2017 Defense Communities National Summit | June 19-21, 2017 | Washington DC | REGISTER NOW

Strong Communities. Strong Bases.

2017 Will bring significant change for our military. Last year’s election is likely to bring significant change for our military, affecting our bases and communities. As this new direction takes shape, leaders in Congress and DoD need to understand the role communities, states, regions and other key stakeholders play in supporting installations. This role is shaped through an unending commitment to installations, the men and women who serve our nation, and their families. This is the bedrock of readiness and the foundation for rebuilding our military.  Strong communities will build and sustain a strong military, and America’s defense communities are ready.
Join us in the nation’s capital June 19-21 for the 2017 Defense Communities National Summit to get an early look at the coming changes and hear firsthand from the leaders who will define it.
Join more than 600 leaders from around the nation for an event widely recognized as the most comprehensive look at the key issues facing defense communities and installations, including:
  • What our new defense strategy may look like and what it means for communities
  • The future of the defense budget, including an in-depth look at the White House’s FY 2018 budget proposal
  • Prospects for a new BRAC round and what it might look like
  • Insight from new leaders in DoD and Congress on the future of growing missions such as unmanned aerial vehicles and cyber security.
  • Key issues affecting MWR, housing and quality-of-life policies
  • Briefings from top congressional leaders and staff
  • The future of defense energy policy
  • How joint land-use planning and conservation programs may evolve
  • What’s next for partnerships

Three ways to maximize your involvement in the summit

Exhibit in Summit HQ

Summit HQ is the new way attendees engage at the National Summit. Each Summit HQ participant will have a kiosk-branded space with a counter and stools. All you have to bring are your materials and other display items.

Contact Susie Gingrich at: sgingrich@defensecommunities.org for more information.

Become a Summit Sponsor

Highlight your support for defense communities and military installations by becoming a Summit partner. Learn more here.

Participate in a Summit Policy Roundtable

With a new administration and new congressional leadership, defense communities have an opportunity to put forth innovative installation management and defense policy ideas. ADC will host a series of issue-specific roundtable discussions featuring key leaders in DoD and Congress that will focus on exploring the future of defense policy.

For more information, contact Matt Borron at mborron@defensecommunities.org.


Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr

Representative for the Second District of Georgia 

Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham

Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management

Timothy Bridges

Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force

General (retired) Howie Chandler

Former Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force

John Conger

Senior Adviser (Non-resident), International Security Program, CSIS

Paul Cramer

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Housing & Partnerships)
Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy & Environment)

Matthew P. Dubois

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Reserve Integration)

Mackenzie Eaglen

Resident Fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies

Todd Harrison

Director, Defense Budget Analysis, Director, Aerospace Security Project and Senior Fellow, International Security Program, CSIS

Richard Hartley

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy

Frank Kendall

Former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

Jennifer Miller

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations

Patrick O’Brien

Director, Office of Economic Adjustment

Michael E. O’Hanlon

Senior Fellow & Director of Research, Brookings

Christopher Preble

Vice President for Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute 

Randall Robinson

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment)

Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger

Representative for the Second District of Maryland 

Maj. Gen. Derek Rydholm

Director of Plans, Programs and Requirements, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command

P.W. Singer

Strategist, New America; editor, Popular Science magazine

Congressman Adam Smith

Representative for the Ninth District of Washington

Thomas Spoehr

Director, Center for National Defense, The Heritage Foundation

J.E. “Jack” Surash, P.E.

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, (Energy & Sustainability), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, (Installations, Energy & Environment)

Ronald E. Tickle

Executive Director, Department of Defense Siting Clearinghouse

Summit Program

Pre-Conference Workshops

  • Major Defense Initiatives in 2017 under the Microscope: Defense Policy Primer
  • BRAC 101
  • Air Force EUL Workshop

Council Meetings

  • Energy and Infrastructure Council
  • LRA Directors Council
  • Military Families Council
  • State Advisory Council

General Sessions

  • Congressional Armed Service Committee Staff Roundtable
  • A Look at the FY’18 Budget Request – Trump Change Washington or Will Washington Change Trump?
  • OEA Town Hall
  • How Will the Base of the Future Meet New National Security Challenge and Support Evolving Military Readiness Requirements
  • Supporting the Service Member and Military Family of the Future
  • Total Force – How the Reserve Component is Changing the Way Our Military Fights, Trains and Manages Installations
  • National Defense Strategy

Discussion Sessions

  • P3 Town Hall
  • How to Finance Redevelopment
  • Water, Water Nowhere

Concurrent Sessions

  • What Communities Need to Know about How the Services Decide Where Missions are Located
  • The Future of Defense Workforce & Industry
  • Understanding How to Use the New HubZone Legislation
  • Can We Live in Harmony with Wind Farms?
  • Pursuing a True Installation-Community Joint Master Planning Policy
  • Army Communities Town Hall
  • Strengthening Regional Defense Sectors
  • Finding New Resources to Support Military Family Quality to Life
  • Emerging Contaminants
  • The Future of Commissaries and Post Exchanges
  • Reassessing the Model for Supplying Installation Energy
  • Defense Budget Deep Dive – What Is Really in DoD’s FY’18 Budget Request?
  • Position Real Estate to Attract Developers

Summit Agenda

Monday, June 19
9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Registration/Summit HQ Open
9:45 – 10:45 AM
Pre-Confernece Session
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Pre-Conference Sessions
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Council Meeting
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Welcome and Opening General Session
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Networking Break
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Concurrent Sessions
2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Council Meeting
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Networking Break
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
General Session
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Networking Reception

Tuesday, June 20
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Registration/Summit HQ Open
7:15 AM – 8:00 AM
ADC Membership Meeting
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Concurrent Sessions
Council Meetings
9:00 AM– 9:30 AM
Networking Break
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
General Sessions
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Networking Break
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Defense Communities Awards Luncheon
Awards to be Presented:
-Community/State Leadership Award
-Base Redevelopment Award
-Military Leadership Award
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Networking Break
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Networking Break
3:15 PM – 4:15 PM
General Sessions
4:15 PM – 4:30 PM
Networking Break
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
General Sessions

Wednesday, June 21
7:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Registration/Summit HQ Open
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
General Sessions
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Council Breakfast
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
General Session
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM
Networking Break
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Concurrent Sessions
12:00 PM
Summit End

Location / Date For the 2017 National Summit

June 19-21, 2017

Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20009

Book a Room

The ADC Defense Communities National Summit will be held at the Washington Hilton, located at 1919 Connecticut Avenue in Dupont Circle, the city’s most vibrant neighborhood. ADC has secured a block of rooms for the discounted rate of $239. To make your reservation call the hotel at (202) 483-3000 and mention the ADC Defense Communities National Summit.

Register for the Summit

ADC is offering group discounts for communities attending the National Summit.

For details, contact Susie Gingrich at sgingrich@defensecommunities.org 

Community (Member/Non-Member)

$645 / $845


Industry (Member/Non-Member)

$745 / $945


DoD/Federal Registration


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