Online Community for Defense Professionals, NDIA Connect, Launches

NDIA Connect, an online community providing resources for defense professionals, is the newest member benefit from NDIA and its affiliates. The NDIA team is excited about our new online resource and all it enables, including conversation, connection, and collaboration.

NDIA Connect will provide a reliable source of information for topics related to the defense industrial base and supply chain, news about association happenings and event updates, and broad content related to national security and defense. We are confident that NDIA Connect will foster progress and innovation in your personal and professional lives by expanding both your knowledge base and network.

Roll-out began on April 6 with “The Agenda,” a community where NDIA, NTSA, and WID members can read, post, and share knowledge and insights from across the National Security Enterprise. NDIA will continue by rolling out smaller, more specialized communities based on specific interest areas and Division and Chapter participation.

Leaders from across NDIA, volunteers and staff, are excited about the expanded opportunities for engagement and collaboration NDIA Connect will provide as we continue to pursue our mission of supporting American warfighters.

“I’m extremely excited about the introduction of NDIA’s new online community, NDIA Connect,” said Rachel McCaffrey, WID National Director. “I know NDIA Connect will provide an online space for members from different chapters to collaborate, exchanging ideas to enhance WID’s mission of supporting our warfighters by ensuring women play a key role in US National Security. I’m counting on our amazing members to get involved on the website, sharing their ideas and best practices to help make all of us more effective. NDIA Connect will further WID’s efforts to ensure our members achieve the professional goals they set for themselves.”

Connect today by going to NDIA Connect at and logging in with your NDIA username and password!

Dr. Virginia Kobler Receives 2020 Service to the Flag Award for Government

Dr. Virginia Kobler Headshot

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Virginia Kobler was recently awarded the 2020 Service to the Flag award for Government by Women In Defense (WID), an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association. This award will be formally presented to Dr. Kobler during a Service to the Flag luncheon at WID’s National Conference on September 10 in McLean, VA.

Dr. Kobler was the first woman awarded a doctoral degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) in 1979. Years later, she would be the first female engineer in the U.S. Army Strategic Defense Command and the first to manage programs in advanced computing hardware and battle management algorithms. Dr. Kobler managed a group of engineers who developed algorithms for BM/C3 for Strategic Defense. 

Dr. Kobler is recognized as a pioneer for women in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields and gives her thanks to the support of her husband, Dr. Julian Kobler, and family and mentors such as Dr. Francis Roberts and Dr. Richard Wyskida.

Her advice for young women contemplating careers in the STEM fields is to stay positive. “If I had listened to the naysayers, I would have given up. Keep looking for professional advantages. Never let an opportunity out of your grasp.”

Congratulations, Dr. Kobler, on this well-deserved award!

Read more about Dr. Virginia Kobler in a full article shared by the University of Alabama in Huntsville here.