December 2024, Tampa, FL

All below information pertains to the 2023 Symposium, Details for the 2024 event coming soon!

The 12th Annual Special Operations Forces and Irregular Warfare Symposium will explore the intricacies of unconventional warfare tactics and strategies. This year’s iteration will convene senior leaders and decision makers across the SOF community, regional combatant commands, DoD, nonprofits, and industry to address the constant evolving nature of modern conflicts as state and non-state actors increasingly employ unconventional methods to achieve their objectives. Special emphasis will be placed on the crucial need for special operations forces to be well-equipped, trained and adaptable to counter these threats effectively. The Symposium aims to strengthen the capabilities of special operations forces and enhance their contributions to national and global security.

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2023 Confirmed Speakers Include:

MG Patrick Roberson, USA
Deputy Commanding General

BG (Ret.) John Pelleriti, USA
Civilian Deputy J5 (Strategy, Plans and Policy)

Todd Breasseale, SES
Office of Information Operations

Richard Tilley
Director, Office of Irregular Warfare & Competition
Joint Staff J-7

Col Jimmy Harrington, USAF
Deputy CIO

COL Rhea Pritchett, USA
PEO Digital Applications

Leslie Babich

VADM (Ret.) Timothy Szymanski, USN
Former Deputy Commander, SOCOM
Former Commander, USNSWC

Download the 2023 Agenda


Why You Should Attend This Symposium:

The 12th Annual SOF & Irregular Warfare Symposium will convene senior leaders and decisionmakers across the SOF community to discuss the complexities and multifaceted nature of special operations in the 21st century. The Symposium will cover how SOF will continue to play an increasingly important role in competition with countries such as China, Russia, and Iran, particularly in the area of irregular warfare. Additionally, leaders will highlight the role of SOF in irregular warfare, making it important to ensure that SOF have a sufficient quality of personnel, mission readiness and resilience, a modernized force, and close relationships with interagency entities and foreign allies and partners.

The Symposium will highlight the latest developments across U.S. combatant commands in the realm of special operations and irregular warfare. The integration of intelligence gathering, analysis, and technology in irregular warfare scenarios will be a focal point of discussion. Senior level speakers will delve into a diverse array of topics, addressing the growing importance of information warfare and cyber operations of emerging technologies in irregular warfare contexts. The conference will also explore how advancements in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data analytics are enhancing situational awareness and decision-making capabilities for special operations forces. Additionally, attendees will have the chance to hear about joint operations and cooperation between different commands to maximize the effectiveness of irregular warfare missions. The exchange of knowledge and innovations during the Symposium will help shape future strategies and ensure that U.S. special operations forces remain agile and capable of meeting the ever-evolving demands of irregular warfare in an unpredictable global landscape.

DSI’s team specializes in the extensive research and development of our Symposiums’ content and focus areas, and we will assemble the most respected minds in special forces operations as well as key-policy makers across military and civilian offices. Our non-partisan approach allows us to reach across all services and organizations to bring together a truly holistic group of decision makers and solution providers.


*Symposium is Closed to The Press / No Recordings*

Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

The 2023 SOF & Irregular Warfare Symposium provides opportunities including exhibit space, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.

__________________________________________________________________________________ Topics to be covered at the 2023 Symposium:

- Empowering Special Operations: Leading in an Era of Complex Warfare

- Developing the JSOC Force of the Future by Modernizing Capabilities in Contested Environments

- Conducting Effective Campaigning in Support of Integrated Deterrence Across Special Operations

- USASOC Focus: Harnessing the Power of Information in Modern Warfare

- Providing an Asymmetric Advantage for Special Operations Forces through a Mission Assured Information Space

- Navigating the 21st Century Battlefield: Adversarial AI and Emerging Tech as a Cyber Irregular Warfare Operation


At Our Symposium You Have the Ability To:

Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the most complex issues facing the special operations community.

Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to engage in constructive dialogue among all in attendance.

Influence: Help foster ideas! Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. All attendees are encouraged to address our speaker faculty and each other with their questions, comments, or ideas. __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________

Operating Guidance for Government Attendees:

DSI’s Symposium directly supports DoD & Federal Government priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their organization’s overall mission success, at no charge to the government, and in an efficient expenditure of time.

DSI’s Symposium will provide a forum to address and improve internal and external initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, increase visibility within the larger community, and generally support their mission.

The Symposium is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal Government employees and is considered an educational and training forum. ________________________________________________________________________________________

Past Participating Organizations:

Goodman Technologies, LLC, L3Harris Technologies, VATC, Sandia National Laboratories, Guardian Centers of Georgia, Clements Worldwide, Dewey Electronics Corp / INI Power, Worldwide Risk Management, IBM, Acumentrics Corp, Bell Flight, Ravn Inc., WorldWide Language Resources LLC, DCS Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Leonardo Electronics Incorporated, LM SOF GLSS, Constellation West, Conflict Kinetics, Ridgeline International, Motorola Solutions, Inc, Six Maritime, ITC, Ball Aerospace, Bowhead, Textron Systems, Zodiac of North America, Nokia Federal, Elbit America, Results Group, MORSE, Titan Technologies, Valkyrie Enterprises, DTRA RD-TSX National Assessment Group, Berry Aviation, Liteye Systems, IMSAR LLC, Persistent Systems LLC, TenCate Advanced Armour, BAE Systems Inc., Overwatch Imaging, Exovera, DRAPER, Parsons, Blackhorse a Parsons Company, GBL Systems Corp., Ntrepid LLC, Castellum, Inc., Spartan Medical, MRIGlobal