Technology and Industry Liason Office (TILO)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


How long does the process take?

Once the TILO has reviewed your submissions for completeness, it is forwarded to applicable USSOCOM personnel for assessment for relevancy to our programs and mission. Personnel are given approximately 30-45 days to respond. Extra time may be needed if the applicable subject matter expert is not available to review your submission.

Who sees my submission?

TILO submissions are staffed to personnel assigned to USSOCOM primarily at the HQ in Tampa.  Personnel include Military, DoD Civilian, and Support Contractors. Submissions are not automatically forwarded to the Components by TILO. Other USSOCOM personnel may send to their component counterparts (Military/DoD) at their own discretion. Support contract personnel are not authorized to disseminate to their respective companies.

What is the preferred capability paper format?

There is no preferred format for the capability paper. Simply ensure all relevant technical data for your capability is included. The capability paper should not include extensive company biographical information, history, or org charts.

Will I be contacted? How?

Once the review period has expired or as soon as applicable personnel have had the opportunity to review your submission, TILO will contact you via email to provide feedback.

Does this process guarantee a meeting or contract with USSOCOM?

No. TILO is for market research ONLY. Not all submissions will warrant a meeting with USSOCOM personnel. If a meeting is granted, meetings/discussions do not in any way indicate a desire, requirement, or commitment on the Government's behalf and are for informational purposes only.

What kind of funding is associated with the TILO?

There is no funding associated with the TILO.  Again, meetings/discussions do not in any way indicate a desire, requirement, or commitment on the Government's behalf and are for informational purposes only.

What is the best way to contact TILO?

Emailing tilo@socom.mil is the best way to contact TILO. The TILO is minimally manned so there is not always someone available to take your phone call. Additionally, all voice messages left at the TILO phone number are saved as .wav files to the TILO email inbox. If TILO is not available to take your call, please leave a voicemail that states your name, company, and phone number up front followed by a concise statement of what you'd like to discuss.

What is the open period for TILO submissions?

TILO accepts submissions daily with no open/closed periods.