Empowering SOF through global partnership. 

Stuart Bradin


"Early adopter versus late adapter" seems to be the theme for the growth of the Global SOF Foundation (GSF). In less than two years the GSF has experienced incredible growth -- 1,100 individual members from 43 nations and 53 Corporate Partners. If you have not taken the time to join as an individual member then you should stop reading right now and go to  https://globalsoffoundation.org/join-gsf . The GSF is the only SOF professional association in the world, and if you care about SOF and you want to help advocate for SOF, then you should join and help row.
The GSF just hosted its second Global SOF Symposium at Innisbrook Resort, and we had a blast. We had 442 people from 28 countries attend -- an almost 30% increase from 2015. This is an event that will continue to grow in importance to the SOF community and to policy makers. We are in the process of locking in the details for 2017, and we promise another great event.
On October 26-28, 2016, the GSF is co-hosting its first symposium outside of the U.S. in Vilnius, Lithuania with the Lithuanian Defense and Security Industrial Association. We are in the process of finalizing the details of this event. Stay tuned to  http://www.globalsofsymposium.org/europe  for information as it becomes available. If you have not been to Lithuania or attended a GSF event, I encourage you to attend this symposium because we anticipate having Minister of Defense level representatives in one of the best cities in Europe.
On May 23, 2016 we will mark our second anniversary with a reception during SOFIC in Tampa. Historically we average around 800 people, and these receptions are crowded and hot. This year it is International SOF Week, so we expect a lot of international SOF partners and another large crowd for what is the best networking event of the week. To meet the demand we have moved the reception to Cruise Terminal 2 at the Port of Tampa. Terminal 2 is huge and can handle the crowds, and the air conditioning is "industrial" so no one will melt. If you have not already done so, go to  https://globalsoffoundation.org/annual-sofic-reception and register now.
See you in May.


Annual SOFIC Reception on May 23rd
This is the best networking event of the week! We moved to a bigger location, and this year's event will cover new ground.  You don't want to miss it.

We have a problem with the word "Partner"

We all know that there are more than "five eyes" who are near-peers in terms of tactical SOF capability, but we can't get over our own moniker of being special to get to the true nature of the problem.  Read More. 

-- an article written exclusively for the Global SOF Foundation by retired US Army COL Jeff Goble.

Global SOF Symposium 2016 Brought Together 28 Countries

Check out the photos and video.

Read our blog on 7 key takeaways.

AAFMAA Wealth Management & Trust (AWMT) joins  SOF for Life 

AWMT delivers financial planning, investment management, and trust services. Founded in 1879, AAFMAA is the oldest private, not-for-profit organization exclusively serving the American armed forces community.  Read More.
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Think you have what it takes for work for the Global SOF Foundation? 

We're looking for a Director of Partner Relations based in the Washington, DC area! Apply here.

Thank You to Our Featured Partners
Adobe is the global leader in digital marketing and digital media solutions. Our tools and services allow our customers to create groundbreaking digital content, deploy it across media and devices, measure and optimize it over time and achieve greater business success. 

Accenture LLP is a leading global professional services company, providing management consulting, technology and outsourcing services to over 4,000 clients across 40 industries in over 120 countries. Accenture is ranked within the Top 100 'Global Defense Companies' as well as the Top 20 'Federal Contractors' by DefenseNews and Washington Technology.

Learn how Accenture made a commitment to hire 5,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.

  Technical Innovation delivers state of the art turnkey solutions, specializing in multi-classification video teleconferencing command and control centers, and offers comprehensive managed services to today's mission critical environments as well as the entire intelligence community. 

Save these Dates!
  • May 23, 2016: Annual SOFIC Reception in Tampa, FL (New and bigger location!)
  • Oct. 26-28, 2016: Global SOF Symposium - Europe in Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Nov. 16, 2016:
    Annual National Capital Region Reception in Washington, DC








By the numbers...

Over 930 individual members

Over 480 Active Duty military and police

85 Lifetime Members

48 countries represented

53 Corporate Partners