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The 2017 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) Conference is Underway

Lisa Sanders, Director of USSOCOM Science & Technology (S&T) 

- The USSOCOM S&T budget, while relatively modest (~$50 million/annually), is on the rise.

- The broad focus of USSOCOM S&T is presently on three areas: (1) SOF Small Unit Dominance - i.e., enhancing SOF small unit capabilities relative to communications, protection, mobility, and situational awareness; (2) Assured Communications in contested environments, against cyber attacks, and in austere/remote operating locations; and (3) Comprehensive Signature Management across the electromagnetic spectrum. 

- Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) with USSOCOM are executed within 30 days and often in less than ten.

- USSOCOM typically sponsors three Technical Experiments (TE) each year.  The next TE (#17) will be at Pax River in July 2017 with a focus on C4ISR.  Following that, #18 will focus on Combat Diving in Key West, Florida in November 2017.  Future events will address topics including Small UAS.

- The USSOCOM Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) results in average awards of about $1 million.  FY17 saw the initiation of about ten new S&T projects.

- Discounted an emerging requirement, on its face, for USSOCOM to move towards more U.S. based sourcing of products such as batteries.


Defense Systems News

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AT-6, Scorpion invited to challenge A-29 for USAF demo

Textron Aviation has confirmed the US Air Force will invite the AT-6 turboprop and Scorpion twin-jet to face off against the Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano in a demonstration of close air support capabililty in August called the Light Attack Experiment.

Coming soon: A SOFWERX for drones and robots

Defense News reports that the U.S. Special Operations Command is launching a new effort to tackle drone and robotics technology hurdles rapidly, the same way it experiments with other capability problem sets through its SOFWERX model.

Sweden pushes off C-130 replacement, dashing Brazil's hopes of near-term KC-390 sale

Lockheed and NASA move toward design review for supersonic X-plane

Poland shoots down used F-16A/B acquisition

Marines Rush 50 Technologies To Field Test In 9 Months

Kabul welcomes latest batch of Super Tucanos

Clear the Decks: Super Hornet to Challenge F-35

U.S. Army Will Start Experimenting With New Combat Vehicle Concepts

Army wants electronic-warfare capability for Gray Eagle drone


Defense Industry News

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Defense & Aerospace Industry Meetings, Trade Shows and Exhibitions

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May 16-18 - Special Operations Forces Industry Conference - SOFIC (Tampa, FL)

May 23-25 -- AUSA's LANPAC Symposium & Expo (Honolulu, HI)

June 4-7 -- GEOINT 2017 (San Antonio, TX) 

June 28-29 -- SMI Group's MILSATCOM USA (Arlington, VA) 

June 28-29 -- SMI Group's Future Armoured Vehicles Weapon Systems (London, UK) 

September 18-20 -- Air Force Assocation (AFA) Air & Space Conference and Tech Expo (National Harbor, MD)

September 19-21 -- Modern Day Marine (Quantico, VA)

September 26-27 -- Defence Communications (Krakow, Poland)

October 9-11 -- Association of the U.S. Army Annaul Meeting & Exposition (Washington, DC)

November 12-16 -- Dubai Airshow (Dubai)

November 27 - December 1 - I/ITSEC International Simulation Conference 2017 (Orlando, FL)

December 12-14 - Gulf Defense & Aerospace (Kuwait City)  

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