Science & Technology
Supporting the SOF Operator
SOF AT&L Directorate of Science and Technology (SOF AT&L-ST) has developed a revised strategy to
support its major lines of operation: Discover; Enable; and Transition technologies.
primary emphasis areas across these lines of operation are: involve the warfighter, increase speed,
and manage inherent risk.
Broken down into technology scouting, Technology Insertion Roadmap (TIR) development, and red teaming
efforts; SOF AT&L-ST works closely with the PEOs to identify technology risk and red teams to inform
threat-related gaps. In addition, the eight S&T Technology Development Working Group (TDWG) leads perform
technology scouting in support of their respective technology areas.
Recognizes that the majority of investment in SOCOM technology needs comes from industry, academia,
and other government organizations. To ensure focus on leveraging this investment, we categorize opportunities
as internal projects, external projects, and studies. These are broad categories, but intended to capture
S&T direct investment, influence of indirect investment on the S&T Directorate’s behalf, and conceptual
work with industry, government laboratories, and others to further understand technologies and their
Added as a line of operations for S&T to acknowledge SOF AT&L-ST’s desire to ensure limited resources
support command validated requirements. To demonstrate our commitment, SOF AT&L-ST now provides one
dedicated S&T representative per PEO to be the focal point for communication and understanding of the
PEO’s TIRs, technology risks, and potential transition points. SOF AT&L-ST is working closely with the
SOF user community, PEOs, and Components/TSOCs to provide a more rapid, successful transition of technologies
into acquisition programs of record.