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Toward a Universal Radio Frequency System for Special Operations Forces: Abbreviated Version (2009)

Chapter: Appendix B: Meetings and Participating Organizations

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Meetings and Participating Organizations." National Research Council. 2009. Toward a Universal Radio Frequency System for Special Operations Forces: Abbreviated Version. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12605.
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Appendix B Meetings and Participating Organizations MEETING 1 JUNE 3-4, 2008 WASHINGTON, D.C. Army Science Board; Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; Defense Science Board; L-3 Linkabit; U.S. Special Operations Command MEETING 2 JULY 9-10, 2008 WASHINGTON, D.C. Harris Corporation; Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratory; Office of Naval Research; Rockwell Collins; Thales Communications; U.S. Naval EOD Technology Division; U.S. Special Operations Command MEETING 3 AUGUST 6-7, 2008 WASHINGTON, D.C. General Dynamics C4 Systems; MITRE Corporation; Ticom Geomatics, Inc.; U.S. Special Operations Command MEETING 4 OCTOBER 1-2, 2008 WOODS HOLE, MASSACHUSETTS Writing meeting. MEETING 5 DECEMBER 2-3, 2008 IRVINE, CALIFORNIA Writing meeting. 33

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The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) was formed in response to the failed rescue attempt in 1980 of American hostages held by Iran. Among its key responsibilities, SOCOM plans and synchronizes operations against terrorist networks. Special operations forces (SOF) often operate alone in austere environments with only the items they can carry, which makes equipment size, weight, and power needs especially important. Specialized radios and supporting equipment must be carried by the teams for their radio-frequency (RF) operations. As warfighting demands on SOCOM have intensified, SOCOM's needs for significantly improved radio-frequency (RF) systems have increased.

Toward a Universal Radio Frequency System for Special Operations Forces examines the current state of the art for both handheld and manpackable platform-mounted RF systems, and determines which frequencies could be provided by handheld systems. The book also explores whether or not a system that fulfills SOF's unique requirements could be deployed in a reasonable time period. Several recommendations are included to address these and other issues.


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