The Pierre Sprey Award for
Pierre Sprey was a man of uncompromising integrity, peerless knowledge, clarity of thought, and unstinting generosity. He brought all of these qualities to bear in his decades of personal engagement with the political economy of the U.S. military-industrial complex. He had a profound understanding of its ramifications, both in terms of its shortcomings and the need for reform.
The Pierre Sprey Award is therefore intended not only to preserve his memory, but to foster the same spirit of clear-thinking and courageous inquiry that he unflinchingly exercised, championed, and generously shared.
Too often, today's media are willing to simply broadcast official misinformation on military operations, weapons performance, as well as the costs and budgets of defense programs without troubling to look further. These awards are designed to encourage journalism that commits truth, not only in exposing waste, fraud and abuse, but in ways to make things better.
Tom Christie is a defense analyst who worked a the Pentagon for more than three decades. At the time of his retirement, he was the most senior civil servant in the Department of Defense. He has received numerous honors for his service, including the Presidential Rank, Distinguished Executive Award.
Franklin C. Spinney
Franklin Spinney is a former Pentagon analyst. In the early 1980s, he authored the "Spinney Report," detailing the Pentagon's reckless and costly pursuit of complex weapons systems. In 2003, he received the "Good Government Award" from the Project on Government Oversight.
Winslow Wheeler worked on national security issues for both Republican and Democratic US Senators; directed multiple significant studies at GAO and authored or edited books, anthologies, commentaries, and articles while at the Center for Defense Information and the Project On Government Oversight.
Andrew Cockburn is the Washington, D.C. editor of Harper's Magazine. He has authored several books on American defense policy, including Spoils of War, Power, Profit, and the American War Machine.