Tag Archives: USSOCOM

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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Leidos Awarded Next-Phase USSOCOM Armed Overwatch Aircraft Prototype Program Contract; Gerry Fasano Quoted

Gerry Fasano

Leidos announced on Thursday that the company secured a contract in the next phase of the U.S. Special Operations Command's (USSOCOM) Armed Overwatch aircraft prototype program. The company’s team will include Paramount Group USA and Vertex Aerospace. The team will advance its new aircraft, referred to as Bronco II, to the Phase III Operational Prototype Demonstration fly-off.

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Thomas Kenney: Common Standards Needed to Manage Future Joint Warfighting Data, Tech

Joint Warfighting Data

Thomas Kenney, chief data officer of U.S. Special Operations Command, said military branches should develop standards to manage system interoperability and data access as the Department of Defense (DOD) works to complete its joint all domain command and control strategy. Kenney said DOD should also explore tools to manage digital identities and credentials across the military.

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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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USSOCOM to Address Future Warfare Challenges via Emerging Tech; Gen. Richard Clarke Quoted


U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has planned investments in a range of emerging technologies to address the challenges of future warfare. These technologies include secure data sharing, edge computing and others that can improve USSOCOM's performance in information and electronic warfare. USSOCOM's Hyper-Enabled Operator effort helps the command's operations personnel make information-aided decisions. 

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CAE USA Secures $135M USSOCOM Contract; Ray Duquette Quoted

Ray Duquette

CAE announced on Monday that CAE USA has been awarded a potential $135 million contract with options by the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to lead integration efforts for the Special Operations Forces (SOF) Global Situational Awareness initiative. USSOCOM has exercised the first option of the contract, which is valued at over $19 million.

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SOFWERX to Focus on Procurement Speed for USSOCOM; Brian Andrews Quoted


The SOFWERX hub, an innovation-focused nonprofit partnered with U.S. Special Operations Command, will prioritize efforts to procure and transition technologies in an accelerated pace. Brian Andrews, SOFWERX's chief technology officer, said the organization will focus on rapidly procuring technologies and transitioning them to the warfighter, rather than just identifying these products.

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Gen. Richard Clarke: USSOCOM Eyeing AI-Based Data Processing, Encryption Concepts to Modernize Operations

Gen. Richard Clarke

Gen. Richard Clarke, commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, said the command is looking into encryption and electronic warfare techniques to advance military communications operations. Clarke said at a hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee that he “personally changed “ the command’s priorities and restructured its funding operations to modernize encryption-related concepts.

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DOD Officials Cite Information Operations as Key Factor in U.S. Military Dominance

Information Operations

Christopher Maier, acting assistant defense secretary for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict (ASD SOLIC), said the U.S. military must refocus information operations toward diverse threat environments to stay ahead of adversaries. The defense secretary’s office is currently reviewing the potential elevation of the ASD SOLIC’s authorities, according to Christopher Maier.

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