The New Year is getting off to a good start for a number of long-time NTI partners and supporters who are being recognized for their public service and important contributions to global security.
We are so pleased and proud to report that:
Former NTI president (2001-2010) and Board member emeritus Charles B. Curtis will receive the James R. Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security on Friday, Jan. 13. Prior to his tenure at NTI, Curtis was appointed by President Carter as the first chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC); he also served as Under Secretary, Deputy Secretary and Acting Secretary of Energy during the Clinton administration.
“Charlie Curtis has been at the center of energy policy discussions and nuclear risk reduction for four decades,” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in announcing the award last month. “He helped shape key transitions, from his work on electricity markets during the early years of FERC to his key role in establishing lab-to-lab cooperation in the years after the Soviet Union collapse, and more recently in his founding role at the Nuclear Threat Initiative. Our nation is stronger and safer today thanks to Charlie’s skill dedication and integrity.”
Former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, a founding NTI Board member and one of the “four horsemen” who called for a world without nuclear weapons in a series of groundbreaking Wall Street Journal op-eds, was recognized by Politico for his recent crusade to educate and raise awareness among policymakers and the public about the dangers posed by nuclear weapons.
Perry “is 89 now, at the tail end of one of his generation’s most illustrious careers in national security,” write Politico’s John Harris and Bryan Bender in a lengthy and fascinating profile. “By all rights, the former U.S. secretary of Defense, a trained mathematician who served or advised nearly every administration since Eisenhower, should be filling out the remainder of his years in quiet reflection on his achievements. Instead, he has set out on an urgent pilgrimage. Bill Perry has become, he says with a rueful smile, ‘a prophet of doom.’” Read the piece here.
Rt. Hon. Baroness Shirley Williams, also a long-time NTI supporter and partner and an emeritus member of the board, received one of the highest honors that can be bestowed by the British monarch when she was made a Companion of Honour for her “services to political and public life” over a half century. The prestigious honor is given only to a small group of people for outstanding service in the arts, science, medicine or government.
Lastly, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) today (Jan. 11) will award the first Sam Nunn National Security Leadership Prize to outgoing Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. The award “honors the legacy for former Senator (and NTI Co-chairman and CEO) Sam Nunn by spotlighting and supporting courageous leaders who demonstrate vision and wisdom in addressing global challenges and who put our nation’s interest ahead of political considerations,” according to CSIS.