National Contract Management Association and Defense Entrepreneurs Forum to Collaborate

Jennifer Knowlton
Senior Director, Marketing & Engagement
Phone: 571-382-1127
Email: [email protected]


Ashburn, VA – Joining Google, the William & Mary Whole of Government Center of Excellence, artificial intelligence and technology startups Anduril and Rebellion Defense, and other innovative organizations and companies, the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) has entered a partnership with the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF).

“Like NCMA, DEF brings together government and industry members in a neutral forum dedicated to learning, discussion, and improving acquisition,” said NCMA CEO Kraig Conrad. “NCMA’s partnership with DEF signals that contracting professionals welcome DEF innovators and share their goal of promoting collaboration and innovation across defense, science, and technology communities.”

“This is a very natural partnership and we’re looking forward to making it official,” said DEF Executive Director Michael Madrid. “DEF’s mission is to promote a culture of innovation in national security. Contracting and technology acquisition is one of the key focal points for our community, and we’re excited that NCMA is leaning into innovation here. I’m personally excited to see the value that can be exchanged between the members of both our organizations.”

NCMA’s commitment to agility, creativity, critical thinking, and evolution in the contracting profession is demonstrated by the growing presence of innovation content in its events and thought leadership. Its conferences present contracting innovators as speakers, provide workshops on new procurement techniques and approaches. Beginning in 2020, NCMA’s conferences each include an Innovation Alley, a platform for contracting automation, artificial intelligence, data analysis and more.  NCMA’s website also includes an Acquisition Innovation Hub, which publishes the Acquisition Innovation Weekly online newspaper.

“We look forward to collaborating with DEF on events, both nationally and at the NCMA chapter and DEF Agora level. We hope to provide DEF members insight and information about government and commercial contracting and to expand our members’ knowledge of national security innovation,” added Conrad.


About NCMA
Founded in 1959, NCMA is the world’s leading professional resource for those in the field of contract management. The organization, which has over 18,000 members, is dedicated to the professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition personnel worldwide. NCMA strives to serve and inform the profession it represents and to offer opportunities for the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums. For more information on the association, please visit