December 8-9, 2021 | Chester H. Ferguson Law Center, Tampa, FL 

DSI’s 2021 Special Operations Forces Symposium will bring together senior level leaders and decision makers from across the Special Operations Forces community, regional combatant commands, Department of State, USAID, the IC, academia, and industry to discuss strategic and operational modernization priorities to support and enable the SOF Operator in an increasingly complex, digitized threat environment.

2021 Confirmed Speakers:

Jim Saenz
DASD for Counternarcotics and Global Threats

MG Jeffrey Coggin, USA
Commanding General

RADM Frank Bradley, USN

BG Shawn Satterfield, USA

Dr. Isaiah Wilson
Joint Special Operations University

Thomas Kenney, SES
Chief Data Officer/ Director of SOF AI


Panel Discussion

Panel Moderator: Spencer Baker, Director, Acquisition Agility
COL Paul Weizer, PEO SOF Digital Applications
David Breede, PEO Special Reconnaissance
Howard Strahan, Deputy PEO, Science and Technology

Download the 2021 Agenda Here


Why You Should Attend This Symposium:

This year’s SOF Symposium will provide a ‘Town Hall’ style forum to discuss opportunities and challenges for future SOF operations amidst increasingly complex threats from adversaries. SOF 2021 will explore the modernization and implementation of strategies, policies, education, and training that aim to advance the capabilities of SOF Operators to be culturally, mentally, physically, and technologically adept to counter and deter adversarial malign influences and secure U.S. interests and dominance worldwide.

Leaders from across the military and government will discuss how to expand the utility of SOF an area of Great Power Competition. As adversaries continue to undermine U.S. influence in grey zone operations, the U.S. will increasingly turn toward SOF expertise and global reach to deliver deterrence, maintain counterterrorism efforts, and gain control of the information space.

This year’s Symposium will feature a panel to discuss the role and opportunities of emerging technologies such as AI, ML, and big data analytics that aim to automate and advance the capabilities of special operations to counter and deter electronic and cyber threats. Another panel will feature SOF AT&L priorities and strategies to innovate, design, and deliver capabilities faster and more efficiently than adversaries. Join us at this year’s Special Operations Forces Symposium to learn and discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the special operation forces community as the DoD, government, IC, industry, and academia work together to enable the SOF Operator with maximum strategic and competitive advantage.

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*

Topics to be covered at the 2021 Symposium:

– Supporting the Modernization of Special Operations Forces for Strategic Competition

– Supporting SOF and USSOCOM for Maximum Strategic and Competitive Advantage

– Educating the Next Generation of SOF Operators & Professionals for Competitive Advantage

– Strengthening U.S. Interests and Regional Security in SOCCENT’s Area of Responsibility

– The Role of SOF in Defense of the Homeland in SOCNORTH’s Area of Responsibility

– Enhancing the Information Advantage for SOF in Multi-Domain Operations

– Leveraging Emerging Technologies for Future SOF


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 complex challenges 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


Exhibit and Sponsorship Information:

The SOF & Worldwide Operations Symposium provides opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.

Download the 2021 Sponsorship Prospectus Here


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.

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