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.