7th Special Operations & Irregular Warfare Symposium

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Carlos Lopez

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Carlos Lopez

Event Date: 
December 12, 2018 to December 13, 2018
Chester H. Ferguson Law Center, Tampa, Florida

DSI’s 7th Special Operations & Irregular Warfare Symposium provides members within the special operations community, regional combatant commands, Department of State, Intelligence Community, academia, industry, and other critical partners an open forum to discuss the strategic priorities and operational needs required to meet national goals, as well as aid the U.S. Military in achieving mission success when combating modern-day threats.

Topics to be Covered at the 2018 Symposium: 

  • Supporting persistent and distributed global combatant command operations for a decisive SOF Advantage
  • Developing policy guidance in support of DoD strategies related to SOF and combatting terrorism
  • Ensuring that Special Operations Forces can quickly adapt by closely monitoring emerging international terrorism techniques
  • Enhancing operational capabilities to guide ‘Gray Zone’ conflict response and address irregular warfare tactics used by the adversary to challenge regional stability
  • Advancing the training and equipping of NSW forces for various special operations and activities
  • Developing a shared understanding of threat networks that pose a danger to the U.S. through increased work with foreign partners
  • Detailing SOF AT&L top acquisition priorities that are currently being undertaken to mitigate risk and speed delivery of service to special operations forces
  • Guiding a more connected SOF enterprise with agility and adaptability to face and overcome unique challenges
  • Implementing TALOS to increase SOF readiness capabilities with the end goal being a more decisive overmatch for the enemy