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Cassidy experts recently joined leaders from Capitol Hill and the Pentagon to explore issues surrounding the future of military installations and the communities that support them at the go-to policy event for defense communities and military leadership. Community leaders spent a spirited three days discussing pressing issues facing military communities: from the potential of future BRACs, to the impact of sequestration on military installationsADC 2015, emerging energy and water issues, transportation and infrastructure in military communities, public-private partnerships, economic development and more.

Following the Association of Defense Communities’ 2015 National Summit, the Cassidy team released its annual state of play newsletter that brings together and analyzes all the important information and data gathered from the key decision makers and opinion leaders who attended.

With the Army’s decision to downsize by 40,000 troops expected to come this week, military communities, defense contractors, economic developers are beginning to see the true impacts of sequestration on their communities.

Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy & Environment (ASA IE&E) Katherine Hammack led the Army discussion at the national Summit and while she has helped drive significant changes in Army installation priorities and policies, current budget uncertainties make her job ever more challenging. A complete summary of Secretary Hammack’s comments is included in the Cassidy state of play newsletter. For the full report contact Susann Edwards at susann@cassidy.com.