Global SOF Foundation
JULY 2015
Letter from Stu
Stuart Bradin
Stuart Bradin
The concept for the Global SOF Foundation (GSF) came from Keith Masback, the President of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF). In 2013, he asked me: "Why doesn't special operations have a foundation or association that advocates for the community outside of government?" It was a good question.

After work hours, several of us studied the USGIF and put pen to paper to draft the GSF bylaws and structure. The USGIF staff opened their doors to us and shared 10 years of experience that I believe has saved the GSF three to five years of painful learning.

GEOINT 2013* took place in Tampa in April 2014, and we were able to meet a lot of great partners that support SOF. Again USGIF supported us in every way, and we began to get exposure for the GSF brand. The first man over the wall always gets bloody. We were new, and we took a lot of shots from people that were misinformed, but we had great friends and support. We did not waiver.

On May 19, 2014 we hosted our inaugural reception at the Tampa Bay History Center, and we had over 800 people from 70 nations attend. We followed up with the first Global SOF Symposium in February 2015 with 350 attendees from 24 nations. In May 2015, our 1st anniversary reception drew over 600 people. BAMM! We have arrived.

Our plan for the first 18 months was to market the GSF and secure a good financial foundation. In one year we have hosted three major receptions, five Happy Hours and the 1st Global SOF Symposium. We did them all well, and we represented the SOF brand in a world class manner.

In the first year the GSF has gained 38 Corporate Partners, 600 Individual Members and 44 Lifetime Members. We did that with two full-time employees and the best partners and volunteers in the world. We set out to be the focal point of all global SOF activities, and we are rapidly moving there. No one has ever done what we are doing, and the GSF is a foundation that SOF can be proud to have represent the community.

The second year will be better, so chalk your chair and brace for impact.
Partner Spotlight
Scitor Corporation

For more than 35 years, Scitor Corporation has provided exemplary systems engineering and technical assistance to a wide variety of Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC) customers.  In May 2015, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) acquired Scitor, bringing together two great companies to provide integrated services and solutions to meet complex challenges.  Scitor, now an SAIC company, is a leading provider of DoD- and IC-focused, program management, systems engineering, systems integration, science and technology, policy, strategic planning, acquisition, cybersecurity, enterprise architecture, mission operations, and program advocacy services.


The breadth and depth of Scitor's experience covers SOF-specific and broader mission areas, such as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; communications and spectrum; nuclear and missile operations; missile defense; and space operations. Scitor also brings expertise in other non-traditional mission areas like Joint IED-Defeat, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), specialized logistics, and wargaming.


For the U.S. Air Force, Scitor provides full UAS life-cycle management support, to include: technical and operational expertise to assess customer requirements and system capabilities, as well as design, development, deployment and sustainment support, and advisory assistance on data processing, exploitation, and dissemination.


As the prime contractor of the High Altitude Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) Operational Experiment (HALOE), Scitor deploys and operates this one-of-a-kind, advanced LIDAR sensor with an extensive aircraft range for mapping large areas of interest.  The HALOE experimentation includes technology demonstrations and assessments for counter insurgency operations to advance state of the art in high-altitude off-nadir data collections.


SAIC and Scitor look forward to supporting SOF customers with a dedicated workforce committed to the tenets of integrity, ingenuity and collaboration with the goal of mission success.


POC: Chris Miller

Business Lead


Partner Spotlight
KippsDeSanto was founded in 2007 as an investment bank focused on delivering exceptional M&A advisory, private financing, and strategic consulting services to leading, growth-oriented aerospace / defense and technology companies. The company engages in sell- and buy-side M&A advisory and capital raises with predominantly middle market companies ranging from $25 million to $500 million in deal value. KippsDeSanto recognizes the importance of a potential transaction and capitalizes on real-time market insight, broad industry relationships, and exhaustive technical and strategic analysis to help each client realize their full value in a sales process or achieve growth through strategic acquisition. KippsDeSanto's senior team has advised on over 150 transactions totaling more than $10 billion in deal value. Since inception, KippsDeSanto has completed ~60 M&A transactions in its focus industries, developing a deep expertise with aerospace / defense and technology companies that support the missions of Special Operations Forces.

POC: Jamie Graham
Director of Business Development
The Individual Membership Annual Fee is $25
and Lifetime Membership is $500.

Membership is FREE to active duty military
and police personnel.

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In This Issue
GSF 1st Anniversary Reception

May 18, 2015
  • Over 600 attendees
  • Performance by Joe Forte and Ty James Band
  • All Corporate Partners received a "Plank Owner" award
View more photos here
Advancing the careers of this unique community without limits. For life.

What is SOF for Life?

A platform of mutually supporting and networked non-governmental programs that enable special operations personnel transitioning from military service to civilian employment. SOF for Life programs help prepare transitioning personnel above what the government provides.


What will it do?

Initially SOF for Life will consist of two programs. First, the Global SOF Foundation will host an online portal in which current and former SOF personnel can upload their resumes to be viewed by Global SOF Foundation corporate partners for employment opportunities.


The second SOF for Life program is run by The Honor Foundation: a rigorous 12-week transition program for SOF that are 12 - 18 months out from leaving military service, either through retirement or separation.


How do you participate?

You must apply to each program.


Save the Date:

National Capital Region Reception

November 18, 2015
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Ritz Carlton Pentagon City

Speaker: The Hon. Michael Lumpkin, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict
Global SOF Symposium 2016: 
Achieving SOF Interoperability

February 22-25, 2016
Innisbrook Resort
Palm Harbor, Florida 

Registration available by Fall 2015.
Online Member Directory

GSF Members will soon have access to an online member directory on the GSF website. Members in good standing will receive an email soon with login instructions.
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