In a fast‐changing world, our mission remains the same – supporting the military and our military families. We can’t gather in D.C., but we can bring D.C. to you. Introducing a new way to engage.

Five topics. Five weeks. One Community.

What is the Summit Series?

We didn’t just shift to a virtual platform, we redesigned our event to match what you need – great information delivered in a dynamic format, all in a flexible schedule. There are five keynote sessions that will feature big issues facing our military and communities, as well as smaller Summit Connect events where you can participate in small group interactions with top leaders and experts. And that just the start… (link to summit series details)

Keynote Series

Thursday, September 23 | 3PM ET

DOD is facing a confluence of crises and challenges it has not encountered in over a century. COVID‐19, renewed calls for racial equality, a critical need to invest in new technology, infrastructure and weapons systems, and increasing pressures for quality schools, housing and spouse employment opportunities, all occurring as our national defense strategy pivots to a new era of great power competition. It is clear that these challenges cannot be met by DOD alone, and that there is a key role for defense communities. Indeed, meeting these challenges will require a “one‐community” approach in which installations and communities must work together hand‐in‐hand. But what will this all mean for our nation’s defense infrastructure, both at home and abroad? How will installations and communities work together to ensure our nation remains strong?

Invited Speakers

Dr. Mark Esper

United States Secretary of Defense

Jordan Gillis

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment

Charles Williams

Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment)

John Henderson

Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment & Energy)

Alex Beehler

Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army (Installations, Energy and Environment)

Thursday, October 1 | 3PM ET

With the 2021 NDAA working its way through Congress there is an emerging theme of modernization and focus on providing DOD with the ability to meet the growing threat posed by near‐peer competitors like Russia and China. Advanced technologies, new weapon systems and a reassessment of the needs of the industrial base are being prioritized, and there is a consensus that DOD must also make significant investments in new personnel requirements and the needs of military families. But against the backdrop of an historic election cycle, domestic crises and massive budget deficits, will DOD and Congress be able to meet the full range of national security challenges? Featuring national defense policy and budget experts, this discussion will explore how DOD and the next Congress might address these issues while at the same time ensuring that our military is ready to meet the challenge of a new era.

Invited Speakers

Rep. Adam Smith

Chair, House Armed Services Committee

Sen. James Inhofe

Chair, Senate Armed Services Committee

Rep. Anthony Brown

Vice Chair, House Armed Services Committee

Barbara Barrett

Secretary of the Air Force

Thursday, October 8 | 3PM ET

Over the past few years DOD and the services have placed a greater emphasis on improving the quality of life of its service members and military families, most recently tying these factors to future basing decisions. While communities have stepped up their efforts to address issues such as military child education and spouse employment, the COVID‐19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis have decimated local and state budgets forcing community decision makers to slash the very services that support quality of life. And with the recent murder of George Floyd, DOD and defense communities are also beginning to confront a troubled history of racial inequality and social injustice. This important discussion will explore the current state of key quality of life issues, emerging DOD policies and priorities, and the potential resources available to communities as they look to continue their efforts to provide great places for our service members to call home.

Invited Speakers

Dr. Mark Esper

United States Secretary of Defense

Jordan Gillis

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment

Charles Williams

Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment)

John Henderson

Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment & Energy)

Alex Beehler

Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army (Installations, Energy and Environment)

Thursday, October 15 | 3PM ET

Over the past decade states and communities have invested heavily in their defense sectors. But as they look to weather the impacts of the current financial crisis, there are doubts that this type of support can continue at its current level. There are also national security implications as DOD and major weapons system suppliers are concerned of the impact the current environment will have on downstream manufactures and suppliers that may not be able to remain solvent, putting critical supply chains at risk. This discussion will focus on how DOD, defense community and industry leaders are managing the economic downturn, shoring up supply chains and developing new strategies and resources exist to help support recovery.

Invited Speakers

Ellen Lord

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

Patrick O’Brien

DoD Office of Economic Adjustment

Thursday, October 22 | 3PM ET

There is a growing consensus in Congress and DOD that we are entering a new era of great power competition and in order to be prepared for the threat posed by near‐peer competitors the military must re‐align its strategic military doctrines, culture, and service programs and budgets. But what exactly will those re‐alignments look like? And what are the implications for installations and defense communities? This discussion will explore these questions as top military leaders and defense experts dive into these complex issues.

Invited Speakers

Dr. Mark Esper

United States Secretary of Defense

Jordan Gillis

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment

Charles Williams

Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment)

John Henderson

Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment & Energy)

Alex Beehler

Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army (Installations, Energy and Environment)

What Else is Included

Summit Connect Events

Join ADC for a series of special pop‐up events during the series. This will include special briefings, Q&As and ask the expert events – all in small group virtual settings. [Invite Only]

You Ask the Questions Pre‐event Poll

Our interactive discussions will be built around your questions and the exclusive pre‐event poll open to package holders.

Post Event Wrap‐Up Notes

Don’t worry about taking notes, we got you covered with a special postevent
wrap‐up document we will share with you to make sure you got the all the important info.

Resource Center

Instant access to all the keynote series events, plus great resources before and after.

And a Free Gift

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America’s Defense Communities Magazine

Registration

Discounted Summit Series Package pricing starting at $250 are now available. One price for your entire team, plus great benefits. Limited number of packages still available. Learn more.