Defending our Coasts: Ensuring Military Readiness & Economic Viability as Waters Rise

APA Virginia Chapter


Friday, October 27, 2017
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT

Williamsburg, VA, United States

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As the issues of sea level rise and land subsidence converge on the Hampton Roads region, planners need to adapt to rapidly changing conditions. The combination of these issues has the potential to amplify the damages from recurrent flooding and storm surges. Areas that have historically been safe may now be forced to recognize that they are no longer immune. In a region that contains over $100 billion worth of buildings, not even including the defense industry and ports, planning for these changes is essential. The panelists will discuss innovative ways of confronting sea level rise and land subsidence especially in the planning context to ensure maximum resiliency as these coastal communities become more volatile.




9:00: Intro/Welcome/Announcements


9:30-10:30: Panel 1- The Current State of DoD Resilience Programs and What We've Learned


10:30-10:45: Flash Speaker


10:45-11:00: Break


11:00-12:00: Panel 2: National Security and Policy Issues: What is Needed to Further Develop Resiliency Measures?


12:00-12:30: Lunch


12:30-1:30: Panel 3: Implementing the Policy Framework to Secure our Readiness


1:30-1:40: Break


1:40-2:00: Flash Speaker: Potential Economic Impacts of Sea Level Rise in Coastal Localities


2:00:3:00: Panel 4: Opportunities for the State, Local Governments & Private Sector


3:00-3:15: Break


3:15-3:30: Flash Speaker


3:30-4:30: Panel 5- Collaborative Solutions


4:30: Closing Speaker



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RearAdmiral(Ret.)Ann Phillips

Confirmed Speaker

-Graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill -Surface Warfare Officer who served in every warfare group of the Surface Navy. -Personal awards include Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine ... Read More

Col. (Ret) Paul Olsen

Confirmed Speaker

-57th commander of the Norfolk District, US Army Corps of Engineer (Oversaw the districts civil works infrastructure ad military construction). -Registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. -Master of Science degree in civil and infrastructure engineering from George Mason University. -Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army ... Read More

Kit Chope

Confirmed Speaker

Kit Chope joined Virginia Port Authority in July 2015 after retiring from the United States Navy with 26 years of service. A tactical jet aviator, highlights of his career include command of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Strike Fighter Squadron 22 in Lemoore, California. In his ... Read More

Doug Beaver

Confirmed Speaker

A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Doug graduated from Virginia Tech and was commissioned in the U.S. Navy through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program in June 1991. He earned an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and is a 2016 alumnus of the ... Read More

Benjamin McFarlane, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Ben McFarlane, AICP, CFM, is a Senior Regional Planner for the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, the regional planning organization for southeastern Virginia. Mr. McFarlane has been with the HRPDC for over nine years, working primarily on the Commission’s coastal zone management efforts. He is the lead planner for ... Read More

Col. Paul Roege

Confirmed Speaker

Paul Roege is a national security and engineering leader whose goal is to build resilience among communities and regions using energy as a central consideration. His advocacy is based upon over 35 years of international experience in both civilian and US military capacities, including military operations and construction, nuclear material ... Read More

Jim Balocki

Confirmed Speaker

Mr. Balocki was appointed as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations and Facilities in October 2016. He is the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) on Navy and Marine Corps policies related to military construction, facilities sustainment, restoration and modernization; acquisition ... Read More

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