Lt Col Josh Bohnart
Lt Col Josh Bohnart
Program Manager Ammunitions and Weapons, PEO-SOF Warrior
USSOCOM SORDAC
COL (R) James Brown
COL (R) James Brown
Former Commander, 18th MP Brigade in Iraq 2004-2005, TASK FORCE BUCCA in Iraq 2007-2008
Multi-National Forces, Iraq
(Ret.) RDML Thomas Brown II
(Ret.) RDML Thomas Brown II
Former Commander, SOCSOUTH
US Southern Command
COL (Ret.) William Coultrup
COL (Ret.) William Coultrup
Former Director, Legislative Affairs
USSOCOM
Sergeant Major Stephen Durfee
Sergeant Major Stephen Durfee
Special Projects Sergeant Major, 4-1st Special Forces Group
Joint Base Lewis-McChord
SMSgt Kevin Forrest
SMSgt Kevin Forrest
Superintendent, Special Missions Aviation
AFSOC
Major William Hansen
Major William Hansen
TCAEP OIC J37, Special Operations Command South
US Special Operations Command
Major General Jeffrey Jacobs
Major General Jeffrey Jacobs
Commanding General, US Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command
USACAPOC(A)
MAJ Sven Jensen
MAJ Sven Jensen
Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center
United States Marine Corps
 Robert Jones
Robert Jones
Strategic Advisor, J56 Strategy Division
USSOCOM
CDR Richard LeBron
CDR Richard LeBron
Commander, USS Benfold
US Navy
Rear Admiral Brian Losey
Rear Admiral Brian Losey
Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command
USSOCOM
 Ian Magary
Ian Magary
EOD Master Tech - Military Procurement & Acquisition, EODESU-1
US Navy
 Timothy McKelvey
Timothy McKelvey
Director of Emerging Technologies, PEO-Fixed Wing
SORDAC
Rear Admiral Frank Ponds
Rear Admiral Frank Ponds
Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group III
US Navy
COL Imre Porkolab
COL Imre Porkolab
National Liaison Representative, Hungarian Defense Forces
NATO
 Kathleen Reedy PhD
Kathleen Reedy PhD
SME Region and Culture, USCENTCOM
Department of Defense
BG Douglas R Satterfield
BG Douglas R Satterfield
Deputy Commanding General, 412th Theater Engineer Command
U.S. Army
Lieutenant Colonel Kent Strader
Lieutenant Colonel Kent Strader
Strategist (FA 59) & Arctic SME, US Army
US Department of Defense
Staff Sergeant Levi Stuart
Staff Sergeant Levi Stuart
SOF Horsemanship Trainer
Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center
CMDCM / SOCM  (Ret.) Paul Tharp
CMDCM / SOCM (Ret.) Paul Tharp
Command Master Chief, Naval Special Warfare Basic Training Command
NAVSOC
 Robert Toth
Robert Toth
Director, Tactical Airlift, Special Operations, Rescue and Trainer Acquisitions
SAF/AQQU United States Airforce
Master Chief (Ret.) Larry Wilske
Master Chief (Ret.) Larry Wilske
(Ret.) SEAL Master Chief, NAVSOC
USSOCOM
“We’re trying to teach other nations how to deal with their own problems so they don’t grow violent extremists. We’re building wells in places. We’re doing civil affairs operations. There is a whole spectrum of things that special operations do.”Admiral Bill McRaven

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Special Operations Summit

March 17 - 19, 2014

Loews Coronado Bay - San Diego, San Diego, California


Special Military and Government Pricing - $100 Register by 1/24/2014

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Defense Industry and Special Operations Forces: Helping the Best of the Best Remain the Elite

As the U.S. command rebalances their ability to react swiftly and successfully anywhere at anytime, the defense industry must be able to supply those SOF with the equipment, technology and training they need in vastly different terrains globally. These supporting elements will need to be able to withstand both extreme heat and extreme cold, function in inhospitable jungles and inaccessible locations, and help soldiers build strong human networks within local populations across a wildly vast range of language and cultures

With USSOCOM'S estimated 2014 budget to increase funding over 170M USD special operations is one of the few governmental markets looking at expansion over the next decade. With the ability to fund those supporting elements for special operations soldiers, the US military leaders have the ability to acquire the best equipment, best technology and best training - all that remains is to create a clear channel of communication between the military and the defense industry, so that each knows what the other truly needs and is able to supply it so that both might be successful.

IDGA’s Special Operations Summit West will focus on the equipment, technology, and training needed as SOF increase their presence in theaters globally. With first hand accounts by SOF, industry leaders will be able to determine where they need to go in the years to come while strengthening the relationship between industry and military by building a better path of communication.

Special Operations Summit West will look at:

  • Funding changes over the next fiscal year within USSOCOM 
  • Moving into new terrains and how that will affect acquisition within the defense industry sector
  • Sharing first-hand accounts of equipment and tech in the field; what works and what doesn't
  • Unmanning the front line for reconnaissance, surveillance, and intelligence missions
  • Manning the front line - bringing the Human Domain back into play as one of the most integral parts of SOF success

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