• 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:


  • TechFest 2019 High School STEM Event on Nov 22

    Techfest is November 22. This is a Fort Wayne community outreach for high school students. It doesn’t cost anything for a company to have a booth at the career fair. This provides students the opportunity to see all the great companies in our area that hire people with STEM degrees.

    It’s easy to go register online for a booth.  http://www.neitechfest.com/.

    NIDIA is a sponsor for this great event. Raytheon, USSI, and BAE are some of the companies that currently participate. The Northeast Indiana region needs YOUR help if we are going to attract, train, and retain our top young talent to fill local jobs, especially in technology, IT, digital marketing, manufacturing, and healthcare!

    We are hosting more than 600 high school students from more than 20 regional high schools to spend a full day with us, 8am to 3pm, experiencing:

    • Seven inter-school tech competitions to win the coveted “TechFest Cup” for their school (website design, forensics, network assembly Challenge, more)
    • A huge “Career & College Expo”, with 30+ employers, start-ups, universities, and colleges showing off their cool stuff and why Northeast Indiana ROCKS!
    • 10 different educational breakout sessions on how to start a new business, improve your interviewing skills, write a killer resume, and project management, and more…
    • -A Compelling keynote speaker “Extreme Interview Makeovers” – A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have experts coach and guide students on how to fix their first impression and interview better.

    We NEED YOU to fill our College & Career Expo – Join us in providing information to students of Northeast Indiana on where to get their education and to find STEM careers in their own backyard. There is no booth charge! The expo will run from 8:00 am till 1:00 pm on the day of the event. Each student receives points for every expo booth they visit so plan on being very busy. You may just find your next star student, intern, or employee!

    Join us, PLEASE!