Special Operations Command is looking for ways to quickly provide its forces with lightweight, energy-efficient equipment on the battlefield, according to an official.
“SOF operate in extreme environments across a distributed battle space in small numbers,” Army Col. Donald Wols, SOCOM logistics director, said in an email. “Most, and sometimes all, of their support must be provided in a way that minimizes their military signature, but meets general health and safety standards without putting too much burden on them.”
Using unmanned systems for resupply is an area of interest, he noted.
The command is working with SOFWERX, an initiative that allows for prototyping and experimentation with academia and nontraditional partners, to create a holistic strategy for streamlining research and development with commercial partners, he noted. Work in this area should leverage machine learning and artificial intelligence, he said.