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

Keynote Speakers

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK)
Chairman, Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, Senate Armed Services Committee 

Hon. Heather Wilson
 Secretary of the Air Force

Hon. John H. Gibson II
 Chief Management Officer, Department of Defense

Hon. Lucian Niemeyer
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment

Featured Congressional Speakers

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT)
House Committee on Armed Forces, Subcommittee on Readiness, Subcommittee on Seapower and Expeditionary Forces

Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA)
House Energy and Commerce Committee, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD)
 Chairman, Subcommittee on Cyber Security, Senate Armed Services Committee

Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL)
House Appropriations Committee; Subcommittee on Defense

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH)
House Appropriations Committee; Subcommittee on Defense

Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA)
House Appropriations Committee

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA)
Chairman, Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, House Armed Services Committee

Featured DOD Speakers

James Balocki
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations and Facilities

Phyllis L. Bayer

Hon. Phyllis L. Bayer
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment

Lieutenant General Gwen Bingham
Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management

Edward Brindley
Principal Director for Cybersecurity

Ms. Carla Coulson
Installation Services Director, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management

Lieutenant General Kenneth Dahl
Commanding General, U.S. Army Installation Management Command

Addison “Tad” Davis
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment

Brig. Gen. Ronald Efferson
Alabama National Guard Chief of Staff

Sec. Jordan Gillis
Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment

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

John Henderson
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy

Steven R. Iselin
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment

Lisa Jung
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense
Energy, Installations and Environment

 Michael McGhee
Executive Director of the Office of Energy Initiatives, U.S. Army

 Patrick O’Brien
Director, Office of Economic Adjustment

 Maj. Gen. Derek Rydholm
Deputy to the Chief of Air Force Reserve

 Maj. Gen. Randy S. Taylor
Commanding General

Robert E. Thompson
Director, Strategy and Future Requirements Commander, Navy Installations Command

Ron Tickle
Executive Director, DoD Siting Clearinghouse, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense
Energy, Installations and Environment

Featured Expert Speakers

Frederico Bartels
Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation’s Davis Institute

David Berteau
CEO, Professional Services Council

Mark Cancian
Senior Adviser, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Mackenzie Eaglen
Resident Fellow, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies, AEI

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

Larry Korb
Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Blaise Misztal
Director of National Security, Bipartisan Policy Center

Anne Morton
Director General, Strategic Portfolio Initiatives, Canadian Department of National Defence

Summit Agenda

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4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Registration Open

Registration will be located in the Terrace Foyer

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration / Summit HQ Open

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Pre-Conference Session: A How-To Guide for Promoting Compatible Lands: Working with Landowners and Communities to Protect Mission Capabilities and Readiness

The future of sustainment for DoD ranges, training areas, and testing facilities depends upon defining mission requirements and applying innovative policy tools, funding sources, and community partnerships to protect the military’s ability to test, train and operate now and into the future. Mission requirements often include areas outside the installation boundaries that are of critical importance to the military, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, and private landowners.

This session will provide a better understanding of the variety of tools, resources, and processes available to communities and DoD to more holistically plan and coordinate with states, NGOs, and private landowners to sustain military ranges and thereby provide maximum flexibility for DoD to carry out its mission and improve readiness. Speakers from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations, and Environment will cover key tools and approaches, including the Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) planning process, Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program partnerships, Mission Assurance Siting Clearinghouse Mission Compatibility Evaluation Process, and natural resource management on and off the installation or range. The session will conclude with local partner’s experiences and benefits to their respective missions and interests.


  • Tad Davis, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment


  • Kristin Thomasgard-Spence, Director, Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program (REPI)
  • Steve Sample, Military Aviation and Installation Assurance Siting Clearinghouse
  • Ryan Orndorff, Program Director, DoD Natural Resources Program
  • Anita Bullock, Co-Interm Compatible Use Program Director, Office of Economic Adjustment
  • Robert Hosford, Director of Military Affairs, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and the North Carolina Forest Service

8:30 AM – 11:45 PM

Air Force Community Partnership Program's Policy & Partnership Forum

This interactive forum will focus on Intergovernmental Support Agreement (IGSA) policy and implementation, as well as other policy and partnership issues. This is a unique opportunity for those at the installation-level working with AFCP partnerships to learn from Air Force Partnership SMES through break-out groups with open dialogue and Q&A. This event is only open to Air Force personnel.

Registration is required at: https://community.apan.org/wg/airforcepartnerships/p/afcppolicyandpartnershipforum


  • Mr. Teran Judd


  • Ms. Carolyn White
  • Mr. William Sproule

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Council Meetings

State Advisors Council (invitation only)


  • Lisa Swoboda, Director, Maryland Office of Military and Federal Affairs
  • Keith Graf, Director, Texas Military Preparedness Commission

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

OEA 101 / Grant Workshop

Led by key leaders in the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), this hands-on workshop will provide communities with the know-how on how to apply for OEA grants. A can’t miss boot camp for those looking to work more closely with their installations through a wide-range of mission essential planning activities.

Speakers will be listed soon.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Preconference Session: The Next Generation of Communication – 5G and the Future of Military Networks and Installation Resiliency

With Fifth generation wireless just coming online (pun intended) there has been a surge of interest in outfitting military installations with the infrastructure required to support this new technology. The hope is that it can kick start “smart” technology and applications both on and off base, providing resilience, creating new efficiency and improving quality of life. This panel will explore how 5G will transform installations and defense communities.


  • John Conger, Former Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense


  • Lawrence Taylor, AVP – Integrated Mobility Sales, AT&T
  • Chris Woehler, Director for Public Safety Communications Programs and Architecture, Office of the Chief Information Officer

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Preconference Session: Recruitment, Retention, Readiness and Resiliency – What Key Family Resiliency Trends Are Impacting Military Personnel Readiness?

The military services are launching a host of new personnel policies aimed at improving work-life balance for personnel and attracting top talent for hard-to-fill positions in cyber and other specialties. The changes come as the services are growing their end strength at the same time the civilian job market is strengthening. The session will highlight new personnel policies and ones under consideration as DOD focuses on restoring recent declines in readiness.


  • Jeanine Parker, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton


  • Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO, Blue Star Families
  • Col. Gregory Gadson, U.S. Army
  • Kate Hatten, President/CEO, Peak Military Care Network
  • Elizabeth O’Brien, Senior Director, Military Spouse Program, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Capt. Kimberly Elenberg, Director, Operation Live Well, Defense Health Agency

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

LRA Directors Council: Luncheon (Invite Only)

Join us for a special LRA Directors Luncheon to kick off the Summit.

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

Hill Day Kickoff (Invite Only)

We know you have made congressional outreach a big part of your trips to DC for the ADC summit in past years, but this year we are going to take it to a new level by leveraging all of your individual efforts. We are proud to introduce Defense Communities Hill Days – a new component of the Defense Communities National Summit. Maximizing our combined influence through coordinated messaging and action, this program will provide a platform for advancing key issues that allow us to ensure our bases and communities remain the foundation of our military’s competitive edge.

Defense Community Hill Days will feature:

  • State/Community Leader Lunch – Kicking off the summit this year on Monday, June 18 at 12:15 p.m. will be an invite-only special lunch for community and state leaders to receive updates on key issues and ADC’s messaging for Hill visits. We will be joined by Caucus leaders and top experts for an informative session that will get you set for congressional outreach.
  • Messaging Leave-behinds – ADC will produce common messaging pieces that you can use during Hill meetings, along with your leave-behinds. This will include talking points and ways to integrate your local issues.
  • Hill Visit Tracker – Through social meeting and a tracker, we will track everyone’s visits and show the collective impact of our membership.
  • Federal Outreach Town Hall – Wrapping up this year’s summit will be a town hall hosted by ADC’s Federal Outreach Advisory Committee to collect feedback on your meetings and the messaging.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Opening Keynote Session

Here from top administration leaders in DOD as they outline their vision for our nation’s military installations and missions.


  • Bill Parry, President, ADC; City Manager, City of Gatesville, TX


  • Sec. Phyllis Bayer, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment
  • Hon. Lucian Niemeyer, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Networking Break

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions

FEATURED SESSION: Building Installation Resiliency – What it Means Today

The Pentagon is pushing ahead with plans to protect its assets from sea-level rise and other impacts. With the 2018 NDAA establishing a broad review of the vulnerability of military bases and facilities to climate change, DOD is strengthening its efforts to increase resiliency at installations across the country. This panel will discuss the current efforts underway and what we can expect in the 2019 NDAA to address these issues.


  • Sal Nodjomian, President, Society of American Military Engineers


  • Rep. Rob Wittman, Chairman, House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
  • Sec. Lucian Niemeyer, Assistant Secretary of Defense For Energy, Installations and Environment
  • Sec. Steve Iselin, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment

Expanding the Development of Installation-Community Innovation Hubs

Supporting R&D, technology, manufacturing and other complex missions requires a closely knit web of partners from outside the fence — universities and community colleges, workforce and economic development agencies, and the private sector. Finding the right mix of ingredients to foster technical missions is never easy but smart policies at the federal level can go a long way toward helping communities, regions and states overcome the challenges.


  • Will Rowe, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton


  • Keith Graf, Director, Texas Military Preparedness Commission
  • Penny Gross, County Supervisor, Fairfax County, VA
  • Jill McClune, Vice President, Avon Protection Systems; Past President, Army Alliance

Reserve Component Update – What is Changing?

The reserve components continue to take on a larger operational role as military leaders seek to integrate National Guard and reserve forces more closely with the active component. In recent years the Army and Air National Guard have taken on new cyber and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. This panel will look at how the jump in defense funding in fiscal 2018 and 2019 will affect the missions and role of the National Guard and Reserves in the coming years.


  • Dan Rhoades, Director of Strategy, 21st Century Partnership


  • Larry Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
  • Maj. Gen. Derek Rydholm, Deputy to the Chief of Air Force Reserve

Landing a Drone Business Park – Opportunities and Challenges for BRAC Sites (LRA Track)

The value of the growing commercial drone market is expected to reach billions of dollars over the next 20 years. A market study by Goldman Sachs has estimated that the global commercial unmanned aircraft systems market will reach $100 billion by 2020. Use of drones in infrastructure ($45 billion), agriculture ($32 billion), transportation ($13 billion) and security ($11 billion) are projected to be the largest sectors, according to a recent PwC analysis. This growth will trigger the need for additional infrastructure such as business parks and aviation facilities. Join our panel of experts to understand the opportunities and challenges this redevelopment opportunity poses.


  • Kristie Reimer, Executive Director, ADC LRA Directors Council


  • Tom Swoyer, President and Principal, Infinity Development Partners
  • Nick Flom, Executive Director Northern Plains Test Authority
  • Jeff Donohoe, President, Jeffrey Donohoe Associates, LLC

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Congressional Leadership Keynote


  • Sen. James Inhofe, Chairman, Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, Senate Armed Services Committee

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Afternoon Keynote Session - Creating Great American Defense Communities

Communities, now more than ever, need to understand DOD’s expectations on quality of life issues and how they can create great places to live for military families.


  • Hon. Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force


  • Mike Kelly, Vice President, Military Affairs, USAA


  • Brittany Boccher, 2017 U.S. Military Spouse of the Year; Special Project Coordinator, Defense Credit Union Council
  • Dr. Jerrod Wheeler, Superintendent, Knob Noster Public Schools, MO
  • Kathy Roth-Douquet, Executive Director, Blue Star Families
  • Tony Teravainen, President, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Support the Enlisted Project
  • Gary Glover, Principal, Sallas Mahone Elementary School, GA
  • Maj. Gen. Randy Taylor, Senior Commander, Aberdeen Proving Ground

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

A Celebration of America's Great Defense Communities

Join us in celebrating this year’s class of Great American Defense Communities.

7:00 AM — 5:00 PM

Registration and Summit HQ Open

7:30 AM — 8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM —  9:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions

FEATURED SESSION: Understanding DOD Reform and Its Impacts

The DoD Real Property enterprise is a $20+ billion/year operation comprising over 580,000 total assets, including ~279,000 buildings containing 2.3 billion square feet, located on ~27 million acres of land, and consuming over $3.5 billion/year in energy. The panel will discuss DOD’s real property reform team (one of nine functionally aligned reform teams) and its emerging themes, the broader DOD, congressional, and administration management reform agendas, and past experience with real estate reform. Finally, it will consider how these prospective reforms could affect defense communities.

  • Sec. Tad Davis, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment


  • Mark Cancian, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • David Berteau, CEO, Professional Services Council
  • Barry Scribner, Co-President of Public Institutions & International Director, JLL

Developing Comprehensive Military-Compatible Energy Development Policy

Representatives from DOD, state and local governments and industry will discuss best practices for ensuring that new energy development projects do not pose potential conflicts with military training and base operations. The panel will cover the various proposals that states are considering, or have enacted, to regulate energy siting development, as well as how language in the fiscal 2018 defense authorization bill will affect the review process conducted by the DOD Siting Clearinghouse.


  • Celeste Werner, Vice President, Matrix Design Group; ADC Board of Directors


  • Ron Tickle, Executive Director, DOD Siting Clearing House
  • Sec. James Balocki, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations & Facilities)
  • Col. Bill Myer, Director of Operational Energy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy & Environment

8:00 AM —  9:15 AM


Defense communities are now the frontline for the Department of Defense’s (DoD) growing issues regarding perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfate (PFOS) contamination caused by legacy operations at closed bases and ongoing operations at active installations. The impacts and danger posed by these chemicals through contamination of drinking water supplies is a significant issue for defense communities and is causing economic problems and straining the relationship between bases and their host communities. This Town Hall session will bring together key stakeholders – regulatory, military, and impacted defense communities – to have an open discussion on the problem, community impacts and constraints to addressing this critical issue. We will get a readout on the findings and directives generated from the EPA PFAS Summit. In addition to gaining a better understanding of PFOA/PFOS contamination issues and impacts, the goal of this session will be to explore the ways that installations and communities have and can continue to work together to address this public health concern.


  • Mike Cooper – ADC Past President, Introduction


  • Jeff Giangiuli – ADC Board Member, Moderator


  • Jennifer McLain – Deputy Director, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, EPA
  • Deborah Morefield, DERP Program Manager, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (EI&E)
  • Otis Hicks – Director, Environmental Policy & Programs, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (ES&I)
  • Richard Mach – Director of Environmental Compliance and Restoration Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (EI&E)
  • Barry Steinberg – Partner, Kutak Rock

9:00 AM —  9:30 AM

Networking Break

9:30 AM — 10:15 AM

Keynote Session: Hon. John Gibson II, Chief Management Office of the Department of Defense

As part of the new National Defense Strategy, Defense Secretary James Mattis has called for an effort to reform Defense Department business practices to achieve greater performance and accountability. Charged with this responsibility is DOD’s newly appointed Chief Management Officer, the Hon. John Gibson II. In this keynote address, Mr. Gibson will brief attendees on his efforts to eliminate inefficiencies within DOD and how this will impact the way installations are managed.

10:15 AM — 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM — 11:45 AM

Military Service Town Halls


Hear from top Army installation leaders as they host a town halls specifically for Army community leaders and partners. This is your opportunity to engage with key decision makers and learn what’s in store for each of the services’ installation management offices.


  • Bill Parry, President, Association of Defense Communities; City Manager, Gatesville, TX


  • Phil Sakowitz, Vice Chairman for Civilian Affairs, Association of the U.S. Army


  • Sec. Jordan Gillis, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy & Environment
  • Lt. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, Commanding General, Installation Management Command

FEATURED SESSION: Navy / Marine Corps Town Hall

Hear from top Navy & Marine Corps installation leaders as they host a town halls specifically for Navy & Marine Corps community leaders and partners. This is your opportunity to engage with key decision makers and learn what’s in store for each of the services’ installation management offices.


  • Craig Quigley, ADC Board of Directors; Executive Director, Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance


  • Sinclair Harris, Chairman, Maritime Policy Committee, Navy League; Vice President, Business Development, LMI


  • Col. Mark Brinkman, Infrastructure Reset Program Manager, Marine Corps Installations Command
  • Robert Thompson, Director, Strategy and Future Requirements Commander, Navy Installations Command


Hear from top Air Force installation leaders as they host a town halls specifically for Air Force community leaders and partners. This is your opportunity to engage with key decision makers and learn what’s in store for each of the services’ installation management offices.


  • Maurice “Mo” McDonald, ADC Board of Directors; Executive Vice President, Aerospace and Defense, Dayton Development Coalition


  • Sinclair Cooper, Public Infrastructure- Development, Hunt Companies


  • Sec. John Henderson, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy

10:30 AM — 11:45 AM

Emergent Contaminants – Case Study on Perfluorinated Compounds (LRA Session)

Emergent Contaminants are important because the risk they pose to human health and the environment is not fully understood or documented. At BRAC sites these contaminants present serious challenges and can significantly affect redevelopment potential and timelines. Join this panel to explore the impacts these chemicals present to BRAC sites and possible approaches for mitigating their presence. A case study of the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth, which represents the first transfer of property with known perfluorinated compound contamination via an economic development conveyance, will be presented. Panelists will discuss the path to transfer while addressing risk, stakeholder cooperation and long-term implications.


  • Michael Houlemard, Executive Officer, Fort Ord Reuse Authority


  • Curt Toll, Counsel for the Developer and Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Steven Vining, Managing Partner/General Counsel, LStar Ventures
  • Matthew Audet, Remedial Project Manager, EPA Region 1 – New England
  • Greg Preston, Director, BRAC PMO East, NAVFAC

11:45 AM — 1:00 PM

Awards Luncheon

Join us in recognizing the 2018 Defense Community Leadership Award winners.

1:00 PM — 1:30 PM

Networking Break

Networking break in Summit HQ

1:30 PM — 2:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions

OEA Town Hall

Leadership will share the latest updates on specific programs, upcoming grant opportunities and the office’s plans for 2018/2019


  • Bill Parry, President, ADC; City Manager, City of Gatesville, TX


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

Future Water – Building the Water Resilience of the Future

Installations face multiple issues in ensuring a reliable supply of drinking water, including aging infrastructure and a dwindling availability of supplies. At some locations, the services are looking to the military’s utilities privatization authority to upgrade their water infrastructure. For installations that rely on aquifers that are drying up, military leaders are looking to regional solutions that require close collaboration with host communities. This session will highlight the various approaches and technologies installations are embracing as they strive to upgrade their water infrastructure and improve their resilience.


  • David Turner, President, Military Services Group, American Water


  • Marissa McInnis, Program Manager, Water Resources and Climate Resilience, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense For Energy, Installations and Environment
  • Jorianne Jernberg, Director, Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Amy Larson, President, National Waterways Conference
  • Doug Tucker, Installation Energy Policy & Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force

Get Smart! – How Smart Infrastructure Supports Military Resiliency and Economic Development

Recent advances in technology are helping communities build more efficient and environmentally friendlier systems for managing traffic, making adjustments to the electric grid, monitoring water usage and running other municipal activities. For defense communities, the benefits of building “smart infrastructure” extend beyond increasing efficiency and attracting new businesses, to increasing resiliency — for local residents as well as the local military installation. This panel of industry, community and military leaders will provide an introduction to smart infrastructure and explore the benefits it can provide to both communities and installations.


  • Jason Nelson, Executive Director Partner Engagement, Smart Cities Council


  • Katherine Hammack, Executive Director, Government & Public Sector, Ernst and Young
  • Stacey Shepard, Vice President, Buildings & Infrastructure, Jacobs
  • Lee Conesa, Principal Director, Built Infrastructure Policy and Programs, U.S. Air Force
  • Jesse Gipe, Senior Manager, San Diego Regional Economic Development Council

A Future Perspective: Resiliency and Regeneration (LRA Track)

Adopting smart growth strategies for core redevelopment and critical infrastructure requires a focus on resiliency and regeneration. This session will explain these concepts and explore how they apply to infrastructure, energy and development projects. This interactive discussion will cover what LRAs may want to consider in strategic plans, along with the use of public-private partnerships (PPP). The panel will feature David Baxter, a senior adviser to the International PPP Resilience Center in New Orleans which is an affiliated organization of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.


  • Brian Hooker, Executive Director, Fort Mac LRA


  • David Baxter, Infrastructure Procurement and Resiliency Strategist
  • Seth Kirshenberg, Partner, Kutak Rock

2:30 PM — 2:45 PM

Networking Break

Networking break in Summit HQ

2:45 PM — 3:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions

FEATURED SESSION: The Future of Force Protection and Cyber Security – Is Your Community Ready?

New technologies and community/industry partnerships are changing the way installations are managed, often blurring the physical and communication fence line. While this has been a welcome development for DOD, industry and communities it has come with associated risks to cyber networks, military personnel and critical infrastructure. This panel will focus on the new challenges facing military installations and what new policies DOD are adopting to mitigate current and future threats.


  • Scott Landguth, Executive Director, South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority


  • Sen. Mike Rounds (SD), Chairman, Subcommittee on Cyber Security, Senate Armed Services Committee
  • Mitchell Komaroff, Principal Advisor for Cybersecurity Strategy, Planning & Oversight at DoD CIO
  • Lance Spencer, Mission Executive, Defense Segment, AT&T Business

The Future of Defense Industries and Why You Should Care

Many communities are looking beyond the fence line of their installations and looking to leverage their military presence into economic development opportunities. This panel will explore the big trends impacting defense industry and what that means for communities and installations.


  • Grant Heslin, Vice President, SIA Solutions


  • Wesley Hallman, Senior Vice President, Policy, National Defense Industrial Association
  • John Bonsell, Vice President of Government Affairs, SAIC
  • Chris Bogdan, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

Get to 14 days – Inside DOD’s Goal to Develop Installation Resilience

The military services are relying on a variety of technologies and approaches to ensure installations’ critical mission operations can be sustained during an interruption in the supply of energy, water and other essential base operating support services. The speakers will outline their approaches for achieving installation resilience through comprehensive planning and base master planning efforts, as well as discuss funding strategies for implementing their Installation Resilience Vision.


  • Mike Aimone, Senior Advisor, The Roosevelt Group


  • Lisa Jung, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Installation Energy
  • Paul Burke, Co-Founder & Director, Business Transformation, Definitive Logic
  • Bob Hughes, Executive Director, Office of Energy Assurance, U.S. Air Force
  • Marc Kodack, Water Program Manager, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability

Opportunity Zones – Is there really a yellow brick road in the world of OZ? (LRA Track)

Please join this timely discussion on opportunity zones (OZs), a new program authorized under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to spur investment in distressed communities. The federal government recently announced the first round of OZ designations in 20 states and 4 territories. . This new designation may lead to the creation of billions of new investment dollars for underserved communities across the United States. What opportunities are created by becoming an OZ and what do LRAs need to know? The panel will discuss the process of designating OZs and how that designation can attract investment to a reuse project, as well as highlight possible disadvantages.


  • Russell DeSalvo, President and CEO, PuebloPlex


  • Gregory Clements, CPA, Partner, Novogradac & Company LLP
  • Scott Norton, Executive Director/CEO, TexAmericas Center

3:45 PM — 4:00 PM

Networking Break

Networking break in Summit HQ

4:00 PM — 5:00 PM

Building Defense Community Readiness Keynote

Keynote Session: Building Defense Community Readiness

How can communities and installations work together to help achieve Secretary Mattis’ goal of restoring ready as and more lethal force? The panel will explore ways communities and military installations can work together to improve readiness by promoting healthier eating and active living, and to become leading examples of military/community partnerships. Questions to be posed to the panelists include: What does it take to be ready to deploy? How are we as communities and military installations supporting the body, mind and spirit?


  • Chuck Milam, former Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy


  • Rep. Tim Ryan, OH-D, Representative for Ohio’s 13th District; House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense
  • Command Sergeant Major John Troxel, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Dr. Peter Wald, Enterprise Medical Director, USAA
  • Rep. Scott Taylor, R-VA, Representative for Virginia’s 2nd District; House Appropriations Committee

4:00 PM — 5:00 PM

Prepare, Respond, Recover: Developing Your Community-Installation Emergency Management Plan

Cooperation between the Defense Department and states and communities extends beyond the hundreds of mutual aid agreements that exist between installations and their surrounding communities. DOD is the federal government’s lead coordinator for public works and engineering requirements, and it also has the authority to provide urgent assistance in response to requests from local officials. This panel will provide a nuts and bolts introduction to the Defense Support for Civil Authorities program and outline the ways DOD bases and their surrounding communities and states can be mutually supportive both before and following natural or man-made disasters and emergencies to promote resiliency and maintain readiness.


  • Margaret Burcham, Vice President, Louis Berger


  • Bill Haight, Board of Directors, Society of American Military Engineers; Senior Vice President, Louis Berger
  • Sean Griffin, CEO, ECubed
  • Steve Hill, Senior Vice President, Louis Berger
  • Damon Penn, Assistant Administrator of the Response Directorate, FEMA

4:00 PM — 5:00 PM

PFOA/PFOS Discussion Session

As a follow-up to the PFOA/PFOS Forum, this discussion will be an opportunity to discuss the issues, challenges and unanticipated consequences associated with PFOA/PFOS contamination in defense communities and the role of ADC. This will be an open forum to ask questions, share experiences and provide input to ADC.


  • Kristie Reimer, Executive Director ADC LRA Directors Council


  • Mr. Barry Steinberg – Partner, Kutak Rock
  • Mr. Mike Cooper – ADC Past President, Chairman, Oklahoma Strategic Oklahoma Military Planning Commission
  • Tim Ford, CEO ADC

5:00 PM — 6:00 PM

ADC Happy Hour in the Summit HQ

Join us in Summit HQ for a networking happy hour reception.

7:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Registration / Summit HQ Open

7:15 AM – 8:15 AM

Continental Breakfast

7:30 AM – 8:15 AM

ADC Leadership Breakfast (Invite Only)

Open to all ADC members in good standing, this meeting will provide members with an update on ADC activities & financials. Members will also be asked to vote on a slate of candidates for the ADC Board of Directors.

7:30 AM – 8:15 AM

Breakfast Discussions

 Engaging the Defense Industrial Base as a Stakeholder in your Community

A positive economic environment shaped by tax overhaul, regulatory reform, a two-year bipartisan federal budget agreement, and an Administration focus on revitalizing domestic manufacturing, has sparked high confidence and soaring optimism amongst American manufacturers. Defense communities are using this opportunity to engage with suppliers in the industrial base to build partnerships that advance national security needs and enhance community relationships. Boosting participation of industrial base providers, such as technology companies, manufacturers, colleges and universities can bring about community solutions that enhance defense infrastructure improvements, research and development programs, or strengthen congressional engagement. A panel of officials from the federal government and private sector will examine the some of the tools and techniques that defense communities are using to expand opportunities to create these partnerships.


  • Vern Simmons, Vice President, Cassidy & Associates


  • Nathan Godwin, Principal Deputy for Operations and Logistics, Army Materiel Command
  • MG (Ret) George Patrick, Former Deputy Secretary of Commerce, State of South Carolina

What is a Smart Defense Community and How Do You Get There?

Much of the resources and infrastructure that support Smart Base technologies lie beyond the fence line in the surrounding community. Embracing a holistic that includes both military installations and the communities that support them will be critical to the success of any smart technology development. This panel will examine how communities, installations and industry can work together to create Smart Defense Communities.


  • Mike Stehn, Specialist Master, Federal Strategy and Operations, Deloitte


  • Col. Brian Foley, Chief , Strategic Initiatives Group, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Installation Management, U.S. Army
  • Capt. Jessica O’Reilly, I-werX Catalyst, Modernization and Development Directorate, Marine Corps Installation Command

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Charting the Course to Energy Islanding for BRAC Sites (LRA Track)

Charting the Course to Energy Islanding for BRAC Sites (LRA Track)

This session will bring together energy providers and LRAs to discuss the requirements, approvals and future benefits associated with developing energy islanding projects at BRAC sites. Industry experts will explain the basics of energy islanding and identify elements that are critical to ensuring projects are successful. The panel will highlight example projects and participate in an engaging Q&A session.


  • Steve Levesque, Executive Director, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority


  • Gerard Nolan, Senior Director, Government Energy Solutions, EDF Renewable Energy
  • Timothy Banach, Vice President, Development, GI Energy US

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

What's Next? - The Trends, Politics and Policies that will Define the Year Ahead

FEATURED SESSION: What’s Next? – The Trends, Politics and Policies that will Define the Year Ahead

The FY 2018 NDAA represents the Armed Services committees’ attempt to restore the armed forces shortfall in readiness as well as a first step in growing its force structure. The annual policy bill also continues Congress’ push to reform the Pentagon’s organizational structure and acquisition processes. This session will provide an opportunity for attendees to hear from defense experts about lawmakers’ priorities regarding national security strategy and further expansion of DOD’s force structure.


  • Tim Ford, CEO, Association of Defense Communities


  • Frederico Bartels, Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation
  • Blaize Misztal, Director of National Security, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Mackenzie Eaglen, Resident Fellow, Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies, American Enterprise Institute
  • Todd Harrison, Director, Defense Budget Analysis and Senior Fellow, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies

9:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Networking Break

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

LRA Directors Council Wrap-Up Meeting

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Future Power – Building the Energy Resilience of Tomorrow

The energy infrastructure the military services rely on is quickly evolving as leaders push to improve installations’ energy resilience. The services’ strategy calls for a greater emphasis on on-site generation assets, along with microgrids and energy storage. Newly built plants are expected to take advantage of renewables as well as use natural gas and combined heat and power. And on the horizon is a potential shift to an “energy as a service” model, under which a single entity will meet all of an installation’s energy needs. Hear from a panel of senior defense and industry officials about the services’ latest plans for transforming their energy infrastructure.


  • Steve McCain, K&L Gates


  • David Robinson, Senior Systems Engineer, Honeywell
  • U.S. Rep. Scott Peters (CA), House Energy and Commerce Committee
  • Mark Feasel, Vice President, Electric Utility Segment & Smart Grid, Schneider Electric
  • Michael McGhee, Executive Director, U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives

FEATURED SESSION: Defense Budget Infrastructure Budgets: Balancing Priorities and Making Ends Meet

The Pentagon and lawmakers are pointing to the two-year budget agreement Congress reached in February as a major victory, allowing the military an opportunity to rebuild and restore shortfalls in readiness after almost 17 years of steady overseas deployments while offering planners a predictable funding stream. One of the beneficiaries of the funding boost for fiscal 2018 is the military services’ facility sustainment, restoration and modernization accounts. Hear from a panel of defense experts and military service leaders which programs will benefit from the funding increase and what their priorities will be looking ahead to FY 2019.


  • Don Fix, Member, The Spectrum Group


  • Sec. Richard Hartley, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy, Installations & Environment
  • Kimberely O’Keefe, Resources Director, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, U.S. Army
  • Sec. Steve Iselin, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment

Ready Together – Building Collaboration Between Base, Community and States to Support Security Clearance Issues

With a backlog of hundreds of thousands of pending security clearance requests and a wait time that can last extend beyond 12 months, the Pentagon is quickly moving to reform the existing process for conducting background checks. DOD is poised to assume responsibility for its own background investigations and is developing tools that will help automate the process and perform continuous evaluation. This session is designed to provide a forum for installation, community and state leaders to discuss ways they can collaborate to support the changes now under way.


  • Derek Johnson, Staff Writer, Federal Computer Week


  • Tony Bryan, Executive Director, Midwest Cyber Center, Scott AFB
  • Col Terrence Adams, Chief Information Security Officer, Air Mobility Command, U.S. Air Force
  • Joel Benefield, Vice President, Stargates Inc.
  • Vincent Persichetti, Director, Cybersecurity Programs, Colorado Springs Chamer of Commerce & EDC

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Air Force Community Partnership Program's Community Roundtable

Air Force Community Partnership Program’s Community Roundtable

This meeting will be an interactive, open dialogue session with Q&A between community members and AFCP leadership. Stronger communication with our communities is one of the keys to creating a more effective, dynamic program. What are your partnership hurdles and challenges? What are your successes and lessons learned? We want to help encourage what’s working and help with what’s not. Communities and base personnel are invited to this session.


  • Mr. Teran Judd

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

Military Family Policy Town Hall – How to Build Community Support for Military Families


  • Marcus Lingenfelter, Senior Vice President, Edmentum, Inc.


  • Jocelyn Bissonnette, Director of Government Affairs, National Association of Federally Impacted Schools
  • Jacqy Matlock, Program Manager, Military Student Transition Consultants, Military Child Education Coalition
  • Eileen Huck, Government Relations Deputy Director, National Military Family Association
  • Marcus Beauregard, Director, Defense State Liaison Office, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy

AI, Big Data and Cyber – The Future of Industrial Control Systems on Military Installations and What it Means for Your Base

Industrial control systems are the new front line in cyber warfare for military installations. How installations and supporting utilities protect this critical infrastructure is the key to achieving mission assurance in the face of an increasing tempo of cyber attacks. This panel will focus on the evolving challenges facing these systems, how installations and industry partners are responding, and how community leaders can get involved.


  • David Forbes, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton


  • Timothy Jones, Vice President, Administration, Doyon Utilities
  • Daryl Haegley, Program Manager, Control Systems Cybersecurity, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installation & Environment
  • Jandria Alexander, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton

12:00 PM

Summit End

Location / Date For the 2018 National Summit

June 18-20, 2018

Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20009

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. Only limited rooms are available at this time and may not be at the discounted block rate. Click here to check availability.

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