Understanding and Communicating are all prerequisites to Engage but the equation falls apart if you can’t move your teams with safety, speed, reliability, and a modicum of comfort; a lesson learned from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, where better than 65% of all deaths were due to Improvised Explosive Devices or IEDs. This is a staggering number and it’s no surprise that the DoD worked tirelessly to up-armor land mobility assets in theater; a move followed by all coalition partners.
The Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP), designed by the USMC and in service since 2002.
MRAP development is a DoD wide initiative but there are SOF peculiar requirements.
USSOCOM for fiscal year 2012 will fund a number of mobility projects.
The Rotary Wing has and will continue to add aircraft, upgrade navigation, threat detection, survivability, sensors and weapon systems.
The Fixed Wing side of the house has also had a busy year with more work to be done. The slide below identifies the many projects the PEO-FW will manage.
The PEO-M, Maritime is looking at enhancements to the existing small vessel inventory to mitigate the risk of physical shock. If you’ve ever been on a ski boat or a speed boat, traversing just a small wave can impart a considerable shock to the occupants. USSOCOM wants to reduce physical shock. PEO-M will also be working towards improved sensors, improved survivability, navigation, stealth technology (visible, radar and heat signature), multi-fuel outboard engines, SEALS will be looking for reliable undersea mobility, improved batteries and a SEAL Delivery Vehicle.