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Special Operations Summit
Supporting the Mission of the Global SOF Warrior

9 December, 2013 - 12 December, 2013, Tampa, FL, United States

Supporting the Mission of the Global SOF Warrior

Join more than 150 fellow Special Operations professionals from over 80 different organizations to discuss and identify opportunities to strengthen local, regional, and global trust through interagency and partner cooperation. 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:

  • 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
  • Learn about the newest advancements and acquisition priorities in special operations technology given the constantly-evolving environment and priorities

Why attend?

  • Discuss hot topics and understand the SOCOM 2020 roadmap
  • Network and exchange knowledge with Special Operations professionals
  • Meet distinguished military and government leaders, gain knowledge on how to address regional contingencies and threats to stability
  • Build new partnerships by attending our exclusive cocktail reception and networking breaks

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.


“Maintain the high quality of presenters and subject matter as 2012. This was a good lineup of speakers!”
Tom Eberhard, ESRI

“It was well done. Subject content and speakers were a good mix.”

“Number of practitioners with real working experience.”
Gary Ackerman, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism

Venue & Accommodation

Wyndham Tampa Westshore
700 N. Westshore Blvd.
Tampa, Florida
33609, United States
Phone: 813-289-8200 

Conveniently located in the heart of the Westshore business district, five miles from downtown Tampa, the Wyndham Tampa Westhore Hotel is a contemporary hotel that features modern and recently renovated accommodations along with resort destination style services and amenities. Balmy breezes and swaying palm trees, paired with the resort’s marble floors, teak furnishings and rich earthy color scheme evoke the fantasy Florida made famous by Ernest Hemmingway  This comfortable and stylish pet-friendly Tampa hotel combines all the modern conveniences traveler’s expect with the tropical touches they desire.

Sit back and enjoy our Blue Water Grill restaurant and bar - complete with "seating cabanas," appointed with pillows, faux shades, and natural teak wood - creating a blissful setting. Or relax in our spacious, well-appointed accommodations. Whether you're traveling for business or leisure, you're sure to appreciate the unique and fun features of our Westshore Tampa Bay hotel, in a convenient setting near the airport.

Group Rate - $93 plus 12% per night
Please identify you are part of the IDGA – Special Operations Summit 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. Please make your reservation before November 26, 2013 in order to ensure you are eligible for the group rate.

Reservations Telephone: 1 (888) 229-7289

The summit agenda is available as PDF under downloads at the right side of the page.

2013 Speaker Lineup

  • Garry Reid SES, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense, Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Major General Thomas Trask USAF, Director, Force Structure, Requirements, Resources and Strategic Assessments, U.S. Special Operations Command
  • Rear Admiral Brian Losey USN, Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command
  • Brigadier General Sean Mulholland USA, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command - South
  • Rear Admiral P. Gardner Howe USN, Commander, Special Operations Command - Pacific
  • Dale Ormond SES, Director, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command
  • Dr. Brian Maher SES, President, Joint Special Operations University
  • Brigadier General Clayton Hutmacher USA, Commanding General, U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command
  • Colonel James Cardoso USAF, Director, Global Mission Support Center, U.S. Special Operations Command
  • Colonel David SanClemente USAF, Air National Guard Advisor, U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command
  • Ambassador Alberto Fernandez, Coordinator, Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, U.S. Department of State
  • Colonel Gregory Wilson USA, Special Operations Chair, Co-Director of CORE Lab, Naval Postgraduate School
  • Beth Cole, Director, Office of Civilian-Military Cooperation, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • LTC Joseph Hitt Ph.D, Program Manager, Defense Sciences Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
  • Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Macias USAF, PM, Special Operations Liaison Officer, U.S. Special Operations Command
  • Ray Buettner Ph.D, Director, Field Experimentation, Naval Postgraduate School
  • Col Vincent Goulding USMC (Ret), Director, Experiment Division, Marine Corps Warfighting Lab
  • Craig Archer, Identity Superiority Manager, PEO - SRSE, U.S. Special Operations Command
  • Kalev Sepp Ph.D, Senior Lecturer, Deparment of Defense Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School
  • Michael Harper Ph.D, Associate Director, Expeditionary & Irregular Warfare, Office of Naval Research
  • Richard Fisher, Senior Fellow, Asian Military Affairs, International Assessment and Strategy Center
  • Marty Irvine, Science Advisor, Commander Submarine Forces
  • Andrea Dew Ph.D, Co-Director, Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups, U.S. Naval War College
  • Oleg Yakimenko Ph.D, Director, Autonomous Systems Engineering and Integration Lab, Naval Postgraduate School
  • Ambassador John Herbst, Director, Center for Complex Operations, National Defense University
  • Walter Andrusyszyn Ph.D, Director, National & Competitive Intelligence, Florida State University
  • Christopher Gunderson Ph.D, Department of Information Science, Naval Postgraduate School
  • Kevin Merrigan, VP Business Development, DoD, General Dynamics C4 Systems
  • Wesley Rhodes Ph.D, Director, Network Science Research Center, IBM Corporate Strategy
  • Peter Henderson, Vice President, Thinklogical
  • Colon Miller, Military Operations, Volga-Dnepr Unique Air Cargo


Event details

9 December, 2013
12 December, 2013
Wyndham Tampa Westshore
United States


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