Magazine article National Defense

Government Policy

Magazine article National Defense

Government Policy

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The following divisions are overseen by NDIA's Vice President for Government Policy, Peter M. Steffes.

Government Policy Advisory Division

The Government Policy Advisory Division is responsible for developing and implementing the association's policy agenda that serves as a guide to NDIA's education and lobbying activities. Division membership includes senior NDIA staff, division chairmen, chapter presidents and board appointees.

Division Leadership:

Glenn Baer Chair ARINC Inc.

Toni White Vice Chair Raytheon Co.

Point of Contact: Peter M. Steffes Vice President, Government Policy psteffes@ndia.org * (703) 247-9470

International Division

The International Division serves as the association's focal point and coordinating element for the identification, study and resolution of management and business problems associated with government policy affecting the export of defense articles and services, and the globalization of the defense industry.

The division sponsors programs including conferences, bilateral defense industry seminars, embassy attache luncheons, roundtable foreign delegation meetings, industry briefings with the military services and group discussions with senior government officials. These opportunities allow NDIA member companies to review and discuss policies, laws, rules and regulations pertaining to the highly dynamic international defense trade arena and to maintain their currency with respect to emerging trends in the globalized marketplace. Since 2000, the division has taken special efforts to cultivate partnerships with other international defense associations that share similar interests and objectives with NDIA. The division has established formal bilateral working groups with industry associations in Italy, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

Division Leadership: Dennis Kennelly Chair Finmeccanica, Defense Electronics Group

Steven Delp Vice Chair United Defense, LP

Point of Contact:

Ann Stockwell Director, International Trade Policy & Programs astockwell@ndia.org * (703)-247-9463

Legislative Information Division

The purpose of the Legislative Information Division is to identify legislative items in the national security area of significant interest to the NDIA membership. Legislation monitored by the division includes:

* Authorization and appropriations legislation for the Department of Defense

* Congressional budget actions

* Procurement policy issues

* International trade issues

The LID invites members of Congress and staff, senior Department of Defense representatives, defense industry executives and outside defense experts to participate in roundtable discussions about the current status of the defense industry, proposed legislation, regulations and policies. All material and information presented is not-for-attribution and is for the benefit of NDIA corporate members and invited guests.

Past speakers include:

* Members of Congress

* Senior congressional staff

* Senior Department of Defense officials

* Senior DHS officials

Division Leadership: Candace Vessella Chair BAE Systems

Gerald Harvey Vice-Chair Lockheed Martin

Point of Contact:

Chandra Burnside Manager, Government Policy cburnside@ndia.org * (703) 247-2595 A complete schedule and description of Division activities is available online at: www.ndia.org/advocacy/committees/lic/index.cfm

Procurement Division

A key component of NDIA's Government Policy team is the Procurement Division. This committee serves as the industry ombudsman, giving NDIA membership access to the full-spectrum of regulatory and legal issues of importance to the defense industrial base.

The disciplines represented in the committee are apparent in the names of the committees: contract finance, contract and acquisition management, legal, industrial security and program management systems. …

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