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 20 of 35 Unmanned Tech Solutions | Armor & Mobility | May 2016 | 19 SOF Leadership Roundtable Q&A The operational successes during recent deployments by the 11th MEU and 24th MEU are a ref lection of the service emphasis on integration and interoperability between SOF and the deployed Marine Air Ground Task Forces. This interoperability makes all of us stronger. A&M: SOF proved itself an invaluable asset to the wars in Southwest Asia and are now at the top of every COCOM's speed dial – how has this increased demand, in light of tight budgets and a reduced end force, impacted how MARSOC responds when called? Maj. Gen. Osterman: We have responded by forward deploying Marine Special Operations Forces (MARSOF) that are capable of the full spectrum of Special Operations Forces (SOF) operations and are adaptable to whatever the specific mission requirements dictate. By persistently providing these forces to the Theater Special Operations Commands (TSOCs), the regional commanders know what they have and how agile those forces are. I believe this provides them maximum f lexibility as they respond to emerging theater requirements for SOF. A&M: To what extent and in what ways do you see MARSOC adopting and implementing robots in the field, such as: • UAVs – including resupply rotorcraft • Ground systems for medevac, to accompany small units and lessen the load each warfighter must carry, logistics support, recon/mine detection, lethal weapons platforms • Surface and subsurface water platforms burial Maj. Gen. Osterman: MARSOC lives by the Special Operations Forces (SOF) Truth "Humans are more important than hardware," but there is no denying that technology in the areas of robotics are enabling the accomplishment of more on the battlefield. MARSOC employs Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) in support of operations, but not specifically for resupply. MARSOC works closely with U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to search for an SUAS "swarm" capability, logistics augmentation and resupply, and an advanced Counter Improvised Explosive Device (CIED) capability. A&M: Raiders already are among the most highly trained members of the U.S. military, with requirements covering combat medicine, languages, culture and religion, negotiations, training host nation troops, etc. How would you describe the training and capabilities of an operator by MARSOC's 20th anniversary in 2026? Maj. Gen. Osterman: Over the next decade, MARSOC will continue to develop capabilities rapidly based on the operational demands of the Geographic Combatant Commands (GCCs) and Theater Special Operations Commands (TSOCs). However, MARSOC is striving to maintain the leading edge on leveraging emerging technologies that provide our forces a comparative advantage against enemy networks globally. The integrated, cross-functional manner in which we train our forces ensures that we continue to innovate, experiment and adapt operational and tactical concepts to ensure theater Special Operations Forces (SOF) remain capable of staying ahead of any inf luencing emerging enemies and assisting partners globally to defeat those threats to security and stability. A&M: During the past 12 months, what are your command's biggest successes? Maj. Gen. Osterman: MARSOC has reached a point to where we are value added to the U.S. Marine Corps, not just U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Since the drawdown in Afghanistan, MARSOC has regionally aligned our operational forces in order to provide better support to our respective Theater Special Operations Commands (TSOCs). MARSOC continues to maintain a forward deployed Marine Special Operations Company (MSOC) reinforced, as a persistent presence in each of the following three regions: U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), U.S. Central Command (CENTOM), and U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM). MARSOC deployed a headquarters element in support of Operation Inherent Resolve who is currently leading the mission command for the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force in Iraq. Advancing Mission Effectiveness through Enhanced Operational Energy Capabilities July 12-13, 2016 | Alexandria, VA Register, Exhibit & Download Agenda: Defense Strategies Institute: 4th Annual Military Mobile Power Summit FREE For Military & Government!

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