Professor Celina Realuyo led and moderated the plenary panel on “International Cooperation to Counter International Criminal Networks and their Linkages to Terrorism” at the ISOF (International Special Operations Forces) Conference of the 2016 SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference), before an audience of 400 special operators representing over 80 countries, on May 25, 2016. Later that day, she was a panelist in “It Takes a Network: International Cooperation to Counter Worldwide Illicit2016 Networks” breakout session, hosted by US Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH) Commander, Rear Admiral Colin Green that examined case studies of international cooperation to counter terrorism and crime.
The seventh annual SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference) was held May 23–26, 2016 at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL. This year’s conference theme, “Evolving the Network to Counter Emerging Threats,” reflected the enduring vision of a global Special Operations Forces (SOF) network, acknowledging the SOF network is in place and now must adapt to address present and future threats. The conference provided a forum for military, including partner nations, government, academia, and industry stakeholders to network and discuss how to best support global SOF in today’s environment. Throughout the week, conference attendees had the opportunity to engage in discussions and Q&A sessions with USSOCOM’s Component Commanders, TSOC Commanders, Senior Enlisted Advisors, Program Executive Officers, and various acquisition experts across the Command.