NSSS is an intelligence systems research and development, rapid prototyping program focused on national and commercial space systems. NSSS seeks to improve the combat effectiveness of SOF operators by leveraging service and national agency development efforts on spacebased intelligence and communications technologies and systems. The SRC program identifies, integrates and operationalizes technical tools for the collection of actionable information against a variety of targets and mission requirements, and also maintains DoD’s online catalog of ISR tools in order to minimize crisis response time for special reconnaissance and surveillance missions.
The CTTL program exploits emerging technologies to locate and track targets or items of interest. CTTL is a science and technology development and prototyping program that is unique in its focus on SOF warfighter-defined capability gaps and selection of highly promising technology solutions. NSSS, SRC and CTTL resource the foundation of future capabilities that will transition into PEO-SRSE-managed programs of record as evolutionary technology insertions. RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT = ACCELERATE THE FORCE Current PEO-SRSE acquisition efforts are aimed at: engaging the research and development community for technical solutions and candidate technologies to improve DoD special reconnaissance and exploitation capabilities; identifying, integrating and inserting mini- and micro-maturing technologies; researching, evaluating and integrating enhanced tagging and sensing capabilities to extend mission life and standoff emplacement; developing and fielding advanced biometrics capabilities (e.g., fingerprinting, site exploitation and advanced forensics); and integrating emerging netted sensor technologies into the operational environment.
Future PEO-SRSE efforts will focus on identifying and leveraging technologies that will enhance the core capabilities of USSOCOM. The PEO will continue to capture only the most promising reconnaissance and surveillance-related technologies and capabilities that offer unique approaches to technical challenges. This will be achieved through strong engagement with large and small industries coupled with deepening partnerships in the national science and technology community to rapidly (within 18 months) address the warfighter’s needs.
Candidate high-payoff technology areas that will be researched, identified and matured include: improved micro-optics and audio; advanced secure communications technology; advanced day/night sensors; advanced antenna technologies; enhanced high-speed data fusion; incorporation of micro/nano technologies; alternative power generation, harvesting and storage technologies; and the research and evaluation of enhanced TTL subsystems.