Tag Archives: Special Operations Command

Meredith Berger to Perform Duties of Navy Undersecretary

Meredith Berger

Meredith Berger assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment has succeeded the retiring James Geurts to perform the duties of the U.S. Navy's undersecretary. Berger formerly served as the deputy chief of staff to the secretary of the Navy, a role she held from 2014 to 2017, the Navy said Monday.

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Acting U.S. Navy Undersecretary James Geurts Announces Retirement

James Geurts

James Geurts, current acting undersecretary for the U.S. Navy and a previous Wash100 Award recipient, announced on Wednesday through a handwritten letter on Geurts’ LinkedIn that he will be retiring from his post at the end of August and will retire from government service. As of his retirement announcement this morning, the replacement for Navy undersecretary has not been announced.

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DOD States Position on Drones From Chinese Tech Company DJI


The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a statement saying drones manufactured by China-based Da Jiang Innovations pose a national security threat and that a report that those systems were approved for purchase and use by U.S. government agencies was inaccurate. The Pentagon prohibited the use and procurement of all commercial off-the-shelf drones due to cyber issues in 2018.

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Lisa Costa: SOCOM Seeks More Flexible Tools to Address Mission Needs

Lisa Costa

Lisa Costa, chief information officer at U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), said SOCOM wants industry to come up with more flexible systems that could enable the command to easily adapt them to meet mission requirements. “I want you to rethink your business models,” she told industry at an event Thursday.

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Col. Ken Kuebler: Air Force Special Operations Command Eyes Amphibious Aircraft

Col. Ken Kuebler

Col. Ken Kuebler, program executive officer for fixed-wing at U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), said Air Force Special Operations Command considers modifying its MC-130J aircraft to enable the plane to operate in amphibious environments. He said having an amphibious aircraft would provide the service the capability amid a great power competition.

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Lisa Sanders: USSOCOM Eyes Potential Use Cases for AI at the Edge

Lisa Sanders

Lisa Sanders, director of Science and Technology for special operations forces, acquisition, technology and logistics at U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), said contested environments where data and computing power are unavailable are pushing the military to reinvent artificial intelligence and come up with new insights into how people use AI. 

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SOCOM Taps Collaboration.Ai for Market Research Platform


Collaboration.Ai has won a three-year, $10 million contract from the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) to provide a market research platform for innovation challenges launched under the Air Force's AFWERX program. The company will facilitate contests regarding the concept of high-speed vertical takeoff and landing aircraft via the Augmented Human/Community Performance Platform

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USSOCOM to Explore Viability of Emerging Tech in Ground Vehicle Fleet; Col. Joel Babbitt Quoted


U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) will further invest in new technologies expected to modernize the USSOCOM fleet of ground vehicles. USSOCOM is exploring how autonomy, advanced situational awareness, hybrid-electric power and lightweight armor can augment a vehicle family of 3,000 platforms. General Dynamics delivered the Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV) 1.1 that the military uses for special operations last year.

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Defense Procurement Vet James Geurts to Serve as Navy’s Undersecretary on Acting Basis

James Geurts

James Geurts, who most recently served as the assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition and was a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, was designated the service's acting undersecretary. Geurts will also concurrently perform duties as chief operations and management officer of the Department of the Navy (DON), the service said the same day.

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Jim Smith: SOCOM Advances AI Training, Education

Jim Smith

Jim Smith, acquisition executive at Special Operations Command (SOCOM), said SOCOM is working to educate and train leaders and personnel in artificial intelligence in support of missions and other capabilities. Smith noted that SOCOM formed a new program executive office for special operations forces digital applications to help advance AI adoption.

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