Women In Defense traces its roots to 1979 when a group of women saw the need for an organization dedicated to networking and professional development within the defense and national security workspace. We welcome all women and men working in defense and national security to join WID. Membership provides access to a broad national network of women and men working in government, the defense industry and academia. Membership also provides access to 21 local Chapters, which provide leadership, networking, professional development and mentoring opportunities throughout the year. Membership is free for government employees and active military, and $40 per year for industry and academia members. 


As a Women In Defense Member you can engage with these valuable benefits: 

  • A framework for networking and introductions to make it easier to meet leading defense and national security professionals at the national and local levels
  • Access to Women In Defense's partners, strategic alliances and coalitions
  • Programming and dynamic events that allow you to extend your network, build industry presence and business/technical acumen
  • Business Development opportunities geared towards industry and government outreach through local procurement conferences, technical roundtables, and social events
  • Educational and professional development opportunities designed with the time constraints of busy professionals in mind
  • A local chapter (no additional dues) to multiply your contacts, expand your knowledge, and showcase your talents by volunteering
  • And you can participate in any of our 20 Chapter programs when on travel across the country
  • A member pin and card
  • The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) individual member benefits; including National Defense magazine
  • Member rates at events of Women In Defense plus NDIA and its other Affiliates, saving far more than the price of Women In Defense dues
  • A leadership path to give back to the profession through developing educational and networking events, mentoring, or community service
  • Eligibility for nomination in national and local annual Service to the Flag Award Program
  • A source for scholarships and mentoring women to pursue careers related to U.S. national security and defense and to provide development opportunities to women already working in these fields via the HORIZONS Scholarship Program
  • Name recognition for yourself and your firm or organization



Membership Categories:

Annual Individual Membership - $40
Life Individual Membership - $500
Annual Government/Military Membership*- Complimentary

*Women In Defense offers a complimentary memberships to all active duty military and currently serving federal, state, and local government employees. Complimentary membership must be renewed annually.

Three Ways to Join:

  1. Online with a Credit Card
  2. Fax with a Credit Card -- (703) 522-1885
  3. Mail with a Check or Credit Card
  4. Email your application to

Download the Membership Application to submit via fax or mail.

Select the Rocky Mountain Chapter on your Application to be Notified of Local Events

Online Application