Tag Archives: Special Operations Forces

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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Objective: Rapid Results

How the Air Force is Using Quickly Deployable Predator teams to Achieve Success

By George Jagels

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Remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) have supported U.S. forces in major overseas operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Millions of hours have been flown by medium altitude long endurance (MALE) platforms such as the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper in support of ground troops, intelligence gathering missions, and precision strike operations. Just as the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review predicted, the demand for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) continues to rise, yet these platforms are slated for budget reductions.

The Air Force FY 15 budget cuts the number of combat air patrols from 65 to 55 while eventually phasing out the MQ-1. The U.S. drawdown from Afghanistan accounts for some of this decrease, as does a different mission set for the Asia-Pacific region, where airspace will likely be less favorable to slow, defenseless RPAs.

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Airlift Ready: Vehicles for the V-22

Special Operations Forces (SOF) need multi-functional, mission-critical light utility vehicles capable of conducting rapid ingress/egress and modular enough to redeploy by air at a moment’s notice. The Flyer Gen II and Phantom Badger can both fit in the Osprey—making them necessary mobility pieces for SOF and the Marine Corps.

Tactical Agility, Mission Mobility

GD-OTS was awarded a contract in October 2013 by SOCOM for its non-developmental V-22 Internally Transportable Vehicle (ITV) program. The three-year indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract is for up to 10 vehicles, with integration and logistical support and training. The total value of the contract is $5.8 million if all options are exercised.

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GMV Moves Forward

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By Kevin Hunter

Now that disputes over the award of the Integration and Test (I&T) phase contract for Special Operations Command’s Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV) 1.1 program are resolved, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GDOTS) is readying up to nine prototype vehicles. This will allow the company to conduct design reviews and finalize configuration for the Low-Rate Initial Production phase, which is scheduled to begin in 2015, or at the end of the I&T phase. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has indicated it might purchase up to 1,500 vehicles if all options are exercised, a prospective value of $562 million.

“We’re excited to finally move forward with the GMV 1.1 program,” Colonel Joe Capobianco, Program Executive Officer-Special Operations Forces (SOF) Warrior told A&M. “We see this vehicle design as the material solution that will close the validated SOF-peculiar capability requirement. GMV 1.1 will be the future centerpiece of SOF ground mobility, not only for its capabilities but also for its affordability.”

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The Charlie Takes Off

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By George Jagels

As the only DoD Program of Record for unmanned vertical takeoff and landing, and one tied to a major but downsizing Navy acquisition project, the Littoral Combat Ship, the Fire Scout is under quite a bit of performance and budgetary pressure. The Navy has purchased 17 of the new MQ-8C variant, but zeroed out acquisition from 2014-2019 in its most recent budget request.

Admiral Mathias Winter, the Navy’s Program Executive Officer for Unmanned Strike Weapons, said that his service’s budget still requests procurement funding for ground control stations (GCSs) and other essential equipment to operate the C variant. “The reason you see zero quantities in [the budget] is because with the 23 MQ-8Bs and 17 MQ-8Cs we already purchased, based on LCS deployments that is enough air vehicles for now,” he said. An LCS can hold two MQ-8Cs and an MH-60S Seahawk.

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