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
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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.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr

Representative for the Second District of Georgia
Ranking Member, House Appropriations’ Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Subcommittee
Co-Chair, Congressional Military Family Caucus

Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham

Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management

James Balocki

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations and Facilities

Timothy Bridges

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

Brigadier General Jeffrey W. Burkett

Director of Logistics and Installations, National Guard Bureau

General (retired) Howie Chandler

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

Paul Cramer

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

John Conger

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

Mark A. Correll

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety and Infrastructure

Carla Coulson

Installation Services Director,
Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management

Congressman Joe Courtney

Representative for Connecticut’s Second District
Ranking Member, House Armed Services’ Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee
Co-Chair, Defense Communities Caucus

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

Bob Hale

Former Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and currently Senior Executive Advisor, Booz Allen Hamilton

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

Joseph Ludovici

Deputy Commander, Navy Installations Command

John McHugh

Former Secretary of the Army

Charles E. Milam

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy

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

Edwin Oshiba

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

Senator David Perdue

The State of Georgia

Anthony Principi

Principal in The Principi Group, LLC

Lt. Gen. Darryl L. Roberson

Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph

Randall Robinson

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

Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representative for the Second District of Alabama,
House Appropriations’ Defense Subcommittee,
Co-Chair, Defense Communities Caucus

Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger

Representative for the Second District of Maryland,
House Appropriations’ Defense Subcommittee 

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
Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee

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 Agenda

4:00 PM — 6:00 PM

Registration Open

Registration opens

8:30 AM — 5:30 PM

Registration and Summit HQ Open

Registration is open. Check out Summit HQ.

9:45 AM — 10:45 AM

Engagement 101: How Communities can Leverage their Congressional Delegations and DoD Partners

Defense communities often have more power than they realize. This workshop will focus on how community leaders can leverage their congressional delegations, DOD engagements and outside stakeholders to educate decision-makers, enhance public awareness and influence national defense policy.

MODERATOR:

  • John Simmons, Managing Partner, The Roosevelt Group

SPEAKERS:

  • Andy Napoli, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Housing and Partnerships)
  • Frank Smolinsky, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment and Energy)

10:00 AM — 12:00 PM

Air Force Enhanced Use Lease Workshop

Air Force leaders will host a two-hour workshop exploring lessons learned from past projects, and how installation, community and industry leaders can better take advantage of the enhanced use leasing (EUL) authority. The workshop is open to anyone interested in learning more about how to work with the military to develop EUL projects.

MODERATOR:

  • Lisa J. Schmidt, Execution Branch Chief, Real Estate Development Division Air Force Civil Engineer Center

11:00 AM — 12:00 PM

BRAC 101: An Introduction to the Process, Politics and Preparation

For community leaders new to the base realignment and closure (BRAC) process, or those who simply want to brush up, this primer will cover everything you need to know to prepare for the next BRAC round: how the legislation evolved and the history of the first five rounds; Congress’s role in authorizing a new BRAC round and establishing selection criteria; what DOD needs to accomplish to get ready; the process and analytical model DOD uses to develop its recommendations; the BRAC Commission’s responsibilities; and how the final recommendations become law. Finally, the workshop will cover changes to the BRAC statute that have been proposed to satisfy critics of the 2005 round.

SPEAKER:

  • George Schlossberg, Managing Partner, Kutak Rock

11:30 AM — 1:00 PM

State Advisors Luncheon (invite only)

State Advisors Council Meeting

CO-CHAIRS:

  • Frank Sullivan, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Military Community
    Enhancement Commission
  • Mike Coleman, Military Relations Liaison, Office of the Secretary of Veterans
    and Defense Affairs, Commonwealth of Virgini

12:00 PM — 1:00 PM

Lunch On-Your-Own

1:00 PM — 2:00 PM

Opening General Session / Welcome & The FY’18 Budget Request – an Insider’s Guide

A team of Washington insiders will break down the Trump administration’s newly released fiscal year 2018 budget request and help attendees figure out how the president will be able to carry out his pledge to rebuild the military given the political climate on Capitol Hill. The discussion will cover a number of pressing questions, including the fate of sequestration, the extent to which force structure will grow and the prospect for Congress to allocate funding to make a dent in the backlog in the services’ facility needs.

WELCOME & INTRODUCTION:

  • Mike Cooper, President, Association of Defense Communities; Chairman,
    Oklahoma Strategic Military Affairs Commission

MODERATOR:

  • John Conger, former Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense

SPEAKERS:

  • Mackenzie Eaglen, Resident Fellow, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies, American Enterprise Institute
  • Bob Hale, Senior Executive Advisor, Booz Allen Hamilton; former Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
  • Todd Harrison, Director, Aerospace Security Project and Defense Budget Analysis, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Thomas Spoehr, Director, Center for National Defense, The Heritage Foundation

2:00 PM — 2:30 PM

Break

Networking break in Summit HQ

2:30 PM — 3:30 PM

Pursuing a True Installation-Community Joint Master Planning Policy

Collaboration among military installations and neighboring municipalities, counties and regional organizations for the purpose of strategic planning can benefit a variety of local issues, including growth and development, transportation, encroachment, emergency response, education and health care. This panel will explore how communities and installations can integrate their individual and joint planning exercises into one true master plan.

MODERATOR:

  • Susan Morris, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton

SPEAKER:

  • Celeste Werner, Vice President and National Planning Director, Matrix Design Group

2:30 PM — 3:30 PM

All Politics Is Local: How to Manage Political Changes at the Local and State Level

How do defense community advocacy groups and military affairs committees respond to changes in elected leadership at the state and local levels to ensure that base advocacy remains a priority for the community? This interactive discussion will explore the public relations and relationship-management tools needed to ensure that military issues remain front and center in the public realm.

MODERATOR:

  • Craig Quigley, Executive Director, Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance

SPEAKERS:

  • Joe Driskill, Missouri Military Advocate, Office of the Governor of Missouri
  • Keith Graf, Director, Texas Military Preparedness Commission
  • Bruce Grant, Vice President, Military and Defense, Enterprise Florida
  • Larry Hall, Secretary for the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

2:30 PM — 3:30 PM

Air Force Communities Town Hall

Senior Air Force leaders will update communities on the service’s latest installations and energy initiatives, including new missions, the Air Force Community Partnership Program, addressing excess capacity and plans for achieving energy resilience.

SPEAKERS:

  • Tim Bridges, Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, U.S. Air Force
  • Richard Hartley, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy
  • Jennifer Miller, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations

3:30 PM — 4:00 PM

Break

Networking break in Summit HQ

4:00 PM — 5:00 PM

GENERAL SESSION: How Basing Decisions are Made for New Missions and Force Structure Changes

This session will explain the process the services follow to determine where to
base new missions, with a focus on the criteria they rely on. The panel will provide
an inside look at the factors they consider in basing decisions, including an
installation’s available capacity — including housing, infrastructure and missionrelated
facilities — cost, environmental requirements, impacts and synergies with
other missions, and quality of life.

INTRODUCTION:

  • Bill Parry, City Manager, City of Gatesville, TX

MODERATOR:

  • John Armbrust, Chair, ADC National Advisory Board

SPEAKERS:

  • Gen. Howie Chandler (ret.), Former Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force
  • Hon. John McHugh, Former Secretary of the Army; Former U.S. Congressman
  • Tom Oppel, Chief of Staff to former Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus
  • Jennifer Miller, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations

2:30 PM — 5:00 PM

LRA Directors Council Meeting

5:00 PM — 6:00 PM

Networking Reception

The opening reception will be held in Summit HQ

7:00 AM — 5:30 PM

Registration and Summit HQ Open

7:00 AM — 9:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

7:15 AM — 8:00 AM

ADC Leadership Breakfast

ADC members only.

8:00 AM — 9:00 AM

How to Strengthen Regional Defense Sectors

This session will discuss the various tools, including defense supply chain mapping, state and regional leaders can use to expand and strengthen small- and medium-sized defense firms through product innovation, market diversification and enhanced collaboration among defense contractors. These tools have potential to increase industry revenue, create jobs and boost companies’ contracting capabilities for DoD.

MODERATOR:

  • Sal Nodjomian, Executive Vice President, Matrix Design Group

SPEAKERS:

  • Sean Carlson, Executive Director, Michigan Defense Center
  • Rep. Steven Palazzo (MS – 4th), U.S. House of Representatives (invited)
  • Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinettie (IL) (invited)
  • Col. Gregory Scott Michel, Post Commander, Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center

8:00 AM — 9:00 AM

Emerging Contaminants

Newly recognized substances represent a major challenge for both active base and closed base communities. Emerging contaminants, including perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) such as PFOA and PFOS, can disrupt mission readiness, halt redevelopment projects and harm the relationship between the military and communities. Environmental experts and communities that are dealing with these problems will talk about what is known about the latest class of emerging contaminants and how they are being addressed.

FACILITATORS:

  •  Deb Morefield, Program Manager for the Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Energy, Installations, & Environment)
  • Barry Steinberg, Partner, Kutak Rock
  • Dr. Steve TerMaath, Chief BRAC Program Management Division, Installations Directorate, Air Force Civil Engineer Center

8:00 AM — 9:00 AM

Military Families Council Meeting

Council Meeting

CO-CHAIRS:

  • Kate Hatten, President & CEO, Peak Military Care Network
  • Katie Lopez, Director of Military & Governmental Affairs, Christian County Chamber of Commerce

8:00 AM — 9:00 AM

Energy and Infrastructure Council Meeting

Council Meeting

  • Anita Molino, President, Bostonia Partners
  • Gerard Nolan, Senior Director, Govt. Energy Solutions, EDF Renewable Energy

9:00 AM — 9:30 AM

Break

Networking break in Summit HQ

9:30 AM — 10:30 AM

OEA Town Hall

This session will update active and closure communities on the Office of Economic Adjustment’s activities, including its newest initiatives. Topics will include the fiscal 2018 budget request, technical assistance available to communities affected by a closure or realignment, grants for pre-BRAC planning and economic diversification, compatible use planning/joint land use studies and
defense industry adjustment/defense supply chain mapping.

SPEAKER:

  • Patrick O’Brien, Director, Office of Economic Adjustment

9:30 AM — 10:30 AM

The P3 Future of DoD

Over the past several decades, public-private partnerships have played a key role in supplying a variety of installation support functions — family housing, Army lodging, utilities and renewable energy — as well as helping the military services better use their real estate. The new administration’s drive to make the federal government operate more efficiently is bringing renewed attention to P3s and raises the question as to what installation support activity is ripe to become the next to benefit from greater industry participation. The P3 Town Hall will explore ideas for public-private partnerships that have been on the drawing board but not yet implemented, such as facility management, as well as others that have been used but have not been introduced on a large scale such as barracks privatization.

MODERATOR:

  • Hilary Jackler, Partner, Kutak Rock

10:30 AM — 11:00 AM

Break

Networking break in Summit HQ

11:00 AM — 12:00 PM

Understanding Changes to the HubZone for Base Redevelopment Communities

Updates to the Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program in October 2016 were meant to help base redevelopment projects attract tenants. This session will provide an overview of the program changes and discuss how closure communities can take advantage of the changes as part of their reuse plans.

SPEAKER:

  • Steve Levesque, Executive Director, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment
    Authority

11:00 AM — 12:00 PM

Defense Sector of the Future

The defense sector is constantly adapting in order to meet the military’s current and future needs. Industry leaders incorporating new technologies, workforce skill sets and processes to ensure that they continue to deliver the services and supplies required by DoD. This session will explore how the defense sector is evolving and what that means for communities and states.

MODERATOR:

  • Mike Mendelevitz, Managing Director, ESOP Advisors

SPEAKERS:

  • Mike Gilroy, Program Director (Defense Industry Adjustment), Office of Economic Adjustment
  • David Beurle, CEO, Future iQ
  • Jill McClune, President Emeritus, Army Alliance
  • Kimberlee Carlile, Director of Industry and Talent Initiatives, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development

11:00 AM — 12:00 PM

Army Communities Town Hall

Senior Army leaders will update communities on the service’s latest installations and energy initiatives, including expanding end strength, addressing excess capacity, community-installation partnering and plans for achieving energy resilience.

SPEAKERS:

  • Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management
  • Randy Robinson, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment

11:00 AM — 12:00 PM

Navy and Marine Corps Communities Town Hall

Senior leaders from the Navy and Marine Corps will update communities on the service’s latest installations and energy initiatives, including expanding end strength, addressing excess capacity, community-installation partnering and plans for achieving energy resilience.

SPEAKER:

  • James Balocki, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations
  • Joe Ludovici, Deputy Commander, Navy Installations Command

12:00 PM — 1:00 PM

ADC Award Luncheon

Lunch and Defense Community Awards Presentation

1:00 PM — 1:30 PM

Break

Networking break in Summit HQ

1:30 PM — 2:30 PM

Can We Live in Harmony with Wind Farms?

As wind energy production has grown in many parts of the country, some defense communities have become concerned about the potential for wind farms to interfere with military radar and flight training, prompting lawmakers in a handful of states and Congress to advance proposals to restrict their development. Meanwhile, defense officials, with some exceptions, have said the department’s process for reviewing projects allows potential impacts from turbines to be mitigated in virtually all cases. A panel representing the various stakeholders in this debate – state lawmakers, defense communities, defense energy siting officials, wind energy developers and environmental groups – is aimed at helping attendees better understand the potential risks associated with wind energy

MODERATOR:

  • Lucian Niemeyer, President, the Niemeyer Group

SPEAKERS:

  • Dr. Matthew McKinzie, Nuclear Program Director and Senior Scientist, Land and Wildlife Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • David Belote, Senior Vice President, Cassidy & Associates
  • Michael Cooper, Chairman, Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission
  • Mike Hrapla, Senior vice president of DOD programs, Matrix Design Group
  • Ron Tickle, Executive Director, DoD Siting Clearinghouse

1:30 PM — 2:30 PM

What to Expect When You’re Expecting BRAC

The panel will examine short- and long-term strategies employed by defense communities and states to prepare for past BRAC rounds. The panel, composed of community and state leaders and inside-the-Beltway consultants, will highlight successful approaches for strengthening the position of installations ahead of a BRAC and, potentially, attracting new missions.

MODERATOR:

  • Mike Berger, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton

SPEAKER:

  • Patrick O’Brien, Director, Office of Economic Adjustment

1:30 PM — 2:30 PM

Defense Industry Adjustment - Overview and Lessons Learned

Amid an uncertain climate for defense spending, community leaders and economic developers are relying on a number of strategies to support and promote a robust and sustainable defense industrial base. This session will highlight approaches to help local defense firms capture new business in both defense and commercial markets.

MODERATOR:

  • Erik Pages, President, EntreWorks

SPEAKER:

  • Randy DeCleese, Partner, Kglobal
  • Dan Spector, Principal, Simon Everett

1:30 PM — 2:30 PM

Best Practices in Working with a LRA Board of Directors

A successful local redevelopment authority needs to ensure its staff and board of directors work in tandem. During this session, LRA officials and board members will share best practices and offer tips on developing strong internal working relationships that result in effective organizations.

2:30 PM — 2:45 PM

Break

Networking break in Summit HQ

2:45 PM — 3:45 PM

The Base of the Future: Meeting New National Security Challenges and Supporting Military Readiness

This keynote discussion will explore how installations will need to evolve to support readiness, new missions and emerging challenges such as cyberattacks and other threats to critical infrastructure.

INTRODUCTION:

  • Joe Driskill, Missouri Military Advocate, Office of the Governor of Missouri

MODERATOR:

  • Bill Byer, Partner, Deloitte Consulting

SPEAKERS:

  • P.W. Singer, Author of Ghost Fleet and Wired for War and current Strategist at the New America Foundation
  • Frank Kendall, former Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistic
  • Sen. David Perdue (GA)
  • Anthony Principi, Principal in The Principi Group, LLC

2:45 PM — 3:45 PM

How to Finance Redevelopment

With dozens of project funding options available, it sometimes is difficult to determine which approach will work best in a given situation? Panelists will explain a range of financing approaches and what situations they are best suited for.

SPEAKERS:

  • Seth Kirshenberg, Partner, Kutak Rock LLP
  • Craig Seymour, President & Senior Principal, RKG Associates, Inc.
  • Martine Combal, Vice President, Public Institutions, JLL

2:45 PM — 3:45 PM

Water, Water Nowhere

An increasing number of installations are grappling with how they will secure longterm access to water supplies, a dilemma which if not solved could jeopardize their ability to support existing missions and accommodate new ones. The session will explore a range of policies and solutions to help installations manage their water use strategically and identify alternative sources, including conservation, modernizing infrastructure, desalination, reverse osmosis and other technologies.

MODERATOR:

  • Lucian Niemeyer, President,The Niemeyer Group

SPEAKERS:

  • Jim Cotton, Vice President, ASUS, Inc.
  • Hector Gonzalez, Government Affairs Officer, El Paso Water
  • Rebecca Patton, Program Director, Climate Change Adaptation Integration, Office of the Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment

2:45 PM — 3:45 PM

Defense Energy: Pursuing Policies to Create Modern, Secure and Resilient Systems

DoD’s utility infrastructure is aging and inefficient, and vulnerable to catastrophic system failures which could interfere with mission continuity and jeopardize the health and safety of personnel. A panel of experts in finance, energy management and program management will discuss potential mechanisms for creating a secure and resilient 21st century utility infrastructure, with a particular emphasis on serving mission critical facilities.

MODERATOR:

  • Michael A. Aimone, P.E., CEM, Senior Advisor, The Roosevelt Group, Washington DC

SPEAKERS:

  • Anthony Spera, National Director of Sales for Energy Services, ConEdison Solutions
  • Bob Johnson, Senior Vice President, Hannon Armstrong
  • Scott Kenner, Director Infrastructure Energy at Concurrent Technologies Corporation
  • Phil Smith, Director, Federal Project Development, Honeywell

3:15 PM — 4:00 PM

Break

Networking break in Summit HQ

4:00 PM — 5:00 PM

Building the Next Great American Defense Community

The needs of military families have grown dramatically in recent decades due to the increased tempo of deployments, a greater attention to school quality and the transition issues children experience, a rigid promotion system and increased interest from spouses to pursue independent careers. In the face of these challenges, defense communities are forced to look for new ways to support military families. Learn how the Pentagon, lawmakers, military family support groups and communities are responding to these changes.

INTRODUCTION:

  • Michael Cooper, President, Association of Defense Communities; Chairman, Oklahoma Strategic Military Affairs Commission

MODERATOR:

  • Michael Kelly, Vice President, Military Affairs, USAA

SPEAKERS:

  • Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA-2), U.S. House of Representatives; Co-Chair of the Military Families Caucus
  • Kathy Roth-Douquet, Executive Director, Blue Star Families
  • Chuck Milam, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Military Community and Family Policy
  • Brian Henry, Superintendent, Waynesville, MO, R-VI School District
  • Joyce Raezer, Executive Director, National Military Families Association

4:00 PM — 5:00 PM

How to Negotiate Real Estate Transactions for Base Redevelopment

Once you’ve found prospective developers and tenants, you need to get down to the details of making their commitment official. Whether it’s a lease agreement, a sales agreement or some other contract mechanism, there are tried and true methods for getting the best deal for your community. Our experts will share their secrets of the trade in this engaging discussion.

5:00 PM — 6:00 PM

Reception

7:30 AM — 11:00 AM

Registration and Summit HQ

Registration and Summit HQ are open.

7:30 AM — 9:15 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM — 10:00 AM

State of Base Redevelopment Capitol Hill Briefing

8:00 AM — 9:00 AM

Total Force – How the Reserve Component is Changing the Way Our Military Fights, Trains and Manages Installations

Leaders from the Army, Air Force and National Guard will discuss recent changes in how the Army and Air Force are more closely integrating the active and reserve components. The session will look at what these changes mean for installations and for communities that support active and reserve missions.

INTRODUCTION:

  • Bob Ross, ADC Board of Directors; Executive Director, Connecticut Office of Military Affairs

MODERATOR:

  • Dan Schnepf, President and CEO, Matrix Design Group

SPEAKERS:

  • Matthew Dubois, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Integration
  • Maj. Gen. Derek Rydholm, Director of Plans, Programs and Requirements, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command
  • Brig Gen, Jeffrey Burkett, Director of Logistics and Installations, National Guard Bureau

8:00 AM — 9:00 AM

Be Prepared for Today and Tomorrow – Community-Installation Liaison and Planning for Mission Sustainment, Mission Growth, and Mission Reduction

Planning is a continuous activity for military host communities; it shouldn’t be limited to BRAC. Military communities and the installations they host have a wide range of planning issues to coordinate and address cooperatively: Being a good neighbor (socio-economic issues), looking at all partnering opportunities (P4), working towards compatible land use planning (encroachment and JLUS), joint master planning (future basing), creating greater green spaces (conservation/environmental), etc. This panel will discuss community-installation planning as a holistic process.

SPEAKER:

  • Rich Engel, Manager, National Capital Region Office and Senior Real Estate and Land Use Advisor, Marstel Day

8:00 AM — 9:00 AM

Reassessing the Model for Supplying Installation Energy

The ‘next big thing’ in defense energy, according to some experts, will be a shift toward an “energy as a service” model, under which a single entity will meet all of an installation’s energy needs by combining on and offsite power generation, procurement authorities — including energy savings performance contracts, utilities privatization and power purchase agreements — and energy controls. Representatives from industry and the Air Force, the first service to test this new model, will describe how the approach could work and explore the consequences for the defense energy sector.

SPEAKERS:

  • Keith Hoskins, Military Affairs Manager, Gulf Power
  • Mark Correll, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy

9:00 AM — 9:30 AM

Break

Networking break in Summit HQ

9:30 AM — 10:30 AM

National Defense Strategy: An Insider’s Guide

The nation faces a range of potential adversaries — growing aggression from China and Russia, the nuclear threat posed by North Korea and Iran, and terrorism — requiring the military to evolve in how it trains for and fights wars, and what skills and weapons its personnel need. This general session will offer an insider’s look at the current threat environment facing the nation and the implications for defense strategy, future conflicts, new priorities for missions and personnel, and overseas basing. Experts will cover the changing nature of warfare, including the greater reliance on technology and cyberwarfare. They also will discuss the “force of the future,” exploring high-demand skill profiles for service members along with new recruitment and retention policies.

SPEAKERS:

  • Rep. Adam Smith (WA-9), U.S. House of Representatives; Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee
  • Rep. Martha Roby (AL-2), Co-Chair, Defense Communities Caucus
  • Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-2), Co-Chair, Defense Communities Caucus
  • Michael O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institute

9:30 AM — 10:30 AM

Compatible Energy Siting

In April 2015, DoD’s Office of Economic Adjustment announced it would begin providing support for state and local governments concerned about potential conflicts between renewable energy projects and military operations. This discussion session will explore efforts launched by several states to mitigate potential conflicts and how communities can avail themselves of future energy siting opportunities.

SPEAKERS:

  • Cyrena Eitler, Compatible Use Program Director, Office of Economic Adjustment

10:30 AM — 10:45 AM

Break

Networking break in Summit HQ

10:45 AM — 11:45 AM

The Future of Commissaries and Post Exchanges

Following four years of declining sales and a new business model intended to eliminate their $1.4 billion annual subsidy, military commissaries face an uncertain future. Military exchanges already are operated as for-profit businesses, but a lasting drop in traffic at commissaries will cut into their sales and place their contributions to quality-of-life programs at risk. With commissaries and exchanges at a crossroads, the session will explore possible scenarios for sustaining the system, along with the potential impacts for defense communities.

SPEAKERS:

  • Mike Higgins, Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission
  • Stephen Kay, Partner, Hurt Norton & Associates
  • Phil Sakowitz, President at Sakowitz Operational Solutions
  • Mike Immler, Deputy Director, Army & Air Force Exchange

10:45 AM — 11:45 AM

Defense Budget Deep Dive – What Is Really in DoD’s FY’18 Budget Request?

Defense budget experts will take a close look at the administration’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal to help attendees better understand how the plan would affect their communities. The discussion will highlight the accounts that are slated for a significant funding boost, whether there is sufficient funding to sustain the military’ s aging infrastructure and DoD’s priorities for military construction.

SPEAKERS:

  • Mike Jones, Member, The Spectrum Group

10:45 AM — 11:45 AM

New Resources to Support Military Family Quality to Life

Communities can often struggle to find the funds, personnel or capacity to meet the demands of today’s military families. This discussion will focus on identifying resources and partnership opportunities that communities may be overlooking when they attempt to address quality-of-life issues for military families.

SPEAKERS:

  • William French, Executive Director, Armed Services YMCA
  • Anthony Hernandez, Chief Operating Officer, Defense Credit Union Council
  • Marcus S. Lingenfelter, Senior Vice President, Advancement, National Math + Science Initiative

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)

$695 / $895

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Industry (Member/Non-Member)

$795 / $995

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DoD/Federal Registration

$125

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