‘Burn-Off’ brings Army RCO, SOCOM together to test PNT systems

‘Burn-Off’ brings Army RCO, SOCOM together to test PNT systems

RCO joins SOCOM in early assessments of new or emerging technology from defense industry, tech startups and academia. by Ms. Nancy Jones-Bonbrest On a rainy afternoon in March, technology developers gathered to show their latest position, navigation and timing (PNT) solutions. There were no traditional marketing brochures, trade show booths or giveaway trinkets. Instead, these developers—from big industry, tech startups and academia alike—were there to demonstrate emerging capabilities and get feedback directly from the operators who may one day use the technology on the battlefield if their GPS is ever jammed, tricked or dropped. To carry out the event, organizers found a former Indiana state hospital, now a National Guard […]

Strengths and myths of what makes special operations forces acquisition special

Strengths and myths of what makes special operations forces acquisition special

By understanding what the SOCOM acquisition model is, and what it isn’t, the Army can leverage its strengths appropriately for more efficient and effective modernization. by Col. Joe Capobianco and Col. David Phillips “We’ve been fortunate to have an amazingly consistent leadership philosophy for the last 20 years: Clearly communicate your expectations for risk management and empower the team to make decisions at the appropriate level.” James H. Smith, U.S. Special Operations Command acquisition executive, February 2018 When reading about or interacting with the forces assigned to the U.S. Special Operations Command we think of speed, global reach and, most important, operational success. Special operations forces (SOF) routinely conduct critical […]

Army scouts latest drone technology at SOCOM ThunderDrone event

Army scouts latest drone technology at SOCOM ThunderDrone event

YBOR CITY, Fla. (November 6, 2017) — Enter the unassuming brick building in historic Ybor City, Fl. and there’s the buzz of drones in the air and sound of robots on the ground. There’s an autonomous drone that launches from a moving truck or boat to support a convoy on the move, then tracks the vehicle while orbiting around and monitoring nearby threats. There’s a pistol-packing robot that can sneak into buildings, climb stairs, send 360-degree views of the site and then lock on a target and shoot. And there are drones that work together in a swarm to relay information and then autonomously reconfigure their position to reestablish communications […]

Army honors acquisition and contracting award winners

Army honors acquisition and contracting award winners

By Steve Stark   FORT BELVOIR, Va. – Twenty-five winners of the 2013 Army Acquisition Awards and the Secretary of the Army Awards for Excellence in Contracting were honored Nov. 13 by the Hon. Heidi Shyu, the assistant secretary of the Army (acquisition, logistics and technology) (ASA(AL&T) and Army acquisition executive, Lt. Gen. William Phillips, principal military deputy to the ASA(AL&T), Harry Hallock, deputy assistant secretary of the Army (DASA) for procurement, and Wimpy Pybus, DASA for Acquisition Policy and Logistics at a small ceremony November 13 at the Pentagon. “These awards recognize our very best and acknowledge our superior, dynamic and dedicated professionals. Our central mission is to equip […]