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Mr. Daniel Folliard

Mr. Daniel Folliard

Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer, U.S. Special Operations Command

Mr. Folliard is a career civil servant and the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer at U.S. Special Operations Command. As a direct report to the Commanding General, he is responsible for accelerating the Command’s transition to a data-driven enterprise and creating decision advantage from the headquarters to the tactical edge.

Mr. Folliard joined U.S. Special Operations Command from senior executive roles in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. His most recent assignment was to establish the Department of Defense Chief Digital and AI Office, where he served as its first Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Folliard previously served in the Immediate Office of the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense, where he was a Special Assistant and Senior Advisor directly supporting multiple Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries across several Administrations on strategy execution, corporate governance, and the development of enterprise data analytics.

Prior to his work in the Secretary’s office, Mr. Folliard served in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. He was the Director of the Iraq and C-ISIL Coalition Team in the Middle East Office for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs during the campaign to defeat ISIL. He was also the Country Director for Pakistan in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian & Pacific Security Affairs. Mr. Folliard worked a strategist for the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Forces, where he contributed to defense planning efforts to support the 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance and the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review.

Mr. Folliard was the lead civil servant on the DoD Transition Task Force in 2016- 2017. He also worked on detail to the Executive Office of the President as a program examiner in the National Security Division at the Office of Management and Budget. Mr. Folliard began his federal service as an intelligence analyst in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (J2) and Defense Intelligence Agency.

He earned undergraduate degrees at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), where he was a Morehead Scholar, and a masters degree from Georgetown University. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the Paul H. Nitze Award for Excellence in International Affairs, and four Meritorious Civilian Service Awards. He was a term member on the Council on Foreign Relations.


  • 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.