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SOFIC 2018: USSOCOM eyes ‘Hyper Enabled Operator’ concept for better decision making

24 May 2018

US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is pursuing a ‘Hyper Enabled Operator’ concept to help small unit teams “prevail in all scenarios against all threats”, according to the command’s acquisition executive, Jim Smith.

Smith said a multipronged approach to address the Hyper Enabled Operator concept could involve exploiting available data generated by partner forces and arrays of sensor networks and communications channels, which would be turned into decision-making information.

Requirements include assured communications for operators in a “dirty” communications environment – the ability to secure primary, alternative, contingency, and emergency means of communications, Smith said during 22 May remarks at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, Florida.

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