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SOFWERX – Science and Technology Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 22.2

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022

The USSOCOM Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs will soon be accepting submissions for the technology areas of interest below.

Special Areas of Interest

PHASE I:

SOCOM222-001: Solid-State High-Energy Density Batteries

SOCOM222-002: Utilizing ML Algorithms to track and identify UAS threats

SOCOM222-003: CO2 Scrubber Material

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program stimulates a partnership of ideas and technologies between innovative SBCs and non-profit Research Institutions. By providing awards to SBCs for cooperative R/R&D efforts with Research Institutions, the SBIR and STTR programs assist the U.S. small business and research communities by supporting the commercialization of innovative technologies.

On 27 April, SOFWERX will host virtual Q&A sessions for each of the areas of interest. RSVP to the Q&A session(s) that interest you on the event webpage.

Emerald Warrior 22 Prepares Air Commandos for Strategic Competition

Friday, April 29th, 2022

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) —  

Air Force Special Operations Command is hosting the 15th annual Emerald Warrior exercise at multiple locations across the Southeast U.S., from Hurlburt Field, April 25-May 15. The combined exercise provides realistic and relevant training to prepare special operations forces, conventional forces and international partners for operations in the evolving strategic environment.

Emerald Warrior applies lessons learned from real-world operations to provide trained and ready forces to the joint force, while also focusing on security priorities laid out in the AFSOC Strategic Guidance, and nested and relevant national-level strategy. 

It hones the skills of participating units and is an opportunity to test future concepts. In line with AFSOC’s Strategic Guidance, the exercise fuels on-going innovation and experimentation efforts within the command.

Additionally, Emerald Warrior strengthens international cooperation by inviting partner-nations to participate in the exercise. This year’s foreign partners are from the Czech Republic.

Emerald Warrior is not in response to any specific event and is a regularly-scheduled exercise. Exercises like Emerald Warrior are necessary to rehearse U.S., allied and partner abilities to deploy and conduct operations under challenging conditions. These exercises help our forces to prepare for mission requirements.

Residents near training locations may experience increased military activity in their area. All training occurs at designated sites, previously coordinated with local authorities.

Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs

Honoring the Men of Operation Eagle Claw

Monday, April 25th, 2022

In the early morning hours of 25 April, 1980 President Carter announced to a stunned world that the United States had undertaken an ambitious raid into Iran to liberate 52 American hostages held illegally at our Embassy compound in Tehran. The assault force of what was known as “Operation Eagle Claw” can be seen here, loading C141s.

Unfortunately, the task force was unsuccessful and we lost eight American servicemen in a horrible aircraft ground collision.

However, their deaths were not in vain. The hostages were eventually repatriated and the accident was the watershed event that created, over the next several decades, the world’s preeminent Special Operations capability; USSOCOM and its components. Forty years later, we wouldn’t be where are without the determination of that fledgling task force. Join me in remembering those that had the guts to try.

Class Reunion: U.S., Philippine Pilots Reconnect at Balikatan 22

Sunday, April 24th, 2022

CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines —  

More than 16 years and 7,000 miles from their first meeting as cadets at the United States Air Force Academy, two pilots reconnect while participating in an academic exchange during Balikatan 22, a bilateral military exercise that strengthens the long-standing alliance between the Philippines and the United States.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Dan Jackson and Philippine Air Force Maj. Dennis Marzo, who both attended the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, reconnected on March 29, 2022 at Clark Air Base, Pampanga, in the Philippines. The bond of training and shared experience both officers received at the academy was evident during their meeting and reflects the same bond and experience that the U.S. and Philippine armed forces build while working together during Balikatan.

“It was during the first day of class during Balikatan that I think we both realized we looked familiar, but it wasn’t until the end of academics that Dennis came up to me,” said Jackson, a 6th Special Operations Squadron combat aviation advisor evaluator pilot.

Every time he participates in exercise Balikatan, Marzo, a 15th Strike Wing A-29 pilot, makes it a habit to ask U.S. Air Force pilots if they went to the USAFA, where he attended as an exchange cadet in 2006. Jackson is one of the first pilots he has met who is from the same graduating class.

“We were also in the same Chinese class. It’s very exciting to meet him again,” said Marzo. “Out of more than a thousand cadets at the academy, there is small chance that we’d meet after graduation, especially if you’re working overseas.”

From classmates at the academy to leaders in their own countries’ militaries, both pilots expressed their surprise at meeting again under the circumstances and agreed that having a personal connection helped them collaborate more effectively while participating in exercise Balikatan.

“Even in recent history, we’ve done combat missions together, the United States and the Philippines. It just shows the importance of having these exercises to build that coordination, cooperation and joint tactics,” said Jackson.

Balikatan, meaning “shoulder-to-shoulder” in Tagalog, builds upon the shared history of cooperation and trust between the U.S. and the Philippines while allowing service members from both nations the opportunity to build friendships and broaden their understanding of each other.

“And it doesn’t end here,” added Marzo. “We develop connections and networks, so afterward we can still talk and learn from each other. It doesn’t end at Balikatan.”

By Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte

USSOCOM To Buy Jet Boots Diver Propulsion Systems from Patriot3 Inc

Monday, April 18th, 2022

The Department of Defense made the following announcement:

Patriot3 Inc., Fredericksburg, Virginia (H92240-22-D-0008), was awarded a $10,000,000 maximum ceiling value, single award, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with an ordering period of up to five years for the acquisition of Patriot3 Inc. Jet Boots Dive Propulsion System(s) (JBDPS), JBDPS parts, and JBDPS repair/maintenance and training. Fiscal 2022 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $110,000 are being obligated at the time of award. The majority of the work will be performed in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by fiscal 2027. This is a sole source contract under the authority of Federal Acquisition Regulation 6-302-1. U.S. Special Operations Command, Tampa, Florida, is the contracting activity.

The system uses low noise brushless motors and Lithium-Ion Batteries to achieve powerful propulsion at very low total system weight.

www.patriot3.com/jetboots

Special Operations Assoc Museum Committee Raising Funds for 5th SFG(A) Hall of Heroes Display Project

Saturday, April 16th, 2022

The Special Operations Assoc Museum Committee wants to raise $15,000.00 in the next sixty days. This will allow sufficient time to purchase and assemble items needed.

This project will consist of four mannequins of Special Operations men kitted out in mission ready gear, to include weapons. The goal is to have the display ready in time for the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Reunion in September 2022 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. After a period in the 5th SFG(A) Hall of Heroes the display will be moved to the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Please donate today.

Read the CONOPS for more more information.

Thank you.

Bruce Christensen – Chair, Special Operations Museum Association (SOAM)

www.specialoperations.org/soa/museum

Thai Cave Rescue Mission – MSgt Ken O’Brien at NMUSAF

Friday, April 15th, 2022

Featured guest speaker, Master Sgt. Ken O’Brien, shared his experience in the Thai Cave Rescue during the Humanitarian Exhibit opening at the National Museum of the USAF. O’Brien played an instrumental role in the Thailand Cave rescue mission. He was essential in creating the rescue plan, which placed himself as the furthest American inside the cave. During the mission, he also led the effort to retrieve and successfully resuscitate a Thai Navy SEAL. His team’s heroic efforts led to the rescue of 13 Thai civilians.

SOFWERX – Security at the Edge Cyber Challenge

Thursday, April 14th, 2022

SOFWERX, in collaboration with SOF Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (SOF AT&L) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate Network and Data Management Capability Focus Area (NDM CFA), will host a Cyber Challenge on 13 July 2022 to identify technologies with automated capabilities that provide edge device endpoint security, cloud security to protect data at the edge, and network edge security within SOF operational environments.

In austere environments, edge computing devices provide the ability to handle processing on the device or local server and transmit only the relevant data by eliminating latency, which is essential for SOF Operators. Unfortunately, edge computing devices are designed to prioritize functionality and connectivity over security. This makes SOF Operators’ edge computing devices extremely vulnerable to sophisticated nation state threat actors’ cyber attacks. Edge computing devices can take essentially any form and endpoints are everywhere due to the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The SOF Operator needs to ensure they are making decisions based on trusted data and have protections against zero day attacks. The need for protection against advanced persistent threats (APTs), nation state sponsored cyber attacks, data integrity capabilities, and overall zero trust solutions for the main three components of edge computing devices are critical for the current and future SOF operational environments.

Submit NLT 06 May 2022 11:59 PM ET.

U.S. Citizens Only

More info here.