Recognizing Excellence in Manufacturing & Defense

2024 Award Recipient

Scott Morrison

Former Prime Minister of Australia

About the Knudsen Award

The Knudsen Award commemorates the legacy of William S. "Bill" Knudsen. He was an exemplary figure who, prior to World War II, recognized the critical need for a robust industrial base to safeguard against emerging threats. Departing from his prominent role in the automobile industry, Knudsen fervently advocated for national preparedness and galvanized action to bolster our nation's defense capabilities. Today, as we confront analogous challenges amid a shifting global landscape, the Knudsen Award honors individuals across government, industry, and the military who embody that visionary spirit. Through this distinction, the Knudsen Institute celebrates leadership that revitalizes and fortifies our defense industrial base, ensuring our collective resilience in the face of emerging threats.

2024 Sponsors & Partners

Thanks to the following companies for supporting the 2024 conference.

June 3-5, 2025

Oklahoma City Convention Center
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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