the Program Excellence Evaluation Team. 

Each nomination is scored by the Evaluation Team, with finalists selected in August. The winning programs are announced at the annual Program Excellence Awards banquet, scheduled for November 2nd at The Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C.  

The nominations should be based on the past three years of performance – 2019, 2020 and 2021. There are two divisions – Prime Contractor and Supplier—as well as a Special Projects category. 

For more information about Program Excellence, contact Carole Rickard Hedden viaemail at: [email protected]


Program Excellence Resources

2022 Program Excellence Award Submissions

2021 Program Management Best Practices I Focus on Speed

See older submissions:

2021 Program Excellence Submissions 
2019 Program Excellence Submissions
2018 Program Excellence Submissions

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In 2005 Aviation Week formed a community of program managers and project leads across the Aerospace and Defense industry to share best practices and lessons learned, and provide guidance from top decision-makers that would ensure performance success. Today, this Program Management Community consists of more than 3,000 Aerospace and Defense industry experts.

During the former DefenseChain Conference, leaders from our Program Management Community united to provide insight into the future of programs in space, commercial air transport and Defense. Delegates will meet and interact with leaders who are guiding massive changes in the development, production and sustainment of programs for the next decade. Delegates also take part in exclusive Aviation Week executive roundtables and special VIP receptions.


Program Excellence Evaluation Team