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Corporate membership in NDIA NDIA National Defense Industrial Association
NDIA New Doha International Airport (Qatar) 
 carries with it many benefits, including opportunities to work on important issues that affect the defense industry. NDIA offers its members such opportunities primarily through the work of three divisions: International, Legislative Information and Procurement The fancy word for "purchasing." The procurement department within an organization manages all the major purchases. . NDIA's government-policy office, which is responsible for tracking legislation and regulations that may affect the association's members, provides operational support for these three divisions. As is the case with other NDIA divisions, participation in government-policy activities is limited to corporate members and government officials.

International

NDIA's International Division offers members the opportunity to interact with government officials, both foreign and domestic, and international industry representatives. Recently, for example, NDIA--in conjunction with the Confederation of Indian Industry The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organisation, playing a proactive role in India’s development process.  and the U.S.-India Business Council--hosted the U.S.-India Defense Industry Seminar. This forum brought together the key players from the U.S. and Indian Defense Departments, as well as industry representatives from the two countries to discuss security and cooperation issues.

At the NDIA seminar, Douglas Feith, undersecretary of defense for policy, discussed major changes in the U.S.-India relationship and the private sector in India. For example, in September--after the terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center and Pentagon--President Bush lifted the sanctions Sanctions is the plural of sanction. Depending on context, a sanction can be either a punishment or a permission. The word is a contronym.

Sanctions involving countries:
 imposed on India four years ago by his predecessor.

During Indian Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee's visit to the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  last November, he and Bush pledged to further improvements to Indo-U.S. relations, including a renewal of military-to-military ties. The revitalized re·vi·tal·ize  
tr.v. re·vi·tal·ized, re·vi·tal·iz·ing, re·vi·tal·iz·es
To impart new life or vigor to: plans to revitalize inner-city neighborhoods; tried to revitalize a flagging economy.
 joint US-India Defense Policy Group resumed meeting after five years of inactivity.

The Indian government decided in recent months to permit that country's private sector to expand into defense production. Since then, U.S. defense companies have shown renewed interest in Indian business opportunities. In January, Indian Defense Minister George Fernandes George Fernandes (born 3 June, 1930) is a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. He is renowned in India as a defender of Indian liberties and a champion of workers' rights. He represents the Muzaffarpur constituency of Bihar and is a member of the Janata Dal (United) party.  hosted a roundtable breakfast in Washington, D.C., with representatives of the U.S. defense industrial base.

Legislative Information

The Legislative Information Division gives NDIA members access to key members of Congress and their staffs, as well as government and industry executives. The division also provides opportunities to obtain timely legislative information. At division meetings, experts conduct briefings on selected topics, followed by informative question-and-answer sessions. Small settings--recent average attendance is 60--coupled with frequency of meetings--twice a month while Congress is in session--and a not-for-attribution forum provide ample opportunity for participation.

Recent topics have ranged from the defense budget to homeland security Noun 1. Homeland Security - the federal department that administers all matters relating to homeland security
Department of Homeland Security

executive department - a federal department in the executive branch of the government of the United States
, from campaign-finance reform to technology-security policy. While NDIA's members benefit from informative updates and networking opportunities, government officials can also gauge industry's support for or opposition to proposed legislation. To date, over 250 defense companies have participated in the division's meetings, ranging from large aerospace firms to small, specialized service providers.

Procurement

For Procurement Division members, briefings held six times a year with the Director of Defense Procurement (DDP (Distributed Data Processing) See distributed processing.

DDP - Distributed Data Processing
) provide a much-valued opportunity to discuss issues and problems of mutual concern to industry and the Department of Defense.

These conversations take place in small, informal settings, with no more than 10-15 rotating ro·tate  
v. ro·tat·ed, ro·tat·ing, ro·tates

v.intr.
1. To turn around on an axis or center.

2.
 attendees, providing a low-key setting for a meaningful exchange of ideas. Specific topics or questions are submitted by industry attendees in advance to allow the DDP staff time to prepare complete responses, often accompanied by point papers to lead the discussions. However, industry attendees are welcome to introduce new topics at any time they wish, even during the briefings.

Earlier this year, in a departure from the traditional question-and-answer format, the DDP asked defense-related associations to submit a list of top 10 issues for 2002. After eliminating duplications and combining similar topics, the DDP staff office produced a compendium com·pen·di·um  
n. pl. com·pen·di·ums or com·pen·di·a
1. A short, complete summary; an abstract.

2. A list or collection of various items.
 of top issues that was distributed at the May briefing.

Attendees were requested to review the document, reduce the number of issues to five critical topics, and submit these along, with an industry-recommended action plan for each. The final list and recommendations will be presented to the DDP at the July 15th briefing.

Since Department of Defense officials and industry representatives usually agree on what issues are important and often concur CONCUR - ["CONCUR, A Language for Continuous Concurrent Processes", R.M. Salter et al, Comp Langs 5(3):163-189 (1981)].  on how to address them, by focusing on five critical topics and developing agreed-upon action plans, government and industry will be better able to work together to achieve results beneficial to all.

Other examples of direct industry interface with government decision-makers are the regularly scheduled briefings by the Office of the Federal Procurement Policy Administrator and the Deputy Associate Administrator for Acquisition Policy at the General Services Administration The General Services Administration (GSA) was established by section 101 of the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (40 U.S.C.A. § 751). The GSA sets policy for and manages government property and records. . Industry representatives also meet twice a year with the Director, Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA DCMA Defense Contract Management Agency
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) and with other senior DCMA staff members to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern.
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