Science & Technology
USSOCOM's S&T activities support the Command's acquisition processes. Specifically,
the Directorate of Science & Technology (S&T):
- Seeks out visionary and non-traditional approaches through collaborative
- Conducts technology discovery and longer term technology development efforts
across the S&T enterprise to provide revolutionary capabilities for the future
- Finds mature technologies that provide operational enhancements for emerging
Special Operation Forces (SOF) mission needs; and
- Coordinates and leverages technology efforts, people, money, and assets
to maximize efficiency and effect for USSOCOM.
The Special Operations Advanced Technology Collaborative (SOATC) process
aligns SOF capability gaps with technology enablers and developers, focuses
ongoing efforts across the S&T enterprise, and identifies additional innovation
that is required to address these gaps. Through comprehensive technology assessments,
the SOATC will be used to assess SOF's critical capability and technology needs
and develop strategies to meet them.
Operational Enhancements focus on inserting new technologies and capabilities
into the battlefield. Hardware and software items technology will be adapted,
modified, and/or integrated to meet SOF operational needs. This focus will
result in increased capability to SOF operators.
The Directorate of Science & Technology in collaboration with various partners,
continues to sponsor Tactical Network Testbed (TNT) events where material experimentation
is conducted to provide focus for industry's emerging technologies and capabilities
to support SOF. Technical experimentation creates synergy among industry partners,
and academia; allows interim assessment of technology as it is being developed;
and connects SOF operators to developers.