Technology Challenges and Opportunities to Special Operation Forces in 2027
Due to constrained time commitments, this Challenge is open for only 21 days. Please do not delay the start of working on this Challenge.
SOCOM is interested in what lies ahead for the world 10 years from now, and what challenges or opportunities will be presented to Special Operations Forces. We are interested in the impacts of technological innovation in the civilian society around the globe. What new or evolved technology will have the greatest impact, either as a challenge or as an opportunity, for Special Operation Forces in 2027? How is daily life for humans around the world going to differ from today? What innovations will industry invent, which will shape society 10 years from now? How will technologies become disruptive by themselves or converged with other technologies? What are the economic, social, and military effects created by this technological evolution? We want to know how you see the world in 2027 and the critical impacts it might pose for Special Operations Forces.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award.
The Seeker is developing a multi-spectral visual system; however, fusing the inputs of offset optical sources results in parallax - a perceived change in the position of an object due to the offset positions of the optical sensors. This Challenge seeks a system and/or algorithm that provides near real-time parallax correction for multiple, offset optical sources.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge in two phases that requires a written proposal and algorithm (Phase I) and experimental proof (Phase II).
Plates of body armor can effectively protect the wearer from sustaining injury from small arms fire, but only in covered areas. The head, neck, and groin are some of the areas that remain uncovered because the ballistic materials in use are thick and not inherently flexible, thus hindering mobility. The Seeker desires a new approach for providing maximum ballistic coverage without range of motion limitations.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is seeking concepts and ideas for reduced-latency digital night vision optic systems.