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Our Mission Continues.

Big Elections. Partisan divisions. Congressional deadlock. Global conflicts. Budget madness . The outside forces bearing down DoD and America’s defense communities are strong. What happens in the year ahead will determine the future of our nation’s military in profound ways. Despite this turbulence, the mission our servicemembers, installations and community partners make happen every day continues without disruption.

Bringing together the top DoD and Congressional decision makers and diverse experts from all sectors, ADC’s 2024 Defense Communities National Summit is your guide to the year ahead and beyond. Our new program will focus on the big issues that will define defense policy for the next decade and what defense communities need to know to remain mission-ready for years to come.


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


DOD Climate Initiatives – New Opportunities for Communities

From electric vehicles to resilient infrastructure, DOD and the services have moved out aggressively these past few years with new climate and green energy initiatives. Hear from the senior leaders responsible for implementing these new efforts as they discuss current progress, community partnership opportunities and future plans during a special roundtable discussion.

CHIPS and Science Act: An Investment in Domestic High-Tech Research and Semiconductor Manufacturing

Signed into law in 2022, the bipartisan “CHIPS Plus” legislation authorizes roughly $280 billion in new funding to boost domestic research and manufacturing of semiconductors in the United States. With an eye on strategic competition with near peer competitors, this effort opens to door to new funding opportunities for defense communities and installations. Attendees will hear from the key leaders responsible for developing and implementing this new legislation.

New Leaders, New Priorities

There has been a changing of the guard at many of the most senior positions in the military. With new leaders, each of the services will be developing new priorities and strategies that will have a direct impact on installations and defense communities. Summit attendees will have the opportunity to hear directly from many of these new leaders as they begin to lay out their vision for the future of the armed forces.

States Lead the Way

States across the country are putting a renewed emphasis on efforts to support their defense sectors. New legislation and executive actions have stood up new programs to support defense-related infrastructure and manufacturing, military families and veterans’ quality of life, and climate and land-use partnerships. Attendees will hear from state leaders as they discuss their efforts and how they are changing the definition of what it means to be military-friendly.

Defense Community Quality of Life: A Team Effort to Create Great Places

Quality of life has become a central issue for DOD, and the services are placing greater expectations on communities to deliver world-class services, including public education, housing, childcare, healthcare, and workforce development and employment opportunities. But there is a limit to what communities can provide on their own. New federal programs are needed that embrace a military-community partnership-focused approach. We will dive into new policy ideas that can provide a more holistic whole-of-government approach to creating great places to live for our military families.

Military Spouses: The New Defense Community Champions

At every level, military spouses are taking on leadership roles and providing new energy to addressing the challenges facing our military. We will explore how defense communities can embrace these new champions and integrate them into local leadership frameworks.

Public Education: The Critical Component to National Security

As our military becomes more reliant on new technologies the need for early STEM education in K-12 schools becomes paramount. We will identify current programs available for public schools and explore new ideas for improving federal support of defense community efforts to develop new education curriculum that can support the defense workforce of the future.

Building the Defense Workforce of the Future

DOD and defense industry are making big investments in developing new workforce development pipelines that can shore up current skill gaps in critical sectors. Defense communities are prime locations for these types of investments, but how do local and state leaders tailor their existing workforce development strategies and programs to ensure they are lining up with DOD and industry needs? We’ll dive into the issues, programs and skillsets that will define the Defense Workforce of the Future

Featured Speakers

Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02)
Chair, House Armed Services Committee Quality of Life Panel
Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06)
Ranking Member, House Armed Services Committee Quality of Life Panel
Hon. Rachel Jacobson
Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy, and Environment
Dr. Agnes Gereben Schaefer
Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower & Reserve Affairs
Hon. Meredith Berger
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment
Hon. Franklin Parker
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower & Reserve Affairs
Hon. Ravi Chaudhary
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Energy, Installations, and Environment
Hon. Alex Wagner
Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower & Reserve Affairs
Robert Moriarty
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations
Hon. Brendan Owens
Assistant Secretary for Energy, Installations & Environment
Dr. Laura D. Taylor-Kale
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Base Policy
Hon. Robert Chambers
Assistant Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Environment, Canada Department of National Defence
Sharene Brown
Spouse of the 21st Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Vice Adm. Scott Gray
Commander, Navy Installations Command
Jessica Harrison
Assistant Vice President, Branch Operations, Navy Federal Credit Union
Rear Adm. Dean VanderLey
Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command
Lt. Gen. Kevin Vereen
Deputy Chief of Staff, G-9, United States Army
Vice Adm. Scott Gray
Commander, Navy Installations Command
Jessica Harrison
Assistant Vice President, Branch Operations, Navy Federal Credit Union
Rear Adm. Dean VanderLey
Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command



8:00 AM – 5:15 PM


9:00 – 11:00 AM 

Pre-Conference Sessions

10:00 – 11:00 AM 

ADC Membership Meeting

11:00 – 12:30 PM 

Council & Membership Meetings

12:00 – 1:00 PM 

Lunch (On Your Own)

1:00 – 3:00 PM 

Opening General Session

3:00 – 3:15 PM 

Networking Break

3:15 – 4:00 PM 

Breakout Sessions

4:00 – 4:15 PM 

Networking Break 

4:15 – 5:00 PM 

General Session 

5:00 – 6:00 PM 

Opening Reception  


7:30 – 8:15 AM 

Networking Breakfast

8:30 – 9:15 AM 

Breakout Sessions

9:15 – 9:30 AM 

Networking Break

9:30 – 11:30 AM 

General Session

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM 

Networking Break

12:00 – 1:30 PM 

Lunch (provided) & General Session

Defense Community Champions Award Ceremony

1:30 – 1:45 PM 

Networking Break

1:45 – 2:30 PM 

Breakout Sessions

2:30 – 3:00 PM 

Coffee Break

3:00 – 5:00 PM 

General Session

5:00 – 6:00 PM 

Defense Community Champions Celebration
Sponsored by Navy Federal Credit Union


8:30 – 10:00 AM 

Breakfast General Session

10:00 – 10:15 AM 

Networking Break

10:15 – 11:15 AM 

Breakout Sessions

11:30 AM

Conference Ends.



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. Note: Government per diem rooms are only available for attendees that provide a government or military email address.


Community Member / Non-Member

$745 / $945


Industry Member / Non-Member

$1,095 / $1,545





Community Group Registration



*To receive the discounted group rate, your group must contain at least three people and all must be ADC community members in good standing.


Sponsoring the 2024 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.

Ready to secure your sponsorship? Download the National Summit Sponsorship Packet to review the selection of partnership packages or contact Kelsey Judd for more information.

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