Armed Forces News

Special operators need all the technology they can get as quickly as possible, the four commanders of each service’s special operations commands believe.
Speaking to an audience at the National Defense Industrial Association’s (NDIA) annual conference in Tampa on May 21, each entreated industry representatives there to help deliver new technologies into warfighters’ hands more quickly than adversaries can get them.
The four – Army Lt. Gen. Francis M. Beaudette, Navy Rear Adm. Collin P. Green, Air Force Maj. Gen. Vincent K. Buckland and Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Daniel Yoo – also noted that legacy weapons that no longer work should be shelved and replaced. Likewise, technology that may have been new only a few years ago likely could be rendered useless because of the rapid pace of technological advances.
“We’re constant innovators [looking for] a new way to accomplish the mission,” Beaudette said.
Green described how the sea services are embracing the “need to ruthlessly innovate,” taking a “white-board” approach where “creativity is needed at the deck plate.”
The Air Force’s most active replacement program involves C-130 aircraft, Buckland said, adding, “Every other weapons system we have is undergoing some sort of modernization process.”
Yoo sought industry input in helping the Marines field “hyper-enabled operators who are as comfortable in multi-domain warfare as we are in the physical.”
NDIA’s SOFIC (Special Operations Forces Industry Conference) took place May 19-23.