The 2017 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) Conference is Underway
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
- 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.
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 & Aerospace Industry Meetings, Trade
Shows and Exhibitions
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)
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)