About NDIA St. Louis
NDIA St Louis was instituted in January 1928 when the organization was still the Army Ordnance Association and remained an active partner through the 1990s. It was reformed 81 years later in January 2009 based on the recognition of the growth of the “industrial base”, the defense and homeland security industries in Missouri.
The chapter supports the national-level views of the NDIA and acts locally to accomplish the missions and goals. The purpose of the Chapter is:
• To act as an arm of the Association which provides local geographic focus and to further the objectives and policies of the association as forth in its By Laws.
• Support current programs and activities of the association.
• Provide a means for liaison with local US Government agencies and personnel.
• Encourage and facilitate information between industry and Government with particular reference to national security and defense preparedness.
• Pursue an active program in support of the association membership recruitment and retention efforts.
The State of Missouri is a major provider of Defense and Homeland Security goods and services to the Nation. Missouri’s Defense industry had over $12 Billion in Department of Defense contracts awards in 2006, the state ranked 5th in total dollars and 17th in terms of total contracts awarded across the nation. [Source MERIC report dated January 2008 Missouri Economic Impact Brief US Department of Defense Contract Spending]
The industry sector is also a key employer and revenue generator for the State’s economy.
From 2002 – 2006, Missouri vendors were awarded a total of $42.8 Billion in Department of Defense contracts. By comparison, Missouri vendors received $50 Billion in total contracts from 2002-2006.
• Procurement of the 2006 Department of Defense contracts was heavily dependent upon aircraft manufacturing, research and operational systems development, with 32% of the contract dollars being awarded for fixed wing aircraft.
• Department of Defense contracts accounted for 90% of all government contract dollars awarded to Missouri vendors in 2006. Nationally,
• U.S. Department of Defense contracts comprised 73% of all contract dollars awarded.
• Combined, the Army, Navy, and Air Force totaled 95% of all Department of Defense contract dollars awarded to Missouri vendors in 2006, with the Navy awarding nearly 42%.
NDIA St Louis sees a role for the defense industry sector to work for and communicate with the US Department of Defense and the US Department of Homeland Security to provide and sustain the state of American arms. Missouri is part of the best that America can provide for its citizens — constant interaction in ethically astute forums makes defense research, development, experimenting, testing and procurement more effective and efficient. The chapter is proud to play the role or providing such forums and interactions.