2014 Installation Innovation Forum

Welcome

The most significant defense downsizing in two decades is under way and defense installations and the communities that host them are preparing for the fallout. The changes will bring many challenges and difficult decisions, but tough times can also feed innovation. The resiliency of our installations and communities depends more than ever on the innovative thinking of military, community and industry leaders. That is why more than 300 thought leaders will return to San Antonio for ADC’s Installation Innovation Forum 2014. The unique three-day event will focus on building resilient communities and installations. Click here to download Forum brochure.

INSTALLATION INNOVATION NEWS

  • Sec. Hammack Discusses Significance of Forum for Addressing Burning Defense Community Issues (1/30/2014) - Next month's Installation Innovation Forum will provide a forum for a number of issues critical to both the military and defense communities, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, told Defense Communities 360 this week. Hammack highlighted three topics scheduled to be discussed in both general and concurrent sessions during the event -- ideas for taking advantage of the new statute allowing installations and communities to share base support services, along with legal challenges associated with the new authority; what the services need to achieve through the next BRAC round; and how the base of the future will evolve, particularly in regard to the delivery of support services. All three topics touch on the overriding need for the military services to find new ways of doing business as they cope with declining budgets for installation support ...
  • Significant Participation at the IIF by DoD and the Services (1/28/2014) - As DoD and the services continue to ramp up their efforts to identify and pursue partnerships and shared services, Installation Innovation Forum 2014 has become the go-to event for installation managers and military service leaders looking to explore new partnership ideas and forge collaborative relationships with the over 300 defense community representatives and industry partners scheduled to attend. Over 30 military commands and DoD offices will be making the trip to San Antonio to participate in this unique 3-day event, including...
  • Wright-Pat, Community to Assess Potential for Shared Services Partnerships (1/22/2014) - A new authority enacted last year has spurred officials at Air Force and Army installations to seek opportunities for partnering with their host communities to share base support services. Communities are equally interested in taking advantage of section 331, which allows installations to enter into intergovernmental support agreements, because of the potential it provides for augmenting their support for a local base. A special track at the Installation Innovation Forum will include educational sessions covering the nuts and bolts of how to launch a shared-services partnership in your community and discuss the latest news as to how the military services are implementing the new authority. Last week, officials at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said they were beginning the process to identify partnership opportunities with the surrounding municipalities in Ohio's Miami Valley, local businesses and other community stakeholders that could help reduce installation support costs ...
  • Development of UAS Industry Not Dependent on Becoming FAA Test Site, Dayton Officials Say (1/22/2014) - Over the last decade, the development of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology and increasing reliance on drones by the military has attracted the interest of many defense communities eager to identify a new role for a local installation. A special session at next month's Forum will explore potential roles for defense communities to play when it comes to emerging missions, including cyber warfare and special operations, along with UAS. These future missions will have a profound impact on an installation's physical and human infrastructure requirements, and require installation leaders to develop land use and management policies to accommodate them. The Dayton, Ohio, region had been one of the leading contenders to become one of six test sites designated by the Federal Aviation Administration for studying how to safely integrate drones into the nation's airspace. The region's leaders argued that the combined Ohio-Indiana application and the presence of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base would make an ideal place to host a test site ...
  • Workforce Officials Awarded $5.6M Grant to Support Transitioning Troops at Lewis-McChord (1/22/2014) - With the Pentagon forced to endure deep spending cuts over the coming decade, defense communities are bracing for significant changes at their local installations as budget officials attempt to mitigate the impact of those cuts. The military services already have announced cuts in their end strength, along with plans to shrink the size of their civilian workforces. Support contractors expect to suffer cuts as well. The 2014 Installation Innovation Forum will have a special focus on managing defense workforce adjustments, with sessions exploring the scope and magnitude of workforce reductions throughout DoD, the immediate steps defense communities can take to assess looming workforce changes, and the best tools for easing the transition for service members and civilian workers ...
  • UAS Mission Provides Prized Target for Defense Communities (1/15/2014) - Over the last decade, the development of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology and increasing reliance on drones by the military has attracted the interest of many defense communities eager to identify a new role for a local installation. A special session at next month's Forum will explore potential roles for defense communities to play when it comes to emerging missions, including cyber warfare and special operations, along with UAS. These future missions will have a profound impact on an installation's physical and human infrastructure requirements, and require installation leaders to develop land use and management policies to accommodate them. Late last month, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that two defense communities were winners in its competition for UAS test sites needed to evaluate how drones can be safely integrated into the nation's airspace, with other defense communities participating as well ...
  • Texas, Wisconsin Communities Address Downsizing following Civilian, Industry Cuts (1/15/2014) - Defense communities are bracing for significant changes at their local installations as the Armed Forces are forced to reduce their end strength, and DoD and the services trim their civilian workforces and their reliance on professional services contractors. At the same time, budget cuts could lead to downsizing for defense manufacturers. The 2014 Installation Innovation Forum will have a special focus on managing defense workforce adjustments, with sessions exploring the scope and magnitude of workforce reductions throughout DoD, the immediate steps defense communities can take to assess looming workforce changes, and the best tools for easing the transition for service members and civilian workers ...
  • Top Military Leaders Slated to Speak at Installation Innovation Forum 2014 (1/15/2014) - Senior leadership from DoD and the services have made the Installation Innovation Forum 2014 (IIF) a priority event, and are looking to address a wide range of issues facing defense communities and installations. IIF 2014 will focus on military-community partnership plans for 2014 and explore innovative ideas, including medical and health care partnerships, new EUL opportunities, and the future of on-base services. Key DoD and military speakers include:
  • Installation-Community Partnership Provides Inpatient, Specialty Care for Ft. Drum (1/15/2014) - Declining budgets and rising health care costs are forcing the military to explore new models for delivering health care to service members and their families. A special session of the Installation Innovation Forum will highlight a number of partnership opportunities defense communities can begin considering to support the medical needs of their local installation. This story chronicles the long-standing partnership between Fort Drum and its host community that allows the post to operate without an inpatient medical facility. Instead, Fort Drum relies on the North Country region of New York for inpatient care and most specialty care. The partnership between Fort Drum and civilian healthcare providers dates to 1985 when the Army reactivated the 10th Mountain Division ...
  • DoD Makes Forum a Priority (1/8/2014) - Key officials in all the military services have made ADC’s Installation Innovation Forum a priority event for their participation. IIF will be a major kickoff event for Army and Air Force partnership initiatives in the coming year. Leaders from the Army, Navy and Air Force, including Sec. Katherine Hammack, LTG Michael Ferriter, Sec. Kathleen Ferguson, and Sec. Roger Natsuhara are expected to attend. The leads of both the Army and Air Force community partnering program, will also provide briefings and meeting with communities. Many other top Army and Air Force officials from installation staff in San Antonio are expected to participate. Strong DoD participation and new program topics on critical issues are driving the overall registration. Nearly 50 communities and states have already signed up as has a large contingent of industry. As in the past, this event is capped at approximately 300 attendees, so early registration is important....

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