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Industry Team Takes First Place in ThunderDrone Competition

A team of four companies recently achieved victory in a contest organized by Special Operations Command to explore ways to counter enemy unmanned aerial systems. Adversaries such as ISIS have been employing the technology extensively on the battlefield, raising alarm bells among Pentagon officials. For the past six months, SOCOM and other government partners have

Air Force Opens AFWerX Facility Near Las Vegas

The Air Force is taking a page out of Special Operations Command”s rapid acquisition book to launch its own technology accelerator program, as it works to find cutting-edge and affordable solutions to various technology challenges, the service secretary said Sept. 27. “We just set up our first AFwerX” between Nellis Air Force Base and the

SOCOM Leaning on ThunderDrone Initiative to Acquire New Unmanned Systems Capabilities

Through a series of prototyping efforts — known collectively as ThunderDrone — U.S. Special Operations Command hopes to discover new unmanned capabilities that could benefit the warfighter, the command”s acquisition director said Oct. 2. Industry, laboratory and academic partners, and individual citizens have completed the early rounds of SOFWERX”s first ThunderDrone rapid prototyping event in