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
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
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.