Session Descriptions

Subject to change. All times listed are EDT.

Monday, May 17, 2021

NDIA Welcome | 12:30 – 12:35 PM
Gen Hawk Carlisle, USAF, NDIA
Description: SOFIC 2021 Opening Remarks for start of vSOF week.

Introduction to SOF Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) | 12:35 – 1:35 PM
Bill Innes, USSOCOM
Description: USSOCOM SOF AT&L Deputy Director for Acquisition will present an overview of the command and acquisition center and its current programs. This event is structured to provide insight into initiatives and processes for those who have not recently done business with USSOCOM as well as provide a guideline for making the best of your time at SOFIC.

Program Executive Office (PEO) Overview: Special Reconnaissance | 1:45 – 2:45 PM
David Breede, USSOCOM
escription: David Breede is the Program Executive Officer for Special Reconnaissance (PEO-SR). The office is responsible for the development, fielding, and sustainment of state-of-the-art sensors and associated C2, emplacement, recovery, and specialized communication systems across all domains to enable total situation awareness for the SOF Warfighter. PEO-SR’s capability portfolio includes Tagging, Tracking, and Locating Systems; Blue Force Tracking; Sensor Systems; Biometrics and Forensics Systems; Joint Threat Warning System; Group 1 – 3 Unmanned Aerial Systems and Focused Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation. 

Reverse Industry Day | 3:15 – 4:15 PM
Col Eric Obergfell, USAF, USSOCOM
Description: The overall goal of the SOFIC reverse industry day to enhance the SOCOM business environment through direct feedback to SOCOM acquirers via a panel discussion with industry partners that have current or recent contracts addressing what is working and what is not working to facilitate innovation and speed of solutions giving operators advantage.

Opening Industry Keynote: Talent, Technology, and Teammates | 4:15 – 4:45 PM
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Rebellion Defense

Media Roundtable: Acquisition Executive | 5:00 – 5:45 PM
Jim Smith, USSOCOM
Description: USSOCOM will facilitate media access to SOF AT&L officials via phone conferences for registered journalists covering 2021 SOFIC. SOF AT&L leaders will highlight key acquisition and technology programs while responding to reporter questions. Media members must RSVP in order to participate by contacting Evamarie Socha at The media roundtables are not open to non-media SOFIC participants.

Acquisition Agility Overview | 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Spencer Baker, USSOCOM
Description: Spencer Baker, Director, Acquisition Agility, provides USSOCOM Program Management and Oversight of SOFWERX, the innovation platform chartered to connect operators facing SOF’s toughest challenges and “non-traditional” sources of new, novel, and provocative technology.  SOFWERX is USSOCOM’s partnership with DefenseWERX, a neutral, non-profit hub, located in an open-access, unclassified, off-base facility with a 50,000+ ecosystem of agencies, academia, futurists, citizen scientists and industry experts.  Activities include operator initiated and industry led collaboration, rapid prototyping, prize challenges, and other related activities.  SOFWERX connects USSOCOM operators with industry innovators to explore real-time and future SOF challenges and commercial opportunities.  Active engagement with AT&L PEOs and Directorates ensures that Acquisition Strategies are informed by current and leading-edge market intelligence, and that Discovery, Engagement, and Acceleration are performed at the Speed of SOF.


Tuesday, May 18, 2021

NDIA Welcome and Tampa Mayor Video Proclamation | 9:00 – 9:10 AM
Gen Hawk Carlisle, USAF (Ret); Jane Castor, Mayor, Tampa, FL
Description: SOFIC 2021 Welcoming Remarks and declaration of May 17-21 as SOF Week in the city of Tampa.

Science & Technology Overview | 9:10 – 10:15 AM
Lisa Sanders, USSOCOM
Description: Ms. Lisa R. Sanders is the Director of Science and Technology (S&T). She is responsible for all S&T funded activities. The S&T Directorate focuses on integrating S&T efforts across the SOF enterprise. This includes ensuring that capability gaps are aligned with technology enablers and developers, ongoing efforts are integrated with transition partners, additional innovation that is required to address S&T gaps is identified, and disruptive technology solutions are assessed for their impact and potential benefit to the SOF mission set and SOF operator of the future. S&T priorities are aligned with the USSOCOM Commander’s Capabilities and Programing Guidance (CPG). S&T is focusing its efforts on these four Capability Focus Areas: Next Generation Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR)/Tactically Relevant Situational Awareness; Network and Data Management; Next Generation Effects/Precision Strike; and Biotechnologies/Human Interface. Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF) – Hyper-Enabled Operator (HEO) and Next Generation Mobility are two additional Technology Focus Areas.

Program Executive Office (PEO) Overview: SOF Digital Applications | 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Col Paul Weizer, USA, USSOCOM
Description: COL Paul Weizer, USA, leads the Program Executive Office for Special Operations Forces Digital Applications (PEO SDA). PEO SDA is the newest PEO to stand up in SOF AT&L chartered on 1 June 2020 to provide a “One-Stop-Shop” dedicated to rapidly develop/acquire/sustain/divest of software intensive, hardware agnostic capabilities that provide SOF Warfighters information dominance at the point of need with the speed of relevance. PEO SDA plans to execute ~$350M annually and $1.75B across the future years’ development plan. PEO SDA manages three portfolios and one “software factory.” Current lines of effort include: Intelligence and Operational Analytics, Identity Management, Publicly Available Information and Commercial Data Acquisition, Internet-Based Military Information Operations, Mission Planning/Execution Tools, and Geo-Rectified Tactical Applications / Situational Awareness. PEO SDA has been directed to accelerate Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning enablement to the USSOCOM enterprise through the use of agile software acquisition processes and flexible contracting tools / vehicles.

Acquisition Executive Keynote Address | 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Jim Smith, USSOCOM
Description: Join the Acquisition Executive of USSOCOM, James Smith, for an overview of our 2021 mission and priorities.

Program Executive Office (PEO) Overview: Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) | 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Deborah Woods, USSOCOM
Description: Deborah J. Woods leads the Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (PEO-C4). The office manages the development, acquisition, and sustainment of C4 systems that collectively form the SOF Information Environment. To provide this critical capability, the PEO focuses on the integration of state-of-the-art technologies and products, while working very closely with the Chief Information Officer’s staff and all the Component Commands and Theater Special Operations Commands.PEO-C4 portfolio consists of programs in the capability areas of enterprise and tactical networks, Military Information Support Operations and Civil Affair Systems, data transport, and tactical communications.

USSOCOM Commanding General Keynote Address | 2:15 – 3:15 PM
GEN Richard Clarke, USA, USSOCOM
Description: Join our keynote speaker, USSOCOM Commanding General Richard Clarke, as he welcomes everyone to our annual SOFIC event.

Program Executive Office (PEO) Overview: Services | 3:45 – 4:45 PM
Theodore Koufas, USSOCOM
Description: Theodore W. Koufas leads the Program Executive Office for Services (PEO-SV). PEO-SV is responsible for planning, policy, and execution oversight and management of USSOCOM service acquisitions awarded in accordance with the contracting authority of USSOCOM’s Acquisition Executive. PEO-SV’s customers are in the USSOCOM headquarters, including SOF AT&L, as well as the Component Commands and Theater Special Operations Commands.

Media Roundtable | 4:45 – 5:45 PM
Speakers: SOF Digital Applications, Special Reconnaissance, & Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4)
Description: USSOCOM will facilitate media access to SOF AT&L officials via phone conferences for registered journalists covering 2021 SOFIC. SOF AT&L leaders will highlight key acquisition and technology programs while responding to reporter questions. Media members must RSVP in order to participate by contacting Evamarie Socha at The media roundtables are not open to non-media SOFIC participants.

Senior Industry Executive Forum (SIEF) | 5:00 – 5:55 PM
Gen Hawk Carlisle, USAF (Ret); Jim Smith, USSOCOM; Col Eric Obergfell, USAF, USSOCOM; Chris Harrington, USSOCOM
Description: Speakers will discuss with senior industry leaders how USSOCOM and industry can collaborate more closely to provide Special Operations Forces around the world with the capabilities and support they need.  This session is open to both large and small businesses.


Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Program Executive Office (PEO) Overview: Rotary Wing | 9:00 – 10:00 AM
Geoffrey Downer, USSOCOM
Description: Mr. Geoffrey Downer leads the Program Executive Office for Rotary Wing (PEO-RW). The PEO is responsible for providing rapid and focused acquisition, research and development, and life-cycle logistics support to the operators of the US Army Special Operations Aviation Command and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, which provides SOF rotary-wing capability to the joint force. PEO-RW provides the most advanced rotary wing aircraft, mission equipment, and training systems available to the U.S. military by continuing to focus on technologies that ensure operators have a comparative advantage against all potential threats. PEO-RW accomplishes this critical mission with a three-part strategy focused on readiness, recapitalization, and investments in lethality and survivability. The rotary wing fleet consists of the MH-47G Chinook, MH-60M Black Hawk, and the A/MH-6M Little Bird.

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment Address | 10:15 – 11:15 AM
Stacy Cummings, Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition & Sustainment (Performing the Duties of)
Description: Join us for the keynote address of the Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment.

Program Executive Office (PEO) Overview: Fixed Wing | 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Col Kenneth Kuebler, USAF, USSOCOM
Description: U.S. Air Force Colonel Kenneth Kuebler leads the Program Executive Office for Fixed Wing (PEO-FW).  PEO-FW's mission is to deliver special operations manned and unmanned fixed wing airpower capabilities at the speed of need to provide a winning advantage to SOF, the Joint Force, and our Nation. To meet this mission, the PEO teams with SOF operators, various government support organizations, and industry partners to rapidly develop, test, field, and sustain an array of fixed wing capabilities. This includes advanced technology sensors, defensive systems, precision strike capabilities, advanced avionics, and mission systems to meet National Defense Strategy and Counter Violent Extremists Organization objectives.

Component Commanders Panel |1:00 – 2:00 PM
LTG Francis Beaudette, USA, U.S. Army Special Operations Command; MajGen James Glynn, USMC, Marine Forces Special Operations Command; RADM Hugh Howard, USN, Naval Special Warfare Command; Lt Gen Scott Howell, USAF, Joint Special Operations Command; Lt Gen James Slife, USAF, Air Force Special Operations Command
Description: Based on this year’s theme, “Expanding the Competitive Space,” this panel provides the opportunity to discuss capability gaps, equipping or services, within the next 12-24 months in an UNCLASS forum.

Program Executive Office (PEO) Overview: Maritime | 2:15 – 3:15 PM
Description: U.S. Navy Captain Randy Slaff leads the Program Executive Office for Maritime (PEO-M). PEO-M’S mission is to deliver the most effective and advanced maritime mobility solutions to SOF. To accomplish this critical mission, PEO-M partners with Naval Special Warfare Command, building unmatched affordable surface and undersea platforms that deliver SOF safely and undetected to any global operation with SOF focus. The surface fleet consists of the SEALION, Combatant Craft Medium, Combatant Craft Assault, Special Operations Craft - Riverine, and Combatant Craft Forward Looking Infrared 2. The undersea fleet consists of the Dry Deck Shelter, Dry Combat Submersible, Shallow Water Combat Submersible, SEAL Delivery Vehicle, SOF Combat Diving, and small Unmanned Underwater Vehicles.

Program Executive Office (PEO) Overview: SOF Warrior | 3:40 – 4:40 PM
Col Joel Babbitt, USA, USSOCOM
Description: COL Joel Babbitt, USA, Program Executive Officer SOF Warrior (PEO-SW), leads an organization of military, civilian and contract support personnel comprising a PEO Special Staff and 10 Joint Program Management Offices. The team planned and executed $1.8 billion towards the development, production, worldwide fielding and sustainment of SOF peculiar equipment supporting five USSOCOM Component Commands to include the Joint Special Operations Command, and Theater Special Operations Commands (TSOC). This Program Executive Office team concentrates its efforts on acquiring a diverse range of combat and combat support, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance capabilities affecting SOF lethality, survivability, mobility (air, ground and sea), and situational awareness for application in all environments.


PEO Media Roundtable | 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Speakers from Rotary Wing, Fixed Wing, Maritime, SOF Warrior
Description: USSOCOM will facilitate media access to SOF AT&L officials via phone conferences for registered journalists covering 2021 SOFIC. SOF AT&L leaders will highlight key acquisition and technology programs while responding to reporter questions. Media members must RSVP in order to participate by contacting Evamarie Socha at The media roundtables are not open to non-media SOFIC participants.


Thursday, May 20, 2021

Program Executive Office (PEO) Overview: SOF Support Activity (SOFSA) | 9:00 – 10:00 AM
COL Joseph Blanton, USA, USSOCOM
Description: COL Joseph Blanton, USA, leads the Program Executive Officer of Special Operations Forces Support Activity (SOFSA). PEO SOFSA's mission is to manage the capability development, modification and integration of SOF peculiar equipment on a variety of SOF rotary and fixed wing aircraft as well as ground vehicles and maritime vessels. SOFSA provides responsive, tailored contractor logistic support worldwide to Special Operations Forces Component Commands and Theater SOCs to enhance Theater Combatant Commander (COCOM) readiness and warfighting capabilities. PEO SOFSA supervises execution of a multi-year contract (max of 10 years) valued at $8B. This briefing addresses key areas that the SOF GLSS prime contractor desires from industry. The briefing also informs industry of expeditionary logistics capability development requirements. These requirements will be executed by PM Expeditionary Support within PEO SOFSA.

USSOCOM Chief Information Officer Panel | 10:15 – 11:15 AM
Dr. Lisa Costa, USSOCOM, COL Joe Pishock, USA, USSOCOM, Mr. Mike Langlois, USSOCOM, CW5 Robert Byrd, USSOCOM
Description: Dr. Costa, USSOCOM CIO, will provide a J6 Strategic Roadmap and an opportunity for Q&A with industry.

Industry Keynote Fireside Chat | 11:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Satya Nadella, Microsoft; GEN Richard Clarke, USA, USSOCOM
Description: Join the USSOCOM Commanding General for a conversation with the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella.

SOCOM AI: Breaking the Paradigms | 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Thomas Kenney, USSOCOM
Description: The USSOCOM Chief Data Officer, Mr. Thomas Kenney, will provide an lively session into the USSOCOM Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Efforts.

Program Executive Officer One-on-One Discussions
Please refer to schedule for times
Speaker from SOF AT&L PEOs and Staff
Description: SOF AT&L PEOs will host One on One sessions with industry. Pre-registration is required.