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Global SOF Symposium, Madrid, Spain

2018 Global SOF Symposium – Europe

The 3rd Annual Global SOF Symposium – Europe will focus on the European, North African, and Latin American special operations communities and the shared issues they face.

Join us on September 25-27, 2018 in Madrid, Spain for this unique opportunity.

Symposium Highlights

A packed agenda that includes high-ranking speakers and extensive networking opportunities
The largest exhibit space at a GSF Symposium to date
Attendees include: active duty and retired military and police, government civilians, industry, academia, journalists, and non-governmental organizations

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Special Operations Focused Association to Hold 3rd European Symposium in Madrid

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SOURCE Global SOF Foundation

The Global Special Operations Forces (SOF) Foundation hosts an annual Symposium event in Europe to convene the SOF and defense community; the 2018 event will take place in Madrid, Spain at the end of September.

MADRID, Jul. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The third Global SOF Symposium – Europe will focus on the European, North African, and Latin American special operations communities and the shared issues they face. Madrid, Spain, is the ideal location for this event, with its proximity to North Africa and many cultural and historical ties to Latin America.

The Symposium is hosted by the Global Special Operations Forces (SOF) Foundation, the only professional association for the international SOF community. This non-profit organization has partnered with the Spanish Ministry of Defense to execute this three-day opportunity, which features high-level speakers, networking opportunities, and an expo space for industry participation.

On September 26-27, the Symposium agenda features influential confirmed speakers, to include the Spanish special operations commander, the EU’s Chairman for the Military Committee, and the Commander of the NATO SOF Headquarters. Other speakers range from CNN’s Peter Bergen, the Global SOF Foundation Chairman of the Board, to Jeff Newton, a Senior Producer at National Geographic. These speakers will address a variety of topics such as, “Illicit Networks Spanning Ibero-America, North Africa and Europe” and, “The Future of War and the Role of SOF.”

The Global SOF Foundation is a networking organization; ample time is built into the schedule to allow attendees to discuss the presentations, make introductions, and peruse the Exhibit Hall. Networking events at this Symposium will bring many new faces together. On the 25th, the European Union and NATO SOF representatives will host a joint government-only meeting in the symposium spaces, which will lend to a high level of government attendance. Additionally, NATO Parliamentarians are scheduled to participate on the final day.

This is a unique opportunity to meet directly with policymakers from many NATO nations. The Symposium has confirmed representatives attending from Belgium, Chile, Colombia, France, Italy, Libya, The Netherlands, Senegal, Spain, and the United States.

This Symposium will take place at the largest conference hotel in Europe–the Madrid Marriott Auditorium. Conveniently located near the airport, this venue allows for a large exhibit hall. Defense companies with capabilities relevant to European SOF will have the opportunity to purchase exhibit space or sponsorship opportunities, all of which are detailed on the event website.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to join the global SOF community in Madrid, Spain, from September 25-27, 2018. Register at https://www.globalsofsymposium.org/madrid.

The Global Special Operations Forces (SOF) Foundation (GSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that aims to build and grow an international network of military, government, commercial, and educational stakeholders in order to advance SOF capabilities and partnerships to confront global and networked threats.

Confirmed Countries

Belgium
Chile
Colombia
France
Italy

Libya
The Netherlands
Senegal
Spain
United States

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The Global SOF Foundation (GSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves as the only professional association for the global special operations community with members from over 55 countries. Its mission is to build and grow an international SOF network of military, government, commercial, and educational stakeholders in order to advance SOF capabilities and partnerships.

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Agenda

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Tuesday Agenda September 25, 2018
0800-1800
Registration and Information Desk Open

EU/NATO Joint SOF Seminar
0815-1700
This session is invitation-only.
0815-0900
Welcome Remarks

0900-0930
Briefing: European Union Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) Operations

0930-0945
Briefing: European Union Military Planning and Conduct Capability (MPCC) Update

0945-1030
Briefing: Evaluation Mission of Central African Republic forces by Spanish SOF in Support of European Union Training Mission in the Central African Republic (EUTM RCA)

1030-1100
Networking Break

1100-1145
Briefing: Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft as Force Multipliers

1145-1230
Briefing: Surviving a Terrorist Attack: Lessons Learned

1230-1330
Networking Lunch

1330-1500
Panel Discussion: Enabling Innovation in SOF

1500-1530
Networking Break

1530-1600
Briefing: SOF Partnership Coordination

1600-1630
Briefing: NSHQ Support to Pre-Deployment Training

1630-1700
Closing Remarks

1800-2000
Welcome Reception
Meet your fellow attendees at this casual networking opportunity.

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Wednesday Agenda September 26, 2018
0700-1700
Registration and Information Desk Open

Plenary Session
0900-0915
Opening Remarks

0915-0945
Keynote Speech: Role of SOF in Spanish Armed Forces

General Fernando Alejandre Martínez, Chief of Defense, Spain (CONFIRMED)

0945-1100
The Future of War and the Role of SOF

Moderator: Mr. Peter Bergen, Vice President, New America (CONFIRMED)
Brigadier General Juan Forero Tascon, Liaison from Colombia, U.S. Southern Command (Invited)
General Mikhail Kostarakos, Chairman of the Military Committee, European Union (CONFIRMED)
Admiral (Ret) William McRaven, Chancellor, University of Texas (Invited)
General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the Military Committee, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Invited)
Dr. Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (CONFIRMED)

1100-1145
Coffee Break in Exhibit Area

1145-1300
Media and SOF: Balancing Openness with Operational Security

Moderator: Colonel (Ret) Tim Nye, Former Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Special Operations Command (CONFIRMED)
Mr. Jim Foster, Former SAS Sergeant Major, Independent Cameraman and Documentarian (CONFIRMED)
Mr. Jeff Newton, Senior Producer, National Geographic (CONFIRMED)
Captain Jason Salata, Director, Office of Communication, U.S. Special Operations Command (CONFIRMED)

1300-1430
Networking Lunch

SOF Slam
1430-1500
SOF Slam: Human Performance

Plenary Session
1500-1600
Keynote Speech: U.S. Operations in Africa

General Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command (Invited)

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Area
1600-1800
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Thursday Agenda September 27, 2018
0730-1600
Registration and Information Desk Open

Government / Military Only
0800-0930
SOF Roundtable (Government Only)

Moderator: Dr. Keenan Yoho, Vice President, Global SOF Foundation (CONFIRMED)
Major General Jaime Iñiguez Andrade, Commander, Joint Special Operations Command, Spain (CONFIRMED)

GSF Corporate Partner-only Session: Spanish Defense Industry
0830-0930
Plenary Session
0930-0940
Welcome and Administrative Remarks

0940-1015
Keynote Speech: TBD

1015-1130
Illicit Networks Spanning Ibero-America, North Africa and Europe

Moderator: Ms. Catherine Herridge, Chief Intelligence Correspondent, Fox News Channel (Invited)
Dr. Carlos Echeverría de Jesús, Professor of International Relations, National Distance Learning University, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), (CONFIRMED)
Representative from, Special Operations, Belgium (CONFIRMED)
Mr. Alberto Furmanski, Ambassador, Embassy of Colombia, Madrid (Invited)
Major General Daniel Grammatico, Director of Operations, Military Staff, European Union (CONFIRMED)
Mr. Abdoulaye Koumare, Ambassador, Embassy of Mali, Madrid (Invited)
Mr. Garry Reid, Director for Defense Intelligence (Intelligence and Security), Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (CONFIRMED)
General Mamadou Sow, Ambassador, Embassy of Senegal, Madrid (CONFIRMED)

1130-1200
Networking Break in the Exhibit Area

Plenary Session
1200-1245
Keynote Speech: TBD

Mr. Juan Carlos Pinzon, Former Minister of Defense, Colombia (CONFIRMED)

1245-1400
Networking Lunch

SOF Slam
1400-1430
SOF Slam: Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Integration into SOF

Mr. Robert (Bob) Brush, President, Point One, and Master Chief EOD, U.S. Navy (Ret.) (CONFIRMED)

Plenary Session
1430-1545
What it takes to be a SOF Component Headquarters

Moderator: Mr. Stephen Wisotzki, Global Security and Investigations, JPMorgan Chase (CONFIRMED)
Brigadier General Torgeir Gratrud, Commander, Special Operations, Norway (Invited)
Major General Jaime Iñiguez Andrade, Commander, Joint Special Operations Command, Spain (CONFIRMED)
Rear Admiral Laurent Isnard, Commander, Special Operations, France (Invited)
Vice Admiral Colin Kilrain, Commander, NATO Special Operations Headquarters (CONFIRMED)
Brigadier General Wojciech Marchwica, Commander, Special Operations, Poland (Invited)
Colonel Riho Ühtegi, Commander, Special Operations, Estonia (Invited)

1545-1630
Closing Remarks

Major General Jaime Iñiguez Andrade, Commander, Joint Special Operations Command, Spain (CONFIRMED)

Evening Reception at Historic Casino Madrid
1800-1900
Bus Transportation to Reception at Casino Madrid

1900-2100
Reception

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