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 5880 - 26th Annual SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition 

5880 - 26th Annual SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition 


"Persistent SOF Operations in Support of Global National Objectives"

Event Number

Event Date

 to 1/28/2015

Event Location
Washington Marriott Wardman Park

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

The Symposium is moving forward, as planned! We look forward to your participation!


USSOCOM has issued an approval for their staff to attend this year's Symposium!

Unique and focused Military, Intelligence and Diplomatic assets will continue to be at the forefront of Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict across the globe. 

In an era of constrained budgets contrasted with increased uncertainty and violence, these assets will be critical to managing chaos and maintaining order in the global commons. This will require SOF to execute persistent operations, globally, in support of U.S. National objectives working in conjunction with our friends and allies. This environment dictates innovative force structure, interoperable technology, policy and doctrine beyond the current construct. 

In a unique Washington based Government Industry forum, the 26th Annual SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition will explore requirements, options and potential statutory/policy/ technology solutions to support persistent SOF operations across the globe. 

Award Nominations Closed
Annually, the NDIA SO/LIC Division solicits nominations for the R. Lynn Rylander Award, DeProspero Lifetime Achievement Award, and Superior Achievement Awards, which are presented during 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.

Essay Contest Closed
The President of JSOU and the NDIA SO/LIC Division are pleased to announce the 10th Annual SO/LIC Essay Contest. Entrants are encouraged to address the current year's 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.


Download/Print/View the current Agenda -As of 1/22/15

We are pleased to announce the following confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Mr. Michael Dumont, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for SO/LIC
  • LTG Michael T. "Mike" Flynn, USA (Ret), Former Director, Defense Intelligence Agency (Banquet Guest Speaker)
  • Mr. James F. Geurts, Acquisition Executive, USSOCOM
  • GEN Joseph L. Votel, USA, Commander, USSOCOM
  • Lt Gen Marshall B. “Brad” Webb, USAF, Commander, NATO Special Operations Headquarters

Panel Topics include:

  • Special Operations Roles Countering Evolving Global Terrorist Threat & Political Warfare
  • Global Persistent Presence/Partnered Operations
  • Support to GCC Theater Campaign Plans
  • Special Operations Forces Technology Policy & Requirements

Agenda At-A-Glance

12:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Registration Open
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Networking Reception
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM, Annual Awards Banquet with Guest Speaker

7:00 AM - 4:45 PM, Registration Open
8:00 AM - 11:45 AM, Keynote Address & Panel Presentations
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM, Networking Lunch
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM, Keynote Address & Panel Presentations


7:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Registration Open
8:00 AM - 11:45 AM, Keynote Address & Panel Presentations
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM, Networking Lunch
1:15 PM - 5:00 PM, Keynote Address & Panel Presentations

Annual Awards Banquet

Attend the Annual Awards Banquet on Monday evening, January 26, 2015 to honor The Honorable Thomas W. O’Connell, R. Lynn Rylander recipient, and Ms. Irene Sanders, DeProspero Lifetime Achievement recipient. Our Guest Speaker will be LTG Michael T. "Mike" Flynn, USA (Ret). The Annual Awards Banquet is a highlight of the Symposium where we will host some of our Wounded SOF Warriors and recognize select individuals from the SOF and USSOCOM communities with awards for lifetime and annual meritorious service. Superior Achievement recipients include:

  • Army – LTC Enrique Costas, USA, Sensitive Activities PM, HQ USSOCOM
  • Coast Guard – LT Alicia Flanagan, USCG, MSST Boston
  • Civilian – Mr. George Graham, Jr., SOJ4/HQ USSOCOM
  • Marine Corps – Mr. William Marlow, 1st Marine Raider Battalion
  • Navy – SOCS(SEAL) Andrew McPherson, USN, Naval Special Warfare Center
  • Air Force – Capt Matthew Voke, USAF, 34th Special Operations Squadron

LTG Michael T. “Mike” Flynn, USA (Ret), our Banquet Guest Speaker, was the 18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and the top military intelligence officer in the Department of Defense.  With more than three decades of intelligence experience, he has served as the Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Partner Engagement, the Senior Intelligence Officer in Iraq and twice in Afghanistan, the Director of Intelligence for the Joint Special Operations Command under General Stanley McChrystal, and as the Senior Intelligence Advisor for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral Mike Mullen. In 2010, Lieutenant General Flynn published the influential report, “Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan,” that emphasized the importance of socio-cultural understanding for effective intelligence operations and has been a driven advocate for operations-intelligence fusion and greater information and intelligence sharing between the military, law enforcement, intelligence, and international communities. A University of Rhode Island alumnus, Lieutenant General Flynn began his career as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and holds three masters degrees and two honorary doctorates, along with numerous other military, law enforcement, intelligence, and international awards and honors. Additionally, he has received the U.S. Intelligence Community’s Gold Seal Medallion, the Service to America Award from the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, the Ellis Island Medal of Freedom, and was the first non-Navy recipient of the distinguished RADM Edwin T. Layton Award.

The Honorable Thomas W. O’Connell, former Assistant Secretary of Defense (Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict), will receive the R. Lynn Rylander Award in recognition of his lifelong achievements and significant contributions to the Nation. Mr. O’Connell served as a combat advisor during the Vietnam War, helped develop the Joint Special Operations Command’s intelligence capabilities, and commanded at the brigade and Battalion level. As ASD SO/LIC, Mr. O’Connell fought for new counterterrorism authorities, oversaw the creation of the Regional Counter Terrorism Fellowship Program, and supported the creation of the USSOCOM Care Coalition. His leadership also helped immensely in the formation of the Marine Special Operations Command and in the Army’s Rapid Equipping Force, the Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, and what became the Joint Improvised Explosive Defeat Organization. He continues to support the NDIA SO/LIC Division as an independent consultant.

Ms. Irene H. Sanders, a 33-year veteran of the National Security Agency and Air Force Special Operations Command, will receive the DeProspero Lifetime Achievement Award. In a career of “firsts,” Ms. Sanders served across the NSA enterprise in their Pentagon office, headed NSA’s SOUTHCOM liaison office, negotiated USG actions regarding the exiled Shah of Iran in Panama, and persuaded reluctant Ambassadors to allow SOF access in key areas of their AORs. Following being the first NSA Representative to the newly established Office of Foreign Missions for diplomatic reciprocity at the Department of State, she was a Congressional Fellow, then became the first NSA Representative to AFSOC, and later served AFSOC directly managing intelligence support to the mission. Ms. Sanders also served her local community as an elected, non-partisan City Commissioner of Valpariso, FL. She transitioned to Lockheed Martin, where she later retired as Director of National Security programs. A 20-year supporter of the NDIA SO/LIC Division, Ms. Sanders still supports the Division as an independent consultant and mentor.


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

The closet Metro stop is Woodley Park Zoo/Adams Morgan, which is accessible via the Red line.

The hotel is offering discounted self parking rates: $27 overnight / $22 daily for Symposium Attendees.

Atrium - Exhibit Hall Foyer

Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

Exhibit Hall C


Room Block Closed
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. 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 26th Annual SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition" room block. Rooms will not be held after Tuesday, January 20, 2015 and may sell out before then. Rates are also subject to increase after this date.

The hotel is offering discounted self parking rates: $27 overnight / $22 daily for Symposium Attendees.

Washington Marriott Wardman Park
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: $275.00 (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.

Please note: Third party companies have not been contracted by NDIA to assist you in booking your reservation. Please contact Mrs. Meredith Hawley, CMP, Associate Director, Operations, at if you have been approached by a third party company.


Online Registration is now closed. Onsite registration will be accepted!

Registration Fees





12/6/14 - 1/16/15



(Banquet NOT Included)




No Frills - Government Only
(Excludes ALL Food & Beverage Functions & Materials)





(Banquet Included)





Industry NDIA Member
(Banquet Included)




Industry Non-NDIA Member
(Banquet Included)




Banquet Session Fees*

Government Banquet Ticket




Spouse/Guest Banquet Ticket




The Annual Awards Banquet on Monday evening, January 26, 2015, is included for Academia and Industry registrants; Government registrants may purchase a Banquet ticket 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 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.

Cancellations received by Friday, January 16, 2015 will receive a refund minus a $75 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after Friday, January 16, 2015. Cancellations must be made in writing to Mrs. Meredith Hawley, CMP, Associate Director, Operations, at Substitutions to this event are welcome in lieu of cancellations. Please note: Cancellation policy does not apply to exhibit booth cancellations.


Please visit the exhibits website for booth sales information.

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 Annual 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 Hawley, CMP, Associate Director, Operations, at and reference Event #5880.

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

Patriot Sponsor:




Annual Awards Banquet Sponsor: 
 Lockheed Martin

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. Allison Hitchner, CEM, CMP, Associate Director, Exhibits, at or (703) 247-2573 for additional information.

Contact Info/Inquiries/Questions

Mrs. Meredith Hawley, CMP, Associate Director, Operations, or (703) 247-9476

Ms. Allison Hitchner, CEM, CMP, Associate Director, Exhibits, or (703) 247-2573


Affiliate Associations

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