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 1880 - 22nd Annual SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition 

1880 - 22nd Annual SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition 


“Defense, Diplomacy, and Development: Translating Policy into Operational Capability”

Event Number

Event Date

 to 2/9/2011

Event Location
Washington Marriott Wardman Park

Event Contact
Mrs. Meredith Hawley, CMP at or (703)247-9476


The 22nd Annual NDIA SO/LIC (Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict) Symposium & Exhibition will examine the operational constructs required to implement a comprehensive, whole-of-government approach to national security by considering the relationships and interaction of defense, diplomacy, and development in light of current and future engagements. The symposium asserts that accomplishing national security objectives increasingly requires multidimensional special operations forces capable of fusing defense, diplomacy, and development activities. Further, the present complex environments demand integration of these components to flow from policy through operations to industry to meet the needs of the defense and interagency actors addressing the challenges of our times. Speakers will discuss how to translate policy into the right balance and mix of defense, diplomacy, development, and ultimately, requirements.

The R. Lynn Rylander Award, DeProspero Lifetime Achievement Award and individual Achievement Awards will be presented at the Awards Banquet on February 8, 2011 in conjunction with this year's symposium.

The Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict (SO/LIC) Division of NDIA is pleased to announce this year’s winners of the Rylander and DeProspero Awards.  General Pete Schoomaker, USA (Ret) will be presented the Rylander Award for 2010.  Named for one of the earliest fathers of our nation’s current Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict capabilities, the award is the highest honor which can be bestowed by the SO/LIC Division.  It recognizes an individual who has made significant and lasting contributions to the SO/LIC Community and furthered the goals of the SO/LIC Division.  Chief Master Sergeant Wayne G. Norrad, USAF (Ret) will be presented the DeProspero Award for 2010, named after Colonel Al DeProspero, USA (Ret) and an honor which recognizes a single individual whose distinctive lifetime achievements in the areas of Special Operations or Low Intensity Conflict cause him or her to stand out from this crowd of elite warriors.

Download/Print/View the complete press release.
Download/Print/View the awards description and nomination procedure.
Download/Print/View a listing of our 2009 award recipients.

The President of JSOU (Joint Special Operations University) and the NDIA SO/LIC Division Board are pleased to announce the 6th annual SO/LIC essay contest.  Entrants are encouraged to address the SO/LIC Symposium theme, but any topic relevant to the broad range of SO/LIC activities is acceptable.  The selection board will award a $1,000 prize for the best essay and $500 for the runner-up.  Winning essays will be published in the NDIA symposium proceedings and may be selected for publication as a JSOU Press monograph. 

Entries must be submitted and e-dated or postmarked no later than Friday, January 7, 2011.  Please submit nominations and address inquiries to: Mr. Bill Wildrick, JSOU-S Resident Senior Fellow,

Download/Print/View rules, eligibility, and additional information.
Download/Print/View the essay template.


Download/Print/View the current agenda.  -As of 2/2/11

We are pleased to announce the following confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Banquet Speaker: ADM Michael Mullen, USN, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (Confirmed) 

  • Dr. Janine Davidson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Plans, U.S. Department of Defense (Confirmed)

  • Brig Simon Hutchinson, UK, Deputy Commander, NATO Special Operations Forces Headquarters (Confirmed)

  • ADM Eric T. Olson, USN, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command (Confirmed)

  • Gen Norton A. Schwartz, USAF, Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force (Confirmed)

Panel Topics include:

  • Training and Employing SOF in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development Operations: Lessons from the Field

  • Interagency Integration of SOF for Defense, Diplomacy, and Development: Lessons from the Field

  • SOF Roles in Information Operations in Defense, Diplomacy, and Development

  • Adapting SOF for Defense, Diplomacy, and Development Operations


Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 328-2000

Atrium - Exhibit Hall Foyer

Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

Exhibit Hall C & B South


Room block is CLOSED.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.  To make your reservation, please call the hotel directly or select the appropriate online reservation link, below.  In order to ensure the discounted NDIA rate, you must make your reservations early and ask for the "NDIA" room block.  Rooms will not be held after Saturday, January 15, 2011 and may sell out before then.  Rates are also subject to increase after this date.

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 328-2000

Government Rate*: Prevailing government per diem (Single/Double)
Industry Rate: $259.00 (Single/Double)

*The government per diem rate is available only to active duty or civilian government employees.  ID will be required upon check-in.  Retired military ID's do not qualify.


Online registration is CLOSED.  Onsite registration will be accepted.

Online registration will close at 5:00PM EST on January 28, 2011. You must register onsite after this date. Payment must be made at the time of registration. Registrations will not be taken over the phone.

Please be sure to register with the correct form of payment. A $25 fee will be applied to those wishing to switch forms of payment. 

     Registration Fees






(Before 12/25/10)

(12/25/10- 01/28/11) 

(After 01/28/11)





Industry NDIA Member




Industry Non-NDIA Member




ONLY Tuesday Awards Banquet (No Symposium or Exhibit Hall) $80

Extra Ticket - Tuesday Awards Banquet $80

With your purchase of full symposium registration, you are entitled access to:

  • Awards Banquet Dinner
  • General Sessions
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Continental Breakfasts, Networking Breaks, Networking Luncheons 
  • Onsite Agenda and Meeting Materials
  • Post-event Online Speaker Proceedings (if releasable by Speaker) 

Cancellations received by January 28, 2011 will receive a refund minus a $75 cancellation fee.  No refunds will be given for cancellations received after January 28, 2011.  Cancellations must be made in writing.  Substitutions are welcome in lieu of cancellations.

Please note: This policy does not include exhibit booth cancellations.


Please visit the exhibits webpage for information.  Please contact Mrs. Alden Davidson, CEM, Associate Director, Exhibits, at or (703) 247-2582 with any questions.

No photography is allowed in the exhibit hall.  Cameras and cell phones will be confiscated by security if they are used to photograph any exhibit without prior consent from NDIA management.
No one under the age of 18 will be permitted in the exhibit hall.
For each exhibit space that your organization occupies at the SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition, your organization will be entitled to two complimentary full symposium registrations, which account for your booth personnel.  You may register your personnel via the exhibits webpage.  Additional personnel must register as attendees, at attendee rates (refer to "Registration" tab). 

Attendee Information

Appropriate dress for the symposium and Awards Banquet is business for civilians and Class A uniform or uniform of the day for military personnel.

During symposium registration and check-in, each attendee will be issued an identification badge.  Please be prepared to present a valid picture ID.  Your badge must be worn at all symposium functions.
Proceedings will be available on the web through the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) two weeks after the symposium.  All registered attendees will receive an email notification once the proceedings are available.

NDIA supports the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  For more information, please contact NDIA and reference Event #1880. 

Advertise in National Defense and increase your organization’s exposure at this event.  National Defense will be distributed to attendees of this symposium, as well as other NDIA events.  For more information, please contact Dino Pignotti, NDIA, at (703) 247-2541 or 


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Please contact Mrs. Alden Davidson, CEM, Associate Director, Exhibits, at or (703) 247-2582 for information.

Contact Info/Inquiries/Questions

Symposium POC: Ms. Meredith Geary, CMP, Associate Director, Operations, or (703) 247-9476

Exhibit and Sponsorship POC: Mrs. Alden Davidson, CEM, Associate Director, Exhibits, or (703) 247-2582


Affiliate Associations

The Association for Enterprise Information    National Training and Simulation Association    Precision Strike Association    Women in Defense