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Wednesday, September, 26, 2018

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

Confirmed Countries

Australia
Belgium
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Croatia
Czech Republic
Estonia
France

Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Kuwait
Libya
Lithuania
The Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal

Romania
Senegal
Serbia
Slovakia
Spain
Switzerland
Turkey
United Kingdom
United States

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About the Global SOF Foundation
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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.

Opening Remarks

Master of Ceremonies Mr. Robert Howe, President and Chief Operating Officer, System High Corporation
General Fernando Alejandre Martínez, Chief of Defense, Spain

0945-1100
Senior Leader Conversation

Moderator: Mr. Peter Bergen, Vice President, New America
Mr. Garry Reid, Director for Defense Intelligence (Intelligence and Security), Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence

1100-1145
Coffee Break in Exhibit Area
Foyer
1145-1300
Media and SOF: Balancing Openness with Operational Security

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

1300-1430
Networking Lunch
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Foyer
Plenary Session
Londres/Bristol/Oxford
1430-1530
Hezbollah’s (Military Wing) Global Criminal Support Network

Mr. John Fernandez, Special Operations Division, Counter-Narco Terrorism Operations Center, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

1530-1600
SOF Slam: Electronic Warfare

Mr. Kelly Dunn, President, CTL-Systemware

1600-1630
Networking Break
Foyer
1630-1700
Keynote Speech: U.S. Operations in Africa

The Honorable Alexander M. Laskaris, Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, U.S. Africa Command

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Area
1700-1830
Foyer
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Thursday Agenda September 27, 2018
0730-1600
Registration and Information Desk Open
Atrium 2
0800-1430
Exhibit Hall Open
Foyer
Government / Military Only
Estrasburgo
0800-0930
SOF Roundtable (Government Only)

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

Estrasburgo
Plenary Session
Londres/Bristol/Oxford
0930-0940
Welcome and Administrative Remarks

Master of Ceremonies Mr. Remi Eriksen, Chief Executive Officer, MAS Special Operations Training

0940-1015
Keynote Speech

The Honorable Maria Elena Gómez Castro, Director, General Directorate of Defense Policy

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

Moderator: Mr. Peter Bergen, Vice President, New America
Dr. Carlos Echeverría de Jesús, Professor of International Relations, National Distance Learning University, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia
Major General Daniel Grammatico, Director of Operations, Military Staff, European Union
His Excellency Gen Mamadou Sow, Ambassador, Embassy of Senegal, Madrid

1130-1200
Networking Break in the Exhibit Area
Foyer
Plenary Session
Londres/Bristol/Oxford
1200-1245
Keynote Speech: TBD

His Excellency Juan Carlos Pinzón, Former Minister of Defense, Colombia

1245-1400
Networking Lunch
Foyer
SOF Slam
Londres/Bristol/Oxford
1400-1430
SOF Slam: Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Integration into SOF

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

Plenary Session
Londres/Bristol/Oxford
1430-1545
What it takes to be a SOF Component Headquarters

Moderator: Mr. Stephen Wisotzki, Global Security and Investigations, JPMorgan Chase
Major General Jaime Iñiguez Andrade, Commander, Joint Special Operations Command, Spain
Vice Admiral Colin Kilrain, Commander, NATO Special Operations Headquarters
Air Brig Gen Philippe Morales, Deputy Commander, Special Operations, France
Colonel Riho Ühtegi, Commander, Special Operations, Estonia (Invited)

1545-1600
Closing Remarks

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

NATO Parliamentary Assembly Briefing
1630-1730
Estrasburgo
This is a closed door session with NSHQ.
Evening Reception at Historic Casino Madrid
1830-1900
Bus Transportation to Reception at Casino Madrid

1900-2100
Reception

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