Individual Membership Benefits

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Defense professionals need the right tools to do their jobs. No matter what your role is in the defense community — government, military, industry, academia — you need a source for knowledge, information, and contacts. NDIA membership will meet that need. Lifetime, free government and allied-nation individual memberships are available. As an individual member, you can take advantage of the following membership benefits:


NDIA’s technical and policy symposia connect you to the core of the industry. By attending, you will meet and hear from the movers and shakers in the field, and you will increase contact with peers who share your interests. Defense professionals from the public and private sectors rely on these programs for information straight from the experts and for making contacts in industry and government. Members are eligible to register for NDIA symposia at member rates.

Chapter Networking

Our 24 Chapters located throughout the nation offer members local networking opportunities. Typical Chapter programs introduce you to leaders in industry and government close to your home. When you join NDIA, you will automatically be assigned to the Chapter located closest to you.


The more knowledge the individuals in your company have, the better they meet the needs of your customers. NDIA equips you with information you can use.

National Defense Magazine

Stay on top of market trends, scientific breakthroughs, product development and military programs with National Defense Magazine. Each month, this member benefit brings you news and views from the Pentagon, the administration, Congress, and industry. Each person you list as a nominee receives a copy of the magazine.

Weekly Defense Insider

This e-newsletter provides news and analysis for industry and government professionals. Published in partnership with Congressional Quarterly, it is distributed to more than 64,000 readers each week.

Monthly Defense Watch

NDIA’s monthly e-newsletter brings news, event updates, and social media information to more than 70,000 industry and government professionals who are members of the Association.


Regardless of the business climate, defense spending, procurement, and acquisition always draw concerns. NDIA members know that they have a place to voice concerns about issues and a champion in Washington to work with Congress and the Executive Branch on industry issues and to guide legislation and policy.

The Association serves as an advocate for a variety of issues, including; supporting the development of a national security strategy for the 21st century; Department of Defense modernization; better training and logistics; acquisition process improvement; export-control reform; and defense workforce revitalization.

Other Benefits

Members have access to National and Enterprise Rent-a-Car discounts. To book your car at the member rate, visit Enter account number NA16Y72 and Pin NDI.

Global access to financial services from member-owned Pentagon Federal Credit Union:

Lifetime Individual Membership

Committing to lifetime membership is a reliable way to stay in the defense industry mainstream. Plus, you will have the assurance of knowing that you make a difference by helping the Association influence future directions. When you become a lifetime member, you associate yourself with an influential group of people who share your commitment to strengthening defense through industrial and technological prowess. Together, a stronger voice arises before the public and government. You will be part of a select group committed for more than eight decades to the same values as yours.

As a lifetime member, you can expect:

  • A substantial tax deduction;
  • Lifetime protection from future dues increases;
  • A special lapel pin and membership card to distinguish you as one of the Association's most committed members;
  • A certificate of lifetime membership;
  • Savings in time and cost; and
  • A lifetime subscription to National Defense Magazine so that you can remain informed about defense industry trends.

Please note that existing members may upgrade to lifetime membership. Lifetime memberships are not transferable.

Allied Nation Individual Membership

NDIA's president may confer allied individual membership on individuals who are citizens of: (1) Nations belonging to NATO; (2) Japan, Australia or New Zealand; (3) Nations with which the United States maintains a reciprocal procurement agreement; or (4) Nations with which the US Department of Defense has specifically requested the Association to conduct meetings and improve communications on an industry-to-industry basis. Allied individual members may participate as non-voting members in the activities of NDIA Chapters, subject to any restrictions that may be placed on such participation by the U.S. government. In Chapters located outside of the 50 United States, allied members may participate as individual voting members in Chapter activities.

Free Government Individual Membership

Government employees and active duty military can join NDIA for free for three years.

Individual Membership Application


NDIA (and NTSA, and WID within NDIA) is a 501(c)(3) organization. Payments may be deductible as charitable contributions (less the value of any goods or services received) or as business expenses. Please consult your tax advisor to determine the deductibility of your payment.


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