New Event Focused on Defining the Defense Community Agenda

ADC is launching a reboot of its annual fall policy event with a focus on defining the organization’s annual policy agenda. This popular event will continue to provide a unique look at the policy issues that impact defense communities and installations, but it now will be part of an integrated approach to crafting a yearly agenda for ADC and its members. Organized by ADC’s Federal Outreach Advisory Committee and supported by Booz Allen Hamilton, this half day event will provide a forum for leaders across ADC to provide input on the issues, ideas and action items that need to be on ADC’s agenda.

This year’s event comes at a pivotal time for defense policy and spending decisions.  Our event will take place just days after the midterm elections, which could shape some of the big issues facing DoD, including the budget.  At the same time, DOD will be preparing its FY 2020 budget request, which is expected to include many big investments in innovation and technologies called for in the National Defense Strategy.  Closer to home, there are issues related to the planned force build-up, standing up a Space Force and the development of new strategic basing criteria that focus on quality of life and workforce benchmarks. What will all of this mean for defense communities?  What are the important issues for defense communities to weigh in on? What is our agenda for the year ahead?Join us for the 2018 Defense Policy Forum and part of a select group of policy experts and defense community leaders that will explore the key issues that will define the 2020 NDAA and ADC’s policy agenda.

Join us for the 2018 Defense Policy Forum and be a part of a select group of policy experts and defense community leaders discussing the key trends and decisions that will define ADC’s policy agenda in 2019 and critical issues for the FY 2020 NDAA.


1:00 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.

Welcome / Introduction of Topic

1:05 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.

Defense Policy and Budget Trends
Key thought leaders will lead a discussion on the key issues facing defense policy makers in 2019.


  • Chris Bogdan, Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Blaise Misztal, Director, National Security Program, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Michael O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow The Brookings Institution

2:05 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Networking Break

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

ADC Policy Agenda
ADC will present the association’s draft 2019 policy agenda.

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Networking Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Breakout Working Groups
Attendees will break into small groups to discuss ADC’s proposed policy agenda and provide feedback that can further refine ADC’s policy goals.

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Networking Break

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Reaction Panel
Members of the ADC National Advisory Board will discuss ADC’s policy agenda and react to suggestions made by the working groups.


  • John Conger, Director, Center for Climate and Security
  • Rochelle Dornatt, Chief of Staff, Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership
  • Robert Hale, Senior Advisor, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow, Aerospace Security Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies

5:00 p.m.



The 2018 Defense Policy Forum will be held at:

The University Club
1135 16th Street, NW
Washington DC 20036


ADC Member (Early-Bird Special Rate)

This event is only available to ADC members in good standing.

To check your membership log in to your organizational account or contact Aleksandar “Pav” Pavlovich at or at 202-750-9310

(If you are a non-member who wishes to attend please contact us for consideration).