The 2012 John W. Dixon Award for outstanding contributions to national defense by a member of the industrial community was presented to Mark S. Newman, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of DRS Technologies, Inc.
Mr. Newman joined DRS—at that time a small specialty electronics supplier—in 1973. He became a director of the company in 1988, was promoted to president and chief executive officer in 1994 and became chairman of the board shortly thereafter. Under his leadership the company grew by leaps and bounds. Today, DRS is a market leader in several military support technology fields and employs more than 10,000 people, with nearly 20 percent of their work force having served in the U.S. armed forces.
During recent conflicts, DRS has tirelessly supported the warfighter—pushing through such cutting-edge technology programs as the Focal Plane Array, Horizontal Technology Insertion and the Improved Bradley Acquisition System and ensuring that our Soldiers have the best equipment at their disposal. When Finmeccanica SpA acquired DRS in 2008, they recognized Mr. Newman’s capacity for leadership and asked him to continue on as CEO of DRS in order to maintain quality support for the troops.
Not only has Mr. Newman excelled in running DRS Technologies, both he and the company he leads have been outstanding philanthropists. In 2005 Mr. Newman established the DRS Technologies Charitable Foundation, with a focus on helping those who serve in uniform. Together, the foundation and DRS employees raised over $1,200,000 for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which benefits the families of servicemembers who have been killed or wounded in the line of duty. One of the funded projects includes a rehabilitation pool for burn victims and amputees at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Later, the foundation Mr. Newman established would go on to raise over $500,000 for USO’s “Operation Enduring Care” for wounded warriors in military hospitals. He personally matched the DRS leadership’s $240,000 donation to jump-start the DRS $1,000,000-plus campaign to benefit “Operation Mend,” which treats military personnel with severely disfiguring facial wounds.
In recognition of his dedicated service to America’s military and as an esteemed and highly regarded member of the defense-industry community, the Association of the United States Army proudly presented the John W. Dixon Award to Mark S. Newman, on this, the twenty-fourth day of October, two thousand twelve.