2018 Defense Communities National Summit | June 18-20, 2018 | Washington, DC

The Foundation of our Military’s Competitive Edge

Our military relies on a complex network of roads, buildings, facilities, utilities and land—on and off-base—to provide the critical training and power-projection platforms needed to protect our nation.  Our military facilities and the defense communities that support them play a critical role in sustaining the lethality of our forces. A major part of that responsibility is providing a home for 1.1 million service members, their families and countless others who support them.

Defined by a mission of force and family, readiness and resiliency, our defense infrastructure is the foundation of our military’s competitive edge.

With the Trump administration poised to rebuild the military, Congress and the administration are beginning the critical work of creating a more lethal and resilient force. What does this mean for our defense infrastructure?  How will we ensure our defense infrastructure remains a powerful force multiplier?

These are the key questions that will bring more than 700 defense community leaders, military representatives and industry experts together for ADC’s 2018 Defense Communities National Summit, the nation’s leading forum on the policy and trends impacting military installations and defense communities

Summit Topics

Known for providing timely, in-depth content not available elsewhere, this year’s Summit will not disappoint. 

  • What does the Pentagon’s push to build a more lethal force mean for installations and communities?
  • When will the promised military buildup arrive — an in-depth look at the White House’s FY 2019 budget request
  • The next Silicon Valley – How DoD, industry and communities are turning military installations into centers of innovation
  • What role will military readiness play in the discussion over transforming the nation’s infrastructure?
  • Foreign installation management policy – what can we learn from our allies?
  • Is the current measure of military value still relevant under the new national defense strategy?
  • The growing focus on energy and water resiliency
  • Briefings from the top congressional leaders and staff on critical issues
  • Developing a framework to ensure wind development is compatible with military training
  • Recruitment, retention and readiness – what are the key quality-of-life issues impacting DoD’s ability to attract and retain the best and brightest?
  • Emerging missions arrive at the fore — UAVs, cybersecurity, security force assistance brigades
  • Enhanced role assumed by reserve components — new missions and a stronger connection to active forces.
  • What will come out of the Trump administration’s new look at the state of the nation’s defense industrial base?
  • Is BRAC dead?
  • Services look for big wins as installation-community partnerships evolve
  • What’s new for joint land use planning and conservation programs?

New at this Year’s Summit

New Tracks, Content

We have refreshed our content and this year’s summit will be organized into new tracks and include a set of new topics you will not find anywhere else.

Redesigned HQ

The centerpiece of the event, the Summit HQ, is being redesigned to maximize your opportunity to network and meet with leaders from around the country and DoD.

Defense Policy Idea Laboratory

What are the next big ideas that will define installation management and military-community relationships? ADC will host a series of issue-specific roundtable discussions featuring key leaders to explore new policies affecting installations and community support.

Defense Communities Hill Day

Coordinated messaging and strategies will maximize the outreach of ADC members during the Summit, including a new Hill Kickoff Event.

Summit Agenda

Subject to change.  Please check back often for updates

10:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Registration / Summit HQ Open

Registration opens in SummitHQ

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Council Meetings

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Pre-Conference Sessions

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Hill Day Kickoff

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Opening General Session

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Networking Break

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Networking Break

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Opening Reception at the Summit HQ

7:30 AM — 5:00 PM

Registration and Summit HQ Open

Registration and Summit HQ are open

7:30 AM — 8:30 AM

ADC Leadership Breakfast

7:30 AM — 8:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions

8:30 AM — 9:00 AM

Networking Break

9:00 AM — 10:00 AM

General Session

10:00 AM — 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM — 11:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions

11:30 AM — 1:00 PM

Defense Communities Awards Lunch

1:00 PM — 1:30 PM

Networking Break

Networking break in Summit HQ

1:30 PM — 2:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions

2:30 PM — 3:00 PM

Networking Break

Networking break in Summit HQ

3:00 PM — 4:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

4:00 PM — 5:00 PM

General Session

5:00 PM — 6:30 PM

Great American Defense Communities Reception

7:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Registration / Summit HQ Open

Registration opens in SummitHQ

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

General Session

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Networking Break

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

12:00 PM

Summit End

Maximize your involvement in the summit

Become a Summit Sponsor

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

Call for Sessions

ADC is now accepting session idea and topic proposals. Share your ideas today or volunteer to serve on the program team.

Exhibit in Summit HQ

Showcase your brand. ADC knows that one of the most valuable benefits of our events is networking with your peers. With more than 700 attendees, including DoD and community officials as well as private sector leaders, Summit HQ is the ideal venue to position your community as a strong military and defense community partner

Submit an Award 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.

Download the Sponsorship Packet
Or for more information, contact Aleksandar “Pav” Pavlovich at: apavlovich@defensecommunities.org

Location / Date For the 2018 National Summit

June 18-20, 2018

Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20009

Click here to reserve a room

The ADC Defense Communities National Summit will be held at the Washington Hilton, located at 1919 Connecticut Avenue in the heart of Dupont Circle, the city’s most vibrant neighborhood. ADC has secured a block of rooms for the discounted rate of $249. To make your reservation call the hotel at (202) 483-3000 and mention the ADC Defense Communities National Summit.

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