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Applications Now Open for 2018 SOFIC Innovation Showcase

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

NDIA is offering entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their innovative products, ideas, and services at the 2018 SOFIC Innovation Showcase. Selected companies will be given 10 minutes of exclusive time to showcase their innovation to members of the SOF community. This is an exceptional opportunity to present your products and services to this exclusive community.

Do you have the innovation that SOF is looking for? If so, act now to be considered for this limited opportunity. Visit SOFIC.org and submit a 2018 SOFIC Innovation Showcase official application.

All applications must be received by March 16. Companies will be selected by Monday, April 2, 2018 to participate in the 2018 SOFIC Innovation Showcase.

Questions? Please contact Reneé Despot at [email protected].

NDIA Names Stew Magnuson Editor of National Defense Magazine

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017


ARLINGTON, VA — National Defense, a business and technology magazine and website published by the National Defense Industrial Association, named Stew Magnuson as its new editor in chief on Sept. 14.

National Defense has been in publication since 1920 when it began its run as Army Ordnance Magazine.

“As the magazine approaches its 100th anniversary, there is no shortage of vital topics to cover,” Magnuson said. Not least among them is whether the military can take advantage of advances in robotics, artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, information technology, and other rapidly evolving fields while being hampered by an antiquated acquisition system, he said.

“Readers can expect in-depth reporting and analysis on this important question,” he said.

Magnuson joined the magazine as a senior writer in 2005 and was named managing editor a year later. He has served as acting editor since April.

Before joining the magazine, Magnuson was a Washington-based reporter for Education Daily, Space News and Kyodo News. He spent several years reporting in Asia, working for newspapers such as the Asahi Evening News in Tokyo and The Cambodia Daily in Phnom Penh. He contributed articles to Reuters, the Christian Science Monitor and South China Morning Post.

Born and raised in Omaha, Neb., he is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In his spare time, he writes nonfiction books focusing on the history of the American West. Among his works, Magnuson is the author of “The Death of Raymond Yellow Thunder: And Other True Stories from the Nebraska-Pine Ridge Border Towns,” which was named the Nebraska’s 2009 nonfiction book of the year and recently made a list of the state’s most important literary works.

He also penned “Wounded Knee 1973: Still Bleeding,” an account of the Wounded Knee incident, and one novel, “The Song of Sarin,” based on his experience living in Tokyo during the 1995 subway gas attack.

More recently, he produced a series of three books focusing on the history found along U.S. Highway 83, “The Last American Highway: The Dakotas;” The Last American Highway: Nebraska-Kansas-Oklahoma;” and “The Last American Highway in Texas.”


NDIA Applauds Trump’s Intent For Defense Industrial Base Review

Monday, July 24th, 2017

ARLINGTON, VA – The National Defense Industrial Association applauded Friday President Donald Trump’s intent to sign an executive order for a wide “whole of government” review of the defense industrial base, saying the action is a long time in coming and offering its hand in research and study.

“The review is long overdue,” said retired Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle on Friday. “Fully understanding sound, solid ways to strengthen our industrial base is crucial to U.S. national security.”

Comments from Carlisle, president and CEO of the Arlington, VA-based defense nonprofit organization that champions issues and policy for a strong defense industrial base, came after the White House announced Friday that Trump would sign the “Executive Order on Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States.”

The order says the United States has lost more than 60,000 factory jobs and more that 5 million manufacturing jobs since 2001, Trade Policy Director Peter Navarro said during a press briefing. America’s defense industrial base now facing increasing gaps in its capabilities, he said.

Carlisle agreed. “The United States must concentrate on its ability to stay ahead,” he said. “We need to ensure that we maintain core capabilities and advance our manufacturing capacity and supply chain. We have to build better and faster, and we have to ensure that we have the workforce available to make that happen.”

Warfighting capability versus capacity is among those issues. “We don’t have capacity for what the nation is asking our warfighters to do,” Carlisle said. For instance, he said, there is a shortage of fighter jets as well as pilots to fly them. “We are on a precipice,” he said, “and we are burning out our warriors.”

Carlisle said NDIA is ready to work with both the Defense Department and industry to complete this review under the whole-of-government approach, which calls on diverse segments of government to study an issue for a common solution.

“Our 80,000-plus members are the best and brightest, and the reason NDIA remains a leader in defense and national security organizations,” Carlisle said. “We are ready to get this examination started.”

Trump was expected to sign the executive order Friday night; it is then due to be done 270 days later, likely by next spring. The Pentagon will lead the review, considered the first such assessment of the defense industrial base.

NDIA offers Carlisle and its broad base of defense industry experts for further comment on this executive order.

2016 SOFIC Supports Special Operations Forces

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

TAMPA, FL – The 2016 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) hosted well over 10,000 attendees and featured 400 exhibiting companies. Located at the Tampa Convention Center from May 23–26, the conference provided a forum for military, government, academia and industry stakeholders to network, collaborate and discuss current and future initiatives for supporting Special Operations Forces (SOF).

USSOCOM Commander, GEN Raymond Thomas III, and USSOCOM Acquisition Executive, Mr. James F. Geurts, provided perspectives on SOF requirements, trends, and future needs and how industry partners can contribute solutions and new capabilities. The conference included panels of USSOCOM’s Component Commanders, Theater Special Operations Command Commanders, and senior military leaders who provided overviews of acquisition requirements, operations, and technology needs in the context of SOF’s global missions.

“The industrial base is an indispensable SOF partner that continues to innovate and develop new technologies that will give our forces the advantage to decisively win,” said GEN Thomas. “This week was an opportunity to gather all the components of the special operations force enterprise to share collective ideas and explore our future together.”

“SOF requirements have grown substantially, as has the demand for the best equipment and technological advances. This week gives our operators, acquisition specialists, logisticians, industry and partner nations the opportunity to come together in one place, at one time to discuss issues, review challenges, and examine new opportunities and solutions so we can rapidly field technology, provide better protection and better capability for our forces operating around the globe,” said Geurts.

SOFIC also provided updates on the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS), and included a USSOCOM Marketplace, where Command experts provided overviews of the specific areas where they could use assistance.

“This week was a great opportunity for innovators, industry stakeholders and SOCOM to meet in-person and exchange ideas to assist in fulfilling the evolving needs of the warfighter,” said NDIA Executive Vice President Gen. Barry Bates, USA (Ret.). “SOFIC attendees will walk away with constructive information about how to work with SOCOM and a better understanding of what they need to get the job done. It was a very productive week that provided value to all in attendance.”

In addition to keynotes, panel presentations, roundtable discussions and program-specific breakouts, the SOFIC Exhibit Hall was filled to capacity and featured new technologies, training systems, vehicles, aircraft and individual equipment, all designed to support the SOF community.

Video footage can be found at YouTube.com/SOFICTV.

SOFIC 2015 

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

SSD’s coverage of NDIA‘s 2015 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference begins now.

SureFire Receives Ambrose Award From The National Defense Industrial Association

Friday, November 15th, 2013

SureFire, LLC, manufacturer of high performance illumination tools, suppressors and tactical products, proudly announces that it has been presented the Ambrose Award from the National Defense Industrial Association. The Ambrose Award, as described by the NDIA, is established and presented periodically to recognize an Industrial Firm which, in the opinion of the Small Arms Committee Executive Board, has made outstanding contributions to the field of small arms systems.

“The Ambrose Award is named in honor of former Under Secretary of the Army, James R. Ambrose for his recognition of the value and contribution of Industry in meeting the needs of our National Defense. This prestigious award is being presented by the NDIA Small Arms Executive Board on November 12th, 2013, to SureFire, LLC for the contribution and commitment of their employees in support of the mission being performed by US Armed Forces,” said Brian Berger, NDIA Chairman.

The NDIA defines an outstanding contribution as characterized by exemplary commitment and contribution to the Armed Forces by delivering superior material that meets required operational capabilities and supports a high level of force readiness in the conduct of warfighting activities or homeland defense. Such contributions may be shown through a record of continual demonstration of emerging technologies, development of products and systems, establishment of enhanced production capabilities and integration of innovative weapons systems and supporting products and services required by the DoD and Allied countries.

“Our tireless commitment to innovation—spearheaded by our founder and president John Matthews, PhD—has led to the continuous creation of new game-changing products from our engineers, designers, and production professionals,” said Matthew Hemenez, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, who accepted the award on behalf of SureFire. “We do everything in our power to build truly best-in-class products because our mission is to help those who go into harm’s way prevail and come home safely—a mission that will never change.”

In 1979, SureFire pioneered the introduction of laser-aiming sights into the commercial market followed by the invention of the first handgun and shotgun weapon-mounted lights seven years later. The first tactical flashlight, one capable of overwhelming an aggressor’s night-adapted vision and operated via the tailcap, debuted in 1988 and since then SureFire has set the standard for illumination tools and weapon-mounted lights. Continued expansion of its product line, to include high-intensity white-light, IR weaponlights, sound suppressors, hearing protection, and a full line of tactical accessories guarantees SureFire’s commitment to the development of cutting-edge products to assist the warfighters and peacekeepers who go into harm’s way.

“I appreciate this honor and I accept it on behalf of everyone in the SureFire family that has worked tirelessly over the last 33 years, making this company what it is today. I’m humbled to be in such good company in the industry. Thank you to NDIA for recognizing what we do,” said SureFire founder/president, Dr. John Matthews.


NDIA Presents Ambrose Award to Winchester

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Named in honor of former Under Secretary of the Army, James R. Ambrose, for his recognition of the valuable contributions made to national defense by industrial companies, NDIA presents the Ambrose Award periodically when a manufacturer delivers superior products that meet required operational capabilities and support a high level of force readiness in the conduct of warfighting activities or homeland defense.

“The Ambrose Award is not an annual award, rather it is an award presented only when an extraordinary circumstance prevails,” said Steve Faintich, NDIA Small Arms Executive Board secretary. “Winchester was specifically cited by both the NDIA Board and the U.S. Department of Defense for demonstrating its unique responsiveness and capability in meeting a need or adding capability to U.S. and/or Allied national security.”

“At Winchester Ammunition, we take great pride in the products we provide the United States Armed Forces and we’re honored to receive this award,” said Tom O’Keefe, Winchester Ammunition president. “We have a long and storied history of supporting our military and will continue to manufacture high quality ammunition that our troops can count on.”

Criteria used to determine recipients of the Ambrose Award include:
– A track record of continual demonstration of emerging technologies
– The development of products and systems
– The establishment of enhanced production capabilities
– The integration of innovative weapons systems and supporting products and services required by the U.S. Department of Defense and Allied countries

For more information about Winchester Ammunition, visit www.winchester.com