The U.S. Army Special Operations Command (SOCOM) (www.soc.mil) has posted a request for information (RFT) to evaluate selected exploitation technologies. In a November 7 Federal Register notice, SOCOM invited industry, academia, individuals, and government labs to submit technology nominations for which SOCOM will provide input.
The event is designed to improve collaboration between SOCOM and technology providers as well as to identify technologies that support sensitive site exploitation (SSE), military information support operations (MISO), and human performance, according to the notice.
The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM or SOCOM) is the Unified Combatant Command charged with overseeing the various Special Operations Component Commands of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force of the United States Armed Forces. USSOCOM conducts several covert and clandestine missions, such as direct action, special reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, foreign internal defense, unconventional warfare, psychological warfare, civil affairs, and counter-narcotics operations. Each branch has a Special Operations Command that is unique and capable of running its own operations, but when the different special operations forces need to work together for an operation.
SOCOM Outlines Technology Areas of Interest
SOCOM described specific technologies and capabilities under each category it seeks to explore during the March demonstration.
- For Sensitive Site Exploitation (SSE) technologies, it seeks collection, segregation and matching of voice from media or live capture; hand-held hidden chamber materials of interest detection; Hand-held detection of materials includes biological, chemicals, and hazards. Rapid DNA hand-held collection, processing, and matching technologies; facial recognition up to one kilometer; dustless fingerprint collection.
Media exploitation capability priorities for 30 minutes or less ; at the Exploitation Analysis Center (EAC) level are: simultaneous imaging of media, Simpler user interface for exploiting media (searching and reporting), Innovative transmission or transfer of large images over the internet.
Portable Explosive detection kits that can detect explosives based on trinitrotoluene (TNT), Research Department Formula X (RDX, dynamite, and black powder within minutes with no more than five milligrams of the suspected sample, Does not require field calibration, power, or peripheral devices and Simple enough for operators to be trained in its use over a couple of hours.
Embedded hazard detection and identification for exploitation analysis center (lab-like facility), Identify hidden/concealed explosives during triage, Examine items up to 24”x24”x36” and 75 pounds, Compatible with existing chemical, biological, and radiological decontamination as well as explosive ordinance disposal procedures. All proposed technologies should be operable while wearing gloves and military equipment to include eye protection and chemical protective clothing.
Extract file and user-created metadata such as filenames, hash numbers, date-time stamps, etc. and compare to an onboard watch list. Locate and extract personal identifying information such as names, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, chat user names, social media user names, etc. and compare to an onboard watch list.
- For Information Operations (or Military Information Support Operations (MISO) , SOCOM is looking for technologies that can provide persistent cellular data service (3G) into denied areas while achieving stand-off range and interoperability with existing target audience equipment (handsets and subscriber identity modules) in various locations.
Sentiment analysis capability to process large volumes of reader/user-provided comments in social media or on a website to discern trends/long term sentiment change. Must be in languages other than English, especially non-Latin alphabets (e.g., Arabic and Cyrillic), and phonetically written using the Latin character set. Radio, television, internet messaging, and cellular broadcasts (Short Messaging Service (SMS), voice and Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) ) into denied areas; and automated translation technology.
- SOF personnel often operate for extended periods of time in austere environments that expose them to extremes in altitude, temperature, humidity, wind, kinetosis, infectious diseases, toxic industrial chemicals/materials, and other environmental hazards. The primary emphasis is to ensure sustained human performance/effectiveness while operating under these harsh conditions with or without personal protective equipment.
Therefore for human performance, the command seeks physiological status and heart rate monitoring devices; optimal performance strategies for harsh conditions; new technologies that can boost performance; methods for measuring the nutritional status of SOF operators; and innovative approaches for determining the interaction between SOF-common medications and dietary supplements.