Armor & Mobility

May/ June 2017

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unmanned aerial systems that provide longer operational range, beyond line of sight capabilities, and can be launched/recovered by forward SOF teams. UAS technologies are advancing rapidly and ARSOAC assumes a lead role in partnering with the other USSOCOM components to answer SOF operator requirements in the field. ARSOAC's Systems Integration Management Office (SIMO) works hand in hand with adjacent USSOCOM Research and Development directorates to explore capabilities and rapidly transition innovative solutions into fielded technologies. These fielded technologies often begin in the SOF realm, but we work to rapidly share them with conventional forces across the services where we see value. ARSOAC systems and crews do not currently conduct Manned/Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) in the same way general purpose aviation forces do, but we closely synchronize our assets with a myriad of joint enablers to ensure intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) requirements are met for our supported special operations forces. A&M: From an industry partnering perspective, how is ARSOAC working to partner with industry to better facilitate concept to field outcomes? BG Evans: We rely heavily on industry to fill capability gaps and enhance current capability as threats evolve. One notable example is our cooperation with the Army and other services on the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program. Since the Army is the Department of Defense (DoD) lead agency for FVL, we are actively engaged in providing industry input for SOF requirements. Our SOA operators provide feedback to SIMO on what capabilities we would like to see in this new program. SIMO in turn works closely with industry and the programming office to guide the development process. FVL must be centered on the ground force commander's tactical needs in the terminal area. It is imperative we do not sacrifice its helicopter-like maneuverability and agility for speed and endurance. We are actively partnering with the United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) and the Aviation Program Executive Office (PEO Aviation) to ensure SOF mission requirements are addressed in the FVL family of vehicles. In addition to our work on FVL, the ARSOAC routinely hosts industry briefs to allow vendors, large and small, to present aviation related solutions that reduce pilot workload, enhance survivability, strengthen logistics processes and simplify mission command. We feel this is critical to stay abreast of those advancing technologies that will ensure our comparative advantage against our adversaries in the future. A&M: What are any other goals/challenges you are addressing going forward. BG Evans: The current and projected shortage of rotary wing pilots in Army Aviation is also a concern for the ARSOAC. Our mission requirements are not diminishing so it is imperative that we recruit committed, capable, and trainable pilots and crew members to join our ranks. Army Aviation's missions are challenging, diverse and enduring. We are looking for those officers who want to take on a different mission role and are seeking new challenges. The ARSOAC offers a rigorous training program that empowers aviators to operate across the spectrum of conflict in all environments. Our adversaries are unrelenting, and the future almost certainly holds challenges as tough as or tougher than those we have already faced. The ARSOAC continues to be a critical capability in the menu of options our national and theater special operations components can bring to bear on the enemy in support SOF across the Joint and Coalition teams. ARMY CONTRACTING SUMMIT JUNE 1 - 2, 2017 KILLEEN, TEXAS Bringing leaders together to empower solutions UNITED STATES DEFENSE LEADERSHIP You are invited to aaend one of the top defense contracting events of the year: Space is limited. REGISTER NOW! www.defenseleadershipforum.org or call (202)552-0179 Brig. Gen. John Evans, U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command (Airborne) Commanding General, speaks to a group of Soldiers and civilian contractors during a ceremony in Lexington, Kentucky. (U.S. Army photo) LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVE www.tacticaldefensemedia.com Armor & Mobility | May/June 2017 | 9

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