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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tacticaldefensemedia.com 14 | May 2016 | Armor & Mobility | Unmanned Tech Solutions Leadership Perspective these two groups into close contact, very tangible capabilities result. A trend we're seeing right now, that I believe will continue, is our need to equip foreign partners when our goals are aligned against a mutual enemy. Often these foreign partners are most comfortable employing non-US equipment. As we develop mechanisms to procure this equipment, we're finding many challenges: a constrained vendor base, many DOD competitors for the same items, and sometimes long-lead times for items needed to support current operations. DOD is working to streamline the process because it currently falls in a gray space between foreign military sales and traditional acquisition. They are also exploring the idea of stockpiling some of these long-lead items and, where appropriate, encouraging US-based manufacturing for these weapons and munitions currently only manufactured overseas. A&M: Please feel free to speak to anything else. Mr. Smith: Thanks. I would like to take this opportunity to talk about our workforce. We've got a great group of acquirers, technologists and logisticians. Each of the Services send us great officers and NCO's, in part because they know they'll be serving in a Combatant Command and receiving joint credit – an important step in a military career – but also because they know we have a unique environment at USSOCOM. Our promise to the Services is, send us your best and we'll send them back better because of the challenges we'll be able to present them with while assigned here. We also have an exceptional bunch of civilians. Again, in a fairly small workforce, we work very hard to maintain diversity of thought. We're fully leveraging the intern programs available to the DOD to bring junior civilians into the workforce. We benefit from being in Tampa with a number of excellent universities in the surrounding area to recruit from. Another source of talent is the relationship we have with the Air Force and several of the Army's PEOs and Labs. They'll send us their folks for a short rotational duration to work on our challenges and, in some cases, deploy. We've found these opportunities to be win-win for both organizations because of the experience we all gain. Finally, we've spent a good deal of time to ensure we augment the excellent training and education provided by the Services and the Defense Acquisition University with SO-peculiar training. We offer voluntary training through our "SOF AT&L University" program and tailored training through our "Pathfinder" program. A recent example of Pathfinder training was a 4-part series on defining, communicating and evaluating best value trade-off criteria for a competitive contract award – all facilitated by peers and products developed in cross-functional teams. Our workforce has been consistently recognized by USD (AT&L) for excellence and I'm very proud to be associated with them. AUGUST 2-4, 2016 8 TH ANNUAL • Over 1,000 executives, program managers, engineers, and key decision - makers gather to discuss initiatives, programs, plans, and technologies in the ground domain for both manned and unmanned systems • Attendees include leaders from TRADOC, RDECOM, PEOs and USMC in addition to industry and academia leaders • Topic areas for 2016 papers include: o Autonomous Ground Systems (AGS) o Modeling and Simulation, Testing and Validation (MSTV) • Customizable Exhibit and Sponsorship opportunities available • Networking Opportunities available at two nightly receptions for all attendees Registration Open!!! 8th Annual GVSETS Announces new schedule, including an Advanced Planning Briefing for Industry (APBI) 2016 EVENT LOCATION The Suburban Collection Showplace 46100 Grand River Avenue Novi, MI 48374 Main Session August 2, 2016 Technical Sessions August 4, 2016 REGISTER at www.ndia-mich.org Advanced Planning Briefing for Industry August 3, 2016 o Power and Mobility (P&M) o Systems Engineering (SE) o Vehicle Electronic Architecture (VEA) www.ndia-mich.org

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