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 define 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 budgets.  Our event will take place just days after the midterm election, whose results may reset some of the big issues facing DoD, including budget.  At the same time, DOD will be preparing its 2020 budget request, including many big investments in innovation and technologies called for in the National Defense Strategy.  Closer to home, there are still issues related  planned force build-up, standing up of 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.


12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Registration Open

1:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.

Welcome / Keynote Introduction


  • Bill Parry, President, Association of Defense Communities; City Manager, Gatesville, Texas


  • Hon. Robert H. McMahon, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment

1:20 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.

Congressional Perspectives


  • John Bonsell, Majority Staff Director, Senate Armed Services Committee

1:40 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.

Defense Policy and Budget Trends

Key thought leaders will lead a discussion on the key issues facing defense policy makers in 2019.


  • Tim Ford, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Defense Communities


  • Steve Bell, President, The Steve Bell Group
  • Chris Bogdan, Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Rochelle Dornatt, Chief of Staff, Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership

2:10 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

ADC Policy Framework

  • Michael Cooper, Co-Chair, ADC FOAC; Chairman, Oklahoma Strategic Military Planning Commission
  • Jill McClune, Co-Chair, ADC FOAC; President Emeritus, Army Alliance, Aberdeen Proving Ground


  • Matt Borron, Chief Operating Officer, Association of Defense Communities


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.



  • Kathy Ferguson, Senior Advisor, The Roosevelt Group
  • Yvonne Fernandez, Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Craig Hall, Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton


  • Mike Berger, Distinguished Technical Specialist, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Steve Bonner, President & CEO, SONRI, Inc.
  • Jeff Martire, Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton


  • Fred Meurer, Owner/Independent Consultant, BAH/Meurer Municipal Consulting, LLC
  • Sophia Rodriguez, Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Will Rowe, Principal/Director, Booz Allen Hamilton

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Networking Break

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Group Report Out/Closing Reaction Panel

  • Tim Ford, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Defense Communities


  • John Conger, Director, Center for Climate and Security
  • Brian Garrett, Professional Staff, House Armed Services Committee
  • Robert Hale, Senior Advisor, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Michael O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

5:00 p.m.

Forum Ends


The 2018 Defense Policy Forum will be held at:

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


Online registration is now closed: you may register onsite at the event.

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).