New Millennium Brings New Opportunities to Benefit from Association Membership

By Skibbie, Lawrence F. | National Defense, October 1999 | Go to article overview

New Millennium Brings New Opportunities to Benefit from Association Membership


Skibbie, Lawrence F., National Defense


Y2K is here! At least NDIA's budgetary Y2K is here with the start of our new fiscal year on October 1, 1999. As with any New Year, it's an appropriate time to review our activities and to make some resolutions.

In reviewing our activities, I find that I can break them down into three basic functions: informing, advocating and networking. Everything we do seems to fall into one of those categories.

Inform

One of the first activities in our informing function is our magazine which, over the years, has continued to improve, to become more readable and more vital to our members. In light of that success, I'm happy to announce that we have decided to go to 12 issues per year as opposed to the current 10 issues. You will see evidence of this expansion in May and June, and in July and August when you will get four issues rather than the current two double issues for those months.

Our web page plays a growing role in our informing function. To that end, I commend it to you at www.ndia.org. We experience significant traffic there-50,000 user sessions per month on average-- and it is useful, informative and interactive.

Obviously, the many symposia we sponsor play a role in our educational function, but so also do the studies that many of our committees and divisions perform for the Defense Department. Our committees and divisions conduct extensive, in-depth studies upon request from the Pentagon. This provides the department and the military services first-rate studies of problem areas at no cost to the government. One of our most recent studies was hailed as providing significant new insight into ways to improve the foreign military sales process.

Advocacy

The second major function which NDIA performs is that of advocacy. We advocate for the industrial base. That is our heritage and will always be one of our central functions. In the advocacy function, we provide testimony to various congressional committees and respond to inquiries for information about industry. We also have found it very effective to join forces with other associations involved in some aspect of defense-- such as the Aerospace Industries Association, the Electronic Industries Association and others-to bring our combined influence to bear on common issues.

One of the goals we have set for the year 2000 is to bolster our involvement in government policy issues and help the industrial base be heard on Capitol Hill and in the Pentagon. …

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