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PREMIUM: SOF identifies logistics R&D priorities

17th May 2020 - 12:00 GMT | by Scott Gourley in California

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US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has developed a list of R&D priorities to facilitate expeditionary logistics operations across future tactical environments.

Several priority categories were outlined this week by Col Donald Wols, USSOCOM Director of Logistics/J-4, at the virtual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, which was co-sponsored by USSOCOM and the National Defense Industrial Association.

Identifying a need for expendable/high R-factor rigid wall structures, Wols said: ‘Deploying in and setting up a place to live is not so bad, but then when you have to leave, if you have to pack all that stuff up and take it out, it can be messy’.

He added that the idea ‘is to have something that is inexpensive but still is environmentally sound and safe, that folks can take in, use, and then just leave. It’s more expensive to fly it out than it is to leave it for the village chief to use as he wishes’.

A second identified SOF logistics requirement is for high-density power generation, which Wols described as ‘something we can carry in; that we can set up and use; that has ten times the generation density as current capabilities; including batteries, power storage and all those sorts of things’.

Similar considerations support USSOCOM R&D interest in water generation and wastewater disposal technologies.

While USSOCOM has been at the forefront of calls for lighter weight polymer ammunition for several years, the J-4 publicly expanded that ...

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