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Modern War Institute Polar SOF Essay Contest

Monday, February 22nd, 2021

10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), in cooperation with the Modern War Institute and Project 6633, is pleased to announce an essay contest to generate new ideas and expand the community of interest for special operations in the polar regions.

Defending American strategic interests may require special operations in the polar regions. Whether in competition, crisis, or conflict, the polar regions’ extreme weather, natural resources, and diplomatic divisions present challenges to any operations. If special operations are to succeed in the polar regions, polar state actors must develop the appropriate mixture of force posture, equipping, and readiness. Polar nations will improve their competitiveness in these regions by drawing on history, experimentation, and exercises.

Topic

Essays must answer the following prompt: How can American special operations forces compete with near-peer adversaries in the polar regions?

This topic is broad. We encourage authors to clearly articulate a specific idea or concept in their response.

Eligibility

• Essays will be accepted from any person from any field, and submissions from non-US participants are welcomed.

• Up to two people may co-author an essay entry.

• Participants may submit only one entry to the competition.

• Essays must be original, unpublished, and not subject to publication elsewhere.

Submission Guidelines

• Essays will not exceed 1,000 words.

• Use the standard submission guidelines for the Modern War Institute.

• Email your entry to [email protected] with “Polar SOF Contest” in the subject line. Once submitted, no edits, corrections, or changes are allowed.

• Submission deadline: essays will be accepted until 11:59 PM EDT on May 2, 2021.

Selection Process

Submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by a team from the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), the Modern War Institute, and Project 6633. Submissions will be assessed based on how well and creatively they address the topic of the contest and provoke further thought and conversation, as well as their suitability for publication by the Modern War Institute (e.g., style, sources, accessibility, etc.). See evaluation questions below:

• Does the essay clearly define a problem and present a solution?

• Does the essay show thoughtful analysis?

• Does the essay inject new provocative thinking or address areas where there needs to be more discussion?

• Does the essay demonstrate a unique approach or improve current initiatives?

• Does the essay take lessons from history and apply them to today’s challenges?

• Does the essay propose a project or concept that could realistically be applied by the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) or Army Special Operations?

• Does the essay demonstrate knowledge of relevant existing writing on polar operations and challenges?

• Is the essay logically organized, well written, and persuasive?

The commander of 10th Special Forces Group and Project 6633 co-directors will make the final judgement for the contest.

Winning Submissions

The top three essays will be announced publicly, and will be published by the Modern War Institute.

Depending on the evaluation of the Modern War Institute editorial team, revisions may be required before publication.

By MWI Staff

Image credit: US SOCEUR

SOFWERX – Tag, Track, and Locate Transformational Technology

Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

This isn’t an ordinary game of tag

The newest topic for Tech Tuesday has been released! SOFWERX and USSOCOM are searching for transformational technologies to tag, track, and locate air, surface, and underwater moving objects. Desired capabilities will emphasize reduced physical contact to tag and the ability to track through water.

Selected organizations will have the opportunity to virtually pitch their cutting-edge technology to interested Government partners during a 30-minute discussion. Tech Tuesday hosts Government attendees from all Services, USSOCOM, DHS, OSD, ODNI, FBI, DOE, NASA, and FVEY groups.

To submit, visit sofwerx.org/techtuesday

24th SOW Launches Special Operations Center For Medical Integration And Development

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

The 24th Special Operations Wing launched the Special Operations Center for Medical Integration and Development, a program designed in cooperation between the U.S. Air Force and the University of Alabama-Birmingham to develop and provide advanced standardized training to special operations medics. The training used realistic and innovative techniques including virtual reality, field training exercises and clinical hospital rotations to maintain readiness of Special Operations Surgical Team members, pararescuemen and independent duty medical technicians.

By SSgt Ridge Shan, 24th Special Operations Wing

SOFWERX Seeks Arctic Warfare Solutions for Tech Tuesday

Friday, February 5th, 2021

SOFWERX, in concert with USSOCOM, will host upcoming Tech Tuesday sessions focused on current transformational technologies to assist with operations in arctic climates.

Submit your Arctic Transformational Technology NLT 12 February 11:59 PM ET, at sofwerx.org/techtuesday,

“Strategic Latency Unleashed”

Friday, February 5th, 2021

Your reading assignment for tonight:
STRATEGIC LATENCY UNLEASHED: THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY IN A REVISIONIST GLOBAL ORDER AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES

Get your copy here.

USSOCOM Wants To See Through Walls – Can You Help?

Friday, January 29th, 2021

SOFWERX, in concert with USSOCOM, will host upcoming Tech Tuesday sessions focused on current transformational see through walls technologies, specifically for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC).

Selected organizations will have the opportunity to virtually pitch their cutting-edge technology to interested Government partners during a 30-minute discussion. Tech Tuesday hosts Government attendees from all Services, USSOCOM, DHS, OSD, ODNI, FBI, DOE, NASA, and FVEY groups.

If you can help, Submit NLT 05 February 11:59 PM ET

For more information, visit www.sofwerx.org/techtuesday

SOFWERX – Lightweight Machine Gun-Medium (LMG-M) Virtual Industry Day

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Calling All Machine Gun Manufacturers!

SOFWERX, in concert with USSOCOM PEO-SOF Warrior (PEO-SW), will host a Lightweight Machine Gun-Medium (LMG-M) Virtual Industry Day on 18 February, 2021 to discuss and refine ammunition specifications for the LMG-M.

Request to Attend NLT 11 February 11:59 PM ET.

Full details can be found at events.sofwerx.org/lmgm.

goTenna Tech Talk – Remote Situational Awareness for Special Operations Forces

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Wes Bryant, goTenna’s SOF Business Development Lead recently presented a Tech Talk at the DSI SOF & Worldwide Operations Symposium entitled, “Remote Situational Awareness for Special Operations Forces.”

To watch the video, visit thelastmile.gotennapro.com/remote-situational-awareness-for-special-operations-forces.