Did you know that the first federal organization to earn a Baldrige Award—the nation’s highest honor for U.S. organizations that achieve excellence—is a unit of the U.S. Army? That’s right: the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering (ARDEC; see profile in this PDF) won the Baldrige Award in 2007, a year after Congress passed legislation that extended award eligibility to U.S. nonprofit organizations.
The third Baldrige Award recipient among U.S. nonprofit organizations—one of seven in the sector to have earned the high distinction over the past decade—is also associated with the U.S. military. That organization, a unit of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that earned the Baldrige Award in 2009, is VA Cooperative Studies Program Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordinating Center (see profile in this PDF).
Below you can find links to blogs about those high-performing organizations, as well as others describing how U.S. military organizations have used the Baldrige framework to help them effectively and efficiently meet their missions to defend the nation. Listed in order of publication date, the following blogs describe merely a sampling of ways that organizations involved in the nation’s defense have benefited from use of the Baldrige Excellence Framework (which includes the Criteria for Performance Excellence).
2. Using Baldrige to Support Our Military, Veterans (March 2017)
3. Focus on the 2016 Judges’ Panel: Major General John C. Harris, Jr. (August 2016)
6. For Manufacturers, Baldrige Could be the “Cure” for Focusing on the Future (Part II; June 2015)
7. A Role-Model Government Center That Keeps Getting Better (September 2014)
8. Increasing Overall Performance in the Texas Army National Guard (January 2014)
10. "To Care For Him Who Shall Have Borne the Battle..." (March 2011)
11. How ARDEC Fields a Winning Team (June 2010)
The Baldrige Performance Excellence Program is proud to have provided resources and services over the past decade that have supported high performance by these and many other organizations involved in the nation’s defense.