Magazine article National Defense

Statement of Defense Industry Ethics

Magazine article National Defense

Statement of Defense Industry Ethics

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* In November 2004, after several months of in-depth review by the National Defense Industrial Association Board of Governor's Ethics Committee, and invaluable input from many of the association's esteemed members and their senior staff and counsel, NDIA finalized and published in National Defense Magazine its Code of Ethics.

Five years later in 2009, NDIA undertook to review, and, in a small number of ways made minor but we believe worthy revisions. This code has been widely distributed, and publicly lauded, among otiiers by Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Ashton Carter as a worthy industry standard. We think it fitting to republish this simple code, along with its preamble, as it enjoys features, some unique, that are important to all of us, and vitally important to our customers: our men and women in uniform, and the American people

Joe R. Reeder

Chairman, Ethics Committee

NDIA Board of Governors


NDIA Member Companies should adhere to the highest ethical standards and seek to place the defense industry at the forefront of business ethics in America. At a minimum, NDIA members must adhere to applicable laws and regulations governing the conduct of their business. Moreover, entrusted to our care are the lives of armed forces personnel who bear the ultimate risk for their country to provide security to their fellow citizens. Thus, our common ethical mandate is a higher imperative than our individual business interests. This statement of ethics is intended to capture that mandate by setting forth common ethical principles and emphasizing particular practices that NDIA members may use to put those principles into action.


NDIA shall serve in a leadership role in setting high ethical standards for the industry and communicating industry efforts in this area to the public and government officials. NDlA will work with its membership to facilitate the practices set forth below.


NDIA members should aspire to the following ethical principles and make every effort to implement the following practices:

* Advance national security by promoting trust among the defense industry, our government customers, the U.S. public and our men and women in uniform.

* Strengthen the integrity of a federal procurement system that encourages competition, rewards technical innovation and ensures that American fighters have the decisive advantage on the battlefield and wherever else our nation's enemies may be found.

* Operate our businesses from a foundation of ethical readiness where economic pursuits do not overtake our to our soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen, while acknowledging that America's technological and military preeminence are sustained by promoting the financial health of the defense sector.

* Contribute to the common good of our industry and promote industry ethics whenever and wherever possible by sharing best practices in ethics and business conduct among NDIA members and including ethics training in NDIA sponsored events. …

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