SOCOM Ramps Up Efforts to Develop “Cutting-Edge Data Techniques,” Opens New Data Engineering Lab

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October 8, 2019 | Originally published by Date Line: October 8 on

U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is ramping up its efforts to develop “cutting-edge data techniques” like artificial intelligence (AI) to boost readiness and minimize costs.

As part of that initiative, the Command unveiled its new Data Engineering Lab located at the SOFWERX facility in Tampa, FL, on Wednesday. SOFWERX was established under a partnership intermediary agreement with SOCOM and DEFENSEWERX, formerly known as the Doolittle Institute, to help address Warfighter problems for the Command.

“The lab was designed to cultivate AI, machine learning, and robotic process automation — all to boost the performance and strength of special operations forces,” SOCOM spokeswoman Army Maj. Jennifer Bocanegra told the Military Times.

“The DEL is modeled off of leading technology companies, where DoD partners, industry thought leaders, academia, and Special Operations Forces collaborate to develop, test, and employ new technical approaches to modernize Warfighting decision making,” Bocanegra said in an email to the Military Times.