2021 SOF Imperatives Forum

16 JUNE 2021    //     Virtual

The *virtual* 2021 Global SOF Imperatives Forum took place on 16 JUNE 2021. It convened senior U.S. government and military leaders, national security policy professionals, leading academics, and industry executives.

Attendees participated in interactive discussions about the unconventional threats facing SOF and how the U.S. military and government should respond.

The agenda was informed by the Global SOF Foundation’s annual SOF Imperatives publication, a platform document reflecting the critical issues facing U.S. SOF.



  • 0930 - 0935: Welcome Remarks
    COL (Ret.) Stu Bradin, CEO & President, Global SOF Foundation (Confirmed)

  • 0935 – 0955: Keynote Speaker
    Senator Joni Ernst, Ranking Member,
    Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, Senate
    Armed Services Committee; Co-Chair, Senate SOF Caucus (Confirmed)

  • 1000 - 1045: Keynote Speaker

    Ms. Melissa Dalton, Acting Assistant Secretary
    of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities (Confirmed)

  • 1045 - 1115: Break

  • 1115 - 1200: Senior Leader Conversation
    • Moderator: Ms. Meaghan Keeler-Pettigrew (Confirmed)
    • COL (Ret.) Keith Nightingale (Confirmed)
    • The Honorable Jim Locher (Confirmed)

  • 1200 - 1300: Break
  • 1300 - 1355: The State of the Force
    • Moderator: Ms. Linda Robinson, Director, Center for Middle East Public Policy, RAND Corporation (Confirmed)
    • LTG Fran M. Beaudette, Commanding General, USASOC (Confirmed)
    • Lt. Gen. Jame Slife, Commander, AFSOC (Confirmed)

  • 1400 - 1445: Senior Leader Conversation
    • Moderator:  Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Tom Trask (Confirmed)
    • Representative Adam Smith (Confirmed)
    • Representative Mike Rogers (Confirmed)
  • 1445 - 1500: Break

  • 1500 - 1545: The Future of Technology in Special Operations
    • Moderator: LTG (Ret.) Mike Nagata (Confirmed)
    • Dr. Lisa Costa, Chief Information Officer, USSOCOM (Confirmed)
    • LtGen Dennis A. Crall, Director, Joint Staff J6 (Confirmed)
    • Mr. Nand Mulchandani, CTO, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (Confirmed

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