Special Operations Command is boosting its procurement of munitions to replenish depleted stockpiles while seeking new capabilities to meet future threats, officials said May 23.
Last year, the command’s Program Executive Office-Fixed Wing had six programs related to precision-guided munitions; this year, it has 22, said Lt. Col. Jeff LaFleur, SOCOM materiel leader for integrated strike programs, at the National Defense Industrial Association’s annual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, Florida.
The command requested over $309 million in base and overseas contingency operations funding for precision-guided munitions in fiscal year 2019, according to budget documents. That number is up from around $75 million in both 2017 and 2018.
That funding, if approved by lawmakers, would go towards purchasing 329 AGM-176 Griffin air-to-ground missiles and 476 small-glide munitions, and modifying 84 small diameter bombs and “precision-guided munitions maritime systems,” according to budget documents.