For the next four days, the Tampa Convention Center will become a commando big box store, where the nation’s Special Operations Forces can shop for much-needed equipment and services.
The annual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) convenes at the convention center starting today. A collaboration between U.S. Special Operations Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, and the National Defense Industry Association, the conference is also a marketplace of ideas. SOCom officials will meet with industry and academia to lay out the kinds of goods and services they need in an increasingly challenging world. It’s a world where commandos have been on the tip of the spear for the past 15 years in the fight against jihadis. And they now face new threats from countries like Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.