Twitter Facebook LinkedIn YouTube Pinterest Google Plus


 5890 - 2015 SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference) 

5890 - 2015 SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference) 


“Winning in a Complex World”

Event Number

Event Date

 to 5/21/2015

Event Location
Tampa Convention Center

Event Contact
Refer to Contact Info /Inquiries/Questions tab


SOFIC is the defense industry’s premier event focused on advancing defense industry technology solutions and building the global SOF alliance, attracting over 9,000 government and industry Attendees, featuring 350 exhibiting companies!

2015 SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference) will be held May 19–21, 2015 at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL. This year’s conference theme, “Winning in a Complex World,” 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.

USSOCOM Commander, General Joseph L. Votel, USA, 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 and Directors, Program Managers, the Office of Small Business Programs representative, the Technology & Industry Liaison Office representative, 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 win in a complex world.

• Hear USSOCOM Commander and Acquisition Executive discuss their perspectives on SOF’s challenges, trends, and interests

• Acquire enhanced knowledge, understanding, and awareness of key acquisition, requirements, operations, and technology issues in the context of SOF’s current missions from USSOCOM Component and Theater Commanders

• Engagement Opportunities:
   o USSOCOM Senior Leader Panels
   o Business Opportunities Session
   o PEO Breakout Sessions

Here's what SOFIC Attendees are saying...

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

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

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



Agenda information is not yet available.


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


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. Please contact Ms. Pat Sutherland, Manager, at 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: $139.00*
Code SFQ
Reserve online here

Government: Per Diem*
Code SGQ
Reserve online here

*Rates include full breakfast buffet, two drinks in Mojito per night, complimentary parking and wif.

Embassy Suites Tampa
513 South Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 769-8300
Single/Double Industry: $192.00 (3-night minimum stay required)
Government: Per Diem

Hilton Tampa Downtown
211 North Tampa Street
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 204-3000
Single/Double Industry: $185
Government: Per Diem

Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk
200 North Ashley Drive
Tampa, Florida 33602
(813) 223-2222
Sngle/Double Industry: $174.00
Government: Per Diem

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

Tampa Marriott Westshore
1001 North Westshore Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33607
(800) 228-9290
Single/Double Industry: $145.00
Government: Per Diem

Westin Tampa Harbour Island
725 South Harbour Island Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 229-5000
Single/Double Industry: $179.00
Government: Per Diem



2015 SOFIC Registration Fees





Ends 3/27

3/28 - 5/8

5/9 On

Registration Categories
Government $350.00 $400.00 $450.00
Academia $450.00 $500.00 $565.00
Industry - NDIA Member Discount $450.00 $500.00 $565.00
Industry $550.00 $605.00 $680.00
Tuesday Only $150.00 $160.00 $170.00
Exhibit Hall Only - Attendee $100.00 $100.00 $100.00
Session Category
Gala Reception & Dinner (Wednesday) SOLD OUT $85.00 $85.00 $85.00


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. Questions for USSOCOM personnel may be sent to the SOFIC Info-line at

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).

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.

Cancellations and substitution requests must be made in writing, via email to Cancellations for full conference registration categories received by May 8, 2015 will receive a refund minus a $75 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after May 8, 2015. Substitutions for this event are welcome in lieu of cancellations. Please note: This policy does not apply to exhibit booth cancellations.

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. 



For 2015 booth application information, please go to  

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.


Attendee Information

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

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

NDIA supports the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. For more information, please contact Mrs. Meredith Hawley, CMP, Associate Director, Operations, at or (703) 247-9476 and reference Event #5890.

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 or (703) 247-2541.

Sponsorship Information

Sponsorship information is not yet available.

Contact Info/Inquiries/Questions

Ms. Luellen Hoffman, Director, Exhibits, or (703) 247-9460

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

Mrs. Christy J. Mason, CMP, Director, Operations, or (703) 247-2586

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

Ms. Pat Sutherland, Manager, or (386) 626-5061

Mr. Dino Pignotti, VP, Advertising & SOFIC Media Relations, or (703) 247-2541


Affiliate Associations

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