About NDIA

The National Defense Industrial Association is the trusted leader in defense and national security associations.

NDIA, comprised of its affiliateschaptersdivisions, and 1,600 corporate and 85,000 individual members, is a non-partisan, non-profit, educational association that has been designated by the IRS as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization - not a lobby firm - and was founded to educate its constituencies on all aspects of national security.

NDIA traces its history to the American Defense Preparedness Association (ADPA), founded in 1919, and the National Security Industrial Association (NSIA), founded in 1944. For nearly 100 years, NDIA has provided a platform through which leaders in government, industry and academia can collaborate and provide solutions to advance the national security and defense needs of the nation.

NDIA Vision Statement:

NDIA is the trusted leader in defense and national security associations. 

NDIA Mission Statement:

NDIA engages thoughtful and innovative leaders to promote the best policies, practices, products and technology for warfighters and others who ensure the safety and security of our nation.

  • Champion issues that contribute to the strength, resiliency and capacity of the industrial base
  • Build vigorous, responsive and collaborative community in support of defense and national security
  • Convene legal and ethical forums for exchange of ideas, information, viewpoints and capabilities

NDIA Divisions facilitate government and industry interchanges, offering a wide array of opportunities to contribute ideas, recommendations, and to participate in objective studies and analyses with government. The divisions maintain close contact with representatives of appropriate government agencies and through their constructive counsel have become institutions in American defense-industry relationships.

NDIA are chapters offer the opportunity for individual and business coordination with regional military commands and working levels of the federal government. They are important elements to help NDIA and its members understand defense and national security requirements and needs.

National Defense Magazine
NDIA's monthly journal, National DEFENSE, provides information on the latest developments in technology, arms and weaponry, and other important business information tailored to issues of concern to industry and the government.

Policy Issues
NDIA works to strengthen the government-industry partnership through dialogue, education, and interaction with Congress and Executive agencies. Through its Policy team, NDIA monitors, advances, and educates its members on legislative and regulatory activity of importance to the defense industrial base.. NDIA is also part of several industry working groups and coalitions that meet periodically to coordinate the defense and government contracting community’s position on specific issues.

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