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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.


Pentagon diversity chief 'reassigned' after comparing Trump to Hitler on social media

FOX News

'Tucker Carlson Tonight' examines the Pentagon's war on'domestic extremism' The Pentagon's new diversity chief has been "reassigned" amid an investigation of past social media posts including comparing former President Trump to Adolph Hitler, a U.S. defense official confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday. The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has been investigating the social media activity of Richard Torres-Estrada, days after he was announced as their new head of diversity and inclusion. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby confirmed the existence of the investigation during a Monday press briefing in response to a question about Torres-Estrada's past posts. Kirby stated that SOCOM head Gen. Richard Clarke is looking into the matter and that Clarke has the support of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.


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

Daily Mail - Science & tech

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.


The AI Company Helping the Pentagon Assess Disinfo Campaigns

WIRED

In September, Azerbaijan and Armenia renewed fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory in the Caucasus mountains. By then, an information warfare campaign over the region had been underway for several months. The campaign was identified using artificial intelligence technology being developed for US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), which oversees US special forces operations. The AI system, from Primer, a company focused on the intelligence industry, identified key themes in the information campaign by analyzing thousands of public news sources. In practice, Primer's system can analyze classified information too.