We Are One Community.

ADC’s 2023 Defense Communities National Summit aims to maximize the impact of America’s defense communities to advance policies and ideas that address the key challenges facing installations, military families and the communities they call home. Over the course of three days, hundreds of defense community leaders and ADC members will gather to hear from senior military officials, key members of Congress and the nation’s top defense policy and budget experts, and have the opportunity to engage in conversations that will help define the future of our nation’s national security.


Unique opportunity to engage with senior leaders from DOD and Congress

Network with your peers from across the country

Over 40 sessions, meetings and networking engagements over the course of three days


Over 800 attendees representing DOD, defense industry and nearly every defense community and state in the country.


  • FY23 & FY24 NDAA and Defense Budget
  • DOD Climate Resilience Strategy & Initiatives
  • The Role of Defense Communities in Supporting Military Service Recruitment Efforts
  • Creating Great Places To Call Home: How Communities and DOD Can Improve Childcare, Education, Employment Opportunities, Support Service s and Housing for Military Families
  • National Guard State Partnership Program – Defense Communities & States Supporting Our Allies
  • Defense Energy & Water Sustainability Policy
  • Defense Workforce Development – Pursuing New Policies to Support Industry, Community and DOD Efforts
  • Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act – What’s in There for Defense Communities and Installations?
  • National Guard and Reserve Component Policy and Evolving Missions
  • Defense Supply Chain and Industry Capacity Policy and Investments
  • New Federal Grant Programs – How Can Defense Communities Take Advantage?
  • Preparing the Next Generation – How Can We Invest in Child Education Today To Develop the Military Leaders of Tomorrow?
  • Lesson Learned in Ukraine – What Does This Conflict Teach Us About How Our Military Must Train and Prepare for Future Missions?
  • Understanding Foreign Investment in Your Community and the Potential Impact to Installations and Missions

Keynote Speakers

Hon. Christine Wormuth
Secretary of the Army
Hon. Meredith A. Berger
Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations, and Environment)
Edwin Oshiba
Acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Energy, Installations, & Environment)
Hon. Alex Wagner
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Manpower and Reserve Affairs)
Paul W. Farnan
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment)
GEN. Daniel R. Hokanson
Chief of the National Guard Bureau

Featured Speakers

Patricia M. Barron
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy
Chief, Army Partnerships, Chair, Joint Services Partnership Committee, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-9, (Installations)
Sharene Brown
Spouse of the 22nd Chief of Staff of the Air Force
Joseph Bryan
Chief Sustainability Officer, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey (Ret.)
Vice President, Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier Programs, Association of the U.S. Army
Mona Dexter
Chief of Staff & Vice President, Operations & Communications, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Mackenzie Eaglen
Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Todd Harrison
Managing Director, Metrea Strategic Insights
Kristi Hilbert
CEO, Heroes Supporting Heroes; Air Force Civic Leader Program
Meredith Lozar
Vice President, Military & Veterans Affairs, JPMorgan Chase
Maj. Gen. David Maxwell
Commander, Marine Corps Installations Command
Director of Basing, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment)
Halimah Najieb-Locke
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Resilience
Brynt Parmeter
Senior Director of Military Affairs and Head of Non-Traditional Talent Acquisition, Walmart
Maj. Gen. Duke A. Pirak
Deputy Director, Air National Guard
LTG Kevin Vereen
Deputy Chief of Staff, G-9, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-9



9:00 – 11:30 AM

Member Council Meetings

Make the Most of Your ADC Summit Experience

Focus Groups

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM


1:00 – 2:00 PM

Opening General Session

2:00 – 2:15 PM

Networking Break

2:15 – 3:15 PM

Breakout Discussions

3:15 – 3:30 PM

Networking Break

3:30 – 5:00 PM

General Session

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Opening Networking Reception


8:00 – 8:45 AM

ADC Membership Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 AM

General Session

10:30 – 10:45 AM

Networking Break

10:30 – 11:30 AM

Breakout Discussions

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Defense Community Champion Luncheon

1:00 – 1:30 PM

Networking Break

1:30 – 2:30 PM

Networking Break

2:45 – 3:45 PM

Breakout Discussions (or General Session)

3:45 – 4:00 PM

Networking Break

3:45 – 4:00 PM

General Session

5:00 – 6:00 PM

America’s Defense Community Champions Celebration


8:00 – 10:30 AM

Defense Communities Caucus Hill Engagement

9:30 – 10:30 AM

Breakout Discussions

10:30 – 10:45 AM

Networking Break

10:45 – 11:30 AM

Closing General Session



Enjoy the convenience and networking opportunities you can only experience by staying overnight at the Summit hotel. Book your room at the Crystal Gateway Marriott today to take advantage of ADC’s discounted conference rates:

General Attendee Discounted – $279
Federal Per Diem (ID required) – $258



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Industry Member
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Must register using a .mil email address. Military and federal contractors with .ctr in their email address do not qualify.



Sponsoring the 2023 National Summit is an excellent way to promote your brand’s visibility with key leaders at the community, state and national levels. Sponsorships include complimentary registrations, your logo on digital and print signage, the opportunity to be involved in one of our sessions and more.

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