Special Operations Summit Little Creek 2015

November 16 - 18, 2015

The Founders Inn and Spa, Virginia Beach, Virginia



IDGA is proud to present the Special Operations Summit –Little Creek taking place in Norfolk, VA November 16-18 2015.

The three day event will provide a forum for dialogue between industry and the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) and Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)communities regarding solutions to win the current fight, as well as requirements to posture to win the future fight.

The summit will bring together senior DOD decision makers, thought leaders,and policy makers together with industry and academia to outline challenges and requirements for supporting the next-generation US Navy SOF warfighter.

What are the top three benefits of attending?

  • Hear and meet major thought-leaders in NSW, including Counter Terrorism (CT) and Irregular Warfare (IW), Navy EOD, and other Maritime Special Operations experts.
  • Invaluable networking time with military and industry allowing you to obtain valuable information on manning, training, and equipping programs, as well as updates and gaps in existing systems.
  • Attend panel discussions with key Maritime SOF Stakeholders.

Forum for discussion of NSW, Navy EOD, and Maritime SOF program requirements including:

  • Requirements to build SOF human capital to maximize performance and resiliency
  • Improving multi-intelligence, multi-spectral sensors for mobility platforms
  • Improving energy systems in support of maritime mobility platforms
  • Developing day/night vision enhancement
  • Providing low profile, multi-spectrum, multi-sensor capabilities within existing C2 footprint
  • Improving agility, persistence, and flexibility in C4I networks to meet tactical demands
  • Enhancing logistics management, including packing technology to reduce sustainment footprint and improve distribution from sea base to end user.
  • Building robust, highly mobile automated IT system for supply chain management
  • Improving technology for situational adaptation
  • Technology to analyze/handle explosives, including IED, WMD, and underwater mines.
  • Tactical ISR Capability to Meet Emerging Requirements
  • Next Generation Undersea SOF Mobility
  • Dry Combat Submersible (DCS) Requirements
  • Current SOF-Maritime Technology Gaps
  • Next Generation ISR/Tactical UAS
  • Future NSW Capability Integratio
  • Next Generation Technical Requirements for EOD operators

What topics will be covered?

  • Building Human Capital The fundamental SOF truth is that “Humans are more important than Hardware.” This requires us to look at solutions to building resiliency, optimizing human performance, managing and developing talent, and monitoring the operational life-cycle of SOF warfighters.
  • Leveraging technology to improve SOF Tactical Equipment Requirements to meet a diverse range of mission sets requires a diverse range of equipment solutions. An open dialogue with industry on requirements, gaps and challenges helps leverage the most advanced technology available.
  • Requirements to Develop Regional Expertise and Facilitate Full Spectrum Partner Capability Providing increased proficiency in addressing theater-specific sociocultural challenges enables SOF to provide more than just forces, but tailored solutions to theater problem sets - understanding, influencing, or exercising control within the human domain in areas of instability. This requires solutions to maximize effectiveness of NSW persistent engagement efforts and Security Force Assistance (SFA) with partner nations to meet strategic objectives.
  • Increased Agility and Adaptability in Maritime Access/Mobility Platforms. NSW requires agile and adaptable surface and subsurface platforms, and associated systems (both manned and unmanned) that integrate seamlessly with sea basing and host platforms to operate in the full range of physical and political environments in the maritime domain.
  • Improving Agility, Persistence, and Flexibility in C4ISR capabilities to meet tactical demands.

Now Factor:

The NSW and Navy EOD communities are facing many of the same constraints as other DOD commands: meeting increasingly diverse mission sets with decreased budgets. NSW is postured to fight a globally-dispersed enemy, whether ashore or afloat, before they can act. Enabling NSW with cost-saving and capability enhancing technology better equips the next generation SOF warfighter to win in an increasingly complex battlespace.

Featured Speakers

Ms. Theresa Whelan
Ms. Theresa Whelan
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Special Operations & Low Intensity Conflict
Office of the Secretary of Defense
CAPT Vincent R. Martinez USN
CAPT Vincent R. Martinez USN
Commanding Officer, Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division
U.S. Navy
Mr. Robert Giesler
Mr. Robert Giesler
Chief, Strategy and Plans, Strategic Capabilites Office
Office of the Secretary of Defense
CDR Michael Fredie USCG
CDR Michael Fredie USCG
Comanding Officer, Tactical Law Enforcement Team South
U.S. Coast Guard
Prof. Michael Bennett
Prof. Michael Bennett
Special Operations Chair, Joint Forces Staff College
CDR Cameron Chen USN
CDR Cameron Chen USN
Counter Proliferation / Unified Collection, Joint Staff J-39 Global Operations
U.S. Navy
Col Imre Porkolab PhD
Col Imre Porkolab PhD
NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation’s, representative to the Pentagon
Mr. Daniel Cabel
Mr. Daniel Cabel
Special Operations Liaison, (GS15)
NSWC Crane Division

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