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 14 of 35 Unmanned Tech Solutions | Armor & Mobility | May 2016 | 13 Leadership Perspective Find out more at FIRST FOCAL PLANE ILLUMINATED RETICLE subtensions and drops remain true at any magnifcation 7075 FORGED ALUMINUM HOUSING rugged and dependable RANGING & BULLET DROP COMPENSATION RETICLE dual purpose reticles allow for quick and accurate range estimation © 2016 Trijicon, Inc. Wixom, MI USA 1-800-338-0563 PML7047-2 The Trijicon VCOG ® The evolution of a legend. INTEGRATED MOUNTING FOOT provides quick and easy mounting to any rail system profit that provides collaboration environments, technology toolsets, and facilitation services. We've seen a great interest from industry and a willingness to participate and collaborate. SOFWERX is offering a wide variety of venues to bring engineers, operators, businessmen and acquisition professionals together to advance concepts. Probably the best example of industry cooperation and how we're using the SOFWERX facility is our Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS). TALOS is an aggressive program to dramatically increase the survivability of the operator at their most vulnerable point. The nature of some high-end kinetic SOF missions is that an operator may have to expose themselves to close-in enemy fire to accomplish their mission; for example a hostage rescue mission. Several years ago, our Commander gave us the mission to provide that operator with greater ballistic protection while maintaining the mobility and agility of an unencumbered operator. The progress to date – on a very aggressive schedule and a constrained budget – is made possible only by the willingness of DOD and industry partners to team with us in collaborative fashion. Much of this collaboration is taking place at SOFWERX now, where the team is taking advantage of the mix of diverse ideas and rapid prototyping capability to continue to tackle the engineering challenges and provide a prototype capability by 2018. A&M: What challenges do you see driving USSOCOM Acquisition process trends in the next 10-15 years? Mr. Smith: Budgets will remain constrained. Technology will continue to accelerate and proliferate globally. And the security environment is likely to remain extremely complex with SOF operations remaining relevant; simultaneously working with international partners to sustain peace and taking direct action against those that would threaten our nation and our interests. The "business as usual" linear acquisition approach won't meet those challenges. We'll need to identify venues to thicken our meaningful communications with our user community and industry. We've got to expand our acquisition network to ensure we're tapping into all of the ideas, concepts and capacity available. Many of the initiatives we discussed are attempts to get at just that. We're increasing venues to communicate with industry when we're just starting to think about requirements at SOFIC, Capability Collaboration Events and Technical Experimentation events, when we're about ready to release a request for proposal at Industry Days, and after contract award through feedback sessions with our Acquisition Executive. Venues like SOFWERX, Technical Experimentation, and CRADAs all increase the opportunities for engineers and operators to collaborate on problems and, as we've seen with our MTRC's, when you bring

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