Smart Cities: Future Challenges for
Special Operations Forces (SOF) 2035

Concept Overview

United States Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) Directorate of Science and Technology (S&T) Futures and UK Strategic Command (UKStratCom) seek to develop concepts under the theme, Smart Cities: Future Challenges for Special Operations Forces (SOF).  The event seeks to explore the challenges of physical and remote SOF operations in a range of future complex smart cities scenarios. In support of those efforts, a Rapid Capability Assessment (RCA) will be conducted on the 16th – 20th of September 2024 in the UK and will require full-time participation (~0830-1700 UTC each day) from successful applicants.

A Precursor Event

Innovation Foundry (IF15) explored the rapidly changing nature of SOF’s future operating environment which will increasingly involve smart, interconnected cities. More than 50% of humanity resides in cities, and by 2030 there will be more than 60 cities globally with populations between 5 and 10 million. Many of these cities will be located within global resource hotspots in an increasingly multi-polar world order that challenges hegemonic legacies. These dense urban areas are becoming ever more complex; socially, physically, and technologically.  

A Precursor Event

Innovation Foundry 15 (IF15), explored the rapidly changing nature of SOF’s future operating environment which will increasingly involve smart, interconnected cities. More than 50% of humanity resides in cities, and by 2030 there will be more than 60 cities globally with populations between 5 and 10 million. Many of these cities will be located within global resource hot spots in an increasingly multi-polar world order that challenges hegemonic legacies. These dense urban areas are becoming ever more complex; socially, physically, and technologically.

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