2021 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) 17-21 May 2021 

U.SSpecial Operations Command (USSOCOM) is proud to co-sponsor SOFIC with the National Defense Industry Association virtually from Tampa, Florida. SOFIC is USSOCOM’s cornerstone event that enables the Special Operations Forces enterprise to strengthen existing partnerships and forge new ones.  

During this year’s conference, we will highlight our capability requirements. We will also provide information on ways USSOCOM is innovating internally to streamline our acquisition process and lower barriers to entry for our industry and academic partners. 

Expanding the Competitive Space 

The conference theme, “Expanding the Competitive Space emphasizes the 2018 National Defense Strategy and the newly published Interim National Security Strategic Guidance, which guide the Department of Defense’s strategic approach to reforming the department and building a more lethal force. USSOCOM aims to achieve these goals by prioritizing investments in research, development and future force design initiatives, in collaboration with worldwide partners, that enable our forces to compete and win today and in the future. 


We are proud to welcome the following keynote speakers this year: 

Ms. Stacy Cummings  
Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment 

Ms. Katie Arrington  
Chief Information Security Officer for Acquisition and Sustainment 

Satya Nadella  
CEO, Microsoft 

Jane Castor  
Mayor, City of Tampa 

GEN Richard Clarke  
Commander, USSOCOM 

Mr. James Smith  
Acquisition Executive, USSOCOM 

Mr. Thomas Kenney  
Chief Data Officer, USSOCOM 

Dr. Lisa Costa  
Chief Information Officer, USSOCOM 

LTG Francis M. Beaudette  
Commander, U.S. Army Special Operations Command 

Lt. Gen. James C. Slife 
Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command 

RADM H. Wyman Howard III 
Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command 

MajGen James F. Glynn  
Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command 

For full agenda and registration, visit SOFIC.org. 

The following on-demand videos from 2020 vSOFIC are also available for viewing (please be patient as these videos are large and may take a while to load):