New Sponsorship Opportunity| 33nd Annual NDIA SO/LIC Symposium

33rd Annual NDIA SO/LIC Symposium

Register today to attend the 33rd Annual NDIA SO/LIC Symposium taking place at the JW Marriott Washington, DC on November 17 – 18, 2022.


Panel Highlight: Irregular Warfare Panel – Why Gray Zone Conflicts Will Become More Numerous

In 2014, Russia crossed the threshold in Ukraine. Traditional military conflict involving large scale conventional forces have predominantly given way to a hybrid warfare involving cyberattacks, information campaigns, and a variety of other non-violent tactics. The world’s far more brazen autocracies are challenging the established international order and competing with the United States and its Allies. State and non-state actors are increasingly pursuing their national objectives in a little-understood arena: the so-called “gray zone” between peace and open conflict. Examples include Russia’s use of “little green men” in Crimea, Wagner group activities in Africa and Syria, China’s coercive use of economics through its Belt and Road Initiative, and their “little blue men” or maritime militia in disputed island chains. We are witnessing Russian state propaganda aggressively rallying its population to continue its brutal and unnecessary war in Ukraine. The Department of Defense has charged USSOCOM as the proponent for Irregular Warfare.

This panel will examine several case studies of new and emerging challenges, how the department and USSOCOM is evolving to compete globally, and how we must think differently about Irregular Warfare and Gray Zone conflicts through a policy and strategy lens.

CMSgt Greg Smith, USAF (Ret)
Former United States Special Operations Command Senior Enlisted Leader

BG Jasper Jeffers, USA
Deputy Director for Special Operations and Counter-Terrorism

Seth Jones
Senior Advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Author – Three Dangerous Men

For the working agenda, list of speakers, and session descriptions, visit Watch your inbox for another featured panel email soon!

Featured Opportunity

Increase your exposure within the SOF community by purchasing a sponsorship for this year’s symposium. Sponsorship opportunities are now available! Below, you will find a featured opportunity. For a complete list, visit the sponsorship opportunities website.

SO/LIC Tribute Video | $12,000 (Exclusive or Multiple Contributions Available)
This video will be viewed at the SO/LIC Awards Dinner and throughout the Symposium and will highlight the award winners, as well as the importance of SOF legacy and contributions to current efforts.

Sponsor recognition where video is posted or being played
Recognition of sponsor on walk-in slide for General Session
Sponsor logo and URL on event website
Sponsor logo in symposium mobile app

Contact Sarah O’Hanley at for more information.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

The 33rd Annual NDIA SO/LIC Symposium planning team continues to monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation as the health of our event participants, members, and partners remains our top priority. We are committed to following the guidelines and precautions as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Attendees can expect to see the following at NDIA events:

PROOF OF VACCINATION: At present, all attendees will be required to provide proof of full vaccination OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test within three (3) days prior to badge pick-up. NDIA will only allow the following tests that are administered by a medical professional: Rapid Antigen, Rapid PCR, and Regular PCR tests. Proof of antibodies or self administered/at-home tests will not be accepted. NOTE: COVID testing is the financial responsibility of the attendee.
MASKS: Attendees who are fully vaccinated (defined as 2 weeks after a 2 dose vaccine or 2 weeks after a single dose vaccine) may choose to wear a mask. Attendees who are unvaccinated will be required to wear a mask at all times indoors. Attendees should keep their masks conservative, professional, and in keeping with dignity and respect. Face coverings with demeaning or derogatory logos, profanity, offensive script or imagery, or political dissent are not authorized.
WAIVER: All registrants are required to sign the COVID-19 waiver during the online registration process.
SOCIAL DISTANCING: Additional venue space will be available to allow for attendees to spread out.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE: Food and beverage areas will be designed to minimize touch points utilizing individually packaged or attended stations.

For a full list of precautions to expect at the 33rd Annual NDIA SO/LIC Symposium please visit our event Health and Safety FAQ.

More information about the event will follow, so please continue to visit the event website for updates.

Questions? Contact Tiffiney Smith at

November 17 – 18, 2022

JW Marriott Washington, DC
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Tiffiney Smith
Meeting Manager
(703) 247-2554

National Defense Industrial Association
2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22201

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