NDIA Lone Star Chapter News! – April 2016

Dear NDIA Lone Star Chapter Members,

National Defense Industrial Association Lone Star Chapter (NDIA LSC) News
I hope your 2016 has gotten off to a good start!

We’ve been busy with a number of exciting initiatives at the NDIA Lone Star Chapter with services organizations, research centers, and our own activities. Take a look…

Featured Event on April 28th from 4pm to 7pm!
The University of Texas of Dallas is having an open house for its Applied Research Center. This is exciting news for anyone wanting to conduct research for defense applications.
Here is the link under “News” on our chapter website:

April 28 4pm – UTD Applied Research Center Open House

We’re also reaching out to help related groups sponsor events and get you NDIA discounts on their events. If you attend these events, please try to find me or another NDIA Lone Star Chapter representative to stop by and talk to us. We’d Love to meet you!

April 8th America’s Future Series Lunch
For more details: https://ndialonestar.org/events/april-8th-national-security-symposium-awards-ceremony-americas-future-series/

Air Force Association Breakfast and Symposium

April 16th – Air Force Association Breakfast and Symposium

Greater Dallas Military Foundation Gala
This year’s honored service is the Air Force: https://ndialonestar.org/events/april-16th-greater-dallas-military-foundation-gala/

AAAA North Texas Chapter Dinner Meeting

May 4 – AAAA North Texas Chapter Dinner Meeting

More Exciting News: University/Academic Committee created
– The NDIA Lone Star Chapter has created this committee to help extend the government-industry relationship to defense-industry-related activities at academic institutions
– The initial mission of this committee will be to establish gainful connections between Educational Institutions to help them address issues specific to the Defense Industry that take place within their area, including but not limited to degree programs, research (such as University Affiliated Research Centers), symposia, certificates or licenses, specific skills in demand, etc.

Modeling and Simulation Mini-Symposium in North Texas / DFW area
We are in the very early stages of planning a symposium that would feature mission-level modeling capabilities from vendors who support tools to contractors who model real products to the customer/end-user, who can tell us whether our models are realistic and more importantly, what they need. The goal would be to bring those groups together in a 1-to-2 day event right here in North Texas. Please reach out to me (mpdietz@hotmail.com) and Scott Chesnut (jschesnu@rockwellcollins.com), who is the board member leading this event, if interested.

Attention: Please let us know if you participate in NDIA Divisions, Working Groups, etc.
Members, we would like to know who from our chapter participates in NDIA. This could be a logistically difficult task given that we are approaching 2000 members, so please reach out to me if you are involved with any of the above and include your role (general participant, chair, etc).

Chapter web page: https://ndialonestar.org/
The web page will have all the latest information, including syndicated news from national on the home page, local news (https://ndialonestar.org/news), and a link to join (https://ndialonestar.org/membership). It’s a good place to check back to regularly!

Our Web Page is Mobile!
Our webpage can be viewed easily on your phone or other mobile device, including the capability to click on addresses and pull up a map to navigate.

Contact and Involvement:
Now we have 20 members serving on the chapter board.

To view the leadership list, go here:


Feel free to reach out if you’d like to get involved. You can always reach me at my personal email address, mpdietz@hotmail.com

Hopefully, you’ve found something of interest in the above, but if you think we’re missing anything, please feel free to reach out!

Stay tuned for some more exciting updates regarding our ongoing projects!

Look forward to seeing you around town and at our local NDIA events!

Mike Dietz
NDIA Lone Star Chapter

President’s Welcome Letter

The NDIA Lone Star Chapter is one of the largest chapters in the country with member numbers ranging between 1500 and 2000 members, including from all the areas major contractors such as Lockheed, Raytheon, Bell, L-3 and the Government with many bases in the local region and representation on key Congressional Committees by our local members of Congress, which is one of the highest such concentrations in the country. We are blessed to be in a region so active with Defense Industry (and Government) activity. Help us help you get more involved, benefit your career, and make a very positive contribution to our nation’s security as well as the world’s.