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

Five ways to maximize your involvement in the summit

Become a Summit Sponsor

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

Submit an Awards Nomination

Through its annual Defense Community Awards program, ADC honors the achievements and leadership present in our defense communities, on military installations and on Capitol Hill. Submit your nomination here.

Call for Sessions

ADC is now accepting session idea and topic proposals. Share your ideas today or volunteer to be part of the program team. Get the form here.

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.

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.

Invited Speakers

Congressional Leaders

  • Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations, Defense Subcommittee
  • Sen. Richard Durbin (D-lll.), Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Appropriations, Defense Subcommittee
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Senate Committee on Appropriations, Armed Services Committee
  • Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee
  • Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), Ranking Member, Senate Armed Services Committee
  • Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), House Armed Services Committee
  • Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), House Committee on Appropriations
  • Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), Chairwoman, House Committee on Appropriations, Defense Subcommittee
  • Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee
  • Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), Chairman, House Armed Services Committee
  • Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.), Member, Ranking Member, Committee on Appropriations, Defense Subcommittee

Office of the Secretary of Defense and Military Service Leaders

  • Hon. James Mattis, Secretary of Defense
  • Gen. Mark Milley, Army Chief of Staff
  • Adm. John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations
  • Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force Chief of Staff
  • Gen.Daniel B. Allyn, Army Vice Chief of Staff
  • Adm. Bill Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations
  • Gen. Stephen W. Wilson, Vice Air Force Chief of Staff

2017 National Summit Schedule

Monday, June 19
10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Registration/Summit HQ Open
9:30 – 11:00 AM
Council Meetings
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Pre-Conference Sessions
12:00 – 1:00 PM
Networking Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 PM
Welcome and Opening General Session
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions
4:30 – 5:30 PM
Concurrent Sessions
5:15 – 6:30 PM
Opening Reception at
Summit HQ

Tuesday, June 20
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Registration/Summit HQ Open
7:30 – 8:30 AM
ADC Leadership Breakfast
7:30 – 8:30 AM
Concurrent Sessions
9:00 – 10:00 AM
General Session
10:30 – 11:30 AM
Concurrent Sessions
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Defense Communities Awards Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 PM
Concurrent Sessions
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Concurrent Sessions
4:00 – 5:00 PM
General Session

Wednesday, June 21
7:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Registration/Summit HQ Open
8:00 – 9:00 AM
Concurrent Sessions
9:30 – 10:30 AM
General Session
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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 special early-bird registration prices! Register before March 31, 2017, and receive a discount!

Delegation Pricing

ADC is offering group discounts for public-sector members attending the National Summit. Opportunities for these prices are limited and end March 31, 2017!  For details, contact Susie Gingrich at sgingrich@defensecommunities.org 

Community (Member/Non-Member)

$595 / $795


Industry (Member/Non-Member)

$695 / $895


DoD/Federal Registration


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