In order to address issues facing the Charleston, South Carolina military industrial complex, the Charleston Defense Contractors Association, or CDCA, was formed and incorporated as a South Carolina Corporation on 4 December 2002. CDCA’s beginning was based on a grassroots formation called the “Technology Leadership Forum”, an offshoot committee of the Lowcountry Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications Electronic Associations (AFCEA) that first met on 6 September 2001. The Technology Leadership Forum consisted of 40 business and government officials who were interested in raising local awareness of the industry cluster and also in establishing the defense contracting companies as a viable entity within the Charleston business community. On November 7, 2002, CDCA held its first General Meeting and an interim Board of Directors and Officers were elected. On December 4, 2002, CDCA received a Certificate of Incorporation as a Nonprofit Corporation in the State of South Carolina. CDCA received its 501(C)(6), business league organization, tax exempt status on 11 April 2003.




Click each link to download the documents.




Click on each director's picture to email them directly. 



Political Relations
Steve Amell

CO-CHAIR: Kris Busch
CO-CHAIR: Red Hoover
CO-CHAIR: BeckyRoberts

The Political Relations Committee will perform as an advocacy group for the defense industry in the Charleston metro area and other surrounding regions. It develops connections to local interest groups and individuals including local, state, and federally elected officials, chamber of commerce, technical development groups, professional military organizations and committees, as well as defense agency leadership. It takes action to provide information, solicit desired outcomes, and to promote issues in the best interest of the local defense community. It actively works in the best interest of SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic and the Charleston Joint Base on Military Value, Transformation and in support of the Joint Warfighter. It researches and coordinates efforts to initiate special legislation that will help the various commands of the Charleston region to perform expanded or new missions. It also reports all of its activities and funding actions to its members in the Board’s Annual Report along with any results or outcomes of said actions.


Public Relations
Heather Walker

CO-CHAIR: Robin Burke
CO-CHAIR: Brain Lindgren
CO-CHAIR: April Nadeau

The Public Relations Committee will present the mission, vision and values of the Association to the public. It will provide all official media contacts, speaking engagements, press releases, public affairs issues and other related contacts with the media on behalf of, or in representation of, the Association. It will develop all forward facing materials for the Association. The Vice President will hold the office of Public Relations Committee Chair.


Small Business (SBIOI)
April Nadeau

CO-CHAIR: Jimi Elderman

The Small Business Committee will foster increasing potential business base of small businesses for prime and subcontracting opportunities. The committee will develop a synergetic network of professional competent small businesses that have proven infrastructure, processes, program management and technical skills to successfully integrate their products and services as potential SB primes or subcontractors for peacetime and mission critical operations in support of the warfighter.

Beth Meredith.png

Beth Meredith

CO-CHAIR: Andrea Julius
CO-CHAIR: Jim Harmon


The Summit Committee will plan, organize and execute all facets of the annual C5ISR Summit. It will host the annual Summit in support of the goals of the Association, primary customers, and the vision for the greater Charleston region.


Robin Burke

CO-CHAIR: Andrea Julius

The Membership Committee will maintain the dues and membership structure. It also provides guidance to the Board with strategies to improve the membership of the Association. The committee will be responsible for reviewing eligibility criteria for membership and for making recommendations with regard to changes to membership categories and dues. The committee recommends to the Board strategies for growing membership and retaining current members.


Heather Walker

The Contracts Industry Council (CIC) Committee will function as an advocate for the Association’s membership at the periodic CIC meetings. The committee will collect input from the Association’s membership for incorporation onto the monthly agenda and will disseminate information of meeting results to the association’s membership by posting approved CIC meeting minutes to CDCA website.


Education & Workforce Development
Dena Elrod

CO-CHAIR: Robin Burke
CO-CHAIR: Kris Busch


The Education Committee will enhance the technical capabilities of the Association in support of local DoD organizations. It is responsible for generating student interest, funding various educational initiatives and creating outreach to regional academia. The committee will promote and administer the Association’s Summer Internship Program and also maintain awareness and complement/support other educational initiatives that are being undertaken by other organizations. The committee will be responsible for the execution of educational initiatives on behalf of the Association.


Events and Luncheons
Becky Roberts




The Events Committee will sponsor and encourage community events, projects, activities, services, programs, and public improvements which are of mutual interest and benefit to the Association, the defense industry, and the war-fighter. It will seek ways to host events and activities which promote/complement Association’s objectives and promote the local defense industry.


Heather Walker

CO-CHAIR: Robin Burke
CO-CHAIR: Brain Lindgren
CO-CHAIR: April Nadeau


The Philanthropy Committee will provide opportunities for philanthropic activities and services to the community by reviewing current and future charitable organizations that the Association can support with donations aimed at helping the community and the war-fighter. It will continually provide philanthropic support to charitable organizations that benefit the community, our region and our war-fighters.


David Hamburger

CO-CHAIR: Becky Roberts

The Technology Committee will support the strategic initiatives of the Association through effective and seamless integration of information technology into all appropriate functions of the Association. It will respond to the strategic technology needs of the Board, its committees, and our membership.


Ways, Means and Rules
Brian Lindgren

CO-CHAIR: Charlie Templeton

The Ways, Means, and Rules Committee will enhance operational effectiveness and maintain order within the Association. It is commissioned to ensure that all By-Laws and traditions of the Association are respected and maintained. The committee will also to make certain that parliamentary procedures are followed. The committee will examine and maintain all policies, processes, guides, rules, and regulations – whether documented or undocumented. It will oversee all matters relating to the process of raising revenue for the Association. The Secretary will hold the office of Ways, Means, and Rules Committee Chair.




Platinum Members




Small Businesses

for All other information, send inquiries to: info@charlestondca.org

Or write us at: 

PO Box 61089
Charleston, SC 29419


Member Login
Welcome, (First Name)!

Forgot? Show
Log In
Enter Member Area
My Profile Log Out