California plays a central role in America’s defense.

Our state provides unique, mission-critical capabilities for the military that must be preserved and strengthened if America is to maintain its position of leadership in a rapidly changing world.

Home to the world’s most valuable network of air, sea and land ranges, California’s military installations have prepared generations of American service members for conflicts around the world and provide a critical staging ground for current actions.

The state’s defense infrastructure also provides the essential ingredients necessary to transform and strengthen national military power for the new century. California offers the best combination of technology, industry, and academia in support of today’s military needs and the future. In addition to the Naval Postgraduate School, seven of the top 25 research universities are in California, and they all provide critical contributions to national security. America’s best-trained and most-experienced aerospace and technology workforce lives and works here and we as a state recognize that the past few years have highlighted critical issues here that are common across the bases, communities and workforce that require prompt attention to reinforce these valuable defense networks.

The Fifth All California Defense Leadership Summit is a convening of installation support organizations, installation and operational commanders, decision and policy makers throughout California to share challenges and solutions to base issues throughout the state.

Some Topics Covered:

  • Defense spending in the US and CA
  • Emerging Military Legislative Themes in California
  • Best Practices for Military Civilian Support Organizations (Connecting with State and DoD Officials)
  • Veterans Affairs in the State and Nation
  • Opportunities in Military Housing
  • California Military Infrastructure and Encroachment Challenges
  • Space Force in California

Who Will You Hear From?

  • California Governor’s Military Council
  • California Defense Communities Alliance
  • Space Systems Command, US Space Force
  • Space Operations Command, US Space Force
  • Fort Irwin NTC
  • March Air Reserve Base
  • Silver Valley Unified School District
  • California Department of Veterans Affairs
  • United States Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission
  • California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research


Does your organization want to play a larger role at the California Defense Leadership Summit? There are multiple opportunities for organizations to get maximum visibility at this important event. For more information, click the link below or contact Chris Duyos at


Michael Brown
Defense Innovation Unit

Wade Crowfoot
Natural Resources Secretary,
State of California

Maj. Gen. Matthew P. Beevers
Assistant Adjutant General,
California Joint Force Headquarters

Patrick O’Brien
Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation


Monday, August 29

5:30 – 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Join us for a unique opportunity to network with various stakeholders and installations from across the state in a relaxed environment.

Tuesday, August 30
7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Registration Open

8:30 – 9:15 AM

Welcome/Opening Session

9:15 – 9:30 AM


9:30 – 10:15 AM

Growth of Space Force and the Range of the Future

Delve into the beneficial and long-reaching implications of positively supporting the upward mobility and growth of Space Force in California.

10:15 – 10:30 AM


10:30 – 11:10 AM

Federal Updates Part I

Explain successful methods to develop strong relationships that are meaningful and impactful at the federal level that influence California. Learn more about sustainable long-term solutions that promote equity and are well received by the Defense Communities.

11:10 AM – 12:00 PM

Federal Updates Part II

Installations and support organizations explain successful methods to develop strong relationships that benefit communities and innovative issue resolution. Learn more about the Defense Communities Infrastructure Program and successful applications and how to best connect with State and DoD Officials.

12:00 – 1:30 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 – 2:15 PM


Quality of Life Topics

Wide ranging topics covered that impact residents of California that are involved in the defense industries and military communities. Topics including healthcare, spousal licensure, childcare, and teachers/ education.

Housing Challenges and Opportunities

Ever important topics of housing and how to bridge the gape to enable housing opportunities for those disenfranchised or marginalized in housing. How to develop proficient infrastructure to better support those in need.

2:15 – 2:30 PM


2:30 – 3:15 PM


Energy, Environmental and Water Strategic Plans

Listen to ideas regarding the increasingly important and impactful topics of energy sustainability and production in California. Along with California’s strategic water plan as one of the nations forefront leaders in sustainable water usage and beneficial environmental impact.

Grant Opportunities/ Programs

Gain a deeper understanding of interstate compacts and removing barriers to employment and increasing options for military families. Speakers will discuss existing compacts in the state and new opportunities.

3:15 – 3:30 PM


3:30 – 4:30 PM

Remarks from Governor Newsom (Invited); Closing Remarks



Standard Ticket

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

Event Location

Embassy Suites by Hilton
Sacramento Riverfront Promenade

100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814

Per Diem Rate rooms are available for military/federal staff.
Contact ADC for more information.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Sacramento Riverfront Promenade

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