Armed Forces News

With enemies increasingly using off-the-shelf technology to wage war, the need for better command, control, communications and computers (C4) has never been more acute, the civilian chief of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM)’s effort said.

Successful operations depend upon a functioning network that is a step ahead of adversaries, Deborah Woods, SOCOM C4 program executive officer, told an online audience at the virtual Special Operations Forces Industrial Conference (vSOFIC) on May 12.

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“The ultimate goal is to continue to accelerate digital modernization and optimization within and across the [special operations forces] establishment,” Woods said. “And of course, we always want smaller, lighter and more power-efficient capability.”

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), which sponsors the annual conference, decided to move events online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event normally takes place in Tampa, not far from SOCOM’s home at MacDill Air Force Base.