GSOF Symposium Europe reveals packed SOF agenda

by Eric Sof

A joint special forces team move together out of a U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey Feb. 26, 2018, at Melrose Training Range, New Mexico. At Emerald Warrior, the largest joint and combined special operations exercise, U.S. Special Operations Command forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict.

Military, government, and industry stakeholders from the Special Operations Forces (SOF) community will come together in Warsaw, Poland, 26-28th October 2021 to network and explore topical developments affecting the SOF community in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond.

2021 GSOF Symposium Europe

Officially endorsed by the Polish Ministry of National Defence, the 2021 GSOF Symposium Europe and exhibition will welcome military and government attendees from countries including Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Jordan, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Enota za specialno delovanje operators conducting training at the shooting range
Enota za specialno delovanje operators conducting training at the shooting range (Photo: Slovenian Armed Forces)

The Global SOF Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to build and grow an international network of military, government, commercial and educational stakeholders in order to advance SOF capabilities and partnerships to confront global and networked threats.

Agenda of event

Alongside an agenda of keynote speeches and panel discussions from high-ranking speakers, more than 60 industry participants – including Airbus, Leidos, Mag Aerospace, Bell, Spectra Group, and Textron Aviation – will exhibit their latest products and services aimed at supporting SOF operatives and their missions around the globe.

With 2020 having marked 100 years since the Battle of Warsaw, day one of the gatherings will kick off with a session from Prof. Hubert Krolikowski, Department of Political and International Studies – the University of Krakow on ‘the History of the 1920 Battle for Warsaw’, followed by the Senior Leader Address from Vice Admiral Timothy Szymanski, Deputy Commander, US Special Operations Command.

Poland's SOF will also take part in GSOF Symposium Europe
Poland’s SOF will also take part in GSOF Symposium Europe (Photo: Polish Armed Forces)

The late morning session will consider ‘Prospects for a Central European Regional SOF Headquarters’, with speakers including Major General David Tabor, Commander, Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR); Major General Tamás Sándor, Commander, Special Operations Forces, Hungary; Brigadier General Branislav Benka, SOF Commander, Slovakia; and Major Matija Jazbec, SOF Commander, Slovenia. The afternoon keynote session will be delivered by the Hon. Mariusz Blaszczak, Minister of National Defence, Republic of Poland.

The final day will cover a range of issues, including a SOF slam event on ‘Using Leading KPIs within Human Performance to Improve Warfighter Readiness’, along with ‘Recruiting and Retaining SOF’ and ‘Prospects for Regional Intelligence Centres’.

“The Global SOF Foundation is honored to have official endorsement from the Polish Ministry of National Defence, and we have compiled an extremely engaging agenda that will allow attendees to come to grips with the security challenges facing our nations and the critical role SOF can play in overcoming them,” Stu Bradin, President and CEO, Global SOF Foundation, said. “I look forward to welcoming attendees to Warsaw to build relationships with local SOF, military, and industry representatives from across Europe and further afield, so we can together build the capacity and capability needed to face the future fight.”


With more than 40 percent of the audience comprised of active, serving military personnel as well as high-profile SOF commanders and defense ministers, attendees will have extensive networking opportunities with some of the brightest minds in the SOF industry, including international delegates from more than 20 countries.

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