Women in Defense.

Position:2008 Mega Directory


Cultivating and supporting the advancement and recognition of women in all aspects of national security is the mission of Women In Defense, A National Security Organization (WID). The association was established to provide women a formal environment for professional growth through networking, education and career development. Members of this professional organization, including men and women, have careers related to the defense of the United States and national security.

Women In Defense is an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). The organization's beginnings date to 1979 and it became a full affiliate of NDIA in 2004. WID members automatically become members of NDIA. Members represent three main categories: large and small defense companies and other businesses; all branches of the armed forces, plus federal government agencies; and academia, associations, and professional services. More than 1,500 professionals belong.

Members receive:

* a forum for expanding professional networks and for mentoring

* educational and professional development opportunities

* entree to distinguished government and industry officials in open discussions

* a source for scholarships.

A board of directors elected by the membership governs this organization. Appointed committees help carry out the association's mission.

In the past year, more than 2,000 professionals have attended WID events for professional development and networking throughout the nation. These have ranged from the National Fall Conference in Arlington, Va., to dozens of programs developed and conducted by chapters.

Encouraging interest in careers in science, technology, engineering and math is among the priorities of the national organization and its chapters.

Chapters located throughout the nation give members access to defense and national security professionals on a local level. As of summer 2008, WID has 11 chapters and a relationship with Women In Defence & Security Canada. Chapters represent a local means of serving members and the defense community and fulfilling the association's mission. Chapters host programs in cooperation with local military installations, provide professional development for members through leadership opportunities, and support community-based charitable endeavors.

To learn about starting a WlD chapter, visit http://wid.ndia.org/chapters.

Some chapters have developed around military...

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