The next three days promise a packed schedule of keynote speeches, service briefings, town halls, concurrent sessions and networking events as a record 800 attendees from communities, DOD and the private sector gather in the nation’s capital. It’s a critical time for community leaders and installation officials to meet, with a variety of pressing budget and policy challenges ahead.
The Summit’s theme, Strengthening America’s Defense Infrastructure, is intended to focus this week’s discussion on the foundation that supports the readiness of our service members and their families. Some of the conversation will highlight the significance of a proposal in the House and Senate versions of the defense authorization bill for a new DOD authority to provide funding for off-base infrastructure projects designed to enhance the military value of an installation.
The Summit program features a total of 35 sessions, with varying formats. New this year will be Defense Communities Hill Days, an ADC initiative intended to magnify the impact of individual community’s congressional outreach efforts. Today’s schedule includes three keynote speakers:
- Lucian Niemeyer, assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment (1 p.m.)
- Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. (3:30 p.m.)
- Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson (4 p.m.)
And don’t miss this evening’s reception at 5 p.m., which celebrates the 2018 class of Great American Defense Communities.
On Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. the Summit’s fourth keynote, DOD chief management officer John Gibson II, will deliver remarks.
Enjoy the Summit and your stay in D.C.!