Symposium Agenda 2022

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GSOF Symposium Europe features three educational days, including a number of keynote addresses and plenary sessions alongside more informal panel discussions.

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Government-only seminar (4 October 2022)    >>

Government-only seminar (4 October 2022)    >>

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09:00
  1. Symposium Theatre
    10 mins
    Welcome to Budapest! Who better to break the ice and kick off the Government-Only Day than COL (Ret) Stu Bradin. He’ll share his outlook for the Government-Only day, encourage interaction, and summarize the schedule.
09:10
  1. Symposium Theatre
    20 mins
    The Commander of Hungarian Defence Forces, Lt Gen Ruszin-Szendi, will set the scene for Government-Only day from a Hungarian perspective.
09:30
  1. Symposium Theatre
    30 mins
    Defense funding and acquisition varies across the globe. This session will allow government professionals from different nations to learn about the Hungarian process and discuss opportunities.
10:00
  1. Coffee Break / Cell Check
    Symposium Theatre
    30 mins
    Grab some refreshments, check your phones, and follow-up on conversations with your fellow attendees and speakers.
10:30
  1. Symposium Theatre
    30 mins
    Special Operations Forces Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, or SOF AT&L, is the Acquisition arm of U.S. Special Operations Command. Its Acquisition Executive, Mr. Jim Smith, will discuss key processes, lessons learned, and SOF-specific funding in the U.S.
11:00
  1. Symposium Theatre
    30 mins
    As a former commander of many SOF units and commands, up to and including U.S. Special Operations Command, ADM (Ret) McRaven holds a unique perspective on SOF Funding and Authorities. Hear his insights, lessons learned, and advice on this complex subject.
11:30
  1. Lunch
    60 mins
    Grab some locally-inspired cuisine, check your phones, and follow-up on conversations with your fellow attendees and speakers.
14:30
  1. Coffee Break / Cell Check
    30 mins
    Grab some refreshments, check your phones, and follow-up on conversations with your fellow attendees and speakers.
16:00
  1. Symposium Theatre
    60 mins
    The military is full of talented individuals with untapped potential and talents, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to compete with the private sector for young talent. Join these experts as they discuss the hows and whys of talent management.
17:00
  1. Symposium Theatre
    0 mins
    Our final speaker will briefly recap the events of the day, highlight recurring themes, and send attendees on their way to the next event–the Welcome Reception!
Full symposium (5-6 October 2022)      >>

Full symposium (5-6 October 2022)      >>

 

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09:00
  1. Symposium Theatre
    15 mins
    • Open Symposium

    Welcome to Budapest! Today’s Master of Ceremonies will share their outlook for the Symposium, encourage interaction, and summarize the schedule for the day.

09:15
  1. Symposium Theatre
    30 mins
    • Open Symposium

    The Minister of Defense of Hungary will share his vision for the Special Operations Forces of Hungary and multinational cooperation in the region.

09:45
  1. Symposium Theatre
    30 mins
    • Open Symposium
10:15
  1. Networking Break
    45 mins
    • Open Symposium
    Grab some refreshments, check your phones, and follow-up on conversations with your fellow attendees and speakers.
12:00
  1. Networking Lunch
    90 mins
    • Open Symposium

    Grab some locally-inspired cuisine, check your phones, and follow-up on conversations with your fellow attendees and speakers.

13:30
  1. Symposium Theatre
    60 mins
    • Open Symposium

    The war in Ukraine has brought into focus the NATO alliance unlike any conflict since its inception. Our Ukrainian partners are now waging the largest war in Europe since World War II, and NATO is set to grow in membership and investment due to unwarranted and illegal Russian aggression. What should the role of NATO SOF forces be in the future? How should NATO posture itself for irregular warfare? What capabilities are missing from the Alliance’s tool box as it forges integrated deterrence in the future?

14:30
  1. Symposium Theatre
    30 mins
    • Open Symposium
    The U.S. military has identified the criticality of the SOF, Cyber, and Space triad to success in today and tomorrow’s conflicts. U.S. Army Special Operation Command’s MG Angle will share his perspectives on the convergence of these important defense mission sets.
15:00
  1. 30 mins
    • Open Symposium
    Grab some refreshments, check your phones, and follow-up on conversations with your fellow attendees and speakers.
15:30
  1. Symposium Theatre
    30 mins
    • Open Symposium
16:00
  1. Symposium Theatre
    30 mins
    • Open Symposium
    Special Operations Forces Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, or SOF AT&L, is the Acquisition arm of U.S. Special Operations Command. Its Acquisition Executive, Mr. Jim Smith, will discuss key processes, lessons learned, and SOF-specific funding.
16:30
  1. Networking Reception
    90 mins
    • Open Symposium
    Stick around after the speaking sessions end to network and enjoy local food and drink at our Exhibit Hall Networking Reception!
09:30
  1. Symposium Theatre
    10 mins
    • Open Symposium

    Welcome to the final day of the Symposium! Today’s Master of Ceremonies will share their outlook for the Symposium, encourage interaction, and summarize the schedule for the day.


     
09:40
  1. Symposium Theatre
    35 mins
    • Open Symposium
    The NATO SOF Headquarters is the primary point of development, coordination & direction for all NATO Special Operations-related activities, in order to optimize employment of SOF across the alliance. Hear from the NSHQ Commander about his priorities, goals, and the evolution of the NSHQ mission.
10:45
  1. Symposium Theatre
    30 mins
    • Open Symposium
    SOF Slams are focused, 30-minute talks on specific topics or capabilities relevant to the Special Operations mission. This SOF Slam will focus on the impact of drones in modern warfare.
11:15
  1. Networking Break
    30 mins
    • Open Symposium
    Grab some refreshments, check your phones, and follow-up on conversations with your fellow attendees and speakers.
11:45
  1. Symposium Theatre
    60 mins
    • Open Symposium
    This international panel of leaders and innovators in Special Operations aviation will discuss the capabilities and mission sets of the special aviators of today and the future.
12:45
  1. Networking Lunch
    75 mins
    • Open Symposium
    Grab some locally-inspired cuisine, check your phones, and follow-up on conversations with your fellow attendees and speakers.
14:00
  1. Symposium Theatre
    30 mins
    • Open Symposium
    The Chief of Defense, or CHOD, of Hungary will share his points of view on the military in Hungary, its current and future mission sets, and the role of Special Operations Forces.
15:30
  1. Symposium Theatre
    15 mins
    • Open Symposium
    The Master of Ceremonies will briefly recap the events of the week, highlight recurring themes, and send attendees on their way to the next event–the offsite reception!