Magazine article National Defense

Merger Is Producing Leaner, More Proficient Association

Magazine article National Defense

Merger Is Producing Leaner, More Proficient Association

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As the cover announces, ADPA/NSIA is now NDIAthe National Defense Industrial Association. The Board of Directors recently approved the name change. The new name takes words from our predecessor associations NSIA and ADPA, "National" and "Defense," respectively, and adds "Industrial" to reflect our industrial base emphasis. Association was a given. So, effective October 1,1997, ADPA/NSIA becomes NDIA. Congratulations!

This month I would like to discuss with you the status of our merger. And the status is-we have put the merger behind us. We are no longer oriented on merging chapters, committees/divisions, and staff. In the vernacular, we've been there and done that and now we're moving on to bigger challenges.

Very briefly, all of our 10 co-located chapters have been consolidated. We have merged the five duplicating committees and divisions and reorganized the remainder into a more efficient organization for delivery of services to our membership. From these two areas, I estimate that we have saved industry between 400 and 500 people with regard to their involvement in association activities. And naturally when we reduce chapter, committee, and division meetings, we also lighten the load on our government participants.

Further, as we have consolidated committees and divisions, to a very great extent, we have also aggregated the associated meetings with those organizations. Again, these actions should produce significant savings to both government and industry from reduced demands on their time and travel.

While on the subject of meetings and symposia, I believe it's appropriate to mention their value to both government and industry. On the government side, they present an opportunity for military and federal civilian officials to interact with their industry counterparts in a legal ethical forum. It allows these government leaders to get a clearer picture of industry's concerns and its information needs. On the part of industry, this is a chance for corporate executives to interact in a legal ethical forum with their government counterparts and to communicate key issues, as well as learn more about government plans and programs. For both groups, because they are drawn from elements associated with a specific technology or type of activity, they comprise a unique "community." The meetings and symposia provide an opportunity for that "community" to meet and exchange-an absolutely necessary function if the "community" is to serve its intended purpose. …

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