Established in 1991, the Special Operations Research, Development, and Acquisition
Center (SORDAC) is responsible for all USSOCOM research, development, acquisition,
procurement, and logistics.
SORDAC works closely with government, academia, and industry in meeting its
mission to provide rapid and focused acquisition, technology, and logistics support
to Warfighters, delivering the most effective capabilities to our Special Operations
SORDAC comprises seven Program Executive Offices and five Directorates. Together,
they manage and support the development, acquisition, and fielding of critical
items to enable a no-fail mission for the SOF Warfighter. SORDAC executes its
mission and accelerates the force by following four key acquisition principles:
- 1) Delivers capability to the user expeditiously;
- 2) Exploits proven techniques and methods;
- 3) Keeps Warfighters involved throughout the process; and
- 4) Takes risk and manages it.
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.
Reference herein to any specific
commercial products, entity, process, business or service by trade name, trademark,
manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation,
or favoring by the United States Government or United States Special Operations