The National Defense Intelligence College (NDIC) Ann Caracristi award was established in 2002 to recognize postgraduate academic excellence in the field of intelligence at the NDIC. All sea service students enrolled in the postgraduate program at NDIC are eligible for the award and the winner is selected by a faculty committee. The award consists of a commemorative wall plaque, an engraved telescope and a 1-year membership in Naval Intelligence Professionals.
The Deputy Director of the National Security Agency from January 1980 to August 1982, Miss Caracristi has had a career in intelligence that dates from World War II. Since her retirement she has served on several commissions, boards and committees related to national security. She was a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and of the Intelligence Oversight Board from 1993 until 2001. During these years she also served on the Board of Visitors of the Joint Military Intelligence College, as a consultant to the NSA Scientific Advisory Board and as a member of the DCI/Secretary of Defense Joint Security Commission. She was a member of the Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the United States Intelligence Community and of the National Research Council's Committee to Study National Cryptography Policy. She served on the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel from 1982 until 1991 and was on the Board of Visitors of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center from 1991 until 1993. She chaired a Director of Central Intelligence Task Force on Intelligence Community Training from September 1992 to January 1993.
Miss Caracristi holds a BA degree from Russell Sage College and is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute. Her awards and honors include the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal and the United States National Security Award. She was an original and long-time member of the Naval Intelligence Foundation Board of Advisors, and was the originator and strong proponent of the idea for a NIF Award at JMIC now NDIC. Consequently, to honor her contributions, NIF named the JMIC/NDIC award for her.