The national defense strategy, which emphasizes preparing for conflict with peer and near-peer adversaries, is causing Special Operations Command’s technology development leaders to rethink their priorities.
“The national defense strategy is pushing us towards near-peer competition,” James Smith, SOCOM”s acquisition executive, said May 21 at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association.
Lisa Sanders, SOCOM’s science and technology director, said “the work that we do in the Science and Technology Directorate — the money that we are provided — aligns with the national defense strategy.”
Smith said the document emphasizes next-generation intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, which involves “finding, fixing and finishing or exploiting” opponents. It will be a core challenge for the command to tackle.