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

The U.S. Special Operations Command Data Engineering Lab grand opening ceremony took place in Tampa, FL, on September 25, 2019. The lab is an open-concept work environment and is the Command’s outpost of a larger DoD modernization ecosystem, whose goal is to foster collaboration between Special Operations Forces professionals, data scientists, data architects, software developers, systems integrators, and technologists (photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Barry Loo).

The U.S. Special Operations Command Data Engineering Lab grand opening ceremony took place in Tampa, FL, on September 25, 2019. The lab is an open-concept work environment and is the Command’s outpost of a larger DoD modernization ecosystem, whose goal is to foster collaboration between Special Operations Forces professionals, data scientists, data architects, software developers, systems integrators, and technologists (photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Barry Loo).

October 8, 2019 | Source: Military Times, MilitaryTimes.com, Diana S. Correll, 27 September 2019

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.

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