Innovation and relentless self-improvement is an inseparable element of special force operations

Innovation and relentless self-improvement is an inseparable element of special force operations

On May 16 through 20 Commander of the Lithuanian Special Operations Forces (LK SOP) Col Mindaugas Mažonas with delegation took part in the International Special Operations Forces Conference (ISOF) in Tampa, U.S. The event organized by the U.S. Special Operations Command (U.S. SOCOM) focussed on Integrated Deterrence this year and was attended by special forces representatives of nearly 50 countries. Its objective was to give platform for a discussion on SOF mission in the contemporary geopolitical environment, find ways to enhance the existing capabilities, facilitate their development and cultivate relations with Allies and partners.

On the margins of the main sessions Lithuanian SOF Commander had bilateral meetings with Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict Christopher P. Maier, Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) General Richard D. Clarke and his deputy Vice Admiral Collin P. Green, Commanding General of United States Army Special Operations Command Lt Gen Jonathan P. Braga, and SOF commanders of other countries. They discussed directions of bilateral and multilateral cooperation, potential SOF involvement in contributions to international initiatives, and touched upon the war against Ukraine in an intense discussion on support to the Ukrainian SOF.  

The Lithuanian representatives were also able to familiarize the most advanced military equipment a d sophisticated solutions of contemporary warfare at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) which saw 14,000 participants and 550 exhibits this year. The Lithuanian delegation were not only admiring the exhibits but also joined the international partners in a joint SOF maritime, air and land capability demonstration.

Photo credit: U.S. SOCOM