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Middle East Special Operations Commanders Conference 2010

The Official SOFEX Conference

May 10, 2010 - Le Royal Hotel - Amman, Jordan

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Under the Patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II

The Jordanian Special Operations Forces and the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis, INEGMA, held the Middle East Special Operations Commanders Conference (MESOC) for the fifth consecutive time. The event kick started the Special Operations Forces Exhibition 2010 (SOFEX2010) at Le Royal Hotel in Amman, Jordan on May 10, 2010.

General Mechaal Al Zobun, representing His Majesty King Abdullah II, and HRH Prince Faisal Bin Al Hussein attended MESOC along with political and military leaders, diplomats, and industry representatives. Fifty delegations headed mostly by Defense Ministers and Chiefs of Staff also attended the opening ceremony, among them:

Australia, Poland, Algeria, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Italy, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Syria, South Korea, Chile, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Greece, Canada, Brunei, France, Belgium, Kuwait, Thailand, United States, Bahrain, Egypt, Switzerland, Sweden, South Africa, Lebanon, Kazakhstan, Rwanda, Uganda, Singapore, Indonesia, Morocco, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Sudan, Gabon, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Austria and Yemen.

Conference Program
08:00-09:30 Pre-Event: Speakers and attendees start arriving and will be treated to Tea and Coffee before first session
Opening Session
09:30-09-35 Session opens with the arrival of His Majesty King Abdullah II (or Representative) followed by Jordanian Royal Salute
  Welcome by: Master of Ceremony Riad Kahwaji, CEO, INEGMA
09:35-09:45 Keynote Speech by General Mechaal Al Zobun, Chief of Staff of the Jordanian Armed Forces
   
First Session
Chaired by: Riad Kahwaji, INEGMA CEO
09:45-10-10 Training Present and Future Special Forces Soldiers: Methods and Mechanisms
  Brig. Gen. Ali Ahmed Jaradat, Commander of Joint Special Operations Command, Jordan
10:10-10:35 Special Forces in Modern Warfare Combined Operations
  Maj. Gen. Charles Cleveland, Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command Central
10:35-10:55 Panel Discussion
10:55-11:15 Coffee Break
   
Second Session
Chaired by: Dr. Theodore Karasik, Director of Research & Development, INEGMA
11:15-11:40 Seaborne Special Forces in Modern Militaries: Challenges
  Brig. Gen. Frederic Beth, Commander of French Special Operations Command
11:40-12:05 Special Forces in Urban Warfare: Lebanese Experience
  Brig. Gen. George Nader,  Commander of Air Assault Regiment, Lebanese Special Forces
12:05-12:20 Panel Discussion
12:20-12:40 Coffee Break
   
Third Session
Chaired by: Dr. Theodore Karasik, Director of Research & Development, INEGMA
12:40-13:00 Special Forces in Support of Counter Piracy
  Rear Adm. Donato Marzano, Commander of Italian Special Operations Forces
13:00-13:20 Equipping Modern Special Forces Soldiers: Options & Solutions
  Brigadier Mark Smethurst, Chief of Staff, Special Operations Command, Australia
13:20-13:40 Future Challenges in Combating Terrorism & Role of Special Forces in Mountain Warfare: The Pakistani Experience
  Maj. Gen. Farrukh Bashir, General Officer Commanding, Special Services Group, Pakistan
13:40-14:00 Panel Discussion
14:00-14:15 Closing Statements by Organizer & Sponsor
14:15-15:30 Lunch & End of Conference

Post Event Synopsis - Day One

Opening Session:
Riad Kahwaji, CEO of INEGMA, welcomed delegates and guests and spoke of the importance of the conference in today's strategic and operational environment. He emphasized the exceptional role that Special Operations Forces (SOF) play in the region's evolving strategic balance.

Representing His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, General Mechaal Al Zobun, Jordanian Chief of Staff, delivered the keynote speech discussing the event’s vital role in bringing together SOF leaders in a changing strategic and tactical environment.

Amer Tabaa, Managing Director of SOFEX, delivered a speech concerning the contemporary significance of MESOC, SOFEX and Homeland Security and Special Operations worldwide.

First Plenary Session:
Session One, chaired by INEGMA CEO Riad Kahwaji, featured two speakers. Commander of the Joint Special Operations Command of Jordan, Brigadier General Ali Ahmed Jaradat, examined the means and methods for training present and future SOF personnel through a regional perspective. Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command Central, Major General Charles Cleveland, discussed SOF in modern warfare and combined operations. He considered the role that Human Domain and Human Terrain play in special operations today. During the panel, a lively debate commenced concerning the dynamics behind Hybrid Warfare and advances in technology.

Second Plenary Session:
Session Two, chaired by INEGMA Director of Research and Development Dr. Theodore Karasik, presented two speakers. Brigadier General Frederic Beth, the Chief of Operations of French SOCOM, considered the challenges facing Seaborne Special Forces in modern militaries and examined the role of French SOF in countering Somali pirates. Commander of the Lebanese Special Forces Air Assault Regiment, Brigadier General George Nader, discussed the difficulties confronting Lebanese SOF during Naher El Bared. During the panel discussion participants analyzed the various equipment requirements necessary for successful special operations, specifically in the case of Lebanon where a group such as al-Fatah al-Islam posed challenges.

Third Plenary Session:
Session Three, chaired again by Dr. Theodore Karasik, featured three speakers. Commander of the Italian Special Operations Forces, Rear Admiral Donato Marzano, discussed the role of SOF in support of counter piracy in the Somali case and presented a historical review of piracy in general. Chief of Staff of the Australian Special Operations Command, Brigadier Mark Smethurst, analyzed options and solutions for equipping modern SOF personnel. He maintained that the Australian SOF are evolving through participating in numerous operations and that important lessons are being learned for the future. Finally, Major General Farrukh Bashir, General Officer Commanding of the Special Services Group of Pakistan, examined the Pakistani experience regarding future challenges involved with combating terrorism and the role of SOF in Mountain Warfare. During the panel discussion participants considered how to compare and contrast sea and mountain operations.

Presentations

Brig. Gen. Ali Ahmed Jaradat
Commander of Joint Special Operations Command, Jordan
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Lt. Gen. Rainer Glatz
Commander German Armed Forces Operations Command
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Brig. Gen. Frederic Beth
Commander of French Special Operations Command
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Brig. Gen. George Nader
Commander of Air Assault Regiment, Lebanese Special Forces
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Rear Adm. Donato Marzano
Commander of Italian Special Operations Forces
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Brigadier Mark Smethurst
Chief of Staff, Special Operations Command, Australia
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Maj. Gen. Farrukh Bashir
General Officer Commanding, Special Services Group, Pakistan
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