The USSOCOM Commander has unique acquisition authorities and responsibilities.
Title 10 United States Code, Section 167, vests the USSOCOM Commander with the
responsibility and authority for the development and acquisition of Special Operations
(SO)-peculiar equipment, the authority to exercise the functions of the head of
agency, and the authority to execute funds. The Commander has delegated those authorities
to the USSOCOM Acquisition Executive who leads SORDAC in executing them.
Congress has also provided USSOCOM with the specific appropriation funding,
Major Force Program-11, to support the development, acquisition, and sustainment
activities for SO-peculiar equipment. This funding gives us the ability to optimize
equipment to satisfy the Command's unique mission requirements, and our distinct
authorities allow us to carry out our acquisition functions to fulfill these requirements
in a streamlined fashion.
In fiscal year 2012, the local SORDAC Contracting Office executed more than
15,260 contract actions, obligating $3.427 billion.