The Year in Special Operations

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Posted on 26 Sep 2013 0 comments

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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.

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