Comparative Technology Office
The USSOCOM Comparative Technology Office (CTO) is responsible for three congressionally
mandated Research, Development, Test and Evaluation programs that test and field
mature defense technology to the SOF Warfighter: the Foreign Comparative Testing
(FCT), Defense Acquisition Challenge (DAC), and Rapid Innovative Fund (RIF) programs.
Congressionally authorized in 1989 by Title 10, U.S. Code, Section 2350a(g),
the FCT program supports U.S. Policy of encouraging international armaments cooperation
and helps reduce overall DOD acquisition costs by funding the testing of foreign
non-developmental items, commercial-off-the-shelf items, or those items in the
late stage of the development process, which demonstrate the potential to satisfy
The DAC, authorized by Title 10, U.S. Code, Sec 2359b, provides opportunities
for the increased introduction of innovative and cost-saving technology in SOF AT&L
acquisition programs. To this end, the DAC provides any person or activity within
or outside the DOD an opportunity to submit proposals that would improve the performance,
affordability, manufacturability, or operational capability at the component, subsystem,
or system level of an existing DOD acquisition program.
Enacted by Congress in the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act as the Rapid
Innovative Program (RIP) , Section 4201, Public Law 112-84, and the Consolidated
Appropriation Act for FY 12 provides DOD with the authority to fund programs that
facilitate the rapid insertion of innovative technologies into military systems
or programs that meet critical national security needs.
If you are interested in learning more about these programs, or need assistance
in preparing a proposal for submission, contact Director, International Programs,
(813) 826-3141, or USSOCOM CTO Senior Systems Analysts at (813) 826-8970, (813)
826-0051, or (813) 826-0052.
The following links can provide additional information
on the CTO programs.