Special Operations and the Soldier System: Critical Acquisition Issues
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis provides the US Special Operations Command USSOCOM technology base manager with an unclassified reference document on the Armys Soldier System, the collective term for the Armys emerging approach to the research, development and acquisition of items used by the individual soldier on the battlefield. Chapters II - IV outline the emerging approach, discussing the Soldier Modernization Plan, the current Army acquisition structure and process, and the Army Science Board Soldier as a System study. Chapter V discusses the acquisition responsibilities of USSOCOM, detailing the evolving relationship with the Army requirement development process for individual soldier items. Chapter VI summarizes the thesis findings, assesses the next steps, and makes specific recommendations to USSOCOM. The principal conclusion is that maintaining concurrent and reinforcing combat development, technology base, and top-level program management interface channels with the Soldier System is the most effective way for USSOCOM to influence the Armys process to meet the needs of special operations. USSOCOM, SORDAC, Soldier system, Special operations acquisition, Soldier modernization plan.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Unconventional Warfare