Wednesday, May 20, 2015

R&D Budget Request Rises for US Special Operations

R&D Budget Request Rises for US Special Operations: The leadership of US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) said the force and its acquisitions — facing a multitude of hotspots and threats from around the globe — must be more flexible than ever, fueling an increase in research an development funding.

SOCOM's total R&D budget rose from a low of $368 million in 2014 to $538 million in the 2016 budget request — a development USSOCOM acquisition executive Bill "Hondo" Geurts called "a huge win for us" as the command looks past Mideast-specific technologies for gear for global operations.

While the operational tempo for conventional forces has slowed, SOCOM commander Gen. Joseph Votel said his forces are "operating in possibly the most complex strategic environment in recent history."