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. Richard V. Spencer
Secretary of the Navy

Hon. Heather Wilson
 Secretary of the Air Force

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

Featured Congressional Speakers

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. Tim Ryan (D-OH)
Representative for Ohio’s 13th District; House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Defense

Rep. Scott Taylor (R-VA)
Representative for Virginia’s 2nd District; 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 (Installations and Facilities)

Edward Brindley
Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity

Lieutenant General Gwen Bingham
Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management

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

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 & 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

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

 Patrick O’Brien
Director, Office of Economic Adjustment

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

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

Command Sergeant Major John Wayne Troxell
Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

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

2018 Summit Program Announced!

Building on the theme, “Strengthening America’s Defense Infrastructure,” the 2018 program takes a fresh look at the emerging policy drivers that are impacting how the military operates in our communities. Known for providing timely, in-depth content not available elsewhere, this year’s Summit will not disappoint. 

Three Pre- Summit Events

  • Air Force Community Partnership Town Hall
  • Joint Land Use Studies 101
  • OEA 101 & Grant Workshop

10 General Sessions

  • Investing in Our Defense-Connected Infrastructure
  • Military Service Town Halls
  • Understanding DoD Reform and its Impact
  • Building Installation Resiliency – What it Means Today
  • Military Quality of Life – Why it’s More Important than Ever
  • The Future of Our Defense Industries and Why You Should Care
  • What is Your Defense Community Readiness?
  • What’s Next – the Trends, Politics and Policies that will Define the Year Ahead
  • Keynote Sessions with top leaders from DoD and Congress
  • OEA Town Hall with Patrick O’Brien

 

Over 20 Breakout Sessions

  • Emerging Issues in Force Protection and Cyber Resilience
  • PFOS/PFOA Defense Community Town Hall
  • How Federal Policy Can Help Create Installation-Community Innovation Hubs
  • The Future of our Military Schools – A Military Child Policy Town Hall
  • What Can We Learn from How Other Countries Manage Installations?
  • Developing Comprehensive Military-Compatible Wind Energy Policy
  • Defense Budget Deep Dive
  • Understanding the Defense Production Act and How it Will Impact Your Community
  • Recruitment, Retention, Readiness and Resiliency – What Key Trends Are Impacting DoD Personnel Policy?
  • The Future of Commissaries and Exchanges
  • Reserve Component Update – What Is Changing?
  • AI, Big Data and Cyber – the Future of Industrial Control Systems on Military Installations and What it Means for Your Base
  • Get to 10 Days – Inside DOD’s Goal to Achieve Installation Resiliency
  • Get Smart! How Smart Infrastructure Supports Economic Development and Military Resiliency
  • Changes to DoD Sea-Level Rise and Climate Change Policy
  • Future Water – Building the Water Infrastructure of the Future
  • Future Power – Building the Energy Infrastructure of Tomorrow
  • Supporting the Next Generation of Communications – 5G and the Future of Military Networks
  • Army Futures Command Update
  • Energy Siting Policy Update
  • What Is a Smart Defense Community and How Do You Get There?
  • Ready Together – Building Collaboration Between Base, Community and States to Support Security Clearance Issues

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

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Registration Open

Registration opens in SummitHQ

7:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Registration / Summit HQ Open

Registration opens in SummitHQ

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Encroachment Management Tools and Strategies Town Hall

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Council Meetings

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

OEA 101 / Grant Workshop

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Pre-Conference Sessions

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Hill Day Kickoff

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

The Next Generation of Communication - 5G and the Future of Military Networks and Installation Resiliency

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Recruitment, Retention, Readiness and Resiliency – What Key Trends Are Impacting DOD Personnel Policy?

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.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Opening General Session

WELCOME:

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

KEYNOTE:

  • Hon. Richard Spencer, Secretary of the Navy
  • 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.

MODERATOR:

  • Sal Nodjomian, President, Society of American Military Engineers

SPEAKERS:

  • Rep. Rob Wittman, Chairman, House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
  • Robin O’Connell, Director, Sustainability & Land Use Planning, Naval Facilities & Engineering Command

How Federal Policy Can Help Create 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.


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.

MODERATOR:

  • Stephen Kay, Hurt Norton & Associates

SPEAKERS:

  • Larry Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
  • Dan Rhoades, Executive Director, 21st Century Partnership

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Featured Session: Creating Great Communities for Military Families

Each of the service secretaries has said publicly and through official statements that military child education is a key consideration when developing basing strategies. 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.

KEYNOTES:

  • Sen. James Inhofe, Chairman, Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, Senate Armed Services Committee
  • Hon. Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force

MODERATOR:

  • Mike Kelly, Vice President, Military Affairs, USAA

SPEAKERS:

  • Brittany Boccher, 2017 U.S. Military Spouse of the Year; Special Project Coordinator, Defense Credit Union Council
  • Kathy Roth-Douquet, Executive Director, Blue Star Families
  • Dr. Jerrod Wheeler, Superintendent, Knob Noster Public Schools, MO

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Great American Defense Communities Reception

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

The Future of Commissaries and Exchanges

The Pentagon is considering a plan to consolidate the military’s three exchange services and the Defense Commissary Agency in an attempt to streamline the business operations of military resale activities and to reduce commissaries’ reliance on taxpayer funding. The proposal comes as Congress has given DOD new authorities to transform commissaries into more business-like operations. This panel will update attendees on initiatives underway to improve the efficiency of the military’s system of grocery stores and the status of the proposal to merge military exchanges and commissaries into a single resale enterprise.

MODERATOR:

  • George Schlossberg, Partner, Kutak Rock

Understanding the Defense Production Act and How It Will Impact Your Community

The Defense Production Act, initially enacted in response to the Korean War, grants the president a broad set of authorities to shape the domestic industrial base so that, when called upon, it is capable of providing essential materials and services needed for the national defense. More recently, Congress has broadened the statute to enhance and support domestic preparedness, response, and recovery from natural hazards, terrorist attacks, and other national emergencies. A panel of officials from the federal government and private sector will explore the potential influence the federal government can exert on domestic industry under this law, as well as changes likely to be considered when Congress next reauthorizes the act.

8:30 AM — 10:15 AM

PFOA/PFOS Forum

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.

9:00 AM — 10:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions

FEATURED SESSION: Understanding DOD Reform and Its Impacts

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.

SPEAKERS:

  • 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

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.

MODERATOR:

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

SPEAKERS:

  • Tom Vinson, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, American Wind Energy Association
  • Ron Tickle, Executive Director, DOD Siting Clearing House
  • Sec. James Balocki, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations & Facilities)

10:00 AM — 10:15 AM

Networking Break

10:15 AM — 11:30 AM

Military Service Town Halls

Army Town Hall

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.

SPEAKER:

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

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.

SPEAKER:

  • Sec. James Balocki, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations & Facilities)

Air Force Town Hall

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.

SPEAKER:

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

11:30 PM — 11:45 AM

Networking Break

Networking break in Summit HQ

11:45 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

OEA Town Hall

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

SPEAKER:

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

Future Water – Building the Water Infrastructure 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.


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.

SPEAKER:

  • 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

2:30 PM — 3:00 PM

Networking Break

Networking break in Summit HQ

3:00 PM — 4:00 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.

SPEAKERS:

  • Sen. Mike Rounds (SD), Chairman, Subcommittee on Cyber Security, Senate Armed Services Committee
  • Mr. Edward Brindley, Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of Defense

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.


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 operations can be sustained during an interruption in the supply of energy, water and other essential services. Representatives from each of the services will outline their strategies for achieving installation resiliency, including the use of distributed energy resources — such as onsite generation by renewables, battery storage, microgrids, fuel cells and backup power sources — along with procurement authorities such as energy savings performance contracts and utilities privatization.

MODERATOR:

  • Mike Aimone, Senior Advisor, The Roosevelt Group

SPEAKERS:

  • Lisa Jung, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Installation Energy
  • Robert Hughes, Executive Director, Office of Energy Assurance, U.S. Air Force

4:00 PM — 4:15 PM

Networking Break

Networking break in Summit HQ

4:15 PM — 5:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions

FEATURED 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?

MODERATOR:

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

SPEAKERS:

  • 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, USAA
  • Rep. Scott Taylor, R-VA, Representative for Virginia’s 2nd District; House Appropriations Committee

Emergency Management Policy: How is DOD working with other federal agencies, states and communities

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 different ways DOD can support communities and states following a natural disaster, act of terrorism or other emergency incident.


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

5:15 PM — 6:15 PM

Reception

7:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Registration / Summit HQ Open

Registration opens in SummitHQ

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions

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.

SPEAKERS:

  • 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

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.

SPEAKERS:

  • Dr. Dominie Garcia, Smart Cities Program Lead, Battelle
  • Col. Che Bolden, Assistant Chief of Staff, Modernization and Development, Marine Corps Installations Command
  • Ed Oshiba, Deputy Director of Civil Engineers, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, U.S. Air Force
  • Col. Brian Foley, Chief , Strategic Initiatives Group, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Installation Management, U.S. Army

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Networking Break

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions

Future Power – Building the Energy Infrastructure 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.

MODERATOR:

  • Steve McCain, K&L Gates

Defense Budget Deep Dive: More Money for Everyone?

The two-year agreement Congress reached in February to break a budget stalemate offers a tremendous windfall for the Pentagon with the department’s base budget jumping by $165 billion through September 2019 over the statutory budget caps. This year’s omnibus includes $654 billion for DOD, representing a $61 billion increase over FY 2017 and the largest year-over-year increase in defense funding in 15 years. One of the major beneficiaries is the military services’ facility sustainment, restoration and modernization accounts, which are receiving a 58 percent jump in funding this year. This session’s panel of defense experts and military service leaders will outline their priorities and which offices will benefit from this new funding.


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.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Networking Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

General Session: Military Family Policy Town Hall - How to Build Community Support for Military Families

Quality-of-life issues for military children have become an increasingly important focus for communities and states after the military services raised the issue recently with the National Governors Association. This special session is intended to spark a wide-ranging discussion between Summit attendees and a panel featuring representatives from DOD, military family advocacy groups and states. The discussion is expected to touch on ways states and communities can improve the quality of local schools along with a host of issues military kids are forced to grapple with when they transfer school systems. Panelists also will address a proposal calling for DOD to close the elementary and secondary schools it operates in the United States.

12:00 PM

Summit End

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