Program Excellence

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


Program Excellence Evaluation Team

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Program Excellence Nominees

2021 Program Excellence Award Nominees

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 complimentary 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 for more information

Program Excellence: Resources

2021 Program Excellence Submissions 


See older submissions:

2019 Program Excellence Submissions

2018 Program Excellence Submissions

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