Compared to the conventional military services, U.S. Special Operations Command has been ahead of the curve on technological innovation, especially in adapting commercial products for tactical missions.
One area of technology that special operations forces have been shy to jump into is artificial intelligence, said Gen. Raymond Thomas, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command.
“We are still somewhat hesitant to take the big leap into machine learning,” Thomas told a huge audience of geospatial intelligence professionals at the 2018 GEOINT Symposium.
Even though SOCOM has been at the forefront of applying technology in creative ways, it needs help in “incredibly complex problem solving,” Thomas said. Especially tough is a new mission SOCOM was given in 2016 to oversee Defense Department efforts to keep weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of terrorists. The job previously belonged to U.S. Strategic Command.