• Join us for the Fall NIDIA Mega Conference – October 15, 2015

    Fellow NIDIA Members, thanks for standing with us as we try to develop interest and opportunities in NE Indiana in the defense sector. For some of you, you have experienced record growth this past year yet for others, you still are finding challenges getting jump started post sequestered budgets. NIDIA is founded on growth and we are committed to assisting you in connecting the dots to success with other primes, agencies in government to include R&D and if necessary, diversifying your portfolio of work through programs such as DMAP. And that is exactly why your board has brought in a cross section of great speakers across America for you to engage with at IPFW on the 15th of October, speakers to include our Lt. Gov Dr. Sue Ellspermann and the genius behind CBS’s hit TV Show, Scorpion – Walter O’Brien! We also are excited about this event since this is our annual combined luncheon with the Fort Wayne Base Community Council, a council that focuses on taking care of our military men and women who serve in NE Indiana. With the lineup for this conference, I anticipate seats filling quickly so please sign up early but NLT the 5th of October.


    Click Here to View Event Overview

    Click Here To Register


    On behalf of the NIDIA Board, see you there!
    David L. Augustine
    Chairman – Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association

  • Increased GRANT Opportunities – DMAP Update

    NIDIA Members, please notice the increased amount of support opportunity you can receive via the DMAP program. If interested, please contact John below:

    *** Notice: Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program (DMAP) Update***

    Larger Cash Grants Available

    The DoD Office of Economic Adjustment cash grant program for Indiana defense manufacturers, announced by NIDIA in March 2015, has been extended through 2016 and companies may now may receive larger cash grants.

    The program will offer qualifying Indiana manufacturers 50% to 90% cash grants for core strengthening, market diversification and product commercialization projects selected by the Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

    Core strengthening projects may include manufacturers working with Purdue subject matter experts on quality, lean or training within industry (TWI) implementation projects. See course list link below. Purdue experts may work on the floor with company staff to identify, train and implement such core strengthening solutions and the grants may pay for 50% to 90% of the project cost.

    Qualifying companies are those manufacturers that are:

    • Under 1000 employees
    • Supplier to the defense industry with at least 5 percent reduction in sales, production or employment within the past 24 months (or imminent threat of reduction in the future 24 months)
    • For more information, please see the DMAP Quick Facts brochure and the Purdue MEP course list or contact John Blignaut, Purdue MEP, JohnBlignaut@purdue.edu direct (317) 275-6816.



    David Augustine, Col (ret)
    Senior Vice President for Business Development, Stryke Industries ( www.strykeindustries.com )
    Chairman of the Board, Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association ( www.nidiaonline.org )

  • Unmanned Systems Academic Summit

    Fellow NIDIA Members, for those interested, on behalf of Indiana State University, please note the following opportunity to attend the Unmanned Systems Academic Summit. Details are included on the registration link.

    Unmanned Systems Academic Summit

    Co-Hosted by The Ohio State University and Sinclair College

    August 24, 2015 – Sinclair Conference Center

    Click Here For More Into & To Register

    $125 Registration Includes:

    • Fast-paced briefings on the latest advances in UAS from leading subject-matter experts
    • Presentations on cutting-edge UAS research and development, education and training, and commercialization and technology transfer
    • Hands-on activities including UAS simulation and indoor flight demonstrations
    • Ribbon cutting and reception in the newly renovated National UAS Training and Certification Center

    Featured Presentations By:

    • Air Force Institute of Technology
    • University of Dayton
    • University of North Dakota
    • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    • University of Colorado
    • Michigan Technological University
    • Wright State University
    • Indiana State University



    David Augustine, Col (ret)
    Senior Vice President for Business Development, Stryke Industries
    Chairman of the Board, Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association

  • NE Region Job Fair on August 10

    NIDIA Members, as we continue our quest to grow the defense industry in Indiana, it comes as a huge weight on our shoulders the challenging news of the loss of 360 Harris Corporation employees locally. NIDIA stands committed to ensuring all of our fellow Hoosier employees at Harris Corporation and across Northeast Indiana find their ideal position to continue to grow and build our local defense industry. With that said, Congressman Stutzman, Work One Northeast and IPFW Career Services have announced a job fair on 10 August at the IPFW Classic Ballroom. Those looking for employment and/or transitioning jobs may find their dream opportunity at this event. I ask NIDIA organizations looking at growing their business to consider being part of this job fair.

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    David Augustine, Col (ret)
    Senior Vice President for Business Development, Stryke Industries
    Chairman of the Board, Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association

  • Don’t Miss The Q3 Steering Committee Meeting On July 16

    NIDIA Members, our summer quarterly meeting will be held at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC) on Thursday 16 July from 8:00am-9:30am. Anyone from your company is invited to attend and as always, please bring a prospective member with you to try out our organization. During our meeting we will discuss our “Why Indiana” initiative that’s being assisted by Ryan Metzing and Brook Steed. We will also discuss our recent Muscatatuck Tour, SOCOM event and dues structure to carry our organization into the future as a world class defense association. As always, please bring your ideas to the table as part of our open forum – we will not shape the landscape without your inputs!

    Our guest presenter this Thursday will be Gil Perry on Bid Match. This is a TERRIFIC and FREE service your Indiana PTAC offers each of you to search across the government domain for bid opportunities. It is a MUST in your tool kit to go out and successfully bid and win contracts. All you need to do is become a member of the Indiana PTAC – what a deal! And for those of you that attended the SBIR event on 13 July in Indy, you can attest the tremendous success of this new PTAC initiative.

    Please take the time out to attend Thursday!

    Let’s GROW your defense business!

    Northeast Indiana Innovation Center
    3201 Stellhorn Road
    Fort Wayne, IN 46814



    David Augustine, Col (ret)
    Senior Vice President for Business Development, Stryke Industries
    Chairman of the Board, Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association