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2024 Media Coverage


Real Clear Defense
SOCOM Kicks Off SOF Week in Tampa | RealClearDefense

Fox News
SOCOM conducts US military demonstrations in Florida with helicopters, paratroopers, counter attacks and more
SOCOM conducts US military demonstrations in Florida with helicopters, paratroopers, counter attacks and more US militaries including Navy SEALs, Army personnel and more gathered in Tampa, Florida, for SOF Week.

Breaking Defense

The sights of SOF Week 2024 [Photos] - Breaking Defense

RF Global Net
Strength In Unity SOF Week 2024 Brings Together Global Operators
SOF Week is a convention for the entire SOF Community, akin to an “AUSA National Meeting” for the U.S. Army or the “AFA National Convention” for the U.S. Air Force. This year SOF Week is taking place May 6-10.

UK defence firm BAE Systems confident on growth | Reuters
BAE's order book, like that of many western defence companies, has swelled over the last two years as governments have reacted to heightened geopolitical risk in the wake of the war in Ukraine and amid growing tensions with China.

Yahoo Finance

SOF Week 2024: Immersive Wisdom awarded DoD-wide Five-Year sole-source

$25MM ordering contract through GFY 2029 by the U.S. Air Force for groundbreaking TRL-9 No-Bandwidth and Low-Bandwidth Communications Software
Immersive Wisdom, Inc., provider of a proven TRL-9 distributed communications and ops center software platform for Denied, Degraded, Intermittent, and Limited-Bandwidth (DDIL) environments announced at SOF Week 2024 that it has been awarded a DoD-wide five-year sole-source $25MM ceiling IDIQ ordering contract by the USAF for its No-Bandwidth and Low-Bandwidth communications software.

sUAS News
Mayman Aerospace unveiling first full-scale model of Razor™ P100 military VTOL during SOF Week 2024 – sUAS News

What tech and gear to special ops troops want? A roundup from SOF Week

Soldier Systems Daily

‘Power of Partnerships’ is Focus of Special Operations Forces Convention

TAMPA, Fla. — Senior leadership from U.S. Special Operations Command today emphasized the significant role that partnership plays in accomplishing the mission of special operations forces during keynote remarks at the start of Special Operations Forces Week 2024 in Tampa. While delivering a joint speech to roughly 3,000 convention attendees, Army Gen. Bryan P. Fenton and Army Command Sgt. Maj. Shane W. Shorter — Socom’s commander and senior enlisted leader, respectively — spoke about how global challenges require international SOF solutions.

“We often speak about the power of partnerships, and we want to double down on that today because this conference is the manifestation of the power of partnerships,” Fenton said.

Framing SOF Week as “a collision of differing perspectives crucial to solving intractable problems that our [partner and ally] nations depend on special operations to solve,” Fenton and Shorter spent the early part of their remarks recapping Socom’s three priorities: people, win, and transform.

Defense Aerospace Report with Vago Muradian
Defense & Aerospace Daily Podcast [May 08, 24] SOFWeek & CISA President Cup Winners

Cavas Ships Podcast

CAVASSHIPS Podcast [May 10, ’24] Ep: 144 Naval Special Warfare's Renaissance - Defense & Aerospace Report

Army Recognition
Galvion Unveils BATLCHRG Wireless Charging Concept for Combat Systems at SOF Week 2024
At the Special Operations Forces (SOF) Week 2024, Galvion, a global leader in power and data management solutions and innovative head protection systems, will showcase its new wireless charging concept for combat systems, named BATLCHRG. This presentation follows the January 2024 announcement of a strategic investment partnership with Canadian technology company Quaze Technologies.

Anduril Industries unveils its new AI-driven Pulsar EW System at SOF Week 2024

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Rogue 1 Drone Introduced at SOF Week | SOFREP
The battlefield of tomorrow is taking shape, and the US Marine Corps is at the forefront of this evolution. A new weapon system, the Rogue 1 drone, promises to revolutionize how Marines engage enemies, offering a potent blend of lethality and precision.

This man-portable, 10-pound (4.5-kilogram) loitering munition—as unveiled at last week’s Special Operations Forces (SOF) Week convention in Tampa—packs a powerful punch, capable of taking down infantry, armored vehicles, and even disabling enemy tanks with surgical accuracy.

Joint Forces .com

Galvion Introduces BATLCHRG at SOF Week 2024 | Joint Forces News Spectra Launches GENSS at SOF Week 2024 | Joint Forces News

European Security and Defense

Overwatch looks to SOF Week to penetrate US market with its loitering munitions - European Security & Defence

The Atlas News

SOF Week: Autonomy and AI Take Lead with Future of Tactical Lethality | Atlas News

I had spent the past week at SOF Week in Tampa to see what the latest innovations were in the defense space and one thing was blatantly obvious: The rise of artificial intelligence and autonomy in modern warfare. To many, this is quite obvious, but to see the sheer amount of AI-augmented technology presented at the conference painted a clear picture as the future of global conflict and the capabilities that will be fielded, from intelligence tools, logistics management, and kinetic effects.

'Power of Partnerships' Is Focus of Special Operations Forces Convention

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Defense News

Special operations role in great power competition needs work

TAMPA, Fla. — Special operations will play an important role in competition with China and Russia, but that role needs refining, according to military officials.

U.S. Special Operations Command made major contributions during the Cold War and could be critical again, a retired general said during a Wednesday panel at the Global SOF Foundation’s SOF Week here. But one challenge is determining who’s in charge. Special operations can’t run the show but they can be at the front of where policy decisions meet the messiness of real-world operations.

Driverless boats, enduring sensors on the special ops maritime menu


TAMPA, Fla. — From lightening the load for combat divers to producing autonomous watercraft to adding in data-based technology to its systems, the office in charge of special operations maritime assets has one objective: access.

That’s how U.S. Navy Capt. Randy Slaff, program executive officer for U.S. Special Operation Command’s maritime technology unit, summed up the host of equipping needs for his team on Tuesday at the SOF Week conference.

Navigation tools, electric-powered fleet top of mind for special ops


TAMPA, Fla. — Special operations rotary-wing pilots need to be able to navigate without GPS, and the fleet itself is in need of electric-powered aircraft, according to the program executive officer for U.S. Special Operations Command’s rotary-wing assets.

Those features are not simply nice to have, but are necessities to keep these crucial platforms flying in contested environments, Geoff Downer said Tuesday at the SOF Week conference in Florida.

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Military Embedded Systems (Show Daily)

DoD must be more agile to counter the rise of drones, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says - Military Embedded Systems

The rapid evolution and usage of inexpensive uncrewed aerial systems (UASs) and surface vessels (USVs) on the battlefield exposes a need for the U.S. Department of Defense and the defense industrial base to be more agile and able to field capabilities quicker, Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during his keynote at SOF Week.

"If you think about the character of war and how it has changed, if you think about what we're seeing in Ukraine but also what we're seeing in the Middle East on one-way UASs as well as uncrewed surface vessels and everything else, I think SOF has a role," he said.

MORE at  Shephard Media (Show Daily)

SOF capabilities demonstration returns to Tampa (video) | Shephard

Stu Bradin, President and CEO of the Global SOF Foundation, said the ‘Battle of the Bay’ demonstration, along with the exhibition and sessions throughout the week, would showcase some of the best technology available to SOF operators.

This year, SOF Week features an expanded exhibition hall, organised by USSOCOM PEO areas, with 767 exhibitors, six country pavilions and 20,000 visitors attending.

JFD showcases Shadow Seal TDV at SOF Week, eyes US market expansion | Shephard Cubic highlights real-time tactical radio language translation (video) | Shephard MORE at


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Fox 13 10 Tampa Bay Bay News 9

Battle of the Bay to take over downtown Tampa today

Tampa Bay Times

Hear loud noises by Tampa Convention Center this week? Here’s what that is

The Tampa Post
“Quiet Professionals” from around the world are coming to Tampa Bay. It’s all about ‘Safety and Security.’

SOF Week Military Demonstration Returns to Tampa Convention Center



2023 Media Coverage

  • SOF Week SITREP #1

    17 Mar 2023 Global SOF Foundation

    This is part 1 of a blog series about SOF Week 2023, taking place in Tampa, FL from 8 – 11 MAY 2023. To learn more about SOF Week, visit our website,

    The views expressed below are solely those of GSOF. Our co-sponsorship of this event does not imply endorsement of GSOF, its services, or products by the United States Government, the Department of Defense, or U.S. Special Operations Command.


  • Official Media Partner of SOF Week 2023

    14 Feb 2023 Military Embedded Systems

    TAMPA, Florida. The Global SOF Foundation and Clarion Events have announced that Military Embedded Systems and Shephard Media will serve as the official media partners and produce the official show daily of SOF Week 2023, the global event for the special operations community. As part of the agreement, Military Embedded Systems and Shephard Media will produce the Official Event Guide, provide coverage of the show across web and video, and produce the Official Digital Show Daily.

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  • SOF Week, MOSA, and uncrewed news

    28 Feb 2023 Military Embedded Systems

    Military Embedded Systems, in partnership with Shephard Media in the United Kingdom, have been named the official Media and Show Daily Partners for SOF Week 2023. The event – scheduled to be held in Tampa, Florida, the week of May 8, 2023 -- is managed by the Global SOF Foundation and Clarion Events on behalf of the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).



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  • SOF Week 2023: Day 1

    09 May 2023 SOF News

    The editor of SOF News is spending this week covering the SOF Week event in Tampa, Florida. Hosted by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), this event is packed with everything one would want to see at a SOF conference and exhibition.


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  • SOF Week 2023 Update

    11 May 2023 SOF News

    Attending SOF Week 2023 here in Tampa, Florida has been very beneficial. It was an opportunity to see hundreds of displays of equipment and services that are available to the special operations community.


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  • Special Operations Warrior Foundation appearing at SOF Week

    07 May 2023 Military Embedded Systems

    SOF WEEK 2023 -- TAMPA, Fla. Participating in SOF Week 2023 is the (SOWF), a non-profit organization with an enduring promise to the children of fallen Special Operations (SOF) Personnel and the children of all service members awarded the Medal of Honor to fund education for children of fallen Special Operations Warriors.

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  • The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) will 'heavily invest’ in cyber effects and space-based capabilities to support counter-violent extremist organization (C-VEO) operations, according to its commander, General Bryan P Fenton. In his keynote address at SOF Week on 9th May, Fenton described how physical caliphates sought by the likes of ISIS and Al Qaeda ‘might be contained today’, but went on to warn how their “extremist ideology is still unconstrained.’


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  • The top acquisition official for US Special Operations Command doesn’t plan to open an independent program office to deal with artificial intelligence, only because he believes that in short order AI will be so ubiquitous that it will naturally be integrated into just about everything from operations to acquisitions.



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  • Discussions and debates about how U.S. and allied SOF must become more capable and ready for an era of growing strategic tensions and conflicts are central to this year’s SOF Week conference in Tampa, Florida.




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  • The head of US special operations says he doesn’t necessarily see a “direct linkage” between some of the lessons learned in Ukraine and those useful in a potential conflict with China, but Kyiv’s defense of its country has emphasized another, more general rule: When it comes to international partner forces, “be there early.” 


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  • We are extremely excited to convene the community at SOF Week 2024. This convention for U.S. and International SOF will include a diverse slate of programs, to include professional development sessions, interactive discussions about the future of SOF, and an up-close view of some of the best tech available to our warfighters. GSOF looks forward to working with USSOCOM to make SOF Week 2024 an impactful event.
    Stuart Bradin
    President and CEO, GSOF


Co-sponsorship of this event does not imply endorsement of GSOF, its services, or products by the United States Government, the Department of Defense, or U.S. Special Operations Command.