| Creating Opportunities |

SOFWERX creates opportunities to solve challenging Warfighter problems through Discovery, Engagement, and Acceleration of critical thought and capabilities at scale. As we continue to curate and mature our innovation practices for Special Operations Forces, thought Leadership and transparency will remain the touchstones of our success. Below are the metrics used by the CMD to guide our efforts and those of our valuable ecosystem partners.


Comprised of Industry, Academia, National Labs, Government, and other Non-Traditional Small Businesses who helps us solve challenging problems for the Warfighter

Email Constituents

Who subscribes to SOFWERX alerts?

Submission Origination

Where do event submissions originate?

Ecosystem Growth

Annual ecosystem numbers comprised of email constituents and social media followers

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Explore and evaluate previously inaccessible technological approaches to extend the competitive advantage for SOF

Tech Tuesday

Weekly event to discover transformational technologies

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Selected Tech


Deliberate collisions between USSOCOM and external innovation partners


SOFWERX has hosted 228 events to explore new or novel capabilities

Event Statistics

Events to increase engagement with Ecosystem constituents

The quantity and quality of responses to Warfighter challenges demonstrates the level of engagement from the SOFWERX Ecosystem.

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Average RSVP


Average Tech Submissions


Average Tech Submission Selected


Increasing the velocity and volume of technologies to ensure SOF supremacy

SOF Challenge Identified
SOFWERX Mechanism Applied
Opportunity Released to Ecosystem
Submissions Due ~ 30 Days After Release
Gov Downselects ~ 10 Days After Submissions Received
1-on-1 Event with Government

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)

The purpose of the SBIR program is to leverage non-traditional Industry Partners and expedite award decisions and funding of SBIR Phase II applications that have a high potential for commercialization.  

SBIR Statistics Through SOFWERX

SBIR Graph

Success with SBIR

From 2019 - 2021

Total amount from SBIR and S&T Funds: $15,728,407

SBIR Phase I Contracts: 16

SBIR Phase II Contracts: 11

SBIR Phase I Contracts Completed: 9

SBIR Phase II Contracts Completed: 3


Results which have the potential to directly support the Special Forces Operator


From 2015-2021, SWX has contracted $48,681,084 through 584 Purchase Orders and Business to Business Agreements.

Impact Definitions

Knowledge Transfer: Any new, novel or provocative idea, technique or technology we are able to share with USSCOM.

Validations: Born of our ideation sessions, we validate ideas and concepts as well as define the coalition of the willing, the acquisition strategy and implementation plan.

Consignment: Successful projects that are adopted, however the end item cost does not warrant moving to a program of record and the stakeholders purchase locally.

Transitions: This is the metric that USSOCOM AE cares the most about. A project is considered a transition when USSOCOM awards a new contractual vehicle to provide a new, improved, or continuing material, weapon, information system or service capability in response to an approved need or transitions to a Program of Record (PoR).


From 2015-2021, SWX has conducted 283 projects through Collaborative Project Orders to further advance technologies to the Warfighter.

Collaborative Project Orders are defined as stand-alone orders issued by the USSOCOM Agreements Officer to fund specific projects under the PIA. The CPO award includes a Statement of Objectives or Statement of Work (SOW), a Period of Performance schedule, and a contract value.

Components Supported Through All SOFWERX Efforts

Click on the components below for a description of events and projects