International Capability Development

The USSOCOM SOF AT&L International Capability Development (ICD) Office collaborates with special operations foreign partners on the development of Special Operations-peculiar capabilities. Considering approved requirements, equipment modernization, and technology challenges, the office's objective is to synchronize efforts through the synergistic combination of the collective technical experience, talent, and resources to provide the world's best capability for our respective Special Operations Forces.

Through Capability Development Working Groups that include Soldier Systems; Maritime (Surface and Subsurface); and Command, Control, Computers, Communications, and Intelligence (C4I), activities include information and equipment exchanges, technical experimentation, comparative testing, operational interoperability evaluations, and collaborative development projects in support of the Special Operations mission spectrum.

In addition to our Special Forces Equipment Capability international agreements, the ICD Office has partnered with other DOD organizations, such as the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO), to leverage their international agreements for capability development with other countries. For additional information on CTTSO, visit http://www.cttso.gov/.

As SOF AT&L's point of contact for the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Coalition Warfare Program (CWP), the ICD Office assists in preparing CWP proposals to initiate cooperative Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) projects of mutual interest with allies and foreign partners. This OSD program typically funds half the U.S. contribution. For additional information on CWP, visit http://www.acq.osd.mil/ic/cwp.html.

Lastly, USSOCOM's Comparative Technology Office (CTO) is another key member of the ICD Office. This team of professionals oversees three congressionally mandated RDT&E programs: Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT), Defense Acquisition Challenge (DAC), and Rapid Innovative Fund (RIF). These programs can augment funding for the test and fielding of mature defense technology that have the potential to meet our Warfighter's requirements. See CTO link above for details on these programs.

If you are interested in learning more about these programs, need assistance on Technology Transfer issues, or help in preparing a proposal for submission, contact the ICD Office at 813-826-3141.

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