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 4890 - 2014 SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference) 

4890 - 2014 SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference) 

Theme

"Strengthening the Global SOF Network"

Event Number
4890

Event Date

5/20/2014
 to 5/22/2014

Event Location
Tampa Convention Center

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

Introduction

2014 SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference) will be held May 20–22, 2014 at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL. This year’s conference theme, “Strengthening the Global SOF Network,” will provide a forum for military, government, academia, and industry stakeholders to network and discuss current and future challenges and how to best support our Special Operations Forces (SOF) around the globe.

2014 HIGHLIGHTS

  • SOCOM Senior Leader Presentations and Panels
  • International Special Operations Exercise
  • PEO Updates and Forecasts
  • Technology Exhibition
  • International Exhibits Pavilion
  • SOCOM Annual Awards Presentation

USSOCOM Commander, Admiral William H. McRaven, USN, and USSOCOM Acquisition Executive, Mr. James F. Geurts, will provide their perspectives on SOF’s challenges, trends, and interests and how industry partners can help support these areas. The conference will include panels made up of USSOCOM’s Component Commanders, TSOC Commanders, and Senior Enlisted Advisors who will provide Attendees with an understanding of key acquisition requirements, operations, and technology issues in the context of SOF’s current component and theater missions. Over the course of three days, Attendees will also have the opportunity to engage with USSOCOM Program Executive Officers, Science and Technology Managers, Office of Small Business Programs and Technology & Industry Liaison Office representatives, and other acquisition experts who will identify top priorities, business opportunities, and interests as they relate to USSOCOM acquisition programs. These open forums will enable conference Attendees to interact with USSOCOM Senior Leaders while collaborating on how to strengthen the global SOF network.

Here's what 2013 SOFIC Attendees are saying...

“In my view, SOFIC provides the most comprehensive industry access to warfighters and Commanders during the year.” -2013 SOFIC Attendee

“This is by far the industry standard conference by which other conferences should work toward achieving.” -2013 SOFIC Attendee

To get a preview of what's in store, view the below YouTube videos from 2011 and 2012 SOFIC:
Conference & Exhibition
Exhibit Hall Time Lapse

Agenda

 Download/Print/View the current Agenda (As of 4/22/14)

Agenda At-A-Glance

SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2014
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Registration Open

MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Registration Open
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Exhibitor Setup

TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM, Registration Open
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM, Business Opportunities Session
1:15 PM - 3:00 PM, Opening General Session
3:45 PM - 5:00 PM, USSOCOM Theater Special Operations Commander Panel
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Networking Reception

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2014
7:00 AM - 3:30 PM, Registration Open
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM, USSOCOM Component Commander Panel
9:15 AM - 10:30 AM, USSOCOM Senior Enlisted Advisors Panel
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM, Senior Industry Executive Forum (Details Below)
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM, USSOCOM PEO Concurrent Sessions
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM, International Special Operations Exercise
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM, USSOCOM PEO Concurrent Sessions
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Gala Reception, Dinner & Awards Presentation

THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM, Registration Open
9:00 AM - 11:45 AM, USSOCOM PEO Concurrent Sessions*
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, SORDAC Awards Presentation

*Thursday Concurrent Session Topics include:

PEO Maritime (Room 13)
Surface Systems/Undersea Systems Roadmap

PEO SRSE (Room 14)
Hostile Forces - Tagging, Tracking, & Locating
Tactical Video Systems (Sensors)
Sensitive Site Exploitation - Biometrics/Forensics
Signals Intelligence Systems
Rapid Capability Insertion Program

PEO C4 (Rooms 15-16)
Enterprise Networks
Tactical Communications
Transport Systems

PEO Rotary Wing (Room 17)
Technology Applications Program Office
Silent Knight Radar Program Office
SOF Training Systems Program Office
(Organizational Overview, Portfolio Progress to Date, and Future Plans)

PEO Fixed Wing (Rooms 18-19)
Find-Fix-Finish

PEO SOF Warrior (Rooms 20-21)
Initiatives, Challenges, and Issues

PEO Services (Rooms 24-25)
PEO Service Contracts:
SOCOM Wide Mission Support (SWMS)
Global Battlestaff and Program Support (GBPS)
Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF)
OPT Support
Enterprise Support
Care Coalition
TSOCs and Other Future Opportunities

Senior Industry Executive Forum

Pre-approved industry CEOs, COOs, and Presidents are invited to participate in a Senior Industry Executive Forum during 2014 SOFIC, to occur on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM at the Tampa Convention Center, Rooms 10-12.

U.S. Special Operations Commander, ADM William H. McRaven, USN; Acquisition Executive, Mr. James F. Geurts; and the U.S. Special Operations Forces Component Commanders will discuss with 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.

Space is limited and advanced registration is required. Neither onsite registrations or substitutions will be accepted. Participation is on a first come, first served basis and limited to two Executive members from each company who carry the title of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Operating Officer (COO), or President, space permitting. All registrations must be approved prior to processing. You will receive an e-mail to confirm your participation in the Forum.

Download/Print/View the Forum Registration Form

Golf Tournament

A golf tournament will be held on Monday, May 19, 2014. For information, please visit the golf tournament website.

Location

Tampa Convention Center
333 South Franklin Street
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 274-8511

Parking is available on the garage adjacent to the Tampa Convention Center for $1.60 per hour.

Lodging

Hotel blocks have been reserved at the below area hotels. Simply contact your hotel of choice to reserve your room. In order to ensure the discounted NDIA rate, you must make your reservations early and ask for the "SOFIC" room block.

Please note: Third party companies have not been contracted by NDIA to assist you in booking your reservation. The only way to make your reservation is by directly phoning your hotel of choice. Please contact Ms. Pat Sutherland, Manager, at psutherland@ndia.org or (386) 626-5061 if you have been approached by a third party company.

Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore
5303 West Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33609
(888) 233-9527
Single/Double Industry: $132.00
Government: Per Diem

Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore
700 North Westshore Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 289-8200
Single/Double Industry: $139.00 (includes breakfast)

Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa
111 West Fortune Street
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 223-1351
Single/Double Industry: $109.00
Government: Per Diem

Tampa Marriott Westshore
1001 North Westshore Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33607
(800) 228-9290
Single/Double Industry: $129.00

SOLD OUT - Embassy Suites Tampa
513 South Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 769-8300
Single/Double Industry: $187.00 (4-night minimum stay required)
Group Code Industry: SFI

SOLD OUT - Hilton Tampa Downtown
211 North Tampa Street
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 204-3000
Single/Double Industry: $184.00

SOLD OUT - Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk
200 North Ashley Drive
Tampa, Florida 33602
(813) 223-2222
Sngle/Double Industry: $169.00

SOLD OUT - Tampa Marriott Waterside
700 South Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 221-4900
Single/Double Industry: $159.00

SOLD OUT - Westin Tampa Harbour Island
725 South Harbour Island Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 229-5000
Single/Double Industry: $174.00

Registration
**Please Read Carefully** 

QUESTIONS
Please direct all registration inquiries to Showcare Event Solutions:
EMAIL: SOFIC@Showcare.com   
PHONE: (514) 380-9375 or (866) 654-0917
Call center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM, EST

Register in one of three ways:

1. Register Online (via credit card)

2. Register by Fax
Please fax your completed registration form and payment to: (514) 380-9376 or (866) 654-0918.

3. Register by Mail
If you wish to pay by check, you may only register via mail (you will not be able to register online). Please mail your completed registration form and payment (payable to NDIA - #4890) to:
SOFIC Registrar
Showcare Event Solutions
1200 G Street, NW
Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005-6705

Download/Print/View the Registration Form

Attendee Registration Fees

Early

Regular

Late

Until 4/4/14

(4/5/14
- 5/9/14)

5/10/14 On

Government
(Includes Conference, Business Opps. Session, Exhibit Hall, Breakfasts, Tues. Reception)

$350

$400

$450

Academia
(Includes Conference, Business Opps. Session, Exhibit Hall, Breakfasts, Tues. Reception)

$350

$400

$450

Industry - NDIA Member Discount
(Includes Conference, Business Opps. Session, Exhibit Hall, Breakfasts, Tues. Reception)

$450

$500

$565

Industry
(Includes Conference, Business Opps. Session, Exhibit Hall, Breakfasts, Tues. Reception)

$550

$605

$680

Tuesday Only
(Includes all Tues. Sessions, Exhibit Hall, Breakfast, Tues. Reception)

$150

$160

$170

Exhibit Hall Only - Attendee
(Must be at least 16 years of age)

$100

$100

$100

Session Fee

Gala Reception & Dinner (Wednesday)

$85

$85

$85

HQ USSOCOM
HQ USSOCOM Personnel (includes all HQ Military, Govt. Civilians, and Contractor Support), USSOCOM Component Command/TSOC Military and Govt. Civilians will be issued a USSOCOM SOFIC badge onsite at the USSOSOM registration booth, located on the First Floor, Tampa Convention Center. Proper ID reflecting USSOCOM affiliation must be shown to obtain the badge. There is no need to pre-register for this badge. USSOCOM personnel wishing to purchase Gala tickets may CLICK HERE. Questions for USSOCOM personnel may be sent to the SOFIC Info-line at SOFIC@socom.mil

COMPLIMENTARY VISITOR BADGE TO EXHIBIT HALL
A complimentary VISITOR badge for access to the Exhibit Hall only will be available onsite at the VISITOR registration booth, located just outside of the main Exhibit Hall entrance, Tampa Convention Center. VISITOR badges are limited to Active Duty Military (U.S. and International) or Spouse/Dependent, Law Enforcement, First Responder (EMT, Fire, Rescue, etc.), and Government Agency (CIA, FBI, HLS, DEA, etc.) employees. Contractors are not eligible for this complimentary badge, but may register for the “Exhibit Hall Only – Attendee” badge (see rate structure above). Valid picture ID must be presented onsite in order to obtain the VISITOR badge. Please note: This badge does not allow conference access. Please register for a full conference category should you wish to attend any portion of the conference (see rate structure above).

PRESS
Please direct all Press inquiries to Mr. Dino Pignotti, VP, Advertising & SOFIC Media Relations, at dpignotti@ndia.org or (703) 247-2541.

NOTES
Payment must be made at the time of registration, and 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.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Cancellations and substitution requests must be made in writing, via email to SOFIC@Showcare.com. Cancellations for full conference registration categories received by May 9, 2014 will receive a refund minus a $75 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after May 9, 2014. Substitutions for this event are welcome in lieu of cancellations. Please note: This policy does not apply to exhibit booth cancellations.

EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION
For each 10’x10’ exhibit space that your organization occupies at 2014 SOFIC, your organization will be entitled to 2 complimentary full conference registrations (booth personnel). Any additional personnel must register and pay at Attendee rates. All confirmed exhibiting organizations will be sent an email from Showcare Event Solutions with instructions to register booth personnel online. This email will contain a personalized link directing you to the Exhibitor Online Form. In order to receive the registration link, your organization must have its booth space confirmed with NDIA. For information regarding exhibitor registration, please contact Ms. Luellen Hoffman, Director, Exhibits, at lhoffmann@ndia.org or (703) 247-9460.

ID BADGE & HOLDER
Prior to your arrival at SOFIC, you will be emailed a confirmation barcode, which may be scanned onsite via paper print out or your mobile device, for faster service. During registration check-in, you will be issued a conference ID badge and any Gala tickets you have purchased, as well as a colored badge holder. Badge holders will only be available for pick-up onsite and must be worn at all SOFIC functions. You will not be allowed access to the events for which you have registered without the badge holder. Please be prepared to present a valid picture ID. Please note: If you have only purchased a Gala ticket, you will not be issued a badge and will  simply need to present your ticket upon entry at the Gala Reception & Dinner.

Exhibits - Sold Out

Please visit the exhibits website for exhibits information.

No one under the age of 16 will be permitted in the Exhibit Hall at any time.

Photography is not permitted in the Exhibit Hall.

EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION
For each 10’x10’ exhibit space that your organization occupies at 2014 SOFIC, your organization will be entitled to 2 complimentary full conference registrations (booth personnel). Any additional personnel must register and pay at Attendee rates. All confirmed exhibiting organizations will be sent an email from Showcare Event Solutions with instructions to register booth personnel online. This email will contain a personalized link directing you to the Exhibitor Online Form. In order to receive the registration link, your organization must have its booth space confirmed with NDIA. For information regarding exhibitor registration, please email Ms. Luellen Hoffman, Director, Exhibits, at lhoffmann@ndia.org.

Attendee Information

ATTIRE
Appropriate dress for this conference is business casual for civilians and class B uniform or uniform of the day for military personnel.

GALA DINNER ATTIRE
Civilian: Black Tie/Formal; Evening Gown
Army: Blue Mess Evening Dress or Blue Army Service
Navy: Dinner Dress White Jacket
Air Force: Mess Dress
Marine Corps: Evening Dress A/B or Blue Dress A/B
Coast Guard: Formal Dress Blue

SPECIAL NEEDS
NDIA supports the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. For more information, please contact Mrs. Meredith Hawley, CMP, Associate Director, Operations, at mhawley@ndia.org or (703) 247-9476 and reference Event #4890.

ADVERTISING & MEDIA/PRESS
Advertise at SOFIC to increase your organization’s exposure and reach a distinct target audience composed of decision-makers in the defense marketplace. For more information, please contact Mr. Dino Pignotti, VP, Advertising & SOFIC Media Relations, at dpignotti@ndia.org or (703) 247-2541.

EXPLORE TAMPA
Explore Historic Ybor City, Channel District and Downtown Tampa on the TECO Line Streetcar System at no cost. Simply show your SOFIC ID badge to the motorman upon boarding the Streetcar.

Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday-Saturday, 11:00 AM - 1:30 AM
Sunday, 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Download/Print/View the Tampa Delegate Discount Program flier

CAR RENTAL
Advantage Rent a Car welcomes you to Tampa! Take advantage of our low rates with an additional 10% off at any Advantage location in Florida! Simply CLICK HERE or call our toll free reservation line at (800) 777-5500 and refer to Corporate Discount number DCJKK8QKKC to receive your savings. We appreciate your decision to visit Tampa and hope you will take this opportunity to save on your car rental needs. 

Sponsorship Information

 Gold and ChirpE Sponsor:  
  
   L-3 Communications  
 
 Silver Sponsor:  
Lockheed Martin  
 
 Bronze Sponsors:  

   
   Booz Allen Hamilton

 

 iDirect Government Technologies
 
   SAIC
 
Patriot Sponsors:

   
   Calhoun International


  FLUOR



     Harris 


 
  Motorola Solutions


 

  Thales



 
    URS 



  
  Zanfel
 

Gala Dinner Sponsor:

  Northrop Grumman 

Gala Reception Sponsor:

 

    CACI

 

 
Wi-Fi and Charging Stations Sponsor:

 

   Avon


Tote Bag Sponsor:
  Northern Technologies

iPad Case Sponsor:

 

Berry Aviation, Inc.

Bus Sponsors:


P3 Millennim Sensor
 


  Government Acquisitions

Please visit the exhibits website for information. Please direct inquiries to Ms. Allison Hitchner, CEM, CMP, Associate Director, Exhibits, at ahitchner@ndia.org or (703) 247-2573.

Contact Info/Inquiries/Questions

REGISTRATION
Showcare Event Solutions, SOFIC@Showcare.com or (514) 380-9375 or (866) 654-0917
Call center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM, EST

CONFERENCE
Mrs. Meredith Hawley, CMP, Associate Director, Operations, mhawley@ndia.org or (703) 247-9476

SENIOR INDUSTRY EXECUTIVE FORUM
Mrs. Christy J. Mason, CMP, Director, Operations, cmason@ndia.org or (703) 247-2586

EXHIBITS
Ms. Luellen Hoffman, Director, Exhibits, lhoffman@ndia.org or (703) 247-9460

SPONSORSHIPS
Ms. Allison Hitchner, CEM, CMP, Associate Director, Exhibits, ahitchner@ndia.org or (703) 247-2573

LODGING
Ms. Pat Sutherland, Manager, psutherland@ndia.org or (386) 626-5061

ADVERTISING & MEDIA/PRESS
Mr. Dino Pignotti, VP, Advertising & SOFIC Media Relations, dpignotti@ndia.org or (703) 247-2541

 

 

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