Members of NRL's Radar Division Receive Hammer Award


4/20/1998 - 42-98r
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Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen recently honored members of the Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL's) Radar Division, with Vice President Al Gore's Hammer Award, for their involvement in the NATO Seasparrow Surface Missile System (NSSMS) Capability Modernization program. Dr. Ben Cantrell, head of the Radar Division's Target Characteristic Branch, accepted the award on behalf of the group. He was cited for his "contribution to building a government that works better and costs less."

The NSSMS is the first DoD international cooperative project to receive the award. NRL's contribution to the program was the development of a very low-cost replacement signal data processor for the NSSMS. The NSSMS' reengineering effort resulted in development and production cost savings, a reduction in annual maintenance costs, a reduction in system training requirements, and it provided the fleet with new and enhanced performance capabilities.

The Hammer Award is presented to teams of federal employees who have made significant contributions in support of reinventing government principles and reducing acquisition costs. The award consists of a $6.00 hammer, a ribbon, and a note from Vice President Gore, all in an aluminum frame. More than 1,000 Hammer Awards have been presented to teams of federal employees, state and local employees, and citizens who are working to build a better government.

Members of the NRL team are: Mr. Jim Alter, Dr. Ben Cantrell, Ms. Athena Caul, Mr. Hugh Faust, Mr. John McConnell and Ms. Amy O'Brien.



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