Issue Overview

The adage that Special Operation Forces require advanced and innovative gear could not be truer today.  These highly-trained troops are facing an increasingly more sophisticated adversary, requiring innovative tools from electro-optical and infrared to electronic warfare and laser-based protection technologies.

Other technologies might not be as obvious, but are just as important – electric drive systems to quiet the noise of riverine boats, or a complex SATCOM system that allows these special operators to be able to communicate from the most remote places on the planet, are all part of what makes these teams do what they were designed to do.

The defense industry has been developing and producing these kinds of cutting-edge products for Special Forces for years, but as high-technology becomes more available around the world, U.S. Special Forces will require technologies based on experience and innovative thinking to keep them lethal and mission successful, steps ahead of their adversaries and ensuring their safety.

The Color of Heat: How Quantum Cascade Lasers Solve the DoD’s Problem in Aircraft Protection

The Color of Heat: How Quantum Cascade Lasers Solve the DoD’s Problem in Aircraft Protection

A new laser technology has found its way into commercial production. Dubbed “quantum cascade laser” or “QCL”, this revolutionary technology has the potential to have a profound, positive effect for mi

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Special Forces SATCOM for the Most Dangerous Missions in the World

Special Forces SATCOM for the Most Dangerous Missions in the World

Special operations forces rely on secure, assured communications for connectivity and situational awareness and connectivity in tactical environments for missions in all corners of the world.

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The Business of Blocking Access to an Invisible Area

The Business of Blocking Access to an Invisible Area

Special operations forces demand the most advanced EW capabilities available to effectively conduct missions at the “tip of the spear” on the battlefield.

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Current Thermal Weapon Sights for SOF Are Great, What’s Coming Next is Fantastic

Current Thermal Weapon Sights for SOF Are Great, What’s Coming Next is Fantastic

The latest advancement in thermal weapon sights for SOF can be clipped in front of an existing day scope and is so sensitive it can visibly trace the bullet’s heat track on the trajectory to target.

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Electric Power: The Solution for Quiet, Stealthy Boats

Electric Power: The Solution for Quiet, Stealthy Boats

Electric power propulsion is a better solution for clandestine missions in river and near-shore environments, delivering stealth for boat teams and warfighters.

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