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Ball Aerospace Southwest Ops Recognized with Cogswell Award

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BOULDER, Colo., June 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.'s Southwest Operations is a 2012 recipient of the James S. Cogswell Award for outstanding security practices by defense contractors. 

The Cogswell Award is the most prestigious honor in the U.S. defense industrial security field. To be considered, the facility's industrial security representative must nominate the facility, allowed only after two consecutive superior industrial security review ratings. A sustained degree of excellence and innovation must also be demonstrated in the overall security program management, implementation and oversight.

Ball's Southwest Operations is one of 26 cleared defense contractors nationwide to win the honor.  There are more than 13,000 defense contractors in the United States. 

"With less than one percent of all cleared contractors selected to receive this award annually, Ball Aerospace has joined a very elite group," said Rob Strain, chief operating officer, Ball Aerospace.  "This award recognizes Ball's commitment to protecting our warfighter at home and abroad."

The Cogswell Award honors the late Colonel James S. Cogswell, USAF, the first chief of the Department of Defense's unified Office of Industrial Security. 

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions for national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications. For more information visit

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