The Year in Special Operations

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As the war on terrorism continues, special operations forces are at the forefront of the conflict worldwide. Although every member of the armed forces has performed admirably during the conflict, no other community has been so well suited to the roles and missions required by this new world security climate.

Special operations forces have traditionally made sure that they “equip the man” and not “man the equipment.” Though this has long been one of the fundamental beliefs of special ops, our nation’s scientists and engineers continue to equip these heroes with the best technology available to increase the operators’ safety and, at the same time, their lethality.

USSOCOM’s FY 2018 budget request continues to invest in technology and SOF-unique capabilities that will sustain ongoing efforts to build the networks and capabilities required to successfully accomplish their mission.

SOCOM’s Operations and Maintenance Resources are Expended on:

SOF-peculiar equipment and hardware sustainmentCyberspace Operations
Personnel GearIntelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance
Specialized Training, Education, ExercisesIrregular Warfare
Language and Cultural ExpertiseMedical
Unmanned SystemsMobility
Aviation SystemsPower and Energy
Biometrics and ForensicsSoldier Systems
Command, Control, Communications, and ComputersWeapons and Electronic Attack
Equipment Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction


“Innovative new technologies are necessary to maintain SOF superiority against emerging threats. USSOCOM continually researches, develops, and acquires new technology to provide the geographic Combatant Commands and future SOF operators with cutting edge technology and capabilities capable of defeating emerging threats.”

— FY2018 Budget Request Overview Book, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)The resources and links listed are only suggested as sources for further exploration. They do not necessarily imply endorsement. Neither U.S. Special Operations Command nor any other component of the Federal Government or the Department of Defense has approved, endorsed, or authorized this promotion.


For more than a decade and a half, Special Operations Outlookpreviously titled The Year in Special Operations – has included interviews and discussions with a Who’s Who of former operators and senior and commanding officers throughout the U.S. military, offering their insights on the roles, missions, and history of unconventional warfare units and possible future developments. The publication regularly includes features on programs, equipment, operations, the history of SOF, and more, written by some of the most respected writers in the field.

Distributed throughout the special operations community via a glossy photo-driven print edition as well as an online digital edition, Special Operations Outlook is the only publication that provides this type of engaging content to a targeted audience of “quiet professionals.”

“The USSOCOM baseline O&M funding increases by $84.7 million in FY 2018; of which, $69.7 million is price growth and $15.0 million is program growth. This program growth includes increases for flying hours, operational support and sustainment for the Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems, civilian pay, audit readiness, CWMD mission support, and Special Operations Forces Liaison Elements (SOFLE).”

– Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer, Operation and Maintenance Overview Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Estimates

Neither U.S. Special Operations Command nor any other component of the Federal Government or the Department of Defense has approved, endorsed, or authorized this promotion.


Special Operations Outlook will continue where it left off by providing a top-down panoramic look at special operations forces today. Our “Year in Review” features dedicated coverage of SOCOM, Theater Special Operations Commands, AFSOC, MARSOC, NAVSPECWARCOM, USASOC, and a special international SOF review. In every edition, you can expect interviews with top-level SOF civilian and defense personnel, engaging stories on SOF history, and insights into the latest technology available to operators worldwide.


Technology and Programs
Special Operations Forces Global Logistics Support Services (SOF GLSS)
Additional Topics (TBD)
SOCOM and Component Command Leadership Interviews (TBD)
w/ 2 Members of the Congressional Special Operations Caucuses (Participants TBD)
Special Feature
Office of Strategic Service (OSS): 75th Anniversary of The Glorious Amateurs
History of the OSS and its Impact on the CIA and America’s Special Operations Forces
An in-depth look at the Planned National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations
Year in Review
United States Special Operations Command
United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command
United States Naval Special Warfare Command
United States Air Force Special Operations Command
International Special Operation Forces Update
General History


Lt. Gen. Ken Tovo, Commander, USASOCCol. Marcus S. Evans, Commander, 75th Ranger Regiment
Command Sgt. Maj. Craig A. Bishop, 75th Ranger RegimentLt. Gen. Bradley Heithold, Commander AFSOC
Lt. Gen. Charles T. Cleveland, Commanding General, USASOCRichard M. Holcomb, Deputy to Commanding General, USASOC
Brig. Gen. Clayton M. Hutmacher, Commanding General U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation CommandBrig. Gen. David G. Fox, Commander, U.S. Army JFKSWCS
Adm. William H. McRaven, U.S. Special Operations Command (then-USSOCOM Commander, now retired)Rear Adm. Sean A. Pybus, Naval Special Warfare Command (Retired))
Maj. Gen. Mark Clark, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) CommanderCommand Sgt. Maj. Chris Faris, USSOCOM Senior Enlisted Advisor
Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland, Jr., as U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) Commander (then Deputy Commander U.S. Special Operations Command)Dr. Brian Maher, President, Joint Special Operations University
Maj. Gen. Paul E. Lefebvre, as Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) Commander (Retired)Gen. Bryan “Doug” Brown, as U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Commander (Retired)
H. Ross PerotMichael J. Durant, former 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Nightstalker pilot


“We are always searching for improvements and relentlessly pursuing our next advantage. Key to this effort is USSOCOM’s approach to requirements validation and acquisition, which allows us to rapidly field resources to those forces actively engaged in the fight.”

– General Raymond A. Thomas, III, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command

Neither U.S. Special Operations Command nor any other component of the Federal Government or the Department of Defense has approved, endorsed, or authorized this promotion.


 Distribution by name and title to:

U.S. Special Operations Command
U.S. Army Special Operations Command
U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command
U.S. Air Force Special Operations
U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command
U.S. Department of Defense
Senior DOD staff, chiefs of staff, senior commanding officers, base commanders, acquisition/procurement officers, and program managers within all service branches
Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)
Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
Top executives of the defense industry prime and subcontractors, as well as the hundreds of companies providing leading edge technologies that have relevance to USSOCOM
Members of Congress will receive their own personal editions
Ambassadors and military attachés of partner and aly nations located within Washington, D.C. based embassies
Copies will also be available on newsstands on select military bases throughout CONUS

Neither U.S. Special Operations Command nor any other component of the Federal Government or the Department of Defense has approved, endorsed, or authorized this promotion.



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