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Tuesday, August 19, 2014


7:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs

Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100H
  • NCSL Task Force On Military & Veterans Affairs

7:30 AM -- 8:30 AM
Full breakfast is served.

8:00 AM -- 8:45 AM
NCSL Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs Convenes

Opening Remarks by Task Force Co-Chairs:  Representative Dan Flynn, Texas and Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Texas

Pledge of Allegiance

Introductions/Brief Task Force Member Remarks Concerning Key 2014 Issues   

8:45 AM -- 9:45 AM 
State Services for Veterans

Discuss various Minnesota initiatives to assist military veterans.


  • Cathy ten Broeke, State Director to Prevent and End Homelessness, Minnesota
9:45 AM -- 10:00 AM

10:00 AM -- 10:30 AM 
Energy Summit Keynote: Energy and Security in the 21st Century with General Wesley Clark
(Task force members are invited to join this session as part of the Energy Policy Summit in Room Level 2-205ABCD

As states develop plans to meet their energy needs in the coming decades, these choices could dramatically affect economic growth and security. How will worldwide growth in energy demand and increasing competition for resources influence these decisions? What are the risks and benefits of the many resource and technology options? Hear General Wesley Clark, ex-NATO commander and expert in national security and energy risk issues, discuss energy security and opportunities for promoting a secure, sustainable and prosperous energy future.

10:30 AM -- 10:45 AM
Break (Return to original room Lower Level-L100H)

10:45 AM -- 12:00 PM
A New Land Conservation Technique Combining Agriculture and Defense:  Sentinel Landscapes and Military Sustainability

Camp Ripley Training Center:  Where Missions Meet 
(Joint with the Task Force on Agriculture)


  • Kristin Thomasgard, Deputy Program Director for Policy, Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) Program, DUSD I&E


  • Bruce Beard, Associate Director, Military Collaboration Institute for Renewable Natural Resources, Texas A&M University, Washington, D.C.
  • Senator Paul Gazelka, Minnesota District
  • Major General Richard C. Nash, Adjutant General, Minnesota National Guard
  • Tom Landwehr, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • John Jaschke, Executive Director, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

12:00 PM -- 12:45 PM
Update on Activities of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 

12:45 PM -- 1:00 PM
Task Force Wrap-Up and Discussion of Next Steps 

1:00 PM
Task Force Adjourns 



3:00 PM to 4:45 PM

Military & Veterans Affairs Economic Outlook

Minneapolis Convention Center Level 2-200DEFG
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Military & Veterans Affairs
Discuss potential federal defense spending cuts and the impact it will have on states.

  • Panelist:
  • Tim Ford, Washington D.C.
  • Michael Gilroy, Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment, Virginia