FORT WALTON BEACH, FL  |  SEPT 22 – 23, 2022

The Florida Regional Defense Forum is a two-day event serving as an opportunity for military community representatives to meet with their on-base counterparts and state and federal officials to focus on resiliency, sustainability, and mission assurance. Throughout the two-day event, over 150 people will gather in person to learn about how to improve military community and installation resiliency and sustainability through various state and federal programs. The Forum will not only educate attendees about the programs, but we will also provide practical workshops and insight from grant proposal evaluators to help applicants successfully compete for these resources.


  • Stakeholders from the Southeast Region
  • Military installation leaders from Florida bases
  • Community leaders committed to supporting installation missions and military families
  • Federal and state government partners with a vested interest in installation management and community resiliency


  • Full Scope Resiliency – more than just mother nature
  • Resiliency against evolving cyber threats
  • Federal resiliency grant opportunities
  • Florida Statewide Resiliency Study report
  • Critical path/vulnerable node analysis
  • How do I identify the greatest need?
  • Winning strategies for grant proposal writing
  • How to secure matching funds
  • Leveraging a Sentinel Landscape to obtain more resources
  • Using enhanced use leases (EULs) to improve resiliency
  • Partnership success stories in resiliency and sustainability



Department of Defense, Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (OLDCC)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Wes Brooks, Florida Chief Resiliency Officer

Florida Division of Emergency Management

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Sentinel Landscape Federal Coordinating Committee

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Cyber Florida


DAY 1 - September 22

8:00 – 12:30

Arrival, Registration

11:30 – 12:30

Installation Commanders Roundtable

1:00 – 1:15

Welcome & Introduction to Forum

1:15 – 2:00

Keynote Address

Edwin H. Oshiba, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force/Energy, Installations and Environment (SAF/IE)

2:00 – 2:45

Matrix Design Group Resiliency Study Report

2:45 – 3:00


3:00 – 3:45

Full Scope Resiliency; more than just Mother Nature

3:45 – 4:15

Resiliency Against Evolving Cyber Threats

4:15 – 5:00

Florida Success Stories

5:00 – 6:00

Social Hour

DAY 2 - September 23

8:00 – 8:45

Critical path/vulnerable node analysis – How do I identify the greatest need?

8:45 – 9:45

Federal Resiliency Grant Opportunities and Winning Strategies for Proposal Writing

9:45 – 10:00


10:30 – 10:45

Obtaining State and Local Matching Funds

10:45 – 11:15

Leveraging a Sentinel Landscape to obtain more resources

11:15 – 11:45

Using IGSAs, EULAs and Partnership Agreements to improve resiliency

11:45 – 12:00

Final Questions and Answers | Wrap up


Standard Ticket


Hilton Garden Inn Ft. Walton Beach
1297 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, 32548

Hilton Garden Inn Ft. Walton Beach

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