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Efforts to enhance SOF lethality focus on six areas

13th May 2020 - 13:00 GMT | by Scott Gourley in California


Speaking at this week’s virtual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (vSOFIC), James Smith, Acquisition Executive for United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM),  highlighted six specific focus areas directed toward building a more lethal SOF, beginning with next-generation ISR.

‘This is an area where we have enjoyed complete dominance over the last 20 years,’ said Smith (pictured speaking at last year’s SOFIC event). ‘We’ve had exquisite ISR because we own the airspace and we control the EW spectrum. So we have enjoyed that advantage’.

However, he quickly asserted that the US is ‘already in a contested environment’ in terms of

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Scott Gourley


Scott Gourley

Scott Gourley is a US-based writer on defence and security issues. A former US Army …

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