Exelis CEO Melcher wins national defense award

Exelis, a defense company, announced on Monday that David Melcher, the company's president and CEO, was recognized by the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) for his contribution to national defense.

The AUSA Council of Trustees presented Melcher with the 2014 John W. Dixon Award, an award commemorating the contributions of American industry to the security of the U.S. The award's namesake, John W. Dixon, was a soldier, government official, scholar, industrial executive, public leader and an academic.

Melcher, who retired as a lieutenant general with 32 years of service, led Exelis' spinoff from former parent company ITT Corporation in 2011. Since that time, Melcher made Exelis a partner of choice for the Army and empowered company employees to bring mission-critical capabilities to soldiers on the ground.

Melcher will receive the award during a luncheon at the AUSA annual meeting and exposition on October 15 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Exelis develops night vision systems, networked communications systems and decision support solutions for soldiers and command center controllers to build situational awareness for quick decisions. Exelis is the largest producer of high-performance night vision products in the world.

In November 2012, Exelis established an employee volunteer service program to support servicemembers, veterans and their families.