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Analysis: Pentagon Special Ops Budget to Remain Stable Through 2018

SOCOM spent $10M on commercial off-the-shelf products in 2012

A Frost & Sullivan report forecasts that the Pentagon's investment in military equipment and services for special operations will remain constant in the next five years.

The study found the U.S. Special Operations Command spent roughly $10.09 million on commercial off-the-shelf products in 2012 and estimated that SOCOM spending will reach $10.60 by 2018, Frost & Sullivan said Thursday.

"With the U.S. DoD SOCOM involved in direct operations, training or relationship building in over 100 countries, the need for operations and maintenance services as well as military system upgrades is on the rise," said Brad Curran, an industry analyst with Frost & Sullivan.

The research firm predicts that SOCOM will continue to invest in ground mobility platforms, simulation technology and C4ISR systems (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance).

However, budget uncertainty could hinder SOCOM's research, development, testing, procurement and fielding activities, according to the report.

Curran added that contractors must address cost and performance issues of military technology in order to win more work from SOCOM.

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