Defense officials and industry have gathered in Tampa, Florida, to discuss technology needs as Special Operations Command adapts to an era of great power competition.
The Special Operations Forces Industry Conference — which is held annually in Tampa near the command’s headquarters at MacDill Air Force Base — will feature high-profile speakers such as SOCOM Commander Gen. Raymond A. Thomas, III; James Smith, SOCOM’s acquisition executive; and Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen Lord. Program executive officers and program managers will also deliver presentations.
Nearly 12,000 attendees are expected to visit the Tampa Convention Center for this year’s conference, which is hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association. The event will feature more than 425 exhibiting companies.