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 3880 - 24th Annual SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition 

3880 - 24th Annual SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition 


"Persistent Engagement in the New Strategic Environment"

Event Number

Event Date

 to 1/30/2013

Event Location
Washington Marriott Wardman Park

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


We look forward to a highly successful event next week! All Speakers are confirmed unless otherwise noted.

The 24th Annual NDIA SO/LIC (Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict) Symposium & Exhibition will examine how special operations capabilities could be tailored to counter existing and potential National Security challenges.  As the U.S. rebalances its strategy to focus on the Asia-Pacific and Middle East areas, it will increase its reliance on the capabilities and capacity of existing allies and partners.  This reliance coupled with the strategic direction to employ innovative, low-cost, and small-footprint indirect approaches to prevent conflict make SOF a force of choice for the Combatant Commanders.  Speakers will discuss how Special Operations Forces (SOF) can assist in building allied and partner nation capabilities.  The Symposium will also explore how SOF is addressing the change in focus from direct to indirect missions and the importance of interagency cooperation in this era of limited resources and fiscal constraints.


We look forward to a highly successful event next week! All Speakers are confirmed unless otherwise noted.

 Download/Print/View the current Agenda. - As of 1/24/13

We are pleased to announce the following confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Gen James F. Amos, USMC, Commandant of the Marine Corps (Confirmed)
  • Mr. Thomas Kelly, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (Confirmed)
  • ADM William H. McRaven, USN, Commander, USSOCOM (Confirmed)
  • Hon. Michael Sheehan, Assistant Secretary of Defense, Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict (Confirmed)
  • Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Vice Chairman, House Armed Services Committee (Confirmed)

Awards Banquet - SOLD OUT

NDIA's SO/LIC Division is pleased to annouce that Gen James F. Amos, USMC, Commandant of the Marine Corps, has been confirmed as our Awards Banquet Guest Speaker. The Awards Banquet will be held on Monday evening, January 28, 2013 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. We will honor LtGen Dennis J. Hejlik, USMC (Ret) as our R. Lynn Rylander Award recipient, GEN Stanley A. McChrystal, USA (Ret) (accepting in absentia) as our DeProspero Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and Superior Achievement Award recipients.

On October 22, 2010, General James F. Amos, USMC, assumed the duties of Commandant of the Marine Corps. A graduate of the University of Idaho, General Amos has held command at all levels from Lieutenant Colonel to Lieutenant General. General Amos’ command tours have included: Marine Wing Support Squadron 173 from 1985-1986; Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312 – attached to Carrier Air Wing 8 onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) – from 1991-1993; Marine Aircraft Group 31 from 1996-1998; 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in combat during Operations IRAQI FREEDOM I and II from 2002-2004; II Marine Expeditionary Force from 2004-2006; and Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command and Deputy Commandant, Combat Development and Integration from 2006 to 2008. Additional operational tours have included Marine Fighter Attack Squadrons 212, 235, 232, and 122.

General Amos’ staff assignments include tours with Marine Aircraft Groups 15 and 31, the III Marine Amphibious Force, Training Squadron Seven, The Basic School, and with the MAGTF Staff Training Program. Additionally, he was assigned to NATO as Deputy Commander, Naval Striking Forces, Southern Europe, Naples Italy where he commanded NATO’s Kosovo Verification Center, and later served as Chief of Staff, U.S. Joint Task Force Noble Anvil during the air campaign over Serbia.

Transferred in 2000 to the Pentagon, he was assigned as Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation. Reassigned in December 2001, General Amos served as the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters, Marine Corps. From 2008-2010 General Amos served as the 31st Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.

LtGen Dennis J. Hejlik, USMC (Ret) will receive the R. Lynn Rylander Award in recognition of his lifelong and significant contributions to our country, which included service in every major conflict starting with Vietnam.  General Hejlik culminated his service with the successful integration of the U.S. Marine Corps into U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), to include serving as the first Commanding General of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC).  The Award is named for R. Lynn Rylander, a Department of Defense civilian who was an early advocate and activist on the revitalization of Special Operations Forces and the organizational and legislative changes required to sustain them; and who was a founding member of the organization, which is now the SO/LIC Division of NDIA.

GEN Stanley A. McChrystal, USA (Ret) will receive the DeProspero Lifetime Achievement Award for his career of game-changing, forward leadership within the Special Operations community.  As the Commanding General of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) and later of the U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, General McChrystal changed the paradigm under which Special Operations, as well as conventional forces, thought, trained and operated, and will for years to come.  The DeProspero Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes sustained, distinguished service of an individual who has made distinctive lifetime contributions with significant impact in the areas of Special Operations, Low Intensity Conflict, or Irregular Warfare.  The Award is named for Colonel Albert A. DeProspero, a retired Army Special Forces Colonel who was a founding member and eventual Chairman of the NDIA SO/LIC Division, and a lifelong supporter of and advocate for the SO/LIC community.


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 (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 Friday, January 11, 2013 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
Book Online here

Government Rate*: Prevailing government per diem (Single/Double)
Industry Rate: $266.00 (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.


Onsite registration will be accepted, but Awards Banquet tickets are currently sold out.

Cancellations received by Friday, January 18, 2013 will receive a refund minus a $75 cancellation fee.  No refunds will be given for cancellations received after Friday, January 18, 2013.  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.

Registration Fees






Ends 12/14/12

12/15/12 - 01/18/13

Begins 1/19/13

Government/Academia Fees





No Frills 
(Food & beverage functions are not included)




Industry Fees

Industry NDIA Member




Industry Non-NDIA Member




Additional Fee

Banquet Ticket




The Awards Banquet on Monday evening, January 28, 2013 is not included with your full Symposium registration.  Tickets may be purchased for an additional fee.

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

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

Please contact Mrs. Meredith (Geary) Hawley, CMP, at to inquire about Press Registration.  Please Note: Press Credentials must be presented onsite at the NDIA Registration Desk in order to obtain a Symposium ID Badge.

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 18, 2013.  You must register onsite after this date.


Please visit the exhibits webpage for information.  Please contact Ms. Cassandra Stewart, Exhibits Manager, at or (703) 247-2582 with any inquiries.

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. 

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 Mrs. Meredith (Geary) Hawley, CMP, at and reference Event #3880. 

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, VP Advertising, at or (703) 247-2541.

Sponsorship Information

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. 

Download/Print/View the Sponsorship Menu.

Please contact Ms. Cassandra Stewart, Exhibits Manager, at or (703) 247-2582 for additional information.

Contact Info/Inquiries/Questions

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

Exhibits & Sponsorships POC: Ms. Cassandra Stewart, Exhibits Manager, or (703) 247-2582


Affiliate Associations

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