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Retlif Recognized With Defense Security Service Award

Ronkonkoma laboratory receives “Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award” from the US Defense Security Service (DSS).

St. Louis, Missouri, USA………….Retlif Testing Laboratories, the internationally recognized strategic compliance organization,and one of the USA’s leading independent EMC/EMI and Environmental testing laboratories, has received the prestigious Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award from the Defense Security Service (DSS). The Cogswell award recognizes industrial security excellence and outstanding achievement in matters related exclusively to a facility’s security program. Established in 1966, it honors the late Air Force Colonel James S. Cogswell, the first Chief of Industrial Security within the Department of Defense.

Retlif Executive Vice President and Facility Security Officer William K. Hayes commented, “Retlif prepares for DSS assessments by continually maintaining an active readiness posture where security is an integral part of every employee’s job. We have a security education program in place, and we regularly apply DSS training and resources to solve situations at our facility in an efficient manner. Considering there are over 13,000 defense contractors, we are very proud to be selected for the award.”

Retlif President Walter Poggi added, “The DSS criteria for the Cogswell Award centers on the creation and maintenance of security programs that far exceed National Industrial Security Program requirements. We are greatly honored to receive the Cogswell Award for a second time in five years.”



Photo Caption: [left to right]

  • Gus Green, Director of Industrial Security Field Operations, Defense Security Service
  • Dan Payne, Director, Defense Security Service
  • Donald Dwyer, Assistant Facility Security Officer, Retlif Testing Laboratories
  • William Hayes, Facility Security Officer and Executive Vice President, Retlif Testing Laboratories
  • Cheryl Matthew, Northern Regional Director, Defense Security Service
  • Mike Halter, Deputy Director Industrial Security Field Operations, Defense Security Service


Retlif Testing Laboratories, with headquarters in Ronkonkoma NY, also has locations in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Washington DC. Retlif recently celebrated its 40thanniversary.