Tampa, Florida – Defense Systems Journal is reporting this week from the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, Florida. SOFIC is one of the best defense trade shows in the United States. Sold out for the umpteenth year in a row, it is the premier conference for the Special Forces (SOF) community to interact with industry and to collaborate on the challenges, initiatives, and way-ahead in delivering the most cutting-edge capabilities into the hands of SOF operators.

SOFIC provides educational sessions, demonstrations, interaction with exhibitors and many networking opportunities during the event. It is the single most important opportunity for developing, nurturing and exercising the growing network across industry, government, academia and international partners. By leveraging the depth, breadth and diversity of this network, the SOF community can boost its velocity, multiply its iterations, and increase the variety of capabilities to meet the changing demands of its operators.

For industry participants, SOFIC provides a opportunities for networking, business intelligence, brand promotion, and product demonstration. Participants are offered detailed insights and tips on how to do business with the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and information on what capabilities are most desired by the community. Highlights of SOFIC include: keynote speakers, led by U.S. Special Forces Command and government experts, Senior Industry Executive Forums, panel discussions and educational sessions, exhibits and demonstrations, the US SOCOM Marketplace, Innovation Showcase, the Capabilities Demonstration, and Operation SOFTalk.

The 444 Industry Exhibitors are here. The agenda is here. Make sure to check back throughout the week for DSJ’s coverage.