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SOCOM Looks to Enhance Operations with Artificial Intelligence

Jeff Brody

The Special Operations Command plans to apply artificial intelligence into its operations to help the U.S. stay ahead of Russia, China and other adversaries in employing new technologies to boost military power, National Defense Magazine reported Tuesday. Officials from SOCOM's component commands discussed the efforts of near-peer competitors to modernize capabilities during the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, Fla. 

“We must sharpen our competitive edge by keeping the latest technology in the hands of our teams unencumbered by legacy systems and slow processes,” said Lt. Gen. Francis Beaudette, commander of Army SOCOM. “We cannot expect success fighting tomorrow's wars with yesterday's weapons or equipment.” 

Rear Adm. Collin Green, commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, said man-machine teaming will help service members improve efficiency, training and readiness. SOCOM also wants to integrate AI into radio frequency, 5G network and airborne mission network to improve security and how the command detects threats.

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