Chapter Guidance

NDIA's 27 chapters, many of which are located near major US military commands, defense agencies, and corporate and academia research centers, are the grassroots of the association.

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  • Network at local events to meet-and-greet with others involved in the defense business, and reach out to key decision-makers in government and private industry
  • Tour local military installations and facilities hosted by senior military commanders and top defense company executives
  • Strengthen professional relationships with government and industry representatives through small informal venues
  • Learn first-hand knowledge of policy and trends and how it affects the small to large defense industry on the local and national levels

Chapter Management Manual
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The Chapter Management Manual provides the chapter leadership with guidance in managing and strengthening a NDIA chapter within the local community.  The manual is  important for chapter officers and directors to review since there are mandatory guidelines in place set by the National Board of Directors.

Operating Principles of Chapters
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NDIA has updated many of its governance documents. One change is to shift from “chapter bylaws” to “operating principles”. NDIA’s chapters are not separate organizations, but part of the enterprise. Its governing body does not have corporate fiduciary, and is accountable to the NDIA National Board.

These operating principles set forth the basic requirements and agreements between NDIA and its chapters. Chapters may structure themselves to suit local conditions, as long as they follow the minimum requirements set forth therein. Chapters shall update these when there is a change in Chapter President, and at least annually at the change in fiscal year.

Model Chapter Program
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The Program was established in 2001 to promote the continuing relationship and open communication between National and its chapters. The Model Chapter Criteria is during the period of 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017.  Chapter nominations are due NLT 13 October 2017.

Special Recognition of 2016 Model Chapters
Central Florida
Delaware Valley
Greater Hampton Roads
Greater Los Angeles
Great Rivers
Gulf Coast
Lone Star
New England
Rocky Mountain
San Diego
Tennessee Valley
Washington, DC
Wright Brothers Regional

updated 9/272017


For Chapter Inquiries:

Ms. Molly Flanagan

Director, Chapter Relations