The mission of SOF AT&L's Directorate of Procurement (SOF AT&L-K) is to rapidly transform acquisition strategies into superior technologies, equipment, and services for Special Operations Forces (SOF) worldwide. To meet this challenging mission, SOF AT&L-K's vision is to be DoD's finest contracting team and provide rapid, focused, and innovative support to SOF.

SOF AT&L-K directly supports the USSOCOM Acquisition Executive, SOF AT&L, and other USSOCOM Joint Staff Directorates. SOF AT&L-K awards command-wide, large-dollar special operations equipment and performance-based service contracts. It fulfills its mission through 20 contracting offices located throughout the continental United States; each office is geographically situated to provide support to a particular USSOCOM Program Executive Office, Directorate, or Service SOF component or unit. Additionally, SOF AT&L-K manages contingency contracting operations in support of overseas contingency operations (OCOs).  In 2011, SOF AT&L-K awarded a number of key contracts, including Special Operations Forces Information Technology Enterprise Contract, Non-Standard Commercial Vehicles, and Combatant Craft Medium MK1. USSOCOM has a good track record of meeting or exceeding the Command's competition goals—in FY11, the Command exceeded the 61% goal by competing 66% of total dollars obligated. 

SOF AT&L-K strives to apply innovative and streamlined contracting practices in every acquisition process. Within the DoD and through the Military Departments, it may take several weeks for a proposed contract award to be approved. In contrast, USSOCOM can approve contract awards in just a few days, or less, if needed. This streamlined process can be attributed to several factors. First, USSOCOM has been delegated its own procurement authority. Second, USSOCOM's acquisition approval authorities are resident at the same location as the program and contracting teams at the headquarters. Third, contract quality reviewers participate in integrated product team meetings and other early planning meetings to help expedite the approval process and to minimize misunderstandings rather than “inspect quality into the product” in the final phase of the process before contract award. Collectively, these factors effectively minimize the organizational distance between the contracting officer and the approving official, which results in expedited approvals.

By using innovative techniques, minimizing organizational friction, and streamlining procurement processes, SOF AT&L-K is able to execute rapid acquisitions crucial to the success of our SOF Warriors participating in OCOs. Each day, on average, SOF AT&L-K awards over 50 contracting actions worth more than $12 million.

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