Special Operations Outlook


For more than 18 years, Special Operations Outlook has included interviews and discussions with a Who’s Who of former operators and senior and commanding officers throughout the U.S. military, offering their insights on the challenges, missions, and history of unconventional warfare units and possible future developments. The publication regularly includes features on programs, equipment, operations, the history of SOF, and more, written by some of the most respected writers in the field.

Distributed throughout the special operations community via a glossy photo-driven print edition as well as an online digital edition, Special Operations Outlook is the only publication that provides this type of engaging content to a targeted audience of “quiet professionals.”

“The USSOCOM baseline O&M funding increases by $84.7 million in FY 2018; of which, $69.7 million is price growth and $15.0 million is program growth. This program growth includes increases for flying hours, operational support and sustainment for the Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems, civilian pay, audit readiness, CWMD mission support, and Special Operations Forces Liaison Elements (SOFLE).”

– Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer, Operation and Maintenance Overview Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Estimates


Procuring for the SOF Mission

America and its allied special operations partners are at the forefront of the Global War on Terror and other conflicts worldwide. Although every member of the armed forces has performed admirably during the conflicts, no other community has been so well suited to the roles and missions required by this new world security climate.

Special operations forces have traditionally made sure that they “equip the man” and not “man the equipment.” Though this has long been one of the fundamental beliefs of special operations, our nation’s scientists and engineers continue to equip these heroes with the best technology available to increase the operators’ safety and, at the same time, their lethality.

USSOCOM’s FY 2018 budget request continues to invest in technology and SOF-unique capabilities that will sustain ongoing efforts to build the networks and capabilities required to successfully accomplish their mission.


Procuring “Special Operations Peculiar” Items:



“Innovative new technologies are necessary to maintain SOF superiority against emerging threats. USSOCOM continually researches, develops, and acquires new technology to provide the geographic Combatant Commands and future SOF operators with cutting edge technology and capabilities capable of defeating emerging threats.”

— FY2018 Budget Request Overview Book, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)



Special Operations Outlook will continue where it left off by providing a top-down panoramic look at special operations forces today. Our “Year in Review” features dedicated coverage of SOCOM, Theater Special Operations Commands, AFSOC, MARSOC, NAVSPECWARCOM, USASOC, and a special international SOF review. In every edition, you can expect interviews with top-level SOF civilian and defense personnel, engaging stories on SOF history, and insights into the latest technology available to operators worldwide.




“We are always searching for improvements and relentlessly pursuing our next advantage. Key to this effort is USSOCOM’s approach to requirements validation and acquisition, which allows us to rapidly field resources to those forces actively engaged in the fight.”

– General Raymond A. Thomas, III, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command




U.S. Special Operations Command
Special Operations Forces Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Center (SOF AT&L)
Procurement Directorate | Technology Applications Contracting Office
Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate
Joint Special Operations University
U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC)
ARSOF Headquarters John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School
Special Forces (SF) Groups (Airborne) 75th Ranger Regiment
Fort Bragg, NC; Fort Lewis, WA; Fort Campbell, KY; Fort Carlson, CO; Eglin Air Force Base, FL Fort Benning, GA
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiement (Airborne) (SOAR), Fort Campbell, KY 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne)
Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)
1st Special Operations Wing (1st SOW), Hurlburt Field, FL 24th Special Operations Wing (24th SOW), Hurlburt Field, FL
27th Special Operations Wing (27th SOW), Cannon AFB, NM
352nd Special Operations Wing, RAF Mildenhall, England 353rd Special Operations Wing, Kadena AB, Japan
Air National Guard’s 193rd Special Operations Wing, Harrisburg, PA Air Force Reserve Command’s 919th Special Operations Wing, Duke Field, FL
Air Warfare Center [AFSOAWC]
AFSOC Headquarters U.S. Air Force Special Operations School, Hurlburt Field, FL
6th Special Operations Squadron, Duke Field, FL 371st Special Operations Combat Training Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL
19th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL 18th Flight Test Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL
551st Special Operations Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, NM 592nd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, Duke Field, FL
5th Special Operations Squadron, a reserve unit from the 919th Special Operations Wing, Duke Field, FL 209th Civil Engineer Squadron, a guard unit from Gulfport, MS
280th Special Operations Communications Squadron, a guard unit from Dothan, AL
Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC)
Naval Special Warfare Groups One, Three, and Eleven, stationed Coronado, CA Naval Special Warfare Groups Two, Four, and Ten and the Naval Special Warfare Development Group in Little Creek, VA
U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command
MARSOC Headquarters Marine Special Operations School
Marine Raider Regiment - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Marine Raider Battalions Marine Raider Support Group
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Marine Raider Support Battalions Marine Special Operations School
Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)
Theater Special Operations Commands (TSOCs)
Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH), Homestead AFB, FL Special Operations Command Pacific (SOCPAC), Camp Smith, HI;
Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA), Stuttgart, Germany Special Operations Command Korea (SOCKOR), Yongsang, Korea
Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR), Stuttgart, Germany Special Operations Command U.S. Northern Command (SOCNORTH), Peterson AFB, CO
Special Operations Command Central (SOCCENT), MacDill AFB, FL
U.S. Department of Defense
Offices of the Secretary of Defense Offices of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Senior DOD staff, chiefs of staff, senior commanding officers, base commanders, acquisition/procurement officers, and program managers within all service branches.
Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)
U.S. Army Combined Arms Center Naval Special Warfare Branch
Marine Corps Systems Command Naval Special Warfare Program Office
Intelligence, Electronic Warfare & Sensors Program Executive Officer Integrated Warfare Systems Program Executive Officer
NSWC Crane Division
Special Warfare & Expeditionary Systems Department Small Arms Weapons Systems Division
Executives of the defense industry prime and subcontractors, as well as the hundreds of companies providing leading-edge technologies that have relevance to USSOCOM
Members of Congress will receive their own personal editions
Ambassadors and military attachés of partner and ally nations located within embassies located in D.C.
Copies will also be available on newsstands on select military bases throughout CONUS, though copies have been spotted in overseas exchanges.




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