• Rep. Banks Celebrates Commitment to Hypersonics Research in NDAA Conference Report

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    December 9, 2019

    Rep. Banks Celebrates Commitment to Hypersonics Research in NDAA Conference Report

    WASHINGTON – The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report was filed with the Rules Committee tonight. Rep. Banks submitted and fought for language to be included in the report that directs the Department of Defense (DOD) to establish a Joint Hypersonics Transition Office (JHTO) with a university consortium.
    As a conferee of the conference committee, Rep. Banks signed the Conference Report before it was filed. The report received bipartisan and bicameral support.

    “Hypersonics is crucial to our global competition with China. I am proud of Indiana’s contributions to this important research and their close partnerships with the Department of Defense,” said Rep. Jim Banks. “This is one of many wins for Hoosiers in the NDAA. I look forward to sharing these wins when the package comes to the floor for a final vote.”

    The Joint Hypersonics Transition Office language in the NDAA strengthens the partnership between the DOD and universities by creating a hypersonics consortium. The JHTO will ensure that hypersonics research and development efforts throughout the Department of Defense are well-coordinated and will also strengthen connections between the DOD with ongoing research efforts in academia.

    The language establishes a runway for Indiana universities like Purdue and Notre Dame to apply their decades of hypersonics expertise to ongoing projects within the Department of Defense.

    Hypersonics is a crucial technology to compete with global adversaries like China, who have invested heavily in similar technologies.

    This year’s NDAA is historic, supporting $738 billion for our national defense.

    “President Trump deserves enormous credit for his leadership rebuilding our military and ensuring the U.S. defense apparatus is ready for the 21st century,” said Rep. Banks.

    Rep. Banks is the only Hoosier member of the Armed Services Committees in Congress and co-chairs the Future of Defense Task Force. He also serves on the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities as well as the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces.

  • Rep. Banks Announces Release of Reagan Task Force Report on Strengthening America’s National Security Innovation Base

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    December 4, 2019

    Rep. Banks Announces Release of Reagan Task Force Report on Strengthening America’s National Security Innovation Base

    WASHINGTON, D.C. –This week, the Reagan Institute’s Reagan Task Force released a report outlining its recommendations to strengthen America’s National Security Innovation Base (NSIB). The report, the “Contest for Innovation: Strengthening America’s National Security Innovation Base in an Era of Strategic Competition,” addresses key challenges facing the Department of Defense (DoD) as it prepares for the future constructs of warfare. Rep. Jim Banks’ served as Commissioner on the Reagan Task Force for nearly a year and his input was critical in shaping the report and its recommendations.

    “The Reagan Task Force’s report is the product of a year’s worth of hard-work from some of the defense community’s sharpest minds. Policymakers will look to this report to equip the U.S. military to rapidly respond to a changing defense landscape. It was an honor to work on this important Task Force and prepare the United States for the new, emerging national security challenges as we enter an era of Great Power Competition.” said Rep. Banks.

    Background:

    The Task Force was co-chaired by former Senator Jim Talent (R-MO) and former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work. Representatives Andy Kim (D-NJ), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), and Mike Gallagher (R-WI) all served on the Task Force with Rep. Jim Banks.

    Rep. Banks applauds the Task Force’s focus on espionage risks posed by foreign exchange student involvement in Department of Defense (DoD) funded research projects. Rep. Banks’ Protect our Universities Act of 2019 mitigates that risk by requiring exchange students from adversarial nations to receive waivers from the Director of National Intelligence in order to work on DoD funded projects.

    The report also found that emerging research, such as hypersonic weapons, must be prioritized by the National Security Innovation Base. Fort Wayne, Indiana is home to several key defense research technologies, such as electronic warfare tools and hypersonics research. Hoosiers lead in defense innovation and the Task Force found that the DoD’s research partnerships with Purdue were exemplary, recommending similar partnerships throughout the country.

    KEY RECOMMENDATIONS

    • A “National Security Innovation Committee,” a new U.S. government interagency coordinating body responsible for enabling, developing, guiding, and safeguarding the NSIB.
    • A national “STEM Corps,” where students receive free university tuition in national-security-relevant fields and commit to spending several years working within a component of the NSIB ecosystem.
    • A “National Security Innovation Base Visa” that would encourage appropriately vetted, highly skilled foreign workers to contribute their education and talents to the benefit of the NSIB.
    • A “Partnership for a Strong Innovation Base,” a new international framework to help the NSIB capitalize on the capabilities of the United States’ most trusted allies.
    • A number of reforms to the way the Department of Defense does business, with the goal of acculturating its technology acquisition to the more risk-positive nature of the NSIB and driving incentives for private-sector actors to participate more purposefully and robustly in the NSIB.

    Read the report HERE

  • NIDIA elects board leadership to implement roadmap for growth

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    July 19, 2017 (Fort Wayne, IN) – The Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association (NIDIA) today announced the election Alan Tio to serve as chairman of the organization, which works to grow the defense sector throughout a 20-county region. Tio has served in local, regional, and state level economic development roles in Northeast Indiana and recently joined Michael Kinder & Sons, Inc. as Economic Developer.

    “Alan is the right person at the right time for the Chairman of the Board position. NIDIA is ready to try new and innovative ideas to support our membership and more important, grow our defense sector” said past chairman David L. Augustine, COL (RET), “NIDIA is committed to making sure Northeast Indiana is at the forefront of our statewide effort to establish Indiana as ‘the State that works in Defense!'”

    In addition, the NIDIA board of directors elected Rick Howard, Program Manager at Raytheon as the new Vice Chairman and Bill Busch, Business Consultant at Xcel HR as the new Secretary.  Scott Maddox, Director of Engineering at Riverside Manufacturing, will continue in his position as Treasurer.

    “In recent years, NIDIA’s volunteer board has developed a roadmap called “Why Northeast Indiana for Defense,” said Tio, “Now we must work with our 50+ members to implement the plan in order to grow the defense sector and maximize opportunities to provide the warfighter with the best tools possible.”

    THE NIDIA BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

    Name, Industry Role
    Alan Tio, MKS *Chairman
    Rick Howard, Raytheon *Vice Chairman
    Scott Maddox, Riverside Mfg. *Treasurer
    Bill Busch, XcelHR *Secretary
    David Augustine, Stryke Industries *Past Chairman
    Bill Andrews *Executive Board Member, Independent
    Eric Webster, Harris Corporation *Executive Board Member, Large Business
    Scott Swymeler, BAE *Executive Board Member, Large Business
    Chris Straw, Team Quality Services *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Joe Predina, Logistikos *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Stacey Smith, Prairie Quest *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Gil Perry, Indiana PTAC *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Pat McCammon, SkySight Technologies *Executive Board Member, Small Business

    About the Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association

    The NIDIA (Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association) was formed with the idea to help fuel industry development in our area. Starting in 2010 we worked with community educators to help develop and improve the local defense community’s ability to attract and retain the required talent to effectively execute business and improve interaction between the defense industry and suppliers in the region. In 2015, the board voted unanimously to extend our reach to a 20 county region. For more information about NIDIA, please visit www.nidiaonline.org.

    Media Contact
    Alan Tio
    atio@kinderandsons.com
    260-414-7841

  • Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch Appoints Danielle Chrysler as Director of the Indiana Office of Defense Development

    OFFICE OF THE LT. GOVERNOR
    STATE HOUSE
    INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA 46204-2797

    Suzanne Crouch
    LT. GOVERNOR
    For Immediate Release

    May 2, 2017

    Lt. Governor Crouch Appoints Danielle Chrysler as Director of the Indiana Office of Defense Development
    Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch announced today that she has appointed Danielle Chrysler, an experienced Hoosier military professional and public servant, as Director of the Indiana Office of Defense Development (IODD). She has served the State of Indiana in several roles prior to this appointment.

    Chrysler served the Daniels/Skillman administration as Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff for former Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. In addition, she served as Legislative Director, Scheduling and Operations Officer to Governor Mitch Daniels as well as Chief of Staff to former First Lady Cheri Daniels. Chrysler’s first role in the Statehouse was as Senior Legislative Assistant and Policy Analyst for the House of Representatives.

    “Danielle brings a full arsenal of military, legislative, and government experience that will advance Indiana’s growing defense development opportunities.” said the Lt. Governor.

    Her most valuable contribution, according to Lt. Governor Crouch, however, is her service in the Indiana National Guard 215th Area Support Medical Company. “Her heart for service, coupled with her motivation to excel and her intense Hoosier pride are characteristics that I admire and am proud to bring to leadership on both the state and national stage.”

    As Director of IODD, Chrysler will lead initiatives to grow Indiana’s business opportunities in the defense industry working in partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

    “Indiana is a national leader in developing and building new technologies that are used around the world to keep our country safe,” said Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “Just last year, Indiana companies were awarded $3 billion in contracts from the Department of Defense. With Danielle’s help, we look forward to working with enterprising Indiana companies to grow that figure even higher and help our defense industry create more high-wage Hoosier jobs across the state.”

    Chrysler previously led the Indianapolis based National Center for Complex Operations as COO and President, an organization she previously served as a Board appointee under two administrations.

    “Danielle has the background to make a tremendous contribution to the state, and I welcome her back,” Governor Eric J. Holcomb said.

    A lifelong Hoosier and native of Whiteland, IN, Chrysler is honored to be a current member of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service as well as the Military Officers Association of America, National Guard Association of the United States, and the Indiana National Guard Association.

    “It is a distinct honor and privilege to have been given this opportunity to continue in service to the people of Indiana and our great nation,” said Chrysler. “I firmly support the Governor and Lt. Governor’s vision of repositioning Indiana as a thought and action leader in our nation’s defense. I look forward to assisting our great state’s leadership in seizing the opportunities that lie ahead.”

    She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Butler University and a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.

    Media Contact:
    Marie Davis
    Communications Strategy Director
    Office of Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch
    mdavis@lg.in.gov
    c: (317) 501-7497

  • NIDIA Announces Chairman Transition and 2017 Board of Directors

    The Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association, NIDIA, is excited to announce the transition of its Chairman, David Augustine, the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Stryke Industries to its newly elected Chairman, Joe Peters, the President of Ultra Electronics USSI in Columbia City. Augustine stated “I’ve truly enjoyed the past two years as the Chairman of NIDIA. With the great support of our membership, board, universities and local sponsors, NIDIA has had the time to re-establish its game and create a plan to start growing defense related business once again. It’s been an honor to serve this great organization – I’m excited for Joe as our new leader!”.

    As we continue to maneuver NIDIA into the future Joe Peters, the new Chairman stated “over the past few years, we’ve automated the NIDIA processes and created a path for growth called the ‘Why Northeast Indiana for Defense Plan’. Our job now is to execute the plan and grow defense jobs as part of our regional development. NIDIA takes great pride in giving the warfighter only the best tools possible by a highly competent and committed workforce of defense professionals.” The region continues to improve its communities and capacity to improve Indiana’s defense ranking in not only the ‘State that works but the State that works in Defense!’

    The NIDIA Board of Directors for 2017

    Name, Industry Role
    Joe Peters, USSI *Chairman
    Open *Vice Chairman
    David Augustine, Stryke Industries *Past Chairman
    Scott Maddox, Riverside Mfg. *Treasurer
    Susan Divers, Ivy Tech *Secretary
    Bill Andrews *Executive Board Member, Independent
    Rick Howard, Raytheon *Executive Board Member, Large Business
    Eric Webster, Harris Corporation *Executive Board Member, Large Business
    Scott Swymeler, BAE *Executive Board Member, Large Business
    Chris Straw, Team Quality Services *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Joe Predina, Logistikos *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Bill Busch, XcelHR *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Stacey Smith, Prairie Quest *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Gil Perry, Indiana PTAC *Executive Board Member, Small Business
    Pat McCammon, SkySight Technologies *Executive Board Member, Small Business