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Wednesday - Main Agenda



Panel: Partnerships as a Pacing Item

10 May 2023
Marriott Water Street - Floor 2 - Grand Ballroom
General Sessions

Strategic competition is a contest not just of will, technology, alliances, and arms races – it is a competition for influence. Influence has a human face and relates to population dynamics and governance. Modernly, influence is far less about the words we say, or in getting others to do for us what they otherwise might not do; rather influence is about how our actions are perceived, be that to deter those who seek to disrupt a rules-based order or be it to provide hope and inspiration to those who see their interests served by the same. The panelists will provide insights into how SOF’s emphasis and investment in people yields value in strategic competition. These leaders will also discuss the criticality of Special Operations Forces’ unique multi-domain capabilities that provide asymmetric options for the nation in the competition for influence among rival great powers.

Lieutenant General Antonio Fletcher, Commander - NATO SOF Headquarters
Dr. Nora Bensahel, Visiting Professor of Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Contributing Editor "War on the Rocks"
Brigadier General Peter Huntley, Commander - U.S. Special Operations Command South
Major General (Ret.) Michael Repass, Former Commander - Special Operations Command Europe
Major General (Ret.) Delfin Lorenzana, Former Minister of Defense, Philippines
Major General Michael Martin, Commander - U.S. Special Operations Korea

  • We are extremely excited USSOCOM selected GSOF to co-sponsor its newly envisioned “SOF Week” in 2023. SOF Week will be a national convention for U.S. SOF and include a more diverse slate of programs, to include professional development sessions, operator-driven discussions, and family-focused conversations. In 2020, GSOF was designated as a National Military Association by the U.S. Department of Defense, and we look forward to working with USSOCOM to make “SOF Week” 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.