Special Congratulations

Leanne Caret


Leanne Caret, President and CEO of Boeing Defense Space & Security, offers congratulatory remarks to NDIA for its 100th Anniversary. In recognition of NDIA’s role in solving our nation’s toughest national security challenges, Caret highlights the way in which “we are united by a common sense of mission: working in service to the warfighter.”


Marillyn Hewson


Marillyn Hewson—Chairman, President, and CEO of the Lockheed Martin Corporation—speaks on behalf of Lockheed to congratulate NDIA for its 100 years’ worth of contributions to the United States’ security and technological leadership. Hewson calls NDIA “a critical voice for small, medium, and large businesses” as it communicates the importance of “sustained investment in defense for our nation’s peace and prosperity.”


General David Goldfein


General David Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, takes a moment to send a congratulatory message to NDIA on its 100th Anniversary. With all that has occurred and changed between 1919 and 2019, Goldfein looks to a future in which NDIA remains at the heart of the mission: “Together, let’s treat every day as a blessing and an opportunity to further collaborate […] to develop and unleash the potential of our greatest asset: the airmen and industry team led by NDIA.”


The Honorable Ellen Lord


The Honorable Ellen Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, looks back on her varied experiences with NDIA while wishing us a happy centennial. Lord extends her thanks regarding the Association’s role in helping the DoD “provide the best capabilities our men and women in uniform deserve.”


Senator Jim Inhofe


Jim Inhofe, the U.S. Senator for Oklahoma and the 2018 Recipient of NDIA’s Eisenhower Award, congratulates NDIA on its “100 years of unwavering support for our national security and our troops.” Inhofe applauds the progress made by and for the American military over the last century—especially within the last few decades: “our nation is safer and more secure because of [NDIA].”


Congressman Mac Thornberry


Mac Thornberry, U.S. Congressman for Texas, offers celebratory remarks to NDIA in its centennial year. In recognition of America’s unique but critical situation in which industry and government “work hand in hand to make sure that our nation is secure,” he looks to the future of both the American warfighter and NDIA: “Here’s to the next 100 years.”

Dr. Heather Wilson

Dr. Heather Wilson, Former Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, not only congratulates NDIA on its 100th Anniversary but also encourages us “to stay connected to America’s universities.” As the current President of the University of Texas at El Paso, Wilson recognizes the vital role that NDIA plays in connecting academia to our defense and national security.