ABOUT THE U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND – USSOCOMThe United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM or SOCOM) is the Unified Combatant Command charged with overseeing the various Special Operations Component Commands of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force of the United States Armed Forces. Special Operations Forces Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (SOF AT&L) Center is responsible for all USSOCOM research, development, acquisition, procurement, and logistics. SOF AT&L works closely with government, academia, and industry in meeting its mission to provide rapid and focused acquisition, technology, and logistics support to Warfighters, delivering the most effective capabilities to our Special Operations Forces. USSOCOM is headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.
FIBA-USSOCOM COOPERATIVE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENTWe have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) which serves as a foundation for cooperative work between USSOCOM SOF AT&L and the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator to develop innovative technologies, materials, components, material combinations, software, modeling, simulations, and systems for US Special Operations Force applications. The goals of the CRADA is to provide enhanced operational capability to SOCOM Special Operation Forces (SOF) through the development of novel solutions and technologies.
USSOCOM TECHNOLOGY INTERESTSCurrently, USSOCOM spends over $3 billion a year on procurement including over $500 million on R&D. USSOCOM constantly seeks new technologies to enhance their special operation forces. Technologies that USSOCOM is currently interested in procuring include:
- Comprehensive Signature Management (CSM)
- Human Performance
- First Pass Accuracy and Lethality
- Small Unit Dominance (SOFSUD)
- Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (ISR)
- Tagging, Tracking & Locating (TTL)
- C4 Revolutionary Capabilities
- Electro-Optics, IR, & Lasers
- Military Information Support Operations (MISO)
- Scalable Effects Weapons (SEW)
- Anti-Access/ Area Denial (A2/AD)
- Battlespace Awareness
- Leap Ahead Energy & Power Systems
- Sensitive Site Exploitation (SSE)
BENEFIT TO FIBA AND ITS COHORTSThrough the CRADA agreement FIBA will benefit from direct guidance and interaction with USSCOM SOF regarding SOF technology needs. FIBA and its cohorts will better understand the government needs, allowing the alignment of their core competencies with appropriate technologies resulting in increased SOF capabilities. Additionally the agreement enables FIBA and its cohort to receive information, feedback, data sets, use of Government furnished Equipment (GFE) include software, to facilitate the FIBA ventures’ ability to support SOF technology needs through internal research and development investment. Once a FIBA startup has identified a technology that meet the needs of USSOCOM, a Joint Work Plan will begin.
UNDER AN APPROVED JOINT WORK PLAN
- The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator will participate in a USSOCOM kickoff meeting.
- The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator will participate in regularly-scheduled USSOCOM SOF reviews.
- The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator will receive SOCOM capability gaps for USSOCOM, component commands, and regional theatre commands.
- USSOCOM will provide FIBA and its ventures access to operational, technical and programmatic SMEs as required to support specific project plans.