Why Attend

Please join USSOCOM and NDIA for the 2017 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) and Exhibition, which will be held May 15–18 at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL.

This year’s conference theme, “Win-Transform-People” reflects the USSOCOM Commander’s vision to win the current fight, transform current capabilities and equipment for future threats, and focus on our greatest asset: operators and their families. 2017 SOFIC will provide a forum for the SOF community to come together to network, strategize, and discuss how we can collectively support this vision now and for years to come.

The conference will open with USSOCOM’s Marketplace, a resource room of Command experts who will be available to answer attendee questions as they relate to doing business with USSOCOM, an event especially helpful for first-time SOFIC attendees or those who have never done business with the Command. There will also be a variety of SOF-centric panel discussions and workshops throughout the conference. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to hear remarks from the USSOCOM Commander and Acquisition Executive, both of whom will provide their perspectives on SOF challenges, trends, and capability gaps and their thoughts on how USSOCOM and other government agencies, industry partners, and academia can work together to find shared solutions. Throughout the week, attendees will have an opportunity to engage in discussions and Q&A sessions with USSOCOM’s Component Commanders, Program Executive Officers, and various acquisition experts across the Command.

New in 2017, in lieu of the gala, NDIA will be hosting Operation SOFtalk, a networking reception Wednesday evening, from 6:00pm – 8:30pm at the historic Ritz Ybor. This event is a great opportunity for attendees to engage with USSOCOM in an informal environment. This includes access to some of USSOCOM’s senior leaders and acquisition, technology, and logistics experts to further discussions outside the conference. The evening will also include not to miss live entertainment to make for a one of a kind event. Hors devours and a beer/wine bar will be included in the purchase of your ticket. Casual attire is encouraged! Tickets are limited so purchase early before it sells out!