The Special Operations Forces Industry Conference is the premier venue for the 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 across the SOF community. SOFIC is the single most important opportunity to continue developing, nurturing and exercising the growing network across industry, government and academia and international partners. By leveraging the depth, breadth and diversity of this network the SOF community 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 multitude of significant 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, and information on what capabilities are most desired by the community.
The features of SOFIC include keynote speakers, led by U.S. Special Forces Command, panel discussions and educational breakout sessions, exhibits and demonstrations, the USSOCOM Marketplace, two Senior Industry Executive Forums, and a Wednesday evening reception.
Whether you’re an innovative startup, small business or an established brand, SOFIC is your chance to stand out and be seen by 11,000 attendees. Attendees will include federal and local government representatives and international buyers who are looking for the best that industry has to offer to the SOF community.
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Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics
Senate Confirmed in August 2017, the Honorable Ellen M. Lord currently serves as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S). In this capacity, she is responsible to the Secretary of Defense for all matters pertaining to acquisition; developmental testing; contract administration; logistics and materiel readiness; installations and environment; operational energy; chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons; the acquisition workforce; and the defense industrial base.
Prior to this appointment, from October 2012 – June 2017, Ms. Lord served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Textron Systems Corporation, a subsidiary of Textron Inc. In this role, she led a multi-billion dollar business with a broad range of products and services supporting defense, homeland security, aerospace, infrastructure protection, and customers around the world.
Ms. Lord has more than 30 years of experience in the defense industry, serving in a variety of capacities, to include Senior Vice President and General Manager of Textron Defense Systems, now Weapon & Sensor Systems; and Senior Vice President and General Manager of AAI Corporation, now known as Textron Systems’ Electronic Systems, Support Solutions, and Unmanned Systems businesses. Earlier in her career, Ms. Lord served as Vice President of Integration Management for Textron Systems and Vice President of Intelligent Battlefield Systems for Textron Defense Systems, in addition to other business and operations positions.
Ms. Lord is a former Vice Chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association, as well as a former Director of the U.S. – India Business Council. She has served on the industry steering committee for the Center for New American Security’s (CNAS) task force on “Strategy, Technology and the Global Defense Industry,” as well as CNAS’s DoD-Industry collaborative project “Future Foundry: Forging New Industries for Defense,” which was formed to examine key technological trends and challenges facing the global defense industry. Ms. Lord has also served on the Board of Trustees of the U.S. Naval Institute Foundation.
Ms. Lord earned a Master of Science degree in chemistry from the University of New Hampshire, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Connecticut College.