To provide a forum for the open exchange of Government and Industry views related to the Department of Defense chemical-biological defense mission area.


To provide a forum for the open exchange of Government and Industry views related to the Department of Defense chemical-biological defense mission area.

Specific objectives include:

  • Review and discuss Government chemical-biological defense acquisition policies, procedures, and actions.
  • Report on the health of the various sectors of the chemical-biological defense industry.
  • Identify impediments to sustaining a responsive chemical-biological defense industrial base.
  • Provide a platform for identifying issues related to the chemical-biological defense life-cycle, from development through disposal.

The Chemical-Biological Defense Acquisition Initiatives Forum (CBDAIF) is formed from the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) corporate membership consisting of executives from defense Industry producers of chemical-biological defense capabilities and providers of chemical-biological defense related services.

Membership positions will be as follows:

Chairman Emeritus
Sector Leads

  • DEMIL & Non-Stockpile
  • Detection
  • Protection
  • Consequence Management & Response
  • Small Business
  • Systems Integration
  • Medical Countermeasures
  • Diagnostics & Biotechnology
  • CB Surety Laboratories
  • Professional Services
  • Information Systems

Each member of the CBDAIF is expected to represent a discipline or sector of the chemical-biological defense community as described above.  Members serve for two years, with approximately half changing each year to maintain continuity.  Members may serve longer or shorter terms at the recommendation of the Chairman and the concurrence of the Vice President, Program Development, NDIA.

The CBDAIF meet at the call of the CBDAIF Chairman at sites and times convenient to the membership.

Topics of interest for discussion by the CBDAIF will be solicited from NDIA members within the chemical-biological defense community and from interested Government agencies.  Outside speakers will be invited as needed to address the topics.  No consensus advice or recommendations resulting from group deliberation or interaction is expected.  The intent is to share an open exchange of information or viewpoints between attendees rather than to formulate collaborative advice, opinions or recommendations from the CBDAIF acting in a collective mode.

Because the objective of the CBDAIF is the open exchange of Government and Industry views, Government attendance is encouraged.  The NDIA Chairman may issue invitations to various Government organizations to request Government attendance at the CBDAIF, consistent with the DoD Joint Ethics Regulation.  These Government participants will not be involved in the management or control of the CBDAIF or other NDIA activities.  The NDIA Chairman intends to extend invitations to the following Government organizations to participate in CBDAIF meetings, but members of the CBDAIF may suggest or request at any time that other Government organizations participate or provide liaisons.

  • Joint Program Executive Officer (JPEO), Chemical and Biological Defense
  • Director, DTRA JSTO
  • Director, RDECOM Acquisition Center

Topics: Chem Bio Protection

NDIA Contact

For more information about this group, please contact:

Carizza Gutierrez
Associate Director, Divisions
Phone: (703) 247-2599
E-mail: cgutierrez@NDIA.org

Division Contact

Dr. David Cullin
FLIR Systems, Inc.
E-mail: david.cullin@flir.com

Policy Contact

For policy-related or congressional inquiries, please contact:

Jennifer Stewart
Executive Vice President Strategy & Policy
Phone: (703) 247-2595
E-mail: jstewart@NDIA.org

Chemical Biological Defense Acquisition Initiatives Forum