Global SOF Foundation Imperatives Initiative and Forum

Capitol Forum Agenda

Washington, D.C.

Wednesday

February 12
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Imperatives Forum

All Day | U.S. Capitol Visitors Center
  • 08:00 – Registration and Breakfast Reception | Atrium

  • 08:45 – Program kickoff transition
    Attendees make their way into Congressional Auditorium

Morning Imperatives Session
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  • 09:05 – Welcome Remarks & Morning Master of Ceremony Introduction
    Meaghan Keeler-Pettigrew, COO, Global SOF Foundation

  • 09:10 – Morning Keynote Speakers Introduction
    Linnea Gavrilis, Principal, EY

  • 09:15 – Morning Keynote Speaker Session
    Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Chair, Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities and Chair, Senate SOF Caucus

  • 09:35 – Panel Introduction
    Linnea Gavrilis, Principal, EY

  • 09:40 – Panel: “The State of the Force”
    Moderator: Lt Gen (Ret) Thomas Trask
    Panelist: Christopher Miller, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Special Operations and Combating Terrorism, U.S. Department of Defense
    Panelist: VADM Tim Szymanski, Deputy Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command

  • 10:30 – Morning Break

  • 10:45 – Panel Introduction
    Linnea Gavrilis, Principal, EY

  • 10:50 – Panel: “The Role of ASD SO/LIC”
    Moderator: Catherine Herridge, CBS News
    Panelist: Michael Lumpkin, ASD SO/LIC, Former
    Panelist: Brian Sheridan, ASD SO/LIC, Former
    Panelist: Mark Mitchell, ASD SO/LIC, Former

  • 11:30 – Panel Introduction
    Linnea Gavrilis, Principal, EY

  • 11:35 – Panel: “Small Business Support for SOF”
    Moderator: Lori Larsen, Chief Strategy Officer, Celestar Corporation
    Panelist: David Loines, Director, Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, Small Business Administration
    Panelist: Mike McWilliams, Small Business Program Manager, Office of Small Business Programs, U.S. Department of the Air Force
    Panelist: Pamela Callicutt, Deputy Director, Office of Small Business Programs, U.S. Department of the Army

  • 12:10 – Morning Session Conclusion
    Meaghan Keeler-Pettigrew, COO, Global SOF Foundation

Lunch Sessions
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  • 12:15 – Small Business Panelist Q&A Lunch | North Congressional Meeting Room

  • 12:15 – Networking Lunch
    Open to all Forum attendees

Afternoon Imperatives Session
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  • 13:15 – Afternoon Master of Ceremony Introduction
    Meaghan Keeler-Pettigrew, COO, Global SOF Foundation

  • 13:20 – Panel Introduction
    Brett Pierson, Vice President, Textron Aviation Defense

  • 13:25 – Panel: “Future of the Force: AI, Innovation, Recruitment”
    Moderator: Dr. Keenan Yoho, Vice President, Global SOF Foundation
    Panelist: Gregory Allen, Chief of Strategy and Communications, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center
    Panelist: Lt Gen James Slife, Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command

  • 14:05 – Panel Introduction
    Brett Pierson, Vice President, Textron Aviation Defense

  • 14:10 – Panel: “Light Attack Support to SOF”
    Moderator: LTG (Ret) John Mulholland
    Panelist: Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL)
    Panelist:  Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO)
    Panelist: Lt Gen James Slife, Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command

  • 15:00 – Afternoon Networking Break

  • 15:25 – Afternoon Keynote Speakers Introduction
    Brett Pierson, Vice President, Textron Aviation Defense

  • 15:30 – Afternoon Member Keynote Speaker Remarks and Q&A
    Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), Co-Chair, Congressional SOF Caucus

  • 15:55 – Concluding Remarks and Closing Keynote Speaker Introduction
    Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA)

  • 16:00 – Closing Keynote Remarks
    Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA)

  • 16:15 – Afternoon Session Conclusion
    Meaghan Keeler-Pettigrew, COO, Global SOF Foundation

Global SOF Foundation Imperatives Forum Congressional Reception
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  • 16:30 – 18:00 – Forum Reception