A New Age of Partnership & Innovation
A lot has changed since we gathered in San Antonio back in February 2020. Unprecedented challenges have rocked our nation and impacted nearly every aspect of our lives, both inside and outside the gate. But through it all, one thing has remained constant – the commitment of defense communities to support our military installations, missions, and families. This past year has taught us that the critical issues facing installations and military families do not recognize the fence line.
We must define a new normal for installations and defense communities. One that places partnerships and innovation front and center. This is what the Installation Innovation Forum has always been about, and that mission is now more important than ever.
IIF General Sessions: Introducing Challenge/Solution Forums
Featuring top leaders and subject matter experts from DOD, the services, communities and industry, these featured sessions will dive into the top key issues facing installations and military families and explore the innovative efforts underway across the country to address them.
Installations are often the “bill payer” when it comes to the defense budget, forcing installation leaders to make hard decisions about where to invest limited resources. Faced with a growing list of internal and external infrastructure challenges, installation managers must devise innovative strategies, policies, and partnerships to achieve mission assurance.
In 2019 DOD submitted a report to Congress stating that two-thirds of the military’s operationally critical installations are threatened by climate change. In its assessment of those installations, the Army, Navy, and Air Force reported that that flooding, drought, wildfires, sea-level rise, and other extreme weather events such as hurricanes posed severe threats to mission assurance. The threat of climate change has continued to increase, and DOD is taking a hard look at how they can work with communities and the private sector to build installation resilience.
Our military relies on a complex network of roads, buildings, facilities, utilities, and land—both on and off-base—to provide the critical training and power-projection platforms needed to protect our nation. It is vital that installation and community leaders understand how this network operates, what the vulnerabilities are, and how it can be strengthened to advance mission assurance and readiness.
The availability of childcare for military families has become a key challenge for each of the services. Like all the tough issues facing installations and military families today, it cannot be solved without a one-community approach that leverages the resources of both DOD and defense communities.
Service members and their families across the country are feeling the sting of the hot housing market as they move to new duty stations. Many are paying out of pocket for longer stays in temporary lodging, waiting longer for on-base housing, and paying hundreds of dollars more per month for rentals than their housing allowance covers. For many who want to purchase a home, it means offering tens of thousands of dollars above the asking price and bidding against multiple buyers in a fiercely competitive market — and often losing out to higher bidders.
7:00 AM – 5:15 PM | Registration Open
0800 – 1100 | Pre-Conference Town Halls
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Lunch – On Your Own
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Opening General Session
1:30 PM – 1:45 PM | Networking Break
1:45 PM – 2:30 PM | Breakout Sessions
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Networking Break
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM | Breakout Sessions
13:30 PM – 3:45 PM | Networking Break
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM | Breakout Sessions
4:30 PM – 4:45 | Networking Break
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM | General Session
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM | Welcome Reception (offsite)
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Registration Open
7:00 AM – 7:45 AM | Networking Breakfast
7:45 AM – 8:30 AM | Breakout Sessions
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM | Break
8:45 AM – 9:30 AM | General Session
9:30 AM – 9:45 AM | Networking Break
9:45 AM – 10:30 AM | Breakout Sessions
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM | Networking Break
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM | Breakout Sessions
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Lunch – On Your Own
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM | General Session
1:45 PM – 2:00 PM | Networking Break
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM | Breakout Sessions
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM | Networking Break
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM | Breakout Sessions
3:45 PM– 4:00 PM | Networking Break
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM | Breakout Sessions
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Innovation Canteen Happy Hour (Grand Hyatt 5th Floor Terrace)
7:30 AM – 12:00 PM | Registration Open
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM | Networking Breakfast
7:45 AM – 8:30 AM | Breakout Sessions
8:30 AM – 9:15 AM | General Session
9:15 AM – 9:30 AM | Networking Break
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM | Breakout Sessions
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM | Break
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM | General Session
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM | ADC Members Only Town Hall
Assistant Chief of Army Reserve
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy
Director, Defense-State Liaison Office
Chief of Army Partnerships for the U.S. Army
Performing the Duties of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Housing and Partnerships)
Executive Director, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland
LTG JASON EVANS
Deputy Chief of Staff, G-9
DR. LYNETTE FRAGA
CEO, Child Care Aware of America
LTG DOUGLAS GABRAM
Commanding General, U.S. Army Installation Management Command
CEO, Higher Ground Education
Deputy Director, DOD Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation
COL. HARRY HUNG
Deputy Commander, Joint Base Langley – Eustis, Va.
VICE ADM. YANCY LINDSEY
Commander, Navy Installations Command
Director at Department of Defense Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation
Director of Basing, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (EI&E)
Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Strategic Integration
Client Executive Vice President – Defense AT&T
Information & Technology Director, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-9
MAJ. GEN. JOHN WILCOX
Commander, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland
MAJ. JACQUE VASTA
Air Force Personnel Section Commander, Kinderspot Program
All IIF Sessions and Meetings will be held at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio.
Note: This is not the same Hyatt property IIF used in 2020.