Presentation on theme: "UNCLASSIFIEDUNCLASSIFIED US Special Operations Command The overall classification of this briefing is: UNCLASSIFIED Lt Gen Bradley Heithold, USAF Vice."— Presentation transcript:
UNCLASSIFIEDUNCLASSIFIED US Special Operations Command The overall classification of this briefing is: UNCLASSIFIED Lt Gen Bradley Heithold, USAF Vice Commander “Adapting to the New Defense Strategy"
Defense Strategy After 10 years of war the United States and our military are at a strategic inflection point. We do not have to choose between fiscal responsibility and a strong national defense. The President has insisted that reductions in defense spending be driven by strategy.
Defense Strategy Primary Missions of the U.S. Armed forces: Counter Terrorism and Irregular Warfare Deter and Defeat Aggression Project Power despite Anti-Access/Area Denial Challenges Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction Operate Effectively in Cyberspace and Space Maintain a Safe, Secure, and Effective Nuclear Deterrent Defend the Homeland and Provide Support to Civil Authorities Provide a Stabilizing Presence Conduct Stability and Counterinsurgency Operations Conduct Humanitarian, Disaster Relief, and Other Operations
UNCLASSIFIEDUNCLASSIFIED Defense Budget Priorities Five Major tenets: I.Rebalance force structure and investment toward the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions while sustaining key alliances and partnerships in other regions II.Plan and size forces to be able to defeat a major adversary in one theater while denying aggression elsewhere or imposing unacceptable costs III.Protect key investments in the technologically advanced capabilities most needed for the future, including countering anti-access threats IV.No longer size active forces to conduct large protracted stability operations while retaining the expertise of a decade of war V.To the extent possible, structure major adjustments in a way that best allows for their reversal or for regeneration…
USSOCOM UNCLASSIFIED Commander’s Priorities 1. WIN THE CURRENT FIGHT 2. STRENGTHEN GLOBAL SOF NETWORK 3. PRESERVATION OF THE FORCE AND FAMILIES 4. RESPONSIVE RESOURCING
USSOCOM UNCLASSIFIED 1. Win the Current Fight 71% of deployed SOF are in Afghanistan But the Fight is not just Afghanistan! SOCOM deployed to 75+ countries Building partner capacity (Indirect Approach) –Security Force Assistance / Foreign Internal Defense –Civil Affairs Operations –Military Information Support Operations 11 Assist Geographic Combatant Commanders in stopping the spread of Violent Extremism
USSOCOM UNCLASSIFIED 2. Strengthen the Global SOF Network Optimize the Theater Special Operations Commands (TSOCs) Establish Regional SOF Coordination Centers (Foreign SOF) Full trust and coordination throughout Interagency Community SOCSOUTH SOCAFRICA SOCEUR SOCCENT SOCKOR SOCPAC
USSOCOM UNCLASSIFIED 3. Preservation of the Force and Families Increase predictability of training and deployment Institutionalize Resiliency & Human Performance Strengthen SOF families 13 Humans are more important than Hardware!
USSOCOM UNCLASSIFIED 4. Responsive Resourcing Sustain current programmatics Increase acquisition agility Protect the budget Strengthen SOF Information Enterprise 14 Reprogramming thresholds to $20M or 20% (whichever is greater) Combine and Consolidate program elements, resulting in fewer line items Transfer Authority (eg O&M to RDT&E) Restructure the Strategic Planning Process so that the CIO has increased resource responsibility over all IT programs. Resource programs and field systems at the speed of War!
UNCLASSIFIEDUNCLASSIFIED AC-130W NTISR 16 MX 20D Sensor MX20D sensor in U Boat ALLTV location 30mm MK 44 Trainable Gun SOPGM 10 Shot Door SDB Wiring Installed on external pylon location CSO Consoles, populated with SP50E equipment, proven in combat Pilot & Co-pilot swing arm displays and helmet mounted display upgrade to follow date TBD Configuration will include an upgraded ICS and Communications Suite to provide a deployable configuration
UNCLASSIFIEDUNCLASSIFIED U-28: Real Time Rapidly fielded as gap-filler, now a SOF-peculiar program: Tactical ISR Converted Pilatus PC-12 single- engine turboprop USSOCOM’s only manned airborne ISR PoR Provides rapid response to SOF CDR ISR priorities Dual FMV plus SIGINT 17 Request to Congress for HD modifications Excellent example of industry & government partnership Complements SOF unmanned fleet to meet persistent ISR requirements
UNCLASSIFIEDUNCLASSIFIED MQ-1 & MQ-9 USAF-provided platforms, with SOF modifications Provide persistent, unblinking eye FMV & SIGINT Precision strike capability Beyond line of sight comms, remote split operations High degree of cooperation and sharing between AFSOC and USAF Acquisition and Fielding of HD FMV 18
UNCLASSIFIEDUNCLASSIFIED ISR is a Stated Priority! “ Our investments include a mix of manned and unmanned airborne ISR systems as well as the accompanying Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination capabilities and supporting communications architectures. We continue to pursue investments in airborne ISR capability, including High-Definition ISR technology, and we rely heavily on the Services to expand their capabilities and capacity that benefit DoD across the board.” –ADM McRaven, Commander USSOCOM in his Posture Statement before the Senate Armed Services Committee, March 2012 21