2020 Red Tie Award Winner

Melissa Drisko (posthumously)

Melissa Drisko
Read more about Melissa's award in the May Chairman's Update

The “Red Tie” Luncheon and Award

Every year during the NIP Spring “Red Tie” Luncheon, the Red Tie Award is given out to someone who has made significant and long-lasting contributions to naval intelligence. The luncheon and award have evolved over time from the the early days (1960) when it specifically involved Soviet Naval analysts. While the 1960 luncheon included only ONI analysts, it quickly expanded to include British and Canadian counterparts. Then, after DIA was founded and many ONI analysts moved to DIA in 1962, it was attended by ONI, DIA, Brits and Canadians. From there it spread to all those who were Soviet Navy analysts, wherever they worked, and ultimately to any naval intelligence professional. In 1983 the informal "Order of the Red Tie" initiated the Dworkin Award to recognize excellence in analysis of the Soviet Navy problem and in 1988 NIP initiated the first Red Tie Award in recognition of lifetime achievement in Naval Intelligence.

The Significance of the Red Tie

ONI’s Soviet Naval Analysts proudly wore scarlet foulards decorated with embroidered Sverdlov-class cruisers and the Hammer and Sickle to their annual luncheon honoring analytic excellence on the maritime threat. The original Red “Tie” (designed in the mid-to-late 1960s) was embossed with red stars that were superimposed on anchors. While the design of the Red Tie has since evolved, it has always remained true to the original spirit. In that vein and to meet the challenges of the 21st century, there is a new design for the venerable Red Tie that features the proud NIP logo to commemorate the renaissance of America’s oldest intelligence service. 

Original Red Tie
NIP Red Tie
NIP President Rear Admiral (Ret) presents 2019 Red Tie                
award to Lynn Wright                          









Key Dates in Red Tie History

1960: First Red Tie Luncheon
1983: Red Tie Association gives out first “Dworkin Award” to recognize excellence in Soviet Navy analysis during annual “informal luncheon”
1988: NIP awards its first Red Tie Award (under NIP sponsorship)
1991: NIP assumes sponsorship of all things Red Tie (Luncheon and Award)

Red Tie Award Recipients+/- more info

1988: CAPT Bill Manthorpe, USN, Retired
1989: RADM Sam Frankel, USN, Retired
1990: CAPT Emory Sourbeer, USN, Retired
1991: CDR Bob Herrick, USN, Retired
1992: CAPT Wyman Packard, USN, Retired
1993: RADM Mac Showers, USN, Retired
1994: CAPT J.Q. Edwards, USN, Retired
1995: Lou Tordella
1996: RADM Tom Brooks, USN, Retired
1997: RADM Sumner Shapiro, USN, Retired
1998: Rich Haver
1999: CAPT Dick Bates, USN, Retired
2000: Paul Lowell
2001: CAPT Bill Hatch, USN, Retired
2002: ADM Bill Studeman, USN, Retired
2003: CAPT Frank Notz, USN, Retired (Posthumously)
2004: LtCol John Guenther, USMC, Retired
2005: ADM Bobby Inman, USN, Retired
2006: VADM Mike McConnell, USN, Retired
2007: VADM Earl Rectanus, USN, Retired
2008: Jim Sloan
2009: CAPT Sid Wood, USN, Retired
2010: CAPT Lou Martinez, USN, Retired
2011: CAPT Tony Sesow, USN, Retired
2012: No Award
2013: RADM Rick Porterfield, USN, Retired
2014: CAPT Roger Granum, USN, Retired
2015: VADM Jake Jacoby, USN, Retired
2016: CAPT JR Reddig, USN, Retired
2017: Tish Long
2018: Dennis Harry (Posthumously)
2018: George Fedoroff
2019: B. Lynn Wright
2020: Melissa Drisko