The Ohio Defense Forum 2019

October 7-8, 2019 - Columbus, Ohio

Hosted at the Westin Great Southern

2019 ODF Agenda

- Tentative Agenda, Subject to Change
- Speakers added upon confirmation of appearance.


Monday, October 7, 2019
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Registration Desk Open / Display Table Set Up
Venue Sponsors: The Ohio State University College of Engineering | L3Harris
11:00 - Noon Buffet Lunch (Provided)
Noon - 12:30 PM Welcome/Opening Ceremonies
- National Anthem
- U.S. Congressman Michael Turner, Ohio 10th District, The Ohio Defense Forum Special Guest
- U.S. Senator Rob Portman
- Joe Zeis, Aerospace and Defense Advisor, Office of Gov. Mike DeWine
12:30 - 1:00 PM Keynote Address
- Hon John Henderson, Assistant Secretary of the USAF for Installations, Environment and Energy
1:00 - 2:00 PM Panel 1:
Ohio’s Military Installations
This session will feature military installation commanders from Ohio’s active duty, National Guard and Reserve installation inventory. Commanders will share what is coming up in 2020 regarding installation operations, challenges, strategy, and what the Ohio defense community can do to support their installations and missions.

Panel Moderator:
- U.S. Congressman Brad Wenstrup, Ohio 2nd District

Panel Members:
- Col Tom Sherman, Commander, 88th ABW, WPAFB
- Col Gregg Hesterman, Commander, 178th Wing, Springfield ANG
- Col Joseph Janik, Commander, 910th AW, Youngstown Air Reserve Station
- Rear Adm. John Palmer, Commander, DLA Land and Maritime


2:00 - 2:30 PM Keynote Address
- Maj Gen John Harris, Adjutant General, Ohio National Guard
2:30 - 3:00 PM Networking Break
3:00 - 4:00 PM Panel 2:
State of Defense in Ohio
This session features state and defense policy experts and officials who will discuss the current state of defense and draw conclusions applicable to the state of Ohio. They will also share their thoughts on where defense is headed in 2020 and beyond and highlight the important issues of which stakeholders should be aware.

Panel Moderator:
Julie Sullivan, Vice President, Economic Development Programs, Dayton Development Coalition

Panel Members:
- Joe Zeis, Aerospace and Defense Advisor, Office of Gov. Mike DeWine
- Rick Perales, State of Ohio House of Representatives, District 73, Chair, Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee (OAATC)
- Dennis Andersh, Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN)

4:00 - 4:30 PM Keynote Address
- Lt Gen Robert McMurry, Commander, AFLCMC
4:30 - 5:15 PM Panel 3:
Ohio Defense Communities - Lightning Talks
Representatives from some of the major defense regions in Ohio will share updates on current happenings in their defense communities.

Panel Moderator:
- Cherise Trump, Associate Director, Coalition Relations, Heritage Foundation

Panel Members:
- Dayton - Jeff Hoagland, President & CEO, Dayton Development Coalition
- Columbus - Steve Tugend, Esquire, Chair, Central Ohio Defense Working Group
- Toledo - Brian Dicken, MOD, Vice President Advocacy and Public Policy, Toledo Chamber of Commerce
- Youngstown - Vito Abruzzino, Esquire, Director, Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission
- Lima - Cliff Barber, Abrams Product Manager, the Location Ethics Officer (LEO), Trade Council Representative, and Protocol & Special Events Analyst, Joint Manufacturing Systems Center (JMSC) Lima

5:15 PM Closing Comments
5:15 PM - 7:00 PM Networking Reception (Refreshments Provided, Cash Bar)
 
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
7:00 - 11:00 AM Registration Desk Open
7:00 - 8:00 AM Continental Breakfast (Provided)
7:30 - 8:00 AM Breakfast Speaker
Mike “Pappy” Penland, Principal Director, Operational Energy and Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Operational Energy

8:00 - 8:05 AM Opening Comments
- U.S. Congressman Michael Turner, Ohio 10th District
8:05 - 9:00 AM Panel 4:
Research & Defense

Panel Moderator:
Stacy Rastauskas Bretherton, Vice President for Government Affairs, The Ohio State University

Panel Members:
- Prof Liz Newton, The Ohio State University
- Prof Mike Groeber, The Ohio State University
- Ms Jessa Albertson, The Ohio State University
- Dr Marla Perez-Davis, Deputy Director, NASA Glenn
- Tim Sakulich, SES, Director, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, AFRL


9:00 - 10:30 AM Panel 5:
State of National Defense
Leading defense industry experts will weigh in on the current state of national defense and will share their thoughts on where the industry is headed in 2020 and beyond.

Panel Moderator:
U.S. Congressman Michael Turner, Ohio 10th District

Panel Members:
- Gen Arnold Bunch, Jr, Commander, Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC)
- Lewis Von Thaer, CEO, Battelle
- Frederico Bartels, Policy Analyst for Defense Budgeting, The Heritage Foundation
- Gen (ret) Herbert “Hawk” Carlisle, President & CEO, National Defense Industrial Association


10:30 - 11:00 AM Networking Break
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Panel 6:
Installation Workforce Solutions
A panel of experts from installations across Ohio will share their workforce pipeline challenges, and some solutions being considered or implemented in order to build the defense installation workforce for the future.

Panel Moderator:
U.S. Congressman Warren Davidson, Ohio 8th District

Panel Members:
- Dr Jessica Salyers, Deputy Executive Director, AFRL
- Kathy Watern, Executive Director, LCMC
- Cassie Barlow, President, SOCHE
- Cheryl Hay, Director, Project Talent Acquisition, JobsOhio


12:00 PM Closing Comments
12:00 PM Forum Adjourns