Armor & Mobility

May/ June 2017

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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A&M: Feel free to speak to other challenges USSOCOM is addressing going forward. GEN Thomas: USSOCOM and SOF has never been more relevant to the current and enduring threats to our national security and have never been more in need of transformational efforts to keep us ahead of emerging security threats. USSOCOM's role spans all of the security challenges outlined in the National Military Strategy. As a combatant command with a global focus and the force provider of SOF, USSOCOM plays a major support- ing role in every theater. The command's expansive role requires us to embrace innovation and transformation so we can quickly evolve and adapt to keep pace with the rapidly changing security environment. We are constantly seeking out technological solutions for improve- ments in ISR, cyber, mobility, survivability, command and control, power and energy, and human performance to name a few. But we are dependent on others to help us successfully meet the challenges of innovation and transformation. We are dependent on the Services to develop major platforms so we can rapidly modify those platforms to meet SOF requirements, and we are dependent on industry and academia to lead the way in finding technological solutions we need. Finding the right technologies to help us innovate and transform is only the first step and not the most important. The most important step is when we put those innovative solutions into the hands of our over 70,000 USSOCOM teammates to empower them to solve problems and overcome obstacles. With the quality of people we have and their commitment to excellence and the nation's security, I am confident we will continue to be successful in meeting the challenges of the future. w w w . D i s t r i b u t e d L e t h a l i t y . c o m Presents: Delivering Technological Overmatch and Distributed Lethality to the Warfi ghter Pre Conference Focus Day: June 26, 2017 Main Conference: June 27-28, 2017 Washington, D.C. Gen. Thomas meets Special Warfare Combatant Craft Crewmen while visiting the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School at Stennis Space Center, MS. (SOCOM) COMMANDER'S CORNER 14 | Armor & Mobility | May/June 2017

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