The U.S. Special Operations Command doesn’t care whether industry has the latest and greatest technology if it can’t put it quickly into the hands of troops. “Innovation and responsiveness are keys to our success. Agility is essential,” said Navy Adm. Eric T. Olson, head of U.S. Special Operations Command, in a speech to the 2010 Special Operations Industry Conference, in Tampa, Fla.Read the rest of the news article in "Special Operators Want Lighter, User-Friendly Equipment - And Fast", National Defense Magazine, August 2010.
If the speed of acquisition is throttle that determines the speed of war, then fielding new technologies “as rapidly as possible is a primary method of shortening conflicts and saving lives,” Olson said. Since 9/11, SOCOM’s equipment budget has more than doubled from $900 million to $2 billion in 2010 — $1.5 billion in procurement and about $500 million in research and development.