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SOF Acquisition: Streamlining Processes to Maximize Readiness

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An interview with the Special Forces’ acquisition executive James Geurts.

A&M: How well does the acquisition structure you have in place work in terms of ensuring U.S. Special Forces get the equipment they need, when they need it, no matter where they are? 

Geurts: The structure works exceedingly well. The direct line of communications between the SOCOM Commander and me, as the Acquisition Executive, leading the Special Operations Research, Development, and Acquisition Center (SORDAC) team, streamlines the process for systems acquisition and ensures a thorough and complete understanding of the Commander’s guidance and intent. This directly translates into the accelerated fielding of the Special Operations Forces (SOF)-unique systems and equipment which provide our operators with the capabilities required to accomplish their assigned missions. It also allows me to continually shape SORDAC so that it is synchronized and responsive to dynamic SOF operational needs.

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PEO SOF Warrior: Acquisition on Target

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How Special Operators Get Their Gear

By Colonel Joseph Capobianco, PEO SOF Warrior

I received the charter for Program Executive Office (PEO) for Special Operations Forces (SOF) Warrior (PEO-SW) on 10 August 2012. The staff and I lead and manage an effective and capable team of ten Program Management Offices with the motto of “Operator Focused: On Time-On Target!” Collectively, these offices are organized and staffed to provide the required acquisition agility to acquire and field SOF-unique capabilities to the SOF enterprise. These capabilities directly enable Special Operations Command (SOCOM) lines of operations: Win the Current Fight; Expand the Global SOF Network; Ensure Responsive Resourcing.

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SOCOM’s TALOS: Build It Fast, Build It Right

A prototype for DARPA’s Warrior Web program, which aims to develop a soft, lightweight undersuit that would help reduce injuries and fatigue and improve soldiers’ ability to efficiently perform their missions. Similar to SOCOM’s TALOS program, DARPA wants to create a working prototype that significantly boosts endurance, carrying capacity, and overall effectiveness—all while using no more than 100 watts of power. (DARPA)

SOCOM innovates acquisition to make TALOS a concrete concept and eventual reality.

By George Jagels

The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) has generated much attention over the past year, even though it does not yet exist. Dubbed the “Iron Man Suit” in reference to the comic book hero, TALOS is a U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) project to build a full-body system that improves survivability, physical performance, and situational awareness. It received $4 million in funding for FY 14.

ADM William McRaven, SOCOM Commander, conceived of the idea and has pushed it strongly. In May 2013, he asked industry to work with SOCOM to develop a “revolutionary capability” to include ballistic protection, sensors, computers, antennae, and an exoskeleton to help shoulder the load without inhibiting the operator. The command is also working with federal and academic research institutions on the project.

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