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 2880 - 23rd Annual SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition 

2880 - 23rd Annual SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition 


"The New World Dynamic: The Changing Roles of Special Operations, General Purpose Forces, and the Interagency"

Event Number

Event Date

 to 2/8/2012

Event Location
Washington Marriott Wardman Park

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


The 23rd Annual NDIA SO/LIC (Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict) Symposium & Exhibition will examine the changing roles of Special Operations Forces (SOF) and General Purpose Forces (GPF) in the new world dynamic.  As major combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan diminish, SOF and GPF will face new challenges.  A continuing threat from global terrorists, popular uprisings and a rapidly shifting political landscape, the coming need to employ military forces in small teams across vast distances, and the likelihood of declining budgets all require SOF and GPF leaders to develop new synergies between their forces and with our Interagency partners.  Speakers will discuss increasing interoperability between SOF and GPF, how to enhance the inherent capabilities of the SOF Warrior, and how SOF, its enablers, and Interagency partners support global objectives in the new world dynamic.

The President of JSOU (Joint Special Operations University) and the NDIA SO/LIC Division Board are pleased to announce the 7th 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, to be presented during the annual Awards Banquet.  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 NLT Friday, January 6, 2012. 

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The NDIA SO/LIC Division is soliciting nominations for Individual Achievement Awards, which will be presented at the Awards Banquet in conjunction with the Annual SO/LIC Symposium.  Awards are open to all personnel from USSOCOM and its elements, and to personnel within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, Service staffs and other organizations with connections to the SO/LIC community. 

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For questions or additional information, please contact the NDIA SO/LIC Awards Committee Chair, Gretchen Larsen Idsinga, at (703) 460-1287 or


To get a preview of what's in store, view the YouTube video from the 2011 SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition!

Download/Print/View the current Agenda.
-As of 2/2/12

We are pleased to announce the following Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • The Honorable Jack Reed (D-RI), U.S. Senator, Member, Senate Appropriations and Armed Services Committees (Confirmed)
  • Gen James E. "Hoss" Cartwright, USMC (Ret), former Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (Confirmed Banquet Speaker)
  • ADM William H. McRaven, USN, Commander, USSOCOM (Confirmed)
  • The Honorable Michael Sheehan, Assistant Secretary of Defense, Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict (Confirmed)
  • The Honorable James R. Locher, III, President and CEO, Project on National Security Reform; former ASD SO/LIC (Confirmed)

Please note that the annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday evening, February 7, 2012 is not included with your full symposium registration.  The Awards Banquet is an additional fee, and you must register separately for the event.  Please refer to the "Registration" tab.

The NDIA SO/LIC Division is pleased to announce Gen Charles R. Holland, USAF (Ret) as this year’s recipient of the R. Lynn Rylander Award.  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 and is given in recognition of significant and lasting contributions to the SO/LIC Community and in support of the SO/LIC Division.  Gen Holland is being honored, not only for his distinguished record to Joint Special Operations and related efforts/organizations while on active duty, but also for his many contributions creating better ties with industry and the community since his retirement.  With him, and receiving the DeProspero Lifetime Achievement Award, will be MG Sydney Shachnow, USA (Ret), a legend in Special Forces and a trailblazer within Army Special Operations for over 30 years.

The awards will be presented at the annual Awards Banquet to be held on Tuesday evening, February 7, 2012 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC, in conjunction with the Symposium.

General Holland has made outstanding contributions to the Special Operations Community, the Department of Defense, and the United States throughout his distinguished military career. Commanding special operations forces at all levels during war and peace, he was at the forefront of integrating special operations capabilities and training within the Air Force, the joint community, and with global allies to support national security objectives and to defend our way of life against the scourge of global terrorism.  Since his retirement from the Air Force in 2003, General Holland has remained faithful to his core values and continues to support the goals and objectives of our nation’s SOF through his time, mentorship, and support of special operations organizations such as the SOF Warrior Foundation and NDIA’s SO/LIC and Stability, Security, Transition & Reconstruction Divisions.  His extraordinary performance exemplifies the best characteristics of our Special Operations Community with selfless service, devotion to duty, supreme courage, and dedication to the defense of our Nation.   


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

Atrium - Exhibit Hall Foyer

Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

Exhibit Hall C


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.  To make your reservation, please call the hotel directly at toll free (877) 212-5752.  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 Monday, January 23, 2012 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
Reservations: toll free (877) 212-5752

Government Rate*: Prevailing government per diem (Single/Double)
Industry Rate: $264.00 (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 now closed, but onsite registration will be accepted!  Save time and complete the registration form before you arrive at the event!

Please note that the annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday evening, February 7, 2012 is not included with your full symposium registration.  The Awards Banquet is an additional fee, and you must register separately for the event. 

Registration Category - Fees






(Ends 12/23/11)

(12/24/11- 01/27/12)

(Begins 01/28/12)





Industry NDIA Member




Industry Non-NDIA Member




ONLY Banquet (Must Select Session Category Below)

Session Category - Additional Fee

Banquet Ticket




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

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

Please register with a complete and accurate e-mail address.  You will receive an e-mailed confirmation as soon as your registration has been processed.

Payment must be made at the time of registration.  Registrations will not be taken over the phone.

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

Online registration will close at 5:00 PM EST on Friday, January 27, 2012.  You must register onsite after this date.

Cancellations received by Friday, January 27, 2012 will receive a refund minus a $75 cancellation fee.  No refunds will be given for cancellations received after Friday, January 27, 2012.  Cancellations must be made in writing to  Substitutions to this event are welcome in lieu of cancellations.  Please note: This policy does not apply to exhibit booth cancellations.


Please visit the exhibits webpage for information.  Please contact Ms. Allison Hitchner, CEM, Exhibits Manager, at or (703) 247-2573 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 10' x 10' 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 Ms. Meredith Geary, CMP, at and reference Event #2880. 

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 Mr. Dino Pignotti, NDIA, at or (703) 247-2541.  

Sponsorship Information


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Many of the NDIA events offer category exclusive sponsorships to fit your budget.  By enhancing your brand with a sponsorship at our events, you'll build a stronger perception from the audience and stand out from the crowd.

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Please contact Ms. Laura Hoover, Providing Sponsorship Services for NDIA, at or (804) 437-3773 for information.

Contact Info/Inquiries/Questions

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

Exhibit POC: Ms. Allison Hitchner, CEM, Exhibits Manager, or
(703) 247-2573

Sponsorship POC: Ms. Laura Hoover, Providing Sponsorship Services for NDIA, or (804) 437-3773


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