- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Some 10,000 people and more than 300 companies are packing a conference showcasing everything from helicopters to high-tech weapons to proprietary DNA software.

The annual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference runs through Thursday in downtown Tampa. It draws military commanders, defense industry leaders and the even the director of national intelligence. Companies show their wares, eager to win lucrative defense contracts.

On Wednesday, James Clapper, the director of the Office of National Intelligence, will deliver the keynote speech.

Local officials say the conference will infuse about $3 million into the local economy. It’s held in Tampa largely because of U.S. Special Operations Command, which is headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base and co-hosts the conference with the National Defense Industrial Association.

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