In this new report, the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) presents the results of a survey of small businesses within the U.S. Defense Industrial Base (DIB) during the COVID-19 crisis.


  • Most companies are following CDC and OSHA guidelines.
  • Majority of companies closed facilities and implemented teleworking capabilities.
  • While most companies answered “Yes” to sick leave if a worker tested positive for COVID-19, a majority of midsize and large companies also answered “Yes” to forcing workers to take paid time off should an employee contract the virus.
  • Companies are mostly providing PPE equipment, adjusting workstations for social distancing, and reorganizing schedules for fewer workers during each shift. However, a majority answered that PPE is not being sourced to workers at this time due to telework.
  • With the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), we saw more small and midsize businesses apply for PPP compared to EIDL. We also saw more small businesses apply for PPP compared to midsize companies.
  • Numbers for receiving PPP and EIDL were above 50%, but — in general — many small and midsize businesses in our survey did not apply for either PPP or EIDL.