AGENDA AT A GLANCE

1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

        Registration

Monday, August 10th (Proposed New Design)

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

        Registration

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Closed Session

Training for installation natural resource managers on how to enter data into and use tools on the Avian Knowledge Network.

Closed Session

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Do you have an active or pending project in the REPI Program?  Do you know how each of the Military Services implements the program’s governing authority, 10 U.S.C. § 2684a, differently?  Come meet legal representatives from OSD and all of the Military Services as part of a roundtable discussion to learn about the history and intent of the REPI authority, how the authority has evolved through Congressional amendment and DoD policy over the years, and the potential obstacles one might expect during execution.  Participants will be able to share possible inter-Service solutions to overcome these challenges as well as propose opportunities to layer the REPI authority with other authorities.

Closed Session

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

        Lunch On Your Own

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Closed Session

Closed Session

Closed Session

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

With Congressional direction in FY19 to incorporate resilience into the REPI Program, DoD is coordinating with bases and partners to understand challenges, identify policy gaps, and develop potential solutions.  Workshop participants will hear examples from installations officials and range managers addressing encroachment that have been exacerbated due to recent extreme weather events. Speakers will draw from the expertise of natural resources and planning professionals as part of this interactive, three-part workshop to discuss ways in which those risks and effects may be proactively managed and mitigated using REPI or creatively expanding current planning efforts, such as INRMPs.    

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Opportunity for RASP Pilot locations participants to meet and identify questions and provide updates and address issues.

In September, DoD will be using a new web-based Climate Assessment Tool to help installation planners and engineers screen for climate-related impacts. Come check out a demo of the tool and find out how it may help you and your team in the next planning cycle. 

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Closed Session

Time TBD

Provide government partners perspectives on issues/topics impacting the DoD and discuss steps taken, to date, to enact policy to protect DoD’s mission and readiness.  

Monday, August 10th (Previous Design)

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Workshop: Avian Knowledge Network Training

Training for installation natural resource managers on how to enter data into and use tools on the Avian Knowledge Network.

National Guard Breakout Session

Closed Session

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop: A Legal Perspective on the Evolution, Implementation Challenges, and Untapped Opportunity of the REPI Authority

Do you have an active or pending project in the REPI Program?  Do you know how each of the Military Services implements the program’s governing authority, 10 U.S.C. § 2684a, differently?  Come meet legal representatives from OSD and all of the Military Services as part of a roundtable discussion to learn about the history and intent of the REPI authority, how the authority has evolved through Congressional amendment and DoD policy over the years, and the potential obstacles one might expect during execution.  Participants will be able to share possible inter-Service solutions to overcome these challenges as well as propose opportunities to layer the REPI authority with other authorities.

National Guard Breakout Session

Closed Session

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch On Your Own

1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

OEA Breakout Session

Closed Sesision

OEA Breakout Session

Closed Sesision

OEA Breakout Session

Closed Sesision

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Workshop: Forging New and Diverse REPI Partnerships through Resilient Bases

With Congressional direction in FY19 to incorporate resilience into the REPI Program, DoD is coordinating with bases and partners to understand challenges, identify policy gaps, and develop potential solutions.  Workshop participants will hear examples from installations officials and range managers addressing encroachment that have been exacerbated due to recent extreme weather events. Speakers will draw from the expertise of natural resources and planning professionals as part of this interactive, three-part workshop to discuss ways in which those risks and effects may be proactively managed and mitigated using REPI or creatively expanding current planning efforts, such as INRMPs.    

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Workshop: Recovery and Sustainment Partnership (RASP) Pilot Meeting

Opportunity for RASP Pilot locations participants to meet and identify questions and provide updates and address issues.

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

USMC Breakout Session

Closed Sesision

Time TBD

Workshop: Climate Assessment Tool Workshop

In September, DoD will be using a new web-based Climate Assessment Tool to help installation planners and engineers screen for climate-related impacts. Come check out a demo of the tool and find out how it may help you and your team in the next planning cycle. 

Workshop: Working Energy Policy Issues at the Local, State and Federal Levels

Provide government partners perspectives on issues/topics impacting the DoD and discuss steps taken, to date, to enact policy to protect DoD’s mission and readiness.  

Tuesday, August 11th

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM

        Optional Physical Training

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

        Registration 

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM 

In order to meet the 2018 National Defense Strategy’s goal to rebuild readiness and increase lethality, DoD must achieve dominance in all five warfare domains - Land, Sea, Air, Space, and Cyber.  This requires advanced training and testing capabilities, sufficient live training and testing resources, and close coordination with and cooperation from key partners.  Hear training, testing, operational, and sustainment perspectives on the challenges we face to implement the National Defense Strategy and provide combat-ready military forces prepared to deter and defeat peer and near-peer adversaries.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

        Networking Break

10:30 AM - 5:00 PM

        Exhibit Hall Open

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

National defense priorities necessitate a shift from counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism to preparing for large-scale combat operations.  Peer and near-peer threats demand training innovations to maintain sustained readiness in an ever-changing world.  On land, the Army and Marine Corps 1 have a renewed focus on modernization aimed to build a Multi-Domain Operations (MDO) capable force.  This session provides a discussion of how defense modernization will affect military training and testing, and the sustainability of those lands.  Simply put, weapon systems shoot farther and more accurately, creating new operational and regulatory challenges across the military landscape.   1 Still pending coordination with USMC.

The DoD requires ready access to airspace and space to develop and train with the weapons needed to prevail in peer/near-peer conflicts.  Come learn the challenges today’s Warfighters face in training with and developing modern weapons in increasingly congested and contested airspace; in providing access to space for the recently stood-up U.S. Space Command; and how DoD can partner with organizations and industry to meet shared goals.

The Navy employs Distributed Maritime Operations to gain advantage in high-end combat against peer adversaries. The 2018 National Defense Strategy drives Navy’s return to large scale integrated fleet training to include leveraging alliances and partnerships. This session will explore the growing demand for seaspace resources to test emergent weapon systems and realistically train on employment tactics that optimize all facets of the seaspace domains: air, surface, and undersea. The session will also include discussion on how DoD can work with federal agencies, organizations, and industry to achieve and sustain access to seaspace resources and meet shared goals. 

Cyberspace is a warfare domain in which opponents can attain strategic results without using armed force. Competitors conduct hybrid warfare campaigns to erode American and Allied resolve to oppose aggression. Examples of this include interventions in Georgia, Ukraine (Donbas/Crimea), and Syria. The Joint Force needs to train with realistic cyber effects in the live domain to increase readiness for conflict with a peer adversary. This session will address DoD’s demand for realistic and relevant training; government and private sector partnerships to upskill the technical proficiency of the training community; and investments needed to integrate cyber capabilities into combat operations. 

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

        Lunch On Your Own

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Modern weapon systems such as the EA-18G Growler and Joint Strike Fighter are central to modernizing U.S. military capability; however, they face increasing public scrutiny as a result of the noise they generate.  Weapon systems such as hypersonics and long-range precision fires are likely to raise similar concerns.  This session will cover DoD’s most pressing noise-related issues and how they are being addressed by the DoD Operational Noise Program and the Military Departments.

Since 2018, Department of Defense (DoD) strategic guidance and Congressional interest has focused on the need to improve military training capability and associated training infrastructure to fight and win in future conflict against a peer adversary.  In response, DoD and the Military Services developed Department- and Service-level strategic plans to enhance high-end, full-spectrum training and the supporting infrastructure.  This session will discuss what is required to accomplish key goal and objectives of those plans. 

Wonder why that environmental analyses and documentation takes forever?  Join your DoD colleagues to learn how to demystify environmental regulations and what you can do to get your environmental compliance (e.g., National Environmental Policy Act, Natural Resources - Endangered Species Act & Marine Mammal Protection Act, Cultural Resources - National Historic Preservation Act, Native American Affairs - Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, etc.) completed faster.   

The potential for offshore energy development, whether oil, gas or wind, is along our coast lines world-class and second to none.  Their contribution to our economic stability is vital. However in developing these resources, how well does BOEM’s overall offshore leasing strategy align with or impact DOD’s ability to carry out its critical salt-water related missions? While BOEM recognizes the importance of protecting important military mission needs along with a broad range of other offshore equities the issue is still being debated across a broad spectrum of stakeholders.   This session will identify these challenges and explore ways of working together to protect DoD activities while also advancing energy security.    

Stretching across four counties on four primary bases and eleven operational sites with 266 mission partners, Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) trains more students and contains more active runways that any other installation. JBSA personnel conduct diverse military training, flying, homeland defense, medical, cyberspace defense, security engagement, strategic intelligence, and installation support missions every day. Learn how “Military City USA” and the Alamo region work together, benefitting both the military mission and the community as a whole.

The U.S. is behind China and Russia in the fielding of hypersonic weapons.  Join DoD leaders as they discuss  how the plan to re-establish long range overland flight corridors fits into the requirements required to catch-up in this critical area.   

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

        Networking Break

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Are you new to working with DoD and trying to figure it all out? Come gain a better understanding of the variety of tools, resources, and processes available to communities and DoD to more holistically plan and coordinate with states, NGOs, and private landowners to sustain the military mission and thereby provide maximum flexibility for DoD to maintain and improve readiness.

The first of two land domain breakout sessions.  This session is closed to non-DoD attendees.  The intended audience for this session includes Headquarters Department of Army (HQDA), HQ Marine Corps 1 (HQMC), Command Training and Training Support leads, selected Chiefs of Training, and Army Combat Training Centers.  HQDA G-37/TRS will lead a facilitated discussion to outline modernization priorities and the impacts to training Warfighters in the Land Domain.  This session will have limited dialog with the audience and will focus primarily on identifying modernization challenges.  The second land domain breakout session will provide time for dialog between attendees on the topics covered.  1 Pending Coordination with USMC.

This session is closed to non-DoD attendees: the session is intended to inform DoD/contract support attendees about challenges and successes faced by Navy across all domains as we work to meet service training requirements.

This session is closed to non-DoD attendees: The session is intended to inform attendees about Range and Training Area challenges faced by USMC across all domains as we work to meet service training requirements.

This session is closed to non-DoD attendees: This session is intended to inform DoD/contract support attendees challenges an successes faced by Air force across all domains as we work to meet service training requirements.

Wednesday, August 12th

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM 

        Optional Physical Training

7:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

        Registration

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

A more lethal, resilient, and rapidly innovating Joint Force, combined with robust partner collaboration are critical to the security of our nation.  Listen to Military Service leaders discuss strategies to increase cross-Service integration and modernize joint capabilities.  Leaders will highlight key take-aways and strategies from the 2020 SMR Conference to promote more effective and proactive cross-functional integration to support test and training capabilities, enhance mission flexibility and readiness, and manage access to limited assets such as land, airspace, sea space and spectrum. 

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

        Networking Break

10:30 AM - 5:00 PM

        Exhibit Hall Open

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The impacts of climate change, extreme weather events and other natural disasters such as hurricanes, flooding, and wildfires poses significant risks to DoD’s mission, infrastructure, and personnel, as well as the surrounding communities.  Effects of these events are often both immediate and long lasting.  Understanding the potential of future events is critical to planning for and developing resilient military installations that support the mission and ensure the safety of our personnel and their families.  Join DoD leadership and subject matter experts to examine installation vulnerabilities in a changing environment, learn about existing and emerging planning tools and resources, and review the case studies of recent events and emerging solutions.  

Military training ranges are valuable defense capabilities, yet remain challenged by highly complex and congested operating environment.  The integration of unique military systems; the need for simultaneous range control; and live, virtual and constructive distributed simulations all require access to spectrum and robust communications networks.  The rapid advancement of commercial communications systems presents challenges to the military use of spectrum.  However, there are also significant opportunities for risk reduction in the near future.  This session will explore ends, ways, and means to improve resiliency and agility in spectrum usage and ensure the capability of training ranges.  Additionally, the session will address methods for employing affordable, spectrally efficient communications and DoD’s response to the competing demands for spectrum resources in contested and congested environments.Panel discussion on the Department's ongoing efforts to improve education and training capabilities to ensure the Joint Force is capable of conducting effective EMS operations (EMSO) within the congested and contested EMS environments it will face, globally. 

As our operational reach and capabilities expand, DoD must innovate and collaborate to meet these emerging requirements.  In this process it is imperative for DoD to engage, understand, and cooperate with a diverse set of partners across government, academia, and industry.  Not only do we need to manage and share use of a finite set of resources, but we must collectively seek new solutions and approaches to accomplish our individual missions and shared objective to ensure our National Security.  Join leaders from government and industry to discuss current priorities and advances that can both advance and conflict with DoD’s mission, and explore how we can learn from, engage with, and innovate together to achieve shared mission success.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

        Lunch On Your Own

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

The Department of Defense is working to harness emerging, next generation (5G) technologies to enhance military capability and accelerate U.S. deployment of new commercial products and services that can be leveraged to enhance military training.   The Department is pursuing military use cases of commercial 5G applications to enable high-fidelity training in congested and constrained environments and to promote the development of innovative training capabilities.  This session will address how the Department plans to leverage 5G technology as a training enabler and the associated challenges.

Join us as we explore innovative approaches to community and landowner engagement and how they might apply within a Sentinel Landscapes or elsewhere. We will explore development and implementation of pilot efforts to advance landowner engagement and specific land management actions that address explicit goals and objectives of mutual importance to the Sentinel Landscapes partners. 

Balancing listed and at-risk species conservation with DoD’s mission requirements can, at times, present significant challenges and restrict access to critical ranges or training and testing areas.  Come hear how DoD and USFWS are achieving greater flexibility to support military readiness through new, streamlined, proactive regulatory approaches while providing conservation benefits to listed or at-risk species.

DoD Interactions with the wind industry have so far largely focused on assessing and responding to the potential impacts of proposed Wind Turbine (WT) developments on the missions of regional military equities.  A more aggressive effort is needed in collaborating with the wind and radar industries on developing technical mitigation solutions that would increase the resilience of Doppler radars so as to counter or reduce the impact of WT generated interference.

Join compatibility program leads from the Washington State Department of Commerce and the state of Maryland to hear about how the states are supporting civilian-military partnerships in their regions through policy, outreach, technical assistance, a state funding framework, and Compatible Use grant efforts. 

The US has re-emphasized the need to remain dominant in space.  How does the newly established Space Force and recent increases in commercial spaceport applications support US goals?  This session will discuss the current trends in commercial spaceports and the DoD’s policy relative to spaceports.  

The second of two land domain breakout sessions.  This session is closed to non-DoD attendees.  The intended audience for this session includes Headquarters Department of Army (HQDA), HQ Marine Corps[1] (HQMC), Command Training and Training Support leads, select Chiefs of Training, and Combat Training Centers.  This session is a continuation of first land domain breakout session.  HQDA G-37/TRS and USMC TECOM will summarize the first breakout session and facilitate the discussion with session attendees to identify solutions to challenges identified in the first session.   Speakers from the first session will be on hand to answer questions and facilitate.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

        Networking Break

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

The 2018 National Defense Strategy focuses on the importance of fielding a lethal, resilient, and rapidly adapting Joint Force capable of operating and maintaining strategic advantage in contested environments.  To achieve this, the Department must have “joint” training opportunities and infrastructure in place to support highly-capable, full-spectrum combat training for a Joint Force beyond the capability of today’s training ranges and joint exercises.  This session will explore the requirements and challenges associated with establishing a “Joint Training Range,” to include lessons learned and current efforts. 

The Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) Military Installation Sustainability program offers communities grant assistance to develop strategies and plans to not only promote civilian development that is compatible with continued operational utility of military bases, but also to recommend actions to improve and maintain the resilience of these bases. Under 10 U.S.C. § 2684a, land restoration and protection through the Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) program could be a tool suggested by OEA compatible use plans to help communities and installations prepare for, adapt to, and recover from future extreme weather events or changes in precipitation patterns.  Join your DoD colleagues to learn how OEA and REPI programs can be applied together to plan for and address risks and vulnerabilities to military capabilities and assets from future flooding, drought, wildfire, sea-level rise, and storm surge projections.  

Come hear about how wild land fire impacts military lands and the policies, program and efforts in place to mitigate these risks and become more resilient. Presenters will highlight DoD’s efforts in program and strategy development; understanding federal and state coordination, discuss creation of resilient landscapes, and highlight ways in which range managers, testers, and trainers can mitigate mission impacts from fire risks.

Training and testing range personnel successfully leverage partnerships with cultural resources staff and tribal leaders to sustain mission-critical capacities and manage cultural resources such as archeological sites, historic structures, and Indian Sacred Sites.  Ask their partners inside and outside the fence line how they plan, communicate, and share information.  Find out who to work with to unlock the benefits of partnerships.

Join your colleagues and representatives from the Department of Defense (DoD) to discuss statewide alternative energy siting initiatives in the States of California, Oklahoma, and Texas.  Strategic energy siting is critical to DoD’s mission of testing, training, and operations, and helps protect the men and women serving in our military.  See how these initiatives can be applied and replicated in your respective state. 

Closed Session

Thursday, August 13th

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM 

        Optional Physical Training

7:00 AM - 1:30 PM

        Registration 

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Provide MilDep leadership perspectives how they are working to increase cross-Service integration to modernize and enhance joint capabilities and manage/share access to limited assets such as land, airspace, sea space and spectrum; highlight key take-aways and strategies from the 2020 SMR Conference that can promote more effective and proactive cross-functional integration to support key test and training capabilities and enhance mission flexibility and readiness.  

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

        Networking Break

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Headquarters Department of the Army representatives review several Army updates.  The session will begin with a review of upcoming Army Modernization challenges, which will include a review of discussions held during the Tuesday and Wednesday closed land domain breakouts.  Next, the session will summarize updates to Army National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementation, codified in 32 CFR Part 651 – “Environmental Analysis of Army Actions.”  Finally, we will outline the Army’s Compatibility Use Buffer (ACUB) program and future priorities to sustain military training.  

This session is open to all attendees: this session will focus on Navy encroachment management programs. HQs staff will give a status on programmatic initiatives, while Regional Community Planning and Liaison Officers will report on the primary encroachment challenges facing their region. Time will be allotted for sharing lessons learned, challenges, innovative encroachment management strategies and open discussion. Attendance to the session is intended for those within the DON encroachment management community.

Closed Session

This session is open to all attendees: this interactive session is designed for all interested in the Air Force encroachment management program. HQs staff will present updates and facilitate discussion on subjects that include Air Force encroachment policy changes, overland and water range sustainment, climate considerations, compatible energy siting, and community outreach. As the capstone Air Force event for the conference, this session will allow substantial time for discussing lessons learned and the way ahead for Air Force mission sustainment.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 

        Lunch On Your Own

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

        Workshops TBA

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

        Networking Break

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

        Workshops TBA

Time TBD

Long-term noise exposure on communities is often the most prominent discussion point and decision-making factor in land use planning surrounding military installations.  However, the policy and technical aspects of managing military noise can be difficult to explain to the public and DoD staff.  This workshop will educate DoD staff and stakeholders on the technical and policy aspects of managing military noise, including common misconceptions and best practices to facilitate better communication with nearby communities.