Organization:National Defense Industrial Association

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National Defense Industrial Association
MottoAt the Heart of the Mission
TypeVoluntary Association
HeadquartersArlington, Virginia
Corporate, Individual, Small Business, and Life
President and CEO
General Herbert "Hawk" Carlisle, USAF (Ret)
AffiliationsAssociation For Enterprise Integration (AFEI)
National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA)
Precision Strike Association (PSA)
Women in Defense (WID)

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is a trade association for the United States government and defense industrial base.[1][2] It is an educational 501(c)3 educational organization. Its headquarters are 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.[citation needed]


In 1917, Brigadier General Benedict Crowell[3] was called to active duty and served on the General Munitions Board. As a board member, he established a relationship with the steel industry and was almost immediately appointed Assistant Secretary of War and Director of Munitions. As Director of Munitions, Crowell was a significant catalyst in improving the country's capability to produce arms and ammunition. However, he recognized the nation's need for an association that fostered cooperation between civilian industry and government in support of industrial preparedness. He founded the Army Ordnance Association (AOA) in 1919 and served as president for its first 25 years. Over the ensuing decades, AOA became the American Defense Preparedness Association (ADPA), which then merged with the 1944 National Security Industrial Association (NSIA) in 1997, creating NDIA.


NDIA currently publishes National Defemse Magazine, Weekly Policy Digest, Weekly Defense Insider, and Monthly Defense Watch.

National Defense magazine

National Defense has been published under a series of different titles since 1940:[4]

  • 2005-2018 - National Defense
  • 1947-1954 - The Common Defense
  • 1947-1970 - Ordnance
  • 1920-1945 - Army Ordnance
  • 1945-1947 - Logistics
  • 1946 - Industrial Preparedness Bulletin
  • 1943-1945 - Army Ordnance Report
  • 1940-1946 - Army Ordnance Bulletin


President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter presents the Patriot Award.

NDIA has 29 chapters located throughout the United States.[5]

NDIA Chapters
Aberdeen Proving Ground Central Florida Central New Jersey Delaware Valley
First Coast Georgia Great Lakes Great Rivers
Greater Hampton Roads Greater Indiana Greater Los Angeles Greater New York-Connecticut
Greater Tampa Bay Gulf Coast Iowa-Illinois Lone Star
Michigan New England North Carolina Pacific Northwest
Picatinny Red River Regional Rocky Mountain San Diego
Southern Nevada Southwest Tennessee Valley Washington, DC
Wright Brothers Regional


NDIA consists of subject-specific divisions that aim to promote defense and national security through access, influence, and education.[6]

NDIA Divisions
Agile Delivery for Agencies, Programs, and Teams (ADAPT) 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 Today Security and Counterintelligence
Small Business Space Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict
Strike, Land Attack, and Air Defense (SLAAD) Systems Engineering Tactical Wheeled Vehicles
Technical Information Test & Evaluation Undersea Warfare

Committees and working groups

NDIA has 5 industrial committees and working groups that bring government and industry personnel together on important topics.

NDIA Industrial Committees and Working Groups
Chemical Biological Defense Acquisition Initiatives Forum Industrial Committee of Ammunition Producers Industrial Committee on Operational Test and Evaluation
Cybersecurity for Advanced Manufacturing Working Group Trusted Microelectrics Joint Working Group

See also

  • Military–industrial complex
  • National defense
  • Warfighter


  1. Dao, James (2001-09-02). "Dogfight for Dollars On Capitol Hill". The New York Times. "a trade group that represents 900 military contractors" 
  2. Appelbaum, Richard P; William I. Robinson (2005). Critical globalization studies. Routledge. pp. 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 contractors 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. "NDIA at 100: Building on a Strong Foundation" (in en). 
  4. Ordnance. JSTOR. Accessed June 30, 2021.
  5. "NDIA Chapter Presidents". National Defense Industrial Association. 
  6. "Divisions". National Defense Industrial Association. 

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