ARLINGTON, Va., March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The 2017 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC), taking place May 15-18, 2017 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL, will showcase the latest technology and provide a forum for interaction and collaboration among academia, government, industry stakeholders and the Special Operations Forces (SOF) community.

The conference will open with USSOCOM’s Marketplace, a resource room of Command experts who will be available to answer attendee questions as they relate to doing business with USSOCOM, an event helpful for first-time SOFIC attendees or those who have never done business with the Command.

For the second year, a select group of entrepreneurs and innovators will present their products and services at the Innovation Showcase to members of the SOF community.

There will also be a variety of SOF-centric panel discussions and workshops throughout the conference. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to hear remarks from the USSOCOM Commander and Acquisition Executive, both of whom will provide their perspectives on SOF challenges, trends, and capability gaps and their thoughts on how USSOCOM and other government agencies, industry partners, and academia can work together to find shared solutions. Throughout the week, attendees will have an opportunity to engage in discussions and question and answer sessions with USSOCOM’s Component Commanders, Program Executive Officers, and various acquisition experts across the Command.

“SOFIC provides the best opportunity to network with and engage the Special Operations Forces community,” said NDIA President and CEO Gen. Craig McKinley, USAF (Ret.). “As we seek to maintain the edge in technology and maintain our advantage, it’s important that these conversations take place among industry, the military, academia and other stakeholders so we can work together to find the best solutions to enhance our capabilities.”

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