General Atomics’ Leadership Recognized with Prestigious John R. Alison Award

During a special event at the 2023 Air, Space & Cyber Conference in Maryland, the Air Force Association (AFA) honored General Atomics’ Chairman and CEO Neal Blue and Linden S. Blue with the John R. Alison Award. This prestigious award recognizes significant industry contributions to U.S. National Defense. The Blues received the award from Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall, U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. (Ret.) David A. Deptula, and AFA Chairman Bernie Skoch.

Under Neal and Linden S. Blue’s leadership, General Atomics rapidly developed the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9A Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft to address America’s growing security needs after the 9/11 attacks. Their visionary efforts transformed modern combat by combining long-loiter times, advanced cameras and sensors, and satellite connectivity. These innovations allowed air crews to identify, monitor, and respond to targets effectively, revolutionizing warfare capabilities.

Since 2001, General Atomics’ remotely piloted aircraft have played vital roles in every major combat operation, making unprecedented contributions to U.S. military efforts.

About GA-ASI: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a leading designer and manufacturer of reliable RPA systems, radars, electro-optic systems, and mission-related equipment. Their products include the Predator® RPA series and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar, known for their proven track record and over eight million flight hours. GA-ASI provides long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensors and data link systems to deliver persistent situational awareness. Additionally, the company offers sensor control and image analysis software, pilot training, support services, and meta-material antennas.

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