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

    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


    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.


    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.


    • 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

  • Reminder: Register for the All-Member meeting on December 2nd

    Reminder – if you haven’t done so, please register now for our next All-Member meeting on December 2nd, 5pm, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.  After the meeting, please plan to stay for a court-side reception at the Mad Ants basketball game. We’ve invited STEM students and faculty reps from local universities as well. This is a great opportunity to meet local talent and build a talent pipeline for your company!

    Register at the link below:


  • NIDIA IN-3 Lunch-n-Learn Cancelled / All-Member meeting 2 December

    All – just a reminder that our lunch-n-learn that was previously planned for this week has been cancelled. Our next meeting is the All Member meeting on December 2 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The link to register for the 2 December meeting is below –



  • Letter from the chair – NIDIA All-Member meeting

    NIDIA members – Please plan to attend our next All-Member meeting on December 2nd, 5pm, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.  You can also register at the link provided below. After the meeting, please plan to stay for a courtside reception at the Mad Ants basketball game to network and meet the speakers. We’ve lined up three excellent speakers for our meeting.

    Steve Lutz entered the US Army as a Field Artillery Officer in 1971 after graduating from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.  He served worldwide on Active Duty in a variety of positions/ duties, including commanding a Field Artillery Battalion during Operations Desert Shield/ Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia/ Iraq.   Steve retired from the Army in 2000 – taking a position with the Raytheon Company in Fort Wayne – where he served as a Program Manager for 3 military software development efforts (Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems – AFATDS;  US Navy Destroyer DDX 1000;  Special Operations “Dragonfire” Series Radio/ Network).   He retired from Raytheon in July 2013, and remains active in the Fort Wayne Community

    Major General Omer C. (Clif) Tooley Jr. serves as president of defense development for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, appointed by Governor Eric J. Holcomb in 2019. In this role, he is responsible for growing Indiana’s defense industry by promoting the state’s defense assets, assisting in business development, and attracting and supporting defense-related industry partnerships and activities under the direction of Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger.

    Brian D. Peterson was named Vice President, Supply Chain Management in October of 2015.  Since being employed with AM General, he has held the positions of Executive Director Supply Management, Director Supply Management, Senior Manager Indirect Supply Management and Manager Purchasing Systems and Sub-Contracts.  In his current responsibilities, he establishes the current and long-range supply chain objectives, plans, and policies, for all procurement activities.  He leads a supply chain department responsible for satisfying requirements that support both the U.S. Government and commercial entities.

    Register at the link below: