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The 33rd annual National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Special Operations / Low-Intensity Conflict (SO/LIC) Symposium was held at the JW Marriot in Washington D.C. on November 17-18, 2022. AIC’s President, Dean M. Hoffman IV (Ret. Col), serves on the NDIA SO/LIC board and contributed to the symposium as the event coordinator and Master of Ceremonies (M.C.). The event brought together key members of government, military, academia, and industry to further strategic dialogue on national security issues.

NDIA is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit. The SO/LIC division seeks to help industry, government, and the public understand the critical role of special operations and low-intensity conflict forces in U.S. national security strategy. In keeping with the mission, the 2022 symposium’s theme focused on “SOF- Building Enduring Advantages with Allies and Partners”.

Some of the featured Department of Defense (DoD) speakers included:

  • Chris Maier, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict

  • Erin Logan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations Policy and Programs, Secretariat for Special Operations

  • Richard Tilley, Director for Joint Force Development of the Joint Staff and Director of the Office of Irregular Warfare and Competition

  • Kristen Hajduk, National Capital Region, National Security Innovation Network, Department of Defense, Regional Director.

Additional speakers included Dr. David Bray, Distinguished Fellow at Henry S. Stimson Center and Atlantic Council, and Dr. Brian Edlow, Critical Care Neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

For more information on the event or topics discussed, contact Dean Hoffman at


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