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NDIA is a 501(c)3 corporate and individual membership association that engages thoughtful and innovative leaders to promote the best policies, practices, products and technology to build a more responsive and collaborative community in support of defense and national security.

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NDIA is the national leader in promoting the highest level of business ethics in the defense and national security community.  Our member companies have the highest calling to leadership in demonstrating ethical standards that are the benchmarks for the industry.


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Policy Highlights

The NDIA Policy team monitors, advocates for, and educates government stakeholders on, policy matters of importance to the defense industrial base.  Our mission is to ensure the continued existence of a viable, competitive national technology and industrial base, strengthen the government-industry partnership through dialogue, and provide interaction between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. The Policy team also represents NDIA in several inter-association groups representing the defense industry and the government contracting community including the Council of Defense and Space Industry Associations (CODSIA), the Acquisition Reform Working Group (ARWG), and the Industry Logistics Coalition (ILC).

Over the past three years, the Policy team has led NDIA’s Acquisition Reform Initiative. This effort has provided legislative recommendations to assist Congressional acquisition reform efforts, many of which were enacted or influenced final provisions in the Fiscal Year 2016 and Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Acts. Policy staff regularly meets with key policy stakeholders, and manages Congressional interaction with NDIA Chapters and Divisions.

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Why Join

With more than 1,700 corporate members and nearly 70,000 individual members, NDIA embodies the full spectrum of corporate, individual, government and academic stakeholders who advocate for best practices, products and initiatives to champion a vigilant and innovative industrial base.

As a 501(c)3 membership organization, NDIA is an honest broker that convenes legal and ethical forums where key defense community stakeholders can exchange ideas, information and perspectives to collaboratively build upon capabilities in support of a strong national defense.


NDIA Spotlight


    Women Need Pathfinders to Serve as Role Models

    February, 2020

    An internal Hewlett Packard study found men will apply for a job or promotion if they meet approximately 60 percent of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100 percent. Reading the results, I wondered whether the survey provided a partial explanation for why men continue to outnumber women at senior levels in the Defense Department and within the industry.



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    National Defense
    The business and technology magazine of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)

    National Defense Magazine equips its readers with information they can use. It helps its readers stay on top of market trends, scientific breakthroughs, product development, and military programs by bringing them news and views from the Pentagon, the administration, Congress, and industry.

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NDIA's 29 Chapters, many of which are located near major U.S. military commands, defense agencies, and corporate and academic research centers, are the grassroots of the Association.