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NDIA New England Chapter

Welcome to the New England Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association.

Our chapter is made up of more than 2900 individual members from large corporations, small companies, research facilities and service providers – as well as education and government - in the six-state New England region.

New England’s rich array of academic, research, technology and entrepreneurial resources are particularly important to the nation’s Defense and Homeland Security efforts. NDIA New England serves as an interface for these sectors, along with the broader defense-focused corporations which also have a major presence in the region, in their work with federal government departments and agencies.

We host an ongoing series of meetings and events to exchange timely and useful information on all aspects of doing business in the defense and homeland security marketplace. We schedule briefings with members of the region’s Congressional delegation. We promote new business and professional development as well as networking opportunities.

NDIA New England is the regional arm of the National Defense Industrial Association (, the nation’s leading defense industry association in providing a forum for the exchange of information between industry and government on national security issues.

NDIA New England Holds Major Event On Defense Industry Acquisition


“Defense Innovation for the Warfighter: Accelerating Technology Development through Defense Industry Acquisition Innovation” was the theme of a major conference presented by the National Defense Industry Association’s New England chapter in mid-October.
The standing-room-only event, held with host sponsor Venture Café at the Cambridge Innovation Cent er (CIC) in Cambridge, MA, provided the 635+ attendees with the latest information on defense R&D business model innovation and advanced technology development opportunities in the defense industry.
Major panels focused on:

  • The DoD’s Rapid Innovation Agencies, including the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), which described its new fast track contraction process; and the Navy Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) program, which offered information on preparing for the next round of RIF innovation funding. 

  • Defense Contractor briefings, in which leading defense contractors and contract research organizations described their innovation needs and how they are streaming their contracting processes for startups and small businesses.

Breakout and networking sessions followed.

“NDIA/New England’s diverse membership includes small and large businesses, research and academic institutions, and service providers,” said NDIA/NE President J. Clarke Orzalli. “By presenting events such as this, we take advantage of the unique innovation ecosystem that exists in the New England region to maximize our value to existing and future members.