Chapter Guidance

NDIA's 26 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.

  • 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

The Chapter Management Manual provides the chapter leadership with guidance in managing and strengthening a NDIA chapter within the local community, and assistance to new chapters as they begin the formation process.

View 2017 Chapter Management Manual

Model Chapter Program

The Model Chapter Program was established in 2001 to promote the continuing relationship and open communication between National and its chapters.

Special Recognition for Model Chapters

We are pleased to announce the following NDIA Model Chapters for 2016:

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 

2017 Model Chapter Criteria

(Mandatory criteria *)
1. Designated a board member to participate in and/or support at least one of NDIA's 27 Divisions.
2. Ensure ALL board members of the chapter are NDIA members in good-standing.  *
3. Designate a NDIA chapter board member liaison with the local Women In Defense (WID) Chapter board to promote mutual support and joint ventures (should be reciprocal).  Not applicable if there is not a local WID Chapter. 
4. Must have NDIA chapter bylaws with signatures of current chapter and NDIA presidents. *
5. Ensure chapter is financially self-sustaining with annual income exceeding annual expenses. *
6. Submit quarterly financial reports no later than the required. * 
7. Coordinate chapter event(s) with NDIA to prevent schedule conflicts within a geographic area. * 
8. Initiate frequent communication with members via e-mail, chapter website, and other sources of outreach (Request current chapter member list from National office).
9. Provide updated Board of Directors contact information twice per year: 1 June and 1 Dec 2017.
10. Participate in local military and educational initiatives in the areas of STEM programs, Senior ROTC Military awards recognition, Wounded Warriors, USO, and Fisher House, etc. *
11. Conduct events that will strengthen NDIA corporate, individual, and free government growth.  Each chapter should attempt to maintain or exceed the previous year’s membership total.  
12. Develop and monitor content of chapter developed website in overall areas of NDIA chapter logo, current chapter board member list, events, and NDIA privacy statement link.   
13. Maintain quality of NDIA branding in all chapter publications (Newsletters, Brochures, Letterhead).
14. Nominate annually a candidate for at least two of NDIA’s three major awards (Eisenhower, Forrestal, Sridhar) in the designated format and by the prescribed due date. 




For Chapter Inquiries:

Ms. Molly Flanagan

Director, Chapter Relations