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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operations units in one of our line companies. Additionally, we have increased our capacity and capability to build and enhance partner aviation forces around the world. Our trainers are uniquely suited and situated to take advantage of the special operations indigenous approach to enhance the rotary wing capability of our many allies and partners. Where and when we can make those partners more capable it reduces the support burden on Army Aviation across the spectrum – that's good for all of us in the current high OPTEMPO environment. While we take pride in employing the most advanced helicopters and unmanned aerial systems in the world, the focus now and always is – people. A&M: How is ARSOAC focusing on opportunities to advance capabilities fielding in terms of partnering in a Joint, Multi-Domain environment? BG Evans: Special Operations Forces (SOF) are inherently joint and multi-domain in their approach. The ARSOAC possesses organic materiel development and systems integration capability that is unique in Army Aviation. Our ability to leverage conventional force and special operations funding coupled with unique acquisition authorities allows us to bring capability to bear faster and with greater precision than conventional forces. We still rely heavily on the greater Army and Army Aviation programming community for advancing our capability requirements, but we endeavor to "give back" our gains when we fill gaps with new technology. Our close ties and habitual relationships with other members of the joint special operations force enable us to leverage years of experience in traditionally "non-Army" domains like Maritime with our Navy and Marine SOF partners, and Space and Air with our Air Force SOF partners. We are practiced at synchronizing our operations in those domains and now work increasingly to include Cyber through initiatives such as Airborne Mission Networking and expeditionary reachback maintenance. Critical to our capability growth is the necessity to remain nested with the Army Operating Concept, emerging Army Multi-Domain battle doctrine and US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) 2035 Capstone documents while promoting and providing aviation support across the Joint force through the use of the four US Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) strategic value propositions: 1) the indigenous approach, 2) precision targeting, 3) developing understanding and wielding influence, and 4) crisis response. A&M: Discuss any Joint Interoperability across Special Operations Command in both manned and unmanned systems and how ARSOAC may be cooperating with them. BG Evans: USASOC Strategy 2035 and our own ARSOA 2035 documents describe how the force is moving forward to obtain next generation Pilots from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) land AH-6 Littlebirds during a training exercise. Pilots often team up with ground forces to conduct more realistic training in different environments. (U.S. Army photo) LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVE www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 8 | Armor & Mobility | May/June 2017

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