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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INSIGHTS Armor & Mobility ISSN: 2151-190x Published by Tactical Defense Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly forbidden. ©2017 Tactical Defense Media publications are free to members of the U.S. military, employees of the U.S. government, non-U.S. foreign service based in the U.S. and defense contractors. All TDM publications are sent electronically to international readers. Mailing Address Tactical Defense Media, Inc. PO Box 12115 Silver Spring, MD 20908-0115 USA Telephone: (301) 974-9792 Fax: (443) 637-3714 www.TacticalDefenseMedia.com circulation@tacticaldefensemedia.com editorial@tacticaldefensemedia.com advertising@tacticaldefensemedia.com Tactical Defense Media Publications and Proud Members Kevin Hunter Editor Armor & Mobility kevin@tacticaldefensemedia.com Christian Sheehy Managing Editor Tactical Defense Media christian@tacticaldefensemedia.com Jittima Saiwongnuan Graphic Designer Tactical Defense Media jittima@tacticaldefensemedia.com Sonia Bagherian Publisher Tactical Defense Media soniab@tacticaldefensemedia.com Jane Engel Associate Publisher Tactical Defense Media jane@tacticaldefensemedia.com Cathy Kieserman Office Administrator Tactical Defense Media cathy@tacticaldefensemedia.com WARFIGHTERS TACTICAL ANNUAL GEAR GUIDE WARFIGHTERS TACTICAL The May/June 2017 issue of Armor & Mobility focuses on the critical work done every day by our men and women in Special Operations Forces (SOF) uniform. From operator mission preparedness to Joint coordination across a global spectrum of operations, SOF are asked to answer the call that conventional forces do not or cannot alone. As such, the nation's interests that SOF protect are often subtle in terms of news coverage but ultimately as critical, if not more so, to the big picture that is U.S. national security. As the DoD coordinating authority for all U.S. SOF, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) looks across all of the Global Combatant Commands (GCCs) in order to improve timeliness and develop a robust range of options for U.S. leadership in the deterrence and elimination of threats to American and Allied interests. In an exclusive interview with SOCOM Commander GEN Raymond Thomas III, readers get insight into ways SOCOM is taking the lead on developing a global assessment program intended to enable DoD to seize emerging opportunities and address challenges with GCC commanders simultaneously. "This approach continues to enhance our military's unity of effort to leverage changes in the fight more seamlessly," noted General Thomas. Leading off a slate of insightful features from an unmanned air perspective, U.S. Air Force small unmanned aerial systems (SUAS) serve as organic Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), targeting, and communications relay for the Air Force Special Operations (AFSOC) community, allowing units to operate more independently and with a lower risk of compromise from a target. On the general aviation front, the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command (ARSOAC) is responsible for organizing, manning, training, equipping, and resourcing Army Special Operations Aviation units. BG John Evans, ARSOAC Commanding General tells readers in an exclusive to A&M that he must ensure that each unit within the command has the resources, manpower and equipment to meet and exceed mission expectations, not to mention the same for ARSOAC's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR). Further on air readiness, A&M had the opportunity to speak with BG Paul Cravey, Director, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Capabilities Manager for Reconnaissance and Attack (TCM RA) manned and unmanned aviation development. TCM RA develops and manages doctrine, organization, training, material, leadership and education, personnel, facilities and policy solution sets in support of the Army Aviation Lethality Strategy. On the upgrades front, SOCOM's next iteration of its Chinook program, the MH-47G, has two critical and concurrent efforts that will maintain SOCOM's heavy-assault rotary wing lift capability. These efforts are the Block 2.3 upgrade and the Renew programs. The Block 2.3 upgrade program procures, integrates, and installs new and improved capabilities including electrical systems improvements and improved operator seats. DISCLAIMER: Tactical Defense Media (TDM) is privileged to publish work by members of the military and government personnel. We make a special effort to allow writers to preview their articles before publication, critique our edits, and make changes. TDM typically follows, but is not bound by, the AP Style Guide, and reserves the right to determine the style, including but not limited to capitalizations and other grammatical aspects, except in the cases where the style is dictated by military or DoD standards and practices. www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 2 | Armor & Mobility | May/June 2017

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