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Special Operations Summit

3 December, 2012 - 6 December, 2012, Tampa, FL, United States

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Join your community at Special Operations Summit!

Now in its 3rd iteration, Special Operations Summit is your end-of-the-year update and briefing on the progress of US Special Operations over the past year. It is a forum for the discussion on effective practices and policies needed to ensure our special operators are fully capable and equipped to accomplish the USSOCOM mission. This year’s main focus will be building and enabling a globalized Special Operations community in order to win the current fight.

Benefit from the best opportunity of the year to:

  • Address key issues specific to interagency cooperation and establishing a global SOF network
  • Discuss current and future requirements and top priorities of USSOCOM
  • Identify new technologies and applications for SOF operators
  • Unwrap joint efforts with the shared goal of winning the current fight
  • Look at the newest advancements and acquisition priorities in special operations technology given the constantly-evolving environment and priorities

Topic Background: SOF are elite military units with specialized training and equipment that can infiltrate hostile land, sea, or air territory to conduct a variety of often-classified operations. As threats to international security constantly evolve, so do the needs of the elite warriors tasked with defeating them. The SOF network is becoming more globalized than ever before. Leading the war against violent extremism, across the full spectrum of missions, SOF warriors pave the way for America and its allies to enjoy freedoms and security.

Venue & Accommodation

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
700 South Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-221-4900
Reservations Phone: 888-236-2427

Discounted Group Rate: $103 plus 12% tax per night

Please identify you are part of the IDGA – Spec Ops group to ensure the special rate, based on availability. Note that you are eligible for this rate three day prior and three days post the event, based on availability. Book your room prior to November 11, 2012 to ensure you receive the group rate.

The agenda is available as PDF under downloads.

Distinguished Keynote Speakers

  • Lieutenant General Charles T Cleveland, Commanding General, U.S. Army Special Operations Command
  • Ambassador Frederick Barton, Assistant Secretary for Conflict & Stabilization Operations, U.S. Department of State
  • Rear Admiral Robert P. Girrier, Director for Operations, U.S. Pacific Command
  • Major General Norman Brozenick, Commander SOCPAC, U.S. Pacific Command
  • Major General Michael K Nagata, Deputy Director for Special Operations, Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Major General Thomas J Trask, Director, Force Structure, Requirements, Resources and Strategic Assessments, U.S. Special Operations Command
  • David S Sedney, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (APSA)
  • Brigadier General Timothy J. Leahy, Commander, 23rd Air Force and Director for Operations, U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command
  • Brigadier General Gerald Otterbein, Commander, 193rd Special Operations Wing, Air National Guard
  • Ambassador Alberto Fernandez, Coordinator, Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, U.S. Department of State
  • Colonel (P) Clayton Hutmacher, Commander, U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command
  • Colonel Kurt Bergo, Director of Procurement, US Special Operations Command
  • Colonel Thomas J. Rogers, Commander, 528th Sustainment Brigade (A), U.S. Army Special Operations Command
  • Colonel Robert Bruckner, Commandant, U.S. Air Force Special Operations School
  • Colonel Reginald Bostick, Commander, 4th Military Information Support Group (A), U.S. Army Special Operations Command
  • Colonel Thomas J. Rogers, Commander, 528th Sustainment Brigade (A), U.S. Army Special Operations Command
  • Colonel James C. Brown, Commander, 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (A), U.S. Army Special Operations Command
  • Colonel Anthony J. Comtois, Commander, 919th Special Operations Wing, Air Force Reserve Command
  • Colonel Stephen Bentley, Deputy Director, Human Terrain System, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
  • Colonel Frank Donovan, Commanding Officer, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit
  • Colonel Scott Brower, Commander, 5th Special Forces Group (A), U.S. Army Special Forces Command
  • Colonel Kyle E Lear, Commander, Ranger Training Brigade, U.S. Army Ranger School
  • CSM Dana C Cooper, Command Sergeant Major, Ranger Training Brigade, U.S. Army Ranger School
  • Colonel Gregory Wilson, SOF Chair and CORE Lab Co-Director, Naval Post Graduate School
  • Colonel (Ret.) Paul D Hughes, Chief of Staff, U.S. Institute of Peace
  • Anthony Davis, PEO-C4, U.S. Special Operations Command
  • Mr. Byron Harper, Strategy, Plans and Policy, SOCEUR, U.S. European Command
  • Lieutenant Colonel Richard T. Haggerty, Program Manager- SOF Training Systems (STS), PEO-Simulation, Training, & Instrumentation
  • Dr. David Ellison, President, National Intelligence University, Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Mr. Craig Archer, Identity Superiority Manager, PEO- SRSE, U.S. Special Operations Command
  • Anthony H. Cordesman, Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy, Center for Strategic & International Studies
  • Ambassador John Herbst, Director, Center for Complex Operations, National Defense University
  • Dr. Richard D. Downie, Director, Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, National Defense University
  • Dr. Andrea J. Dew, Co-Director, Center on Irregular Warfare & Armed Groups, U.S. Naval War College
  • John McEachen, Ph.D, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Naval Postgraduate School
  • Oleg Yakimenko, Ph.D, Director, Autonomous Systems Engineering and Integration Lab, Naval Postgraduate School
  • Professor Robert Sharp, International Security Studies, Strategic Studies Division, National Defense University
  • COL Fred Krawchuk (Ret.), Director, Interagency Task Force, U.S. Special Operations Command
  • Lt Col Charles Farmer, Chief, Irregular Warfare Branch, U.S. Air Force SFC
  • Walter C. Gipson, Senior Instructor and Force Modernization NCO, Special Forces Underwater Warfare Operations
  • Scott Swanson, Intelligence Specialist and Defense Lead, Deloitte Consulting


Event details

3 December, 2012
6 December, 2012
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
United States


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