20 May PIC OF THE DAY
U.S. Special Operations Forces are used to deploying to warzones like Afghanistan and other austere and dangerous regions of the world. Now, some are being sent to innovation hubs in the United States.
Gen. Richard Clarke, commander of Special Operations Command, has authorized the deployment of “technology liaison officers” to Silicon Valley, Boston, Austin, Texas and Washington, D.C., according to SOCOM Acquisition Executive Jim Smith.
“These are operational officers — not acquisition officers — that are going to be located in four very important technology centers in our country,” Smith said at the National Defense Industrial Association’s Special Operations Forces Industry Conference. “These will be folks that are out there looking across the labs and academia and industry partners for those capabilities that we can pull into USSOCOM, or that you want to push to USSOCOM,” he told attendees at the virtual confab.