Panel Highlight| 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. Read below to learn about one of our featured panels: The SOF Operator and Cognitive Domain.


Panel Highlight: The SOF Operator and Cognitive Domain

Panel Description: 20 years of sustained combat operations have created a new phenomenon across the joint force. SOLIC and USSOCOM have recognized the enduring effects of these operations. In 2020, SOLIC and USSOCOM added a fifth POTFF domain, the Cognitive Domain, designed to enhance, monitor, advance, and protect the cognitive health and performance of the SOF operator. The goal is to maximize cognitive functioning of individual and collective SOF through appropriate monitoring exposures to blasts and impacts, assessing brain functioning and cognitive performance, and training. The primary priorities of the Cognitive Domain include cognitive enhancement, exposure monitoring, and brain health protection. USSOCOM, in conjunction with the Martino Center for Neurological Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, began a study on the effects of repetitive low-level blast exposure.  This study, ReBlast, is among several initiatives breaking new ground in mapping and understanding Traumatic Brain Injury and its effects on cognitive function, neuroplasticity, and human performance.

SGM Matthew Parrish, USA

Senior Enlisted Leader, Preservation of the Force and Family Program, U.S. Special
Operations Command


VADM Timothy Szymanski, USA (Ret)

Former Deputy Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command

Dr. Yelena Bodien

Assistant Investigator, Neurology, Neurocritical Care Faculty, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Brian Edlow

Critical Care Neurologist, Neurocritical Faculty, Massachusetts General Hospital

For the working agenda, list of speakers, and session descriptions, visit


Gain visibility and increase your exposure within the SOF community by purchasing a sponsorship for this year’s symposium. Below you will find a few featured opportunities. For a complete list, visit the sponsorship opportunities website

Premier | $13,000 Exclusive
Become the overall conference sponsor with exclusive and customized recognition! To include branded notebooks distributed to attendees, an awards dinner table & more.
Networking Breaks | $3,000 Each
Reach attendees with your brand as they break for refreshments while mingling and building connections.
Patriot | $2,000 Each
Continue to support the community and increase your visibility at an affordable cost. Limited opportunities available and must be a Small Business to qualify.

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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