Submit Your Idea

The Technology & Industry Liaison Office (TILO) is the conduit to present information on capabilities to the various USSOCOM Program Executive Offices, Directorates and others responsible for the R&D, acquisition, production, and sustainment of USSOCOM material and technology platforms that support our Special Operations Forces at the headquarters. It is our duty to match your company’s product/service/capability to the appropriate personnel within the command and schedule discussions or demonstrations if there is sufficient interest at the headquarters.

The process begins once your company submits a capabilities paper to USSOCOM via this website under the applicable capability area of interest. Through its Title 10 responsibilities, USSOCOM is mandated to develop, acquire, field and sustain technology in support of USSOCOM mission objectives. USSOCOM purchases those items which are deemed to be Special Operations (SO)-peculiar.

How To Begin:

Step 1:      

Review the USSOCOM areas of interest listed on this site. When you click on each category heading, you will see examples of the types of solutions we are looking for in that area.


Step 2:      

Once you have completed the submission form, various subject matter experts responsible for the R&D, acquisition, production, and sustainment of USSOCOM material and technology platforms will conduct a thorough review. This review and evaluation process is usually completed in 30 days. Each idea is evaluated for its potential to meet the following criteria:

  1. To be rapidly transitioned based on an immediate or imminent validated and funded need;
  2. To be integrated with other technologies or programs of record; and/or
  3. To be transitioned in the future or serve as a feasible solution in the requirements analysis process.

Each submission is reviewed for completeness and SO-peculiar relevance by the TILO. If more information is necessary and/or your capability is not "SO-peculiar," you will receive an email informing you to provide the required information or the capability/idea will not be evaluated as it is not appropriate for USSOCOM. The information provided through this venue may be collaborated to other technical experts and government personnel outside of the headquarters to gather additional perspectives, evaluation, or input. All information provided through this format must be UNCLASSIFIED.

Step 3:

The subject matter experts may decide that a presentation, demonstration, or other event is necessary in order to provide a comprehensive evaluation. If so, you will be contacted by the TILO to arrange the follow-on action that will be sponsored by a technical expert in the command, in accordance with FAR Part 10.001, for the purpose of market research.

A TILO briefing is an informal open dialogue between industry and the Government. The intent of these meetings is for the command to become better aware of technologies in existence or those that are close to fielding. The TILO process and briefing does not guarantee a contract or any immediate or future work with the command, but it does open the channels for idea sharing. As the mission and SOF requirements change, interest can be renewed.

All submissions will be maintained in a database/library that is available to all USSOCOM personnel for review and collaboration for 2 years and archived to an inactive database for 5 years. The information provided to USSOCOM may also be reviewed by other government agencies for the purpose of market research.

You may contact TILO at the following address:

7701 Tampa Point Blvd.
MacDill AFB, FL 33621-5323