May 13, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

The U.S. Special Operations Command is taking an unconventional approach to equipping its forces for an information environment that does not follow conventional guidelines. The command must provide networking for a theater force that can range from one person up through thousands of people, and it faces diverse mission needs that can require large communications pipes.

April 1, 2013
By Max Cacas
MARSOC Marines, above, prepare to board CH-47 Chinook helicopters as part of a two-day presence patrol with Afghan Commandos in Farah province.

After a special operations deployment, handling state-of-the-art communications technology tops the list.

Back from a nearly year-long deployment to Afghanistan, the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion already is working to apply lessons learned to training for the next deployment. As the battalion prepares for its next mission, it is reflecting on what its Marines learned about how they train, how their equipment worked and how they will prepare themselves for the future.

April 3, 2012
By Beverly Schaeffer

Brig. Gen. Stephen A. Clark, USAF, has been assigned deputy commander, Joint Special Operations Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

August 24, 2011
By Henry Kenyon

The commander of U.S. Special Operations Command shares background about his organization, how they use communications and why, and what the command needs now.

July 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

The J-6 and chief information officer of the U.S. Special Operations Command may not be an international man of mystery, but he does have multiple roles that aid sensitive operations. Unlike similar positions at other U.S. combatant commands, the leader in charge of communications for special forces manages his own network and a discretionary budget. The result is a unique situation that enables quick responses to warfighters’ needs.

July 2011
By Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL Magazine

Special operations forces are looking to the commercial communications marketplace for their next generation of information systems and solutions. However, the U.S. Special Operations Command’s ability to tap commercial off-the-shelf systems is proving more difficult as its needs become more complex.

March 18, 2011
By George Seffers

L3 STRATIS, Reston, Virginia, was awarded a nearly $85 million contract for Special Operations Forces Information Technology Enterprise Contracts distributed computing management services (DCMS) in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The contractor will assist the government in performing the daily operations necessary to facilitate U.S. SOCOM's ongoing ability to effectively and efficiently optimize delivery and performance of DCMS to sustain and maintain U.S. SOCOM's global enterprise information technology distributed computing environment. U.S.