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IWP presents cyber award to West Point graduate

Lexie Johnson

Above: CAPT Chris Glass USN (Ret.), Senior Vice President for Professional Affiliations, and CAPT Dean Lane, USN (Ret.), Senior Vice President for Cyber Intelligence, with 2nd Lieutenant Lexie Johnson, US Army, the first recipient of IWP’s annual Cyber Statecraft Award to an outstanding graduate of West Point.

On Thursday, May 24, CAPT Dean Lane, USN (Ret.), Senior Vice President for Cyber Intelligence, and CAPT Chris Glass USN (Ret.), Senior Vice President for Professional Affiliations, presented the first annual Institute of World Politics Cyber Statecraft Award to 2nd Lieutenant Lexie Johnson, US Army. The presentation was made during the Superintendent’s Awards for Excellence and Achievement Ceremony at the United States Military Academy at West Point, class of 2018 convocation.

Prior to the ceremony, Chris and Dean had the opportunity to spend personal time with Lexie and her family, who were attending the ceremony. Lexie’s parents, Russ and Patty, and her brother Nick (who wants to be a professional baseball pitcher) all reside in Kansas. Lexie graduated in the top 5% of the class of 2018 and was also presented with the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence with Distinguished Cadet Award during the ceremony. Lexie participates in the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition, a military skills competition at West Point that first began in 1967, and the Yoga club. She is also interested in the creation of cyber policies.

The award represents a partnership between IWP’s Cyber Intelligence Initiative (Ci2) and the U.S. Army Cyber Institute. It will be presented each year to an outstanding graduate who has demonstrated superior excellence and initiative in cyber statecraft studies.

2nd Lieutenant Johnson majored and received her degree in International Relations and Russian Language.  While at West Point, Lexie held the cadet rank of Cadet Captain, which has the same responsibilities and is equivalent to an Army Battalion Commander. After her graduation from West Point, 2LT Johnson plans to pursue graduate studies at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Israel. 

Both Chris and Dean describe Lexie and her family as “All American.” She is intelligent and engaging, and upon her return to the United States, Lexie has expressed interest in pursuing a second Master’s degree from IWP.