Georgia Chapter







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NDIA Georgia identified as a 2014 Model Chapter

Congratulations NDIA Georgia. The model chapter program was established in 2001 to promote the continuing relationship and open communication between National and its chapters.

Join NDIA-GA's leadership team providing

excellent contacts and networking opportunities.

Submit your name and brief bio for Board review to:

Bruce Cotterman    404-580-2918

Open to all NDIA Members, Military personnel and U.S. Citizens.
Registration and Payment information is below.


FRIDAY, 6 MARCH, 8:00 AM–9:30 AM
The Georgian Club
100 Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia
The club is located on the 17th floor
Parking garage next to the building

Cost: $10.00 - First 125 registrants…deadline for registration is 12:00 PM, 3 March.

The breakfast is sponsored by Hannah Solar - A Gold sponsor of the Georgia NDIA Chapter

PROGRAM: The program for this event will be COL Jennifer Buckner, Commandant of the US Army Cyber School at Ft Gordon.  Cyber has become a major issue for both our military and our country in general.  It has been reported that the US receives 1 million cyber-attacks per day.  Most of these are stopped before damage is done, but many are not.  All of us are familiar with the more publicized attacks.  COL Buckner will discuss he rising importance of cyber in the military as well as the impact on Ft Gordon from recent decisions to move the Army Cyber Command to Georgia.    If you have any interest in any aspect of the cyber arena this is a presentation you will not want to miss.

Colonel Buckner is a native of Downers Grove, Illinois, and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1990.  Her military education includes the Military Intelligence Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Electronic Warfare and Signals Intelligence courses, Airborne and Jumpmaster schools, Air Assault and Rappelmaster schools, Command and General Staff College, and Joint and Combined Warfighting School.  She holds two graduate degrees, served as the U.S. Army War College Cyber Fellow at the National Security Agency, and most recently completed Harvard's Executive Education Program in Cybersecurity.  Colonel Buckner is a career intelligence officer.  She has had numerous assignments in the 82nd Airborne Division, including collection and jamming platoon leader, battalion S-3 air, battalion S-4, and company commander. At Fort Bragg, North Carolina, she also served as the S-2 for 159th Combat Aviation Group, in the 18th Aviation Brigade (Airborne).  She has served overseas in Korea, as TENCAP officer with the 501st Military Intelligence Brigade, and in Puerto Rico, as U.S. Army South’s analysis and production chief and later secretary of the General Staff.  After a tour in the Pentagon as Executive Assistant to the Army G-2, she commanded the 303rd Military Intelligence Battalion, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, at Fort Hood, Texas, and in Iraq.  Colonel Buckner’s joint assignments include Joint Force Component Command - Network Warfare and later U.S. Cyber Command as an operational planner, Joint Interagency Task Force West in Iraq as an intelligence planner; and the Joint Chiefs of Staff as an intelligence planner supporting the Director of Strategic Plans and Policy (J-5).  Colonel Buckner returned to Fort Gordon, having previously served as the S-3 of the 206th Military Intelligence Battalion and Operations (J-3) Chief of Staff at National Security Agency - Georgia.  She joins the Cyber Center of Excellence as the U.S. Army Cyber School Commandant, having just relinquished command of the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade, which included the Army's operational cyber teams supporting U.S. Cyber Command's Cyber National Mission Force and Joint Force Headquarters - Cyber.  Colonel Buckner is a collegiate All-American swimmer and a former All-Army triathlete.
Important Details 
-- Breakfast will begin at 8:00 AM
-– Dress is coat and tie

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Women in Defense (WID) Organizational Breakfast

NDIA-Georgia and Kennesaw State University cordially invited to an informational meeting to hear more about Women in Defense as an organization and to hear about the possible formation of a WID-GEORGIA Chapter.

TIME:  8:00 AM–9:30 AM
LOCATION: The Georgian Club, 100 Cobb Pkwy SE, Atlanta, GA, Parking garage is available adjacent to the building.

DRESS:  Business

COST: Cost: $10.00 (per person)

Open to all NDIA or WID Members, Military and all interested individuals

First 125 paid registrants on or before Deadline 17 March at 5:00 PM

WID is an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), which is similar to being a wholly-owned subsidiary. By having its own board, bylaws, dues structure, and culture, WID is able to serve its members while having administrative support and the reputation of NDIA behind it. WID membership includes NDIA membership. (However, NDIA membership does not include WID membership.) WID is one of four NDIA affiliates.  As an affiliate of NDIA, WID represents all facets of the defense and technology industrial base and serves all military services. This affiliation gives WID members a source for defense industry information, increased networking opportunities and professional contacts, and an expanded scope of informative programs.

WID cultivates and supports the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security. WID was established to provide women a formal environment for professional growth through networking, education, and career development.

WID is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the membership. Appointed committees carry out the association’s mission. WID has chapters throughout the United States, and each of those has a board of directors. 

SPECIAL THANK YOU to Kennesaw State University for graciously agreeing to serve as the future home to the Georgia WID chapter.

The event is being sponsored by David L. Halpern, Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor, Senior Portfolio Advisor, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management – A Gold Sponsor of NDIA-GA

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NDIA-Georgia Provides STEM Grants

The National Defense Industrial Association is as its name implies a national organization with chapters in most states throughout the country.  The purpose of NDIA is to advocate for the defense industry, promote an atmosphere that will create a vigorous government and industry national security team, and to provide a forum for the exchange of information between industry and the government on national security issues.

For the past two years the NDIA-Georgia chapter has achieved "model chapter" status from the national body for its active and aggressive program and the way it accomplishes the advocate, promote and provide cornerstones of the organization’s mission.

One of the key need areas for the defense industry is a highly motivated and educated workforce.  This workforce requires workers, both blue collar and white collar, that have a background in and knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  In order to help achieve that workforce NDIA-Georgia has a STEM committee and one of the board members leads the STEM efforts.

Many defense companies have an aging workforce with as many as 50% of it being within 5 years of retirement age.  These workers possess tremendous capability, knowledge and skills, so replacing them with young, energetic and skilled workers is vitally important.  With that in mind, NDIA-Georgia works to support organizations around the state that provide STEM outreach and education.  At their recent board of directors meeting, NDIA-Georgia voted to provide two grants of $500.00 to STEM organizations.  The grants will be given in separate ceremonies on location.

"With the move to create a spaceport in Camden County and the additional push to bring space companies to the state, we felt the grants should provide support to STEM activities that showcase space and educate through space oriented activities," said Chuck Hunsaker, the chapter president.

The first grant will be given to the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base.  The National STEM Academy at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins aims to educate, engage and inspire students and teachers in the foundations and innovations of STEM through motivating workforce development programs.  The Museum of Aviation programs reach over 50,000 students and teachers a year specializing in programs such as robotics, rocketry, coding, engineering, and inventions.   The grant will provide support to their Young Astronauts’ Day program which is expected to serve over 400 students and over 100 community volunteers.    The program will be held on May 9th.  This special event highlights space and aviation education activities in the Century of Flight Hangar at the Museum of Aviation.   Fifteen workshops will be offered to students in 1st through the 8th grades. 

The second grant will be given to the Columbus State University Coca Cola Space Science Center.  More than 18 years ago, the Coca-Cola Foundation partnered with the Columbus community to create the Coca-Cola Space Science Center (CCSSC), an investment that has since continued to grow beyond the greatest expectations of those who founded the center and developed its initial mission.  What began as a venue where local children could experience science in new and interactive ways has taken on an even larger role and is now one of the leading science education facilities in the state, serving students of all ages from school districts throughout Georgia and east Alabama.

Over the past 4 years, the center has received nearly $30 million in artifacts from NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, thus providing an opportunity to inspire a new generation of explorers by bringing them face-to-face with pieces of history from our nation’s greatest achievement – human spaceflight. Because of this team’s demonstrated commitment to excellence, the CCSSC is experiencing an exciting opportunity that will benefit Columbus, the State of Georgia, and the entire Southeast. 

An extraordinary artifact from NASA’s Space Shuttle Program has been given to CSU for permanent display.  The Quarter-Scale Space Shuttle test article, a one-of-a-kind engineering prototype will soon be on display at Space Science Center.  As a prototype, this piece served a vital function in the development of America’s space program. As an artifact, it is an irreplaceable part of our nation’s heritage. After the shuttles, this engineering prototype is the next most important artifact from the entire shuttle program. 

This system features a 30-foot orbiter with a 19.5-foot wingspan, a 38-foot long external tank with a 7-foot diameter, and two 37-foot long solid rocket boosters (SRBs). When stacked vertically, the prototype stands over 48-feet tall. It served as a vital phase in the Shuttle design verification effort.

This fantastic artifact is now in Georgia, and CSU is just beginning a capital campaign to raise the money required to properly display and maximize the educational benefits of the shuttle. 

Artist rendering of the CSU shuttle display. (Courtesy of Columbus State University