Category Archives: SOFIC 2013

USSOCOM Partners With Industry and Allies To Develop Land and Sea Capabilities.

If you attended SOFIC 2013 in Tampa, one of the many focal points articulated is the need, and desire, to return Navy SEALS to their waterborne lineage. Interpret that to mean the 10+ years of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq … Continue reading

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Admiral William McRaven Clarifies USSOCOM’s Position On Women In Direct Combat Roles.

We’ve recently seen the Secretary of Defense rescind the the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule. The rule became SOP on October of 1994 but there’s been some confusion, mostly from individuals that haven’t read it, regarding limiting … Continue reading

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SOFIC 2013–Closing Comments and Photo Gallery

This year’s SOFIC conference was an exciting event and every bit as good as prior years. The combined efforts of NDIA and USSOCOM account for that. There was, as always, a wealth of information transferred. If you are a small … Continue reading

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SOFIC 2013 MMI Outdoor

MMI makes a number of no nonsense tactical shelters that are easy to deploy, light weight and extremely rugged. Folks in the Philippines and other tropical garden spots will appreciate MMI’s IBNS, Improved Bed Net System. Its  impervious nature to … Continue reading

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SOFIC 2013 Elbit Systems

Israeli Defense Industry giant, Elbit Systems is playing a major role in integrating the IDF through some rather impressive technologies that span the gamut from weapon sights to integrated networks. While at SOFIC, I had an opportunity to check their … Continue reading

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SOFIC 2013–ATK Eagle Industries

 

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SOFIC 2013 – B3 Blast Gauge System

  The central theme at year’s SOFIC Conference was force sustainment. No other critical need has a higher priority for USSOCOM. Anything that can be done to ensure the well being of the operator and his family will be done. … Continue reading

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SOFIC-2013 JetLev R200 Response To A Reader Comment

This reader felt that I overlooked the element of surprise… Employment of the JetLev R200, in its current state of development, requires that planners have adequate intelligence prior to an operation. For example, many harbors and particularly those used by … Continue reading

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SOFIC 2013–Rogue Gunfighter

The folks at TAG and Rogue Gunfighter gave me a sneak peek at their new “No Vis” medical kit. Unlike the traditional approach, which calls for wearing an individual medical kit on your belt or vest, Rogue Gunfighter’s med kit … Continue reading

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SOFIC-2013 JetLev R200

The JetLev R200 was part of the waterfront exhibit. As I watched the demonstration, I couldn’t help wondering why any respectable SEAL would use one of these. I mean, they look like a lot of fun, but I wondered what … Continue reading

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SOFIC 2013–S&S Precision Stalker MPTV

There is an amazing amount of James Bond(ish) technology at SOFIC and this year is no different. I have no doubts that “Q” would turn green with envy. One such item is S&S Precision’s MPTV (multi-purpose tactical vehicle). This vehicle … Continue reading

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SOFIC 2013–Kestrel 4600 Heat Stress Tracker

When Kestrel introduced its Heat Stress Tracker, the company made it possible for every soldier to monitor his or her own exposure to heat stress. Prior to its inception, the U.S. Army only monitored conditions for a general area, which … Continue reading

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SOFIC 2013–QinetiQ MAARS

SOF operators have at their disposal an array of unmanned robotic tools that is unprecedented in the history of warfare, for example QinetiQ’s MAARS system. The Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System (MAARS®) is an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) designed expressly … Continue reading

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SOFIC 2013–Bell 407AH

  This is the Bell 407AH. I want one and that’s basically it!

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Greetings From SOFIC 2013 In Tampa

This week begins our coverage of the Special Operating Force Industry Conference. For the next three days we’ll be giving you a peek of the tools of the trade available to our Special Forces. The SOF warrior sculpture was a … Continue reading

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