• FY2022 NDAA Means More Hoosier Jobs


    September 2, 2021

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in the early morning, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) passed the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (FY22 NDAA.) Rep. Jim Banks sits on HASC which is responsible for authorizing funding levels for the military.

    Throughout this process, Rep. Banks was able to fight to ensure that the FY22 NDAA delivers on northeast Indiana’s defense priorities.

    “I’m proud of the work I did with this bill. I was able to use my seat on the Committee to help my colleagues understand northeast Indiana’s vital role in defense research and manufacturing. Northeast Indiana will continue to make important contributions to national security for years to come,” said Rep. Banks. “I’m also pleased that the House version of the bill increased overall funding levels for the military. With the unfolding crisis in Afghanistan and the threat of ISIS-K, Congress must prioritize America’s security.”

    Hoosier Priorities Included in FY22 NDAA:

    • Secured additional $54M for purchase of US Navy Sonobuoys, which are instrumental in antisubmarine warfare
    • Secured additional $10M for development of high band jamming capability for Naval aircraft
    • Secured additional $8.7M for security improvements in combat system microelectronics
    • Secured additional $33M for development of the Army’s Advanced Combat Engine
    • Secured additional $33M for the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft development
    • Secured additional $10M for Next Generation Countermeasure (NGCM) acoustic device for US Navy submarines
    • Secured language for development of testing capability for Hypersonic technology
    • Secured additional $5M toward development of Hypersonic Propulsion testing for aircraft
    • Secured additional $12M for thermal management for US military directed energy programs
    • Required a report to DoD by December 30, 2021 on development of Army Advance Combat Engine for potential future use
    • Required a report to DoD by April 1, 20220 on Future Vertical Lift advancements for US military
    • Included language to foster Defense Innovation Unit growth into regional centers, including the Midwest
    • Included language to launch a Talent Optimization Program within the Defense Innovation Unit

    The following amendments were introduced by Rep. Banks and passed by HASC:

    • Mandating a report investigating the Taliban’s economic, political, and military relationships with other Foreign Terrorist Organizations
    • Mandating a report on the Taliban’s access to financial resources, such as weapons systems and rare earth minerals.
    • Amendments supporting the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence’s recommendations, including more flexible funding for emerging technologies in the Department of Defense.
    • Language supporting the Navy’s Convention Prompt Strike Program
    • Two amendments from the HASC Future of Defense Task Force I co-chaired from 2019-2020:
    • Directing a briefing from the Secretary of Defense to discuss DOD’s use of artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and AI work with universities and non-traditional companies.
    • Directs the Comptroller General to produce a report on aging equipment in the DOD and which platforms are technologically outdated.
    • Language supporting an increased emphasis on semiconductor production.
    • Requiring a briefing on DOD’s efforts to inform and educate entities contracting with the Department about efforts targeting employees to commit espionage.
    • Mandating a strategy on autonomy integration for major weapons systems.
    • Language supporting underwater cut and capture capabilities, such as at Crane Navy Base.
    • Requires a briefing on the development of attritable air vehicles and that are believed to play an important role in effectively countering Chinese anti-access area denial threats.
    • Funding for Artificial Intelligence Maritime maneuvering and university research initiatives.
  • Buy Indiana Expo POSTPONED until 2022

    The Buy Indiana event scheduled for later this month has been postponed till 2022 (see below). We still plan to have a NIDIA booth at the event when it is rescheduled.

    The Bedford Chamber of Commerce regrets to announce that the 23rdAnnual Buy Indiana has been postponed. Upon reviewing the growing number of COVID-19 positivity rates across the country due to the Delta variant, NSWC Crane can no longer participate in the Expo. While we are very proud of this event and are disappointed that it will not be held this year, the safety of everyone involved must be a priority. The next Buy Indiana Expo will be rescheduled for spring 2022.

    If you have already registered for this event, we will be contacting you shortly. If you wish to transfer your registration to the 2022 Buy Indiana Expo, the Bedford Chamber will honor your registration, even if prices increase. Refunds will be issued to vendors upon request. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have about the postponement by emailing Michaela Cox at member@bedfordchamber.com, or by calling our office at (812) 275-4493.

  • Ivy Tech Fort Wayne offers free cybersecurity courses amid increases in corporate hacks

    Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is offering a free course this fall addressing the fundamentals of cybersecurity. The course will empower everyone to protect their personal digital presence and also to understand the needs of corporations operating in today’s digital environment. The course is a free, non-credit course meeting on three concurrent Saturdays beginning September 11, 2021.

    “Cyber criminals infect millions of systems across the world and when you couple the ransom dollars, and the lost productivity of down-time, it can add up to multi-million-dollar losses for a company,” says Darrel Kesler, dean of the School of Information Technology at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. “Even here in Northeast Indiana, employers have reported up to thousands of cyber-attacks per day.”

    Ivy Tech Community College’s cyber security faculty is dedicated to educating the community about personal and business cyber safety. Beyond this free three-session non-credit course, the School of Information Technology offers an array of degree and certificates that allow students to enter the workforce directly, or transfer to four-years universities for their Bachelor degrees.
    Students interested in the free course, they can register at link.ivytech.edu/FWcyber, or contact Lucy La Hurreau, assistant department chair in the School of Information Technology at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, at llahurreau@ivytech.edu.

    Lucy La Hurreau
    Assistant Department Chair,
    School of Information Technology
    260.482.9171 x 2548

  • Growing your Business IN Defense – FREE Event for NIDIA members

    NIDIA Members,

    The following event is FREE for NIDIA members, simply enter the promo code “NIDIA” when getting your tickets!

    Growing Your Business IN Defense
    Entering and Enhancing DoD Contracting

    The Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association, in collaboration with Indiana’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center, invites Northeast Indiana business leaders to join “Growing Your Business IN Defense” at 5 p.m. on Aug. 12, at Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

    During this event, business leaders will hear from a panel of leading industry experts regarding details on government contracting for Northeast Indiana businesses, followed by networking, dinner and a TinCaps baseball game.

    The expert panel will include:

    With additional information from:


    • 5-6:30 p.m. – Expert Panel Discussion
    • 6:30 – Networking and dinner
    • 7:05 – First pitch

    Tickets are FREE for NIDIA members (enter promo code “NIDIA” at checkout) or $25 per ticket for non NIDIA members and includes the panel discussion, dinner buffet and TinCaps baseball game.

    If you work in the defense space, are considering expanding into that space or are simply interested in learning more about this incredibly important area of our regional economy, please join NIDIA and PTAC for this defense industry event.

  • Buy Indiana Expo – NIDIA needs your marketing info!

    NIDIA Members –

    NIDIA will be staffing a booth at the 31 August “Buy Indiana Expo” in French Lick. This is a great opportunity to market your company to buyers from the US Government. We would like each interested NIDIA member company to provide a soft copy of marketing materials (1-2 pages) that we can make available at this event. Gil Perry will be our man in the booth. NIDIA will pay to have your marketing material printed and in the booth to give away to Government buyers.

    If you’d like to take advantage of this opportunity, please email your marketing info no later than 13 August to Rick Howard, at Richard.howard4@baesystems.com. Or, if you want to provide hard copies, please contact Rick at the email provided or at 260-740-6019 to arrange pickup/dropoff.