SOCOM is looking into putting its own cubesats on orbit, but its also looking into hosted payloads with other constellations, from DARPA's project Blackjack to commercial satellites like Starlink or OneWeb.
At the 2018 Special Operations Forces Industrial Conference, special ops forces from the U.S., Poland, Finland, Colombia, Hungary, Italy, Singapore and Romania show off their capabilities during a hostage rescue demonstration. (Jeff Martin/Staff)
U.S. Special Operations Command advocated for a light-attack capability as essential to its operations during a recent hearing on Capitol Hill, though the Air Force's recent decisions hint the service may not be as eager.
The informally named “Iron Man” suit that U.S. Special Operations has been developing will start to come together over the next 18 months with a first prototype expected to be fully built by the end of 2018.
In recent years, Special Operations Command has dealt with a spike in fatal parachute accidents, with 2015 being one of the deadliest years for operators in free-fall training. A California-based company is hoping to help SOCOM make jumps training safer through virtual reality.
U.S. Special Operations Command is struggling to develop and implement technology that will help it get a handle on the large amount of information it must sift through to stay informed, make decisions and execute operations.
US 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.
A web of swarming unmanned aircraft systems that can spoof enemy drones could be a solution to the shot doctrine problem when exercising counter-UAS capabilities, the vice president of science & technology at Cintel, the company developing the technology, said at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference.