Magazine article National Defense

A Year of Accomplishments Sets Stage for New Challenges

Magazine article National Defense

A Year of Accomplishments Sets Stage for New Challenges

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As you read this you are probably reflecting on both the past year as well as your resolutions for the New Year. Here at NDIA we are doing the same. This report to you addresses our accomplishments for 1998 and our plan for 1999.

Nineteen ninety eight was a good year for NDIA. It was a year of consolidation and determining the strength of the new association. One thing to keep in mind is that the new association is not merely a combination of ADPA and NSIA, but rather a completely new organization in which we have attempted to capture the strengths of our two heritage organizations.

One item to remember is that the "I" in our name is for industrial and not industry. This seemingly fine point needs emphasis because NDIA has both individual and government members as well as corporate members.

Further, the vision of NDIA states that we will "promote sound national security policy while advancing the interests of the industrial base". This is an objective which should be common to our individual and government members as well as our corporate members.

Back to my report for 1998.

First, we ended the year with a small financial surplus. Although not a number-one priority, solvency is essential even for non-profit organizations.

In addition to a healthy financial condition for the association, we have accomplished other significant activities:

57 symposia which provided legal ethical forums for interchange between government and industry;

20 of those 57 symposia provided opportunities for exhibitors to further the communication process.

Our committees and divisions produced 13 quality studies such as the study on The Threat of Ballistic Missile Attack on the United States, which confirmed the Rumsfeld Commission conclusion. The study confirms that the threat of potential ballistic missile attack on the continental United States is more likely than heretofore believed. Another study focused on the average processing time for industrial security clearances. It indicates that defense industry is spending significant money for employees whose clearances are slow in being processed. Of interest is that these studies provide valuable input to Defense Department leaders. NDIA chapters could also benefit from these studies because they provide input on local or regional problems.

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