Navigator Awards

The Seventh Annual Navigator Awards were held June 27, 2006 at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The 2006 Navigator Honorees were:

Executive Branch: LTG Keith B. Alexander, USA, Director, National Security Agency

Executive Branch: Dr. John Marburger, Science Advisor to the President, and Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy

Legislative Branch: The Honorable Charles Albert “Dutch” Ruppersberger, III, United States Congressman, Maryland

Lifetime Achievement: Vice Admiral Arthur K. Cebrowski, USN (Ret.)—Posthumous Award


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LTG Keith B. Alexander, US Army - Director, National Security Agency

Lieutenant General Keith B. Alexander, USA, is the Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service (NSA/CSS), Fort George G. Meade, MD. Previous assignments include the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence (DCS, G-2), Headquarters, Department of the Army; Commanding General of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command; Director of Intelligence, United States Central Command; and Deputy Director for Requirements, Capabilities, Assessments and Doctrine, J-2, for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. LTG Alexander has served in a variety of command assignments in Germany and the United States. These include tours as Commander of Border Field Office, 511th Military Intelligence (MI) Battalion, 66th MI Group; 336th Army Security Agency Company, 525th MI Group; 204th MI Battalion; and 525th MI Brigade.

Additionally, LTG Alexander held key staff assignments as Deputy Director and Operations Officer, Army Intelligence Master Plan, for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence; S-3 and Executive Officer, 522nd MI Battalion, 2nd Armored Division; Intelligence (G-2) for the 1st Armored Division both in Germany and Operation DESERT SHIELD/ DESERT STORM in Saudi Arabia.
His badges include the Senior Parachutist Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge, and the Joint Chief of Staff Identification Badge.

LTG Alexander entered active duty at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University. He holds a Master of Science degree in Systems Technology (Electronic Warfare) and a Master of Science degree in Physics from the Naval Post Graduate School. He also holds a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University.  His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, the Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College.


Dr. John Marburger - Science Advisor to the President, and Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy

John H. Marburger, III, Science Adviser to the President and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, was born on Staten Island, N.Y., grew up in Maryland near Washington D.C. and attended Princeton University (B.A., Physics 1962) and Stanford University (Ph.D. Applied Physics 1967). Before his appointment in the Executive Office of the President, he served as Director of Brookhaven National Laboratory; the Professor and third President of the State University of New York at Stony Brook; Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering and Physics Department Chairman at University of Southern California; President of Brookhaven Science associates, a partnership between the university and Battelle Memorial Institute that competed for and won the contract to operate Brookhaven National Laboratory.

While at the University of Southern California, Dr. Marburger contributed to the rapidly growing field of nonlinear optics. He developed theory for various laser phenomena and was a co-founder of the University of Southern California’s Center for Laser Studies. His presidency at Stony Brook coincided with the opening and growth of University Hospital and the development of the biological sciences as a major strength of the university. During the 1980’s federally sponsored scientific research at Stony Brook grew to exceed that of any other public university in the northeastern United States. Dr. Marburger has served on numerous boards and committees, including chairmanship of the governor’s commission on the Shoreham Nuclear Power facility, and chairmanship of the 80 campus “Universities Research Association” which operates Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago. His strong leadership of Brookhaven National Laboratory following a series of environmental and management crises is widely acknowledged to have won back the confidence and support of the community while preserving the Laboratory's record of outstanding science.

As a public spirited scientist-administrator, Dr. Marburger has served local, state and federal governments in a variety of capacities. He is credited with bringing an open, reasoned approach to contentious issues where science intersects with the needs and concerns of society.


The Honorable Charles Albert “Dutch” Ruppersberger, III, United States Congressman, Maryland

Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger is serving his second term in the United States House of Representatives, for the citizens of Maryland's 2nd District. Congressman Ruppersberger is known as a consensus builder who works with Members from both sides of the aisle to get results for Maryland and the nation.

As a Representative, he has worked to improve of scientific and technical education, enhance national security and highlight American scientific endeavors. Congressman Ruppersberger was the first Democratic freshman ever to be appointed to the powerful House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He serves on the subcommittee for technical and tactical intelligence.  He also serves on the Government Reform Committee, the investigative arm of Congress, where he works to prevent government fraud and waste and to craft reforms to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government programs.

A native of Baltimore City, Ruppersberger began his career in public service as a Baltimore County, Maryland Assistant State's Attorney. Once there, it didn't take long for a promotion to Chief of the State's Attorney Office Investigative Division, pursuing organized crime, political corruption, and drug trafficking. He was elected to the Baltimore County Council in 1985 and was twice chosen as Council Chairman.  In December 1994 and again in 1998, Ruppersberger was elected County Executive of Baltimore County, serving until 2002 when he chose to run for the House of Representatives. Under his leadership, Baltimore County was named one of the nation's four best-managed counties by Governing Magazine in 2001 and is still one of only 19 counties nationally which continue to receive a triple-A bond rating from all three of the country's bond rating agencies.
Congressman Ruppersberger attended Baltimore City College and the University of Maryland at College Park. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore Law School.


Vice Admiral Arthur K. Cebrowski, USN (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Arthur K. Cebrowski, USN (Ret.) is best known as the father of Network Centric Warfare – the intellectual and conceptual underpinnings for modern warfare in the information age.  He wrote and lectured extensively, and was regarded as one of the nation’s principle national security futurists and the intellectual leader of a movement that transformed the Department of Defense in an age of radical change and uncertainty.

Admiral Cebrowski was born in Passaic, New Jersey and was raised and schooled in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. He was graduated from Villanova University in 1964, received his Masters Degree in Computer Systems Management from the Naval Post Graduate School in 1972 and attended the Naval War College (Strategic Studies Group) in 1981. He entered the Navy through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps in 1964 so he could be a Navy pilot. As a naval aviator he commanded Fighter Squadron 41 and Carrier Air Wing EIGHT, both embarked in USS NIMITZ (CVN 68). He later commanded the assault ship USS GUAM (LPH 9). During Desert Storm, he commanded the aircraft carrier USS MIDWAY (CV 41). Following promotion to flag rank, he became Commander, Carrier Group SIX and Commander, AMERICA Battle Group.

As a young naval aviator he flew 154 combat missions during his two tours in Vietnam. In addition to combat deployments to Vietnam and the Persian Gulf, he deployed in support of United Nations operations in Iraq, Somalia and Bosnia. Admiral Cebrowski flew multiple aircraft, principally fighters, from several carriers and deployed to all ocean areas. His tours of duty included service with the US Air Force; the staff of Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet; the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations on four occasions; and with the Joint Staff as Director for Command, Control, Communications and Computers (J6). Admiral Cebrowski’s personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, five awards of the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, two Meritorious Service Medals, ten Air Medals and two Navy Commendation Medals with combat “V”. He was also the 1991 winner of the John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership.

Admiral Cebrowski solidified his position as a leading defense intellectual as the President of the Naval War College from July 1998 to September 2001. Admiral Cebrowski’s influence and analysis contributed directly to improved Naval and Defense Force structure. His vision helped institute resolute policies, processes and examples that profoundly enhanced the strategic posture of our nation.

Upon his retirement from the Naval War College in 2001, Admiral Cebrowski was appointed by the Secretary of Defense as the first Director, Force Transformation. As Director, he was the focal point and catalyst for implementing the President and Secretary of Defense’s vision for defense transformation. He brilliantly linked transformation to strategic functions, evaluated the transformational efforts of the Military Departments, and recommended steps to integrate numerous transformational activities. He reestablished the linkages between force building and force operations and uniquely brought together operational concepts with emerging technologies.

Admiral Cebrowski’s decades long leadership provided the Department of Defense and the nation with the means to face unknown challenges for years to come. He fathered and nurtured the most compelling new thoughts in warfare in the last century and provided the intellectual foundation and a strategic framework with modern solutions for the issues of our time.