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USSOCOM Mission & Vision
The United States Special Operations Command's (USSOCOM) mission, according to USSOCOM Strategy 2010, is to provide fully capable and enabled Special Operations Forces (SOF) to defend the Nation's interest in an environment characterized by irregular warfare. Additional tasks for USSOCOM under this mission, which are laid out by the Unified Command Plan – 2008, include, organizing, training and equipping SOF forces and synchronizing DoD planning for global operations against terrorist networks.
The vision for USSOCOM states that, success in the future will be defined by actions that develop, support and enable SOF capable of executing global distributed operations, within an environment characterized by irregular warfare and asymmetrical challenges. USSOF must be seamlessly integrated and enabled with capabilities from across the DoD and other USG agencies. To realize this vision, USSOCOM and USSOF must address three focus areas:
- The Operator
- The Capabilities, capacities and authorites
- The Strategic credibility and influence
In the end, we can never forget that the force we field must remain the most competent, respected and effective small fighting force in the world. (USSOCOM Strategy 2010)
The USSOCOM SBIR program, as a component of the DoD SBIR Program's overall mission to leverage small business technology innovation for the Warfighter, is focused on providing funding for the development of advanced technology that provides increased capability for the SOF Warfighter.
USSOCOM needs and appreciates the efforts of all firms that propose innovative technologies to meet the unique technology requirements of the Special Operations Forces
Technology Area of Interest
2.Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR)
3.Command, Control Communications, and Computers (C4)
4.Weapons and Electronic Attack (EA)
7.Power and Energy
8.Irregular Warfare (IW)
9.Cyberspace Operations (Attack, Defend, Exploit)
Advantaged antenna placement is in high demand on U.S. Navy ships, with special permission being required to the best placement areas. The current antenna system employs two directional antennas, which maintains each antenna's lock on the satellite by turning the antenna at the direction of either a GPS or compass feed. When the ship's superstructure blocks one antenna, the system switches to the other antenna. SOCOM solicitation 02-004, requested the development of an inexpensive, lightweight, portable Tactical Antenna Switching and Positioning System (TASPS) that would provide a platform for a small lightweight UHF SATCOM antenna and an interface to maintain constant contact with geosynchronous satellites, despite periodic line of sight (LOS) blockage caused by the ship's superstructure coming between the antenna and satellite.
This proposed system would eliminate antenna placement issues by allowing the user to board a USN ship and install the system with little coordination and no negative impact to the ship's vital communications and radar systems.
The TASPS interfaces two UHF SATCOM radios (AN/PRC-117F or equivalent), using one small, man-portable Omni-directional antenna on each side of the ship. The system switchs between the two antennas when the LOS to the satellites is blocked and employs amplifiers and preamplifiers to make up for the omni-directional antenna's lack of gain. Also, the antenna automatically turns to maintain its tracking as the ship turns, eliminating LOS problems.
Key Technology Area: Sensors, Electronics and Electronic Warfare (primary); Battlespace Environments; Information Systems Technology