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These are just a few of the cutting-edge innovations showcased this week for the most elite military forces in the world. The annual four-day Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) kicked off earlier this week, packed with options to give fighting forces technological advantages they can use against their enemies. Defense officials from the U.S. and its allies will be exploring the conference, scouring for the best advanced technology. Groups like the Army Delta Force, Green Berets and Rangers as well as Navy SEALs, Marine Raiders and Air Force PJs all will use some of this technology. An annual collaboration between the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and the National Defense Industry Association, SOFIC is expected to have more than 400 companies from all around the world.


U.S. Military Facial Recognition System Could Work From 1 Kilometer Away

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The face recognition system is designed to be used by drones. The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is developing a portable facial recognition system that can identify individuals from 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) away. The Advanced Tactical Facial Recognition at a Distance Technology project demonstrated a working prototype last year; its use could be extended to drones. Long-range face-recognition device manufacturer Secure Planet is developing the system, which must render captured images as pictures that are sufficiently clear for software to identify. Secure Planet bases its devices on digital single-lens reflex cameras with commercial face-recognition software running on a standard laptop.


US Special Ops using 'Kamikaze Drones' to take on ISIS

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US Special Forces battling ISIS have taken delivery of hundreds of'kamikaze drones' that can be launched from bazooka-like launchers. Earlier this year leaders with U.S. Special Operations Command, or SOCOM, requested 325 'Miniature Aerial Missile Systems,' or LMAMS. Known as Switchblades, they are'miniature flying lethal missiles' that feature inbuilt GPS and even object recognition cameras to ensure they hit their targets. Known as Switchblades, they are'miniature flying lethal missiles' that feature inbuilt GPS and cameras to ensure they hit their targets, and military bosses have unveiled a new'hacker lab' for weapons designed to blow up even bigger targets The weapons led military bosses to set up a new'hacker lab' for weapons designed to blow up even bigger targets. 'The threat is really changing -- this explosion of commercial technology, of super-empowered commercial technology, of each individual technology path on an accelerated schedule,' James'Hondo' Geurts, who leads SOCOM's acquisitions, technology and logistics efforts, said Tuesday at a National Defense Industry Association event, according to Defense One.


Can artificial intelligence help U.S. SOCOM track weapons of mass destruction? - SpaceNews.com

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Compared to the conventional military services, U.S. Special Operations Command has been ahead of the curve on technological innovation, especially in adapting commercial products for tactical missions. One area of technology that special operations forces have been shy to jump into is artificial intelligence, said Gen. Raymond Thomas, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. "We are still somewhat hesitant to take the big leap into machine learning," Thomas told a huge audience of geospatial intelligence professionals at the 2018 GEOINT Symposium. Even though SOCOM has been at the forefront of applying technology in creative ways, it needs help in "incredibly complex problem solving," Thomas said. Especially tough is a new mission SOCOM was given in 2016 to oversee Defense Department efforts to keep weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of terrorists.


Can artificial intelligence help U.S. SOCOM track weapons of mass destruction? - SpaceNews.com

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Compared to the conventional military services, U.S. Special Operations Command has been ahead of the curve on technological innovation, especially in adapting commercial products for tactical missions. One area of technology that special operations forces have been shy to jump into is artificial intelligence, said Gen. Raymond Thomas, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. "We are still somewhat hesitant to take the big leap into machine learning," Thomas told a huge audience of geospatial intelligence professionals at the 2018 GEOINT Symposium. Even though SOCOM has been at the forefront of applying technology in creative ways, it needs help in "incredibly complex problem solving," Thomas said. Especially tough is a new mission SOCOM was given in 2016 to oversee Defense Department efforts to keep weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of terrorists.