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National Defense Industrial Association

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is an association for the United States government and the defense industry.[1][2][3] Based in Arlington, Virginia, NDIA was established in 1919 as a result of the inability of the defense industry to scale up the war effort during World War I. It connects government officials, military and industry professionals, and organizations that represent the branches of the armed forces, homeland security, and first responders. The NDIA publishes a magazine, the National Defense, and holds over 80 symposia a year.

National Defense Industrial Association
MottoStrength through Industry and Technology[citation needed]
TypeVoluntary association
PurposePromote US national security
HeadquartersArlington, Virginia
Region served
United States
Corporate, Individual and Life
Hawk Carlisle
AffiliationsAssociation For Enterprise Integration (AFEI)
National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA)
Precision Strike Association (PSA)
Women in Defense (WID)



The group has approximately 1,600 corporate members and over 65,000 individual and government members. Affiliated members include the Association for Enterprise Information (AFEI), the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), the Precision Strike Association (PSA), and Women in Defense (WID). It connects government officials, military and industry professionals, and organizations that represent the branches of the armed forces, homeland security, and first responders. It has divisions and working groups covering several niche areas. Its members often use the organization to forge business contacts through networking and participating in national and local events.

Logistics, policy, combat, and acquisition form the base for most symposia, over 80 are held annually. Defense professionals from the private industry, government, military and first responders from the public and private sectors attend these programs for information from subject matter experts and to make contacts in industry and government. About 25 exhibitions each year include defense-related industry and government exhibits. These events and exhibitions are designed to facilitate information sharing and networking opportunities.

The association publishes a magazine, the National Defense. Recently, they created a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Division, promoting educational opportunities for youth to ensure a skilled technical work force, and developing cutting-edge manufacturing techniques to support the military industry.[4]

The Technical Information Division has responsibility for the NDIA configuration and data management (CDM) professional certification program. This includes preparation training for certification, the administration of examinations, and the award of certifications. NDIA has established two CDM certification levels: Certified Configuration and Data Manager (CCDM) and Certified Configuration and Data Specialist (CCDS).


As of 2009, NDIA has 28 chapters across the United States.[5]


NDIA consists of 28 Divisions and seven Industrial Working Groups that aims to promote defense through access, influence and education.[6]

Armaments Bomb & Warhead Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Defense Combat Survivability
Cyber-Augmented Operations (CAO) Cybersecurity Electronics Expeditionary Warfare
Health Affairs Human Systems Integrated Program Management International
Logistics Management Manufacturing Missile Defense Munitions Technology
Procurement Robotics Science and Engineering Technology Small Business
Space Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict Strike, Land Attack, and Air Defense (SLAAD) Systems Engineering
Tactical Wheeled Vehicles Technical Information Test and Evaluation Undersea Warfare
Industrial Working Groups
  • Chemical Biological Defense Acquisition Initiatives Forum
  • Committee of Small Arms Producers
  • Industrial Committee of Ammunition Producers
  • Industrial Committee of Tank and Automotive Producers
  • Industrial Committee on Operational Test and Evaluation
  • Industrial Committee for Program Management
  • Industrial Committee on Biometrics

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  1. ^ Dao, James (2001-09-02). "Dogfight for Dollars On Capitol Hill". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2009-07-07. a trade group that represents 900 military contractors
  2. ^ Appelbaum, Richard P; William I. Robinson (2005). Critical globalization studies. Routledge. p. 146. ISBN 0-415-94961-0. The main military manufacturers' organization, National Defense Industrial Association, has 9000 corporate affiliates and 36000 individual members with no foreign membership. The association maintains close coordination with the DOD functioning through thirty-four committees, each with direct access to and a working relationship with the military. Divided up amongst these contactors is the largest single slice of the federal government budget. Current military spending has hit $383 billion with $62 billion for procurement and $51 billion in research and development.
  3. ^ Congressional Quarterly, v.63, nos. 1-9. Times Publishing Company. p. 10. The Aerospace Industries Association and the National Defense Industrial Association are the two biggest industry lobbyists.
  4. ^ Farrell Jr., Lawrence P. "NDIA Expands Opportunities for Defense Professionals". Trade and Industry Development. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  5. ^ "NDIA Chapter Presidents". National Defense Industrial Association. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
  6. ^ "Divisions". National Defense Industrial Association. Retrieved 2009-05-17.