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Defense Industry Associations

Defense contractors who are active members of industry associations are able to raise their profile, form strategic alliances and generate more business opportunities.

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Whenever I speak about defense contractor marketing, I’m often asked about defense industry associations. There are very few online resources that have collected this type of information in one place, so I've compiled this list that I hope you find helpful.

The focus of the list is associations whose membership includes defense contractors. Very likely, not every organization is listed here that should be, so if you know of any other associations that should be added, please contact me and I will update the list.

United States

Aerospace Industries Association
Aerial Refueling Systems Advisory Group
AHS International - The Vertical Flight Technical Society
Air Force Association
Aircraft Electronics Association
Airlift/Tanker Association
American Astronautical Society
American Gear Manufacturers Association
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
American Logistics Association
American Society of Naval Engineers
AMSUS - The Society of the Federal Health Agencies
Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association
Army Aviation Association of America
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
Association of Naval Aviation
Association of Old Crows
Association of the United States Army
Association of the United States Navy
Aviation Distributors and Manufacturers Association
Aviation Industry CBT Committee
Aviation Suppliers Association
Business Executives for National Security
Council of Defense and Space Industry Associations
Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics and Conduct
Defense Industry Offset Association
Defense Orientation Conference Association
Helicopter Association International
Homeland Security & Defense Business Council
International Stability Operations Association
Marine Corps Association & Foundation
Munitions Industrial Base Task Force
National Aeronautic Association
National Association of Ordnance and Explosive Waste Contractors
National Defense Industrial Association
National Defense Transportation Association
National Guard Association of the U.S.
National Military Intelligence Association
Navy League of the United States
Quarter Furniture Manufacturers Association
Satellite Industry Association
Society of American Military Engineers
Submarine Industrial Base Council




Aerospace & Defense Arizona


Southwest Defense Alliance


Florida League of Defense Contractors


Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association


Defense Technology Initiative


Defense Alliance of Minnesota

North Carolina

North Carolina Aerospace Alliance
North Carolina Defense Business Association


Dayton Area Defense Contractors Association


Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition

Rhode Island

Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance

South Carolina

Charleston Defense Contractors Association


Tidewater Association of Service Contractors


Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition


Australia Defence Association
Australian Industry & Defence Network
Australian Industry Group Defence Council


Austrian Aeronautics Industries Group


Belgium Aerospace Industries Association
Belgian Security and Defence Industry


Bulgarian Defence Industry Association


Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Nova Scotia
Aerospace Industries Association of Canada
Conference of Defense Associations
Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries
Aero Montreal
Quebec Aerospace Association
Québec Ground Transportation Cluster

Czech Republic

Association of Aviation Manufacturers of the Czech Republic
Association of the Defense Industry of the Czech Republic


Danish Defence & Security Industries Association


ASD – Aerospace & Defence Association of Europe


The Association of Finnish Defence and Aerospace Industries


French Land Defence Manufacturers Association (GICAT)
French Aerospace Industries Association
French Defense Industries Council (CIDEF)


Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Wehrtechnik
Federal Association of the German Security and Defence Industry
German Aerospace Industries Association


Hellenic Aerospace & Defense Industries Group


Aeronautical Society of India
Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies and Industries


Federation of Aerospace Enterprises in Ireland


The Italian Industries Association for Aerospace Systems and Defence


Japan Association of Defense Industry
The Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies


Korea Defense Industry Association

New Zealand

New Zealand Defence Industry Association


The Norwegian Defence and Security Industries Association


Association of Polish Aviation Industry


Portuguese Association of Defense Related Industries & New Technologies Companies

South Africa

South African Aerospace Maritime and Defence Industries Association


Spanish Aerospace and Defence Association Industries


Swedish Aerospace Industries
Swedish Security and Defence Industry Association


Swiss Aeronautical Industries Group

The Netherlands

The Netherlands Defence Manufacturers Association
Netherlands Aerospace Group


Defence Industry Manufacturers Association

United Kingdom

UK AeroSpace, Defence & Security Industries
United Kingdom National Defence Association
Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association

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The Principal and Founder of Artillery, Douglas Burdett is a former artillery officer and Madison Avenue ad man. He also hosts The Marketing Book Podcast, where he interviews authors every week about the latest in modern marketing and sales.

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