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Indian American defense expert gets Lifetime Achievement Award

Vivek Lall

Son of an Indian diplomat, Lall has played a key role in advancing US defense trade

Vivek Lall, Indian American chief executive of General Atomics Global Corporation, has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by President Joe Biden ‘With Grateful Recognition.’

Signed by Biden personally, the citation was given to Lall by the AmeriCorps, a government agency which aims to foster activities that bring Americans closer together to “serve communities” and the Office of the President.

Lall, son of an Indian diplomat who has worked for Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and now General Atomics, has played a key role in advancing US defense trade. He was one of a handful of Indian Americans to have been invited to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Washington visit.

General Atomics specializes in the fields of nuclear technology and has developed state-of-the-art Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) like the Predator, Reaper and Guardian drones.

READ: US-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems to open office in New Delhi (July 13, 2016)

Lall was  appointed as Chairman of the Indo-US Strategic Dialogue by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce in August 2011.

Lall, who has completed his PhD in aerospace engineering from Wichita State University in Kansas, has also been affiliated with the United Nations to advise on Broadband and Cyber Security issues for challenges within the global community and provide services that will address them.

He is serving as a US Technical Team Member to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Science and Technology Organization (STO) with the Pentagon.

He was appointed in a critical advisory role to the Secretary Department of Transportation, encompassing entities like the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in 2018.

Lall was also appointed as Distinguished Fellow at India’s think tank Observer Research Foundation. He also served as Chairman of the Defense Committee of The Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) and as the CEO and President of Reliance Ventures, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited.

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