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USSOCOM Seeks AI, IoT Concepts for Next-Gen Operational Environment

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The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is prioritizing its efforts to deploy a hyper-enabled operator (HEO) technology to help warfighters utilize increased cognitive functionalities in the battlefield, National Defense Magazine reported Friday.

Col. Ryan Barnes, director of USSOCOM’s Joint Acquisition Task Force, said at a National Defense Industrial Association virtual event that the HEO concept will enable operators to leverage next-generation internet of things capabilities.

“We are looking to put those types of sensors and communication devices on an operator collecting information in the operational environment,” he added.

Gen. Richard Clarke, commander of USSOCOM, noted that the command intends to continue its efforts to integrate emerging concepts such as artificial intelligence and machine learning into its weapons systems.

Other projects that USSOCOM intends to pursue include an engagement platform for collaborating with industry called Engage SOF or eSOF, which is meant to handle operations under the command’s technology and industry liaison office.

USSOCOM officials also cited biotechnology, data management, precision strike, next-generation mobility and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance as key areas of interest for future programs, according to the report.