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Lisa Costa: SOCOM Looks Into Software-Defined Networking, Hybrid Cloud Capabilities

Lisa Costa, chief information officer at U.S. Special Operations Command, told C4ISRNET in an interview published Wednesday that software-defined networking, next-gen laptop and Special Operations Forces hybrid cloud are the emerging networking capabilities SOCOM is investigating. Costa said SOCOM’s cloud strategy is based on application modernization and cloud development.

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USSOCOM Working on AI, Machine Learning Strategy

David Spirk Jr., chief data officer of the Special Operations Command, said at a National Defense Industrial Association-hosted conference that the command is developing a strategy for emerging technology initiatives, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. Spirk said the strategy will help SOCOM plan its allocations for artificial intelligence and machine learning efforts for fiscal years 2022 to 2026. 

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DoD Tranfers $282M to ISR Defense Programs

The Department of Defense has allotted over $282 million for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance efforts over the past two months, C4ISRnet reported Tuesday. Pentagon took $247 million from operation and maintenance allotments to fund the development of various ISR-applied technologies such as artificial intelligence and a data sharing network.

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USAF Ends AC-130U Gunship’s Final Combat Deployment

The U.S. Air Force has concluded the final combat deployment of the AC-130U gunship as the service branch prepares the aircraft's successor for use, Military.com reported Wednesday. The service branch's 1st Special Operations Wing holds the two returning AC-130U or Spooky units that will remain in station as reserve aircraft.

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SOCOM Looks to Enhance Operations with Artificial Intelligence

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.

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Mike Pence: Trump Admin Working With Congress to Establish Space Force

Vice President Mike Pence told attendees at the Satellite 2019 conference in Washington, D.C. that the proposed space force will “soon be a reality,” National Defense magazine reported Monday. Pence, also the chairman of the National Space Council, noted that the Trump administration is working with Congress to stand up the sixth military branch.

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USSOCOM to Seek Industry Input for ‘Hyper-Enabled Operator’ Concept

The U.S. Special Operations Command plans to hold a “disrupter event” at the 2019 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference on May 20 to 23 in Florida to discuss potential approaches to support its “hyper-enabled operator” efforts with industry, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. Jim Smith, acquisition executive at USSOCOM, said the command wants to explore the areas of data, presentation and computation to build technologies and enables the warfighter as well as logisticians, medics and psychological ops personnel to receive and analyze information real-time in the field.

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