Armor & Mobility

MAY 2016

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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Page 11 of 35 10 | May 2016 | Armor & Mobility | Unmanned Tech Solutions First, we are fully embedded with the USSOCOM staff and directly responsible to the Commander, allowing us to achieve the "rapid" aspect. This integration gives us the opportunity to be as proactive as possible; reacting to emerging capability requirements parallel to and in full collaboration with, formal approval processes. Second, the term special operations-peculiar keeps us "focused." SO-peculiar means that the equipment or service is only required by SOF. For those efforts that are common to Service requirements, we rely on the support of the Services. Our challenges come from schedules driven by operational urgency and performance standards driven by operator expectations. Our Acquisition Executive's vision is to be the recognized expert and trusted provider to equip and sustain SOF. Again, I'll focus on two key words: expert and trusted. We have a relatively small team here at MacDill Air Force Base and we really have some deep expertise in program management of those capabilities that are truly SO-peculiar. But we also team with a much larger set of experts from across the DoD enterprise; Natick for individual equipment, Crane for weapons and sights, Picatinny for munitions, Wright-Patterson for aircraft modifications, and the Navy Yard for surface craft, are just a few examples. These partners are just as vested in supporting the SOF community as we are and are fully Force Readiness through Collaborative Teaming Mr. James H. Smith Deputy Director Special Operations Research, Development and Acquisition Center U.S. Special Operations Command MacDill Air Force Base, FL Mr. James H. Smith, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Director, Special Operations Research, Development and Acquisition Center, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, FL. He is responsible for all special operations forces research, development, acquisition, procurement and logistics. Mr. Smith, a native of Lyndhurst, New Jersey, graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry in the United States Army. Mr. Smith served initially with the 3d Infantry Division in Kitzingen, Germany as Bradley Platoon Leader, Heav y Mortar Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer. He then served as the 2d Brigade's Assistant Operations Officer and Rif le Company Commander in 5th Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment of the 7th Infantry Division (Light). Following receipt of a Masters of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1995, he served as Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering and as Battalion Executive Officer of 1st Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment at the United States Military Academy. Acquisition Corps assignments include: Chief of the Firepower Division for the Director of Combat Developments, United States Army Infantry Center; Assistant Product Manager for Soldier Power and Deputy Technolog y Product Manager Objective Force Warrior; Chief of Interoperability for the Headquarters Department of the Army G8; and Product Manager for Soldier Sensors and Lasers within Program Executive Office Soldier. His most recent assignments are as USSOCOM's Program Executive Officer for SOF Warrior Systems followed by Military Deputy to the USSOCOM Acquisition Executive. Mr. Smith is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the U.S. Army Command and Staff College, the U.S. Army War College and the Executive Program Manager's Course. He is registered as a Professional Engineer in the State of Virginia. Mr. Smith was interviewed by A&M Editor Scott Sharon. Leadership Perspective A&M: Please speak to your role as USSOCOM Deputy Director, SORDAC, and your dept. mission and goals. Mr. Smith: Our mission sounds simple. Deliver rapid and focused acquisition of special operations-peculiar technology and provide logistics to Special Operations Forces (SOF). But achieving "rapid and focused" is a bit more complex.

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