William Perry recognized for his lifetime of service

Beyond his term as 19th Secretary of Defense, William J. Perry has spent a lifetime working in defense of our nation. This month, he was honored in three separate ceremonies for his tireless efforts pursuing a safer America.

Bill Perry stands in front of his sections in the California Hall of Fame



On November 10th, the State of California honored Dr. Perry by inducting him into the California Hall of Fame, lauding his California-based business career roots and his long-time position as Professor of Engineering at California based Stanford University. Dr. Perry began his trajectory towards a career in defense when he founded his first company, ESL Inc., in 1964, pioneering digital technologies and satellite reconnaissance systems. His technical expertise led to frequent requests to advise the government on national security, including during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Dr. Perry was inducted into the California Hall of Fame among other distinguished Californians as Harrison Ford, Isabel Allende, Maria Shriver, and George Takei. 


On December 6th, Bill Perry was honored to receive the Distinguished National Security Leadership Award at the Center for a New American Security 10th Anniversary celebration. Dr. Perry was integral to the founding and continued success of the distinguished bi-partisan defense think-tank, and served on the founding Board of Directors of CNAS. 


Sam Nunn, Richard Lugar, and William Perry at the Nunn-Lugar award ceremony

On December 12th, Bill Perry was honored to receive the Nunn-Lugar Award for Promoting Nuclear Security. The Nunn-Lugar Award was established in 2012 in honor of U.S. Senators Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar. The Carnegie Endowment and Carnegie Corporation created the award to recognize an individual or institution whose work has helped strengthen global security and further peaceful co- existence among nations by preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons and reducing the risk of their use.