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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 Cybersecurity Conference


Dan Kelly, Partner, McCarter & English and Keynote Speaker, Marianne Bailey, Principal Director, Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity, DoD CIOCybersecurity Contract Requirements & Controls” was the topic of a sold-out, day-long conference held by National Defense Industrial Association’s (NDIA) New England Chapter in mid-May.

Federal prime- and sub-contractors from the New England region gathered at Raytheon Company’s Integrated Defense Systems headquarters in Tewksbury, MA, to get practical guidance needed to
ensure and prepare for the security of government data throughout the defense industrial base supply chain.

The program featured keynote speaker Marianne Bailey, Principal Left to Right: Marsha Cervantez, Sr. Principal Contracts Manager, General Dynamics Mission Systems; M. Roman Hachkowski, PhD, General Manager, AOA-Xinetics (AOX), Northrop Grumman; Dora C. Ramos, Principal Director, Contracts, Subcontracts, Procurement & Property, Draper; Michael F. Crones, Chief Information Officer, Draper; Saif Waiz, IT Lead, Supplier Cybersecurity, Raytheon; Moderator: Saif Waiz, IT Lead, Supplier Cybersecurity, RaytheonDirector, Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity, DoD CIO, and many other government and industry experts, including Peter Kim, the U.S. Air Force Chief Information Security Office.

Sessions were devoted to the new FAR and DFARS regulations; implications of cybersecurity on controlled data rules; how prime contractors are addressing new DFARS and FAR rules and how they will flow them down to and monitor compliance by the subs; how small business Peter Kim, Air Force Chief Information Security Officer, USAFsubcontractors are dealing with the new requirements; recognizing the distinction between security and compliance, and examining the role of vendors and lawyers in assuring a company’s reputation and data are secure; and managing cyber-defensive technology.Left to right: Andy Artz, Senior Manager, Ernst & Young; Nick DeLena, Senior Manager, IT Audit & Security, OCD Tech; Nick DeLena, Senior Manager, IT Audit & Security, OCD Tech; Tom McCarthy, Director of Cyber Security Consulting, Nuix; Moderator: Alex Major, Partner, McCarter & English, LLP

“Cybersecurity is a major concern for businesses of all sizes,” said NDIA/New England President, Clarke Orzalli. “We knew that going in, but the Left to right: Peter Lentros, Vice President, Chief Engineer, Lentros Engineering; Christopher Michaud, IT & Engineering Department Head, McLaughlin Research Corporation; Moderator: Dan Kelly, Partner, McCarter & English, LLP; George Ghareeb, Director, IT, Acumentrics; Michael Gaudet, Director IT, kSARIA Corporationsuccess of this conference demonstrates that there is much more that NDIA/New England can do to educate and support the region’s defense contractors.”