Senator Lugar to receive CNA's Nitze Award

The non-profit think tank CAN recently awarded Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) its 2012 Paul H. Nitze award for leadership in the area of national security.

Lugar, the U.S. Senate's most senior republican, is scheduled to receive the award at CAN's 70th anniversary banquet and awards dinner. The award honors distinguished leaders who are critical in promoting, stimulating and fostering the public's knowledge of national security issues, according to

Among the senator's most notable foreign policy accomplishments has been his work on reducing the threat posed by chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. In 1991, he led efforts to reduce WMD stockpiles in the former Soviet Union. His efforts, along with those of then- Senate Armed Services Chairman, Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), resulted in the deactivation of 7,500 nuclear warheads once aimed at the United States.

The congressman is currently the republican leader of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He was first elected to congress in 1976, and is his state's longest serving national legislator. He will retire at the end of the current congressional term.

The CAN Nitze Award is named after Paul Henry Nitze, a statesman and former trustee of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who was a principal architect of American foreign policy for 50 years.