Each year, SSP honors the memory of General “Jimmy” Doolittle, American war hero, aviation pioneer, and MIT graduate (SM ’24 and PhD ’25) with an awards lecture on a topic of aviation.
2016 General Jimmy Doolittle Award Dinner
The Honorable William LaPlante, Former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Acquisition and Vice President of The MITRE Corporation was presented with the MIT Security Studies Program General James Doolittle Award at a dinner on April 21, 2016. Dr. LaPlante spoke on “Perspectives on Defense Acquisition, Technology Superiority and Adaptability for our Military.” Prof. Barry Posen, SSP Director, presented the award to recognize Dr. LaPlante's contribution to US air power. The dinner was attended by SSP faculty, students and invited guests.
2014 General Jimmy Doolittle Award Dinner
On April 15, 2014, the James Doolittle Award was presented to General Janet C. Wolfenbarger, Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The topic of her talk: "Embrace Challenges As Opportunities."
2013 General Jimmy Doolittle Award Dinner
On April 25, 2013, the James Doolittle Award was presented to Michael B. Donley, Secretary of the U.S. Air Force (ret.) Mr. Donley's acceptance speech was titled "Innovation is Essential in Uncertain Times."
2012 General Jimmy Doolittle Award Dinner
On April 19, 2012, the 2012 James Doolittle Award was presented to Professor Richard K. Betts, Director, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University. The topic of Professor Betts' talk: "The Decline of Deterrence."
2011 General Jimmy Doolittle Award Dinner
On March 31, 2011, The 2011 James Doolittle Award was presented to Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations, United States Navy. Admiral Roughead spoke on "The Centennial of Naval Aviation - Launching the Next 100 Years”.
2010 General Jimmy Doolittle Award Dinner
On April 16, 2010, the 2010 James Doolittle Award was presented to Professor Richard Overy, a historian from the University of Exeter UK. Prof. Overy has published extensively on World War II.
Doolittle Awards Lectures History:
3/19/2009, Hotel Marlowe, Cambridge, MA
General Norton A. Schwartz, Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force.
"A Satisfactory Philosophy: The Legacy of Richard Feynman."
4/17/2008, Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge, MA
Thomas Christie, Director of Operational Test & Evaluation (Ret'd), U.S. Department of Defense
" What Has Acquisition Reform Wrought" and
"Did the AF Plan Its Aging and Dwindling Fighter Forces?"
4/19/2007, MIT Faculty Club
General Richard A. Cody, Vice Chief of Staff, United States Army
"Advances in Army Aviation"
5/13/2006, MIT Faculty Club
General T. Michael Moseley, Chief of Staff, US Air Force
"United States Advances in Airpower"
4/13/2005, MIT Faculty Club
General John P. Jumper, Chief of Staff of the US Air Force
“Transformation of the Air Force”
Paul Kennedy, Professor of History, Director of International Security Studies, Yale University
“Air, Land and Naval Warfare in the Second World War: Reconsideration”
4/17/2003, MIT Faculty
Alex Roland, Professor of History at Duke University
“America’s Military, Economic, Technological and Cultural Involvement with Manned Flight.”
4/22/2002, MIT Faculty Club
James G. Roche, Secretary of the Air Force
“State of the Air Force: Adapting Air and Space Power to National Security Requirements in the 21st Century”
4/27/2001, The Royal Sonesta
Hotel, Cambridge, MA
Admiral James O. Ellis, USN, Commander in Chief NATO South
“The Use of Airpower in the Kosovo Intervention”
4/2000, The Royal Sonesta
Hotel, Cambridge, MA
Lt Gen Roger DeKok, USAF, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs for the Air Force
“Launching into the New Century”
4/21/1999, MIT Faculty
Lt Gen William Campbell, USA, Director of Information Systems for Command, Control, Communications and Computers
“Unmanned Aerial Vehicles”
4/15/1998, MIT Faculty
Professor Walter E. Morrow, Jr., Director, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
“Defense Research after the Cold War”