2019 Defense Communities National Summit | June 10-12, 2019 | Washington, DC



Our nation’s defense infrastructure and its sustainment are critical to our ability to maintain our force’s competitive edge.  These key assets are the foundation that supports our military’s readiness. Strengthening this foundation can only be achieved through a partnership that brings together the military, defense communities, states and the private sector.

One event brings together our installations, defense industrial base, training ranges, private sector supporters and community/state partners: ADC’s 2019 Defense Communities National Summit. Join more than 800 of the country’s leaders, defense experts and decision makers for the only national event that focuses on ensuring that our nation’s defense infrastructure remains resilient.

A Powerful New Program

ADC is launching a new program at this year’s summit with a focus on the ideas and issues that are key to strengthening the foundation of readiness for our military and communities. Our goal is to help you understand the big issues that impact our military and translate that for your community, base or organization.

General Sessions

Join the top decision-makers and experts in the field for a powerful series of issues forums headlining this year’s summit:

  • Future of DOD Resilience Policy
  • Tomorrow’s Warriors, Today: The Evolution of Installations and Communities to Support the Next Generation of Service Members
  • The State of Military Housing: How We Can Provide Great Housing for Our Entire Military
  • Global Threats, Local Impacts: How Emerging Threats Are Changing Our Military’s Focus
  • The Next Basing Decision: How Evolving Missions and New Weapon Systems Will Impact Installations
  • Are We Ready? The State of Our Defense Readiness
  • Cyber Warfare: How Are We Preparing for this New Battleground
  • America’s Military Divide: The Impact of Military-Civilian Divide and Great Ideas to Bridge It
  • What Matters and What Works: The Great Ideas Redefining How We Support our Military Spouses and Families

Deep Dives

Building on the big issue forums, this year’s summit will feature an exceptional list of issues briefs that will give you a closer look at range of important defense policy issues:

  • Autonomous Transportation in Defense Communities and Installations
  • The Future of On-Base Quality of Life Services
  • What’s Next for DOD’s Climate Resilience Policy
  • Does the Department of Defense Have a Space Utilization Problem?
  • How is DOD Preparing for Artificial Intelligence?
  • Protecting Industrial Control Systems and What You Need to Know
  • Is the Defense Industrial Base Ready to Meet the Needs of DOD?
  • Shaping a New DOD Energy Resilience Policy
  • How Can We Measure Installation Resilience?
  • PFOS/PFOA and the Impact on Defense Communities
  • DOD’s New Health Care Landscape
  • How We Can Learn from International Installation Management
  • How Are Base Operating Support Contractors Preparing for the Base of the Future?
  • The Future of Sea Power & Projection Forces
  • Using Land Swaps to Accelerate DOD Infrastructure Support
  • The Impact of Military Family Financial Insecurity on Readiness
  • Defense Budget Roundtable
  • Finding the Vulnerabilities in Your Installation
  • Big Issues Facing Military Child Education
  • Policy and Budget Trends Impacting Military Construction
  • What’s Happening With Installation Exchanges and Commissaries?

Plus, great pre-conference events including ADC Hill Day Bootcamp and a special workshop on how to prepare for the Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP).

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Mark Esper
Secretary of the Army

Sen. James Inhofe
Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee;
Senator for Oklahoma

Featured Participants & Attendees

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Frederico Bartels
Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation’s Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy


Alex Beehler
Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installation, Energy and Environment


Rick Berger
Research Fellow, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

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Lieutenant General Gwen Bingham
Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management


John Conger
Director, Center for Climate and Security


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


Rep. John Garamendi (CA-3)
Chairman, House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee

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Todd Harrison
Director of Defense Budget Analysis & Director of the Aerospace Security Project, CSIS


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


Jamie Jones Miller
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs at Department of Defense


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

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Rep. Tim Ryan (OH-13)
House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee



4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Registration Open


8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration Open

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Summit HQ Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Pre-conference Sessions

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

ADC Hill Day Bootcamp/Pre-Conference Sessions

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Summit Opening Lunch: Keynote Session and Defense Community Awards

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Networking Break

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Issue Briefs

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Networking Break

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Defense Trends Forum/Issue Briefs

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Networking Break

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Defense Trends Forum/Issue Briefs

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Opening Reception in the Summit HQ


7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration Open

7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Summit HQ Exhibit Hall Open

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM

Council Meetings/Issue Briefs

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Keynote Session/Policy & Politics Roundup

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Defense Trends Forum/Issue Briefs

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

On-Your-Own Lunch/Hill Visit Period

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Defense Trends Forum/Issue Briefs

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Networking Break

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Defense Trends Forum/Issue Briefs

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Defense Trends Forum/Issue Briefs

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Taste of America Reception – Celebrating America’s Defense Communities


7:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Registration Open

7:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Summit HQ Exhibit Hall Open

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Networking Breakfast

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM

ADC Leadership Meeting

7:45 AM – 8:45 AM

Issue Briefs

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Defense Trends Forum/Issue Briefs

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Networking Break

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Defense Trends Forum/Issue Briefs

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM

Networking Break

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

Issue Briefs

12:00 PM

Summit ends


June 10-12, 2019

June 10-12, 2019

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

400 New Jersey Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20001

Book a Room

The ADC Defense Communities National Summit will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, located at 400 New Jersey Ave.

This new location is just blocks from the Hill making your outreach to legislators simple and is within walking distance of the best restaurants and transportation. ADC has secured a block of rooms for the discounted rate.

Please note: we have secured all rooms at per diem pricing. All registrants, regardless of affiliation, can secure their room using the link provided. Contact Vincent Levin at vlevin@defensecommunities.org with any issues.


Contact Dante Orlandini at dorlandini@defensecommunities.org if you have any issues or questions.

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