|SORDAC - Special Operations Research, Development & Acquisition Center
The Special Operations Research,
Development, and Acquisition Center (SORDAC) Was established as
a separate staff element of U.S. Special
Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida on
February 1, 1991. The Center serves as the centralized
management agency for the research. development and acquisition
of special operations-peculiar equipment, supplies and services.
The SORDAC will be headed by a member of the Department of
Defense's Senior Executive Service (SES). The current Acting
Director of the SORDAC is Colonel Douglas T. Richardson, U.S.
The 1986 Goldwater-Nichols DoD
Reorganization Act changed many aspects of the DoD research,
development, and acquisition (RD&A) system. Title 10, U.S.
Code, Section 167, assigned the Commander in Chief, U.S. Special Operations Command (USCINCSOC)
responsibility to develop and acquire special
operations-peculiar equipment, supplies and services, as well as
to validate special operations forces' requirements. Collocated
with the SORDAC will be the command's procurement office, headed
by Army Colonel Danny S. Porter.
An amendment to Section 167,
Public Law 100-180, provided USCINCSOC with the authority to
function as Head of Agency (HOA) for Acquisition subject to
authority, direction and control of the Secretary of Defense.
These authorities allow US CINCSOC to delegate procurement
functions, establish a contracting office, and sign agreements
with other Heads of Agency. To meet U.S.
Special Operations Command's (USSOCOM) mandated
responsibilities within the DoD's acquisition system, the SORDAC
The SORDAC directly supports
USCINCSOC as the Agency Head. The Center is staffed by
approximately 45 personnel dedicated to RD&A activities.
SORDAC activities are organized
among two functional sections: Systems Management Division, and
the Analysis and Integration Division. The Director, SORDAC,
functions as Program Executive Officer (PEO) and has the
responsibility, authority and accountability for all special
operations-peculiar acquisition programs. SORDAC is not meant to
duplicate, but rather complement, the RD&A efforts of the
Services and Defense Agencies.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
- Provide research, development,
and acquisition and procurement support to the activities
and commands of the United States Special Operations Forces.
- Plan, direct, review, and
evaluate the specialized materiel development and
acquisition for USSOCOM under general or specific
instructions from Director, SORDAC or upon receipt of
specific requirements from U.S. Special Operations Command.
- Procurement of authorized
special operations-peculiar equipment, supplies and service.
- Direct/manage research and
development to upgrade existing materiel items or to provide
new, and/or unique materiel items.
- Conduct liaison with
components to ensure that development programs meet
operational requirements; and conduct liaison with
counterparts in the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines,
and federal laboratories to remain abreast of doctrine,
tactics, and materiel being employed by forces of all
services and being developed in the laboratories.
- Develop and promulgate
acquisition policies and procedures to operate a uniform
acquisition system which is consistent with DoD and Federal
Individuals or companies needing
additional information about, or desiring to conduct business
with, the SORDAC should contact:
- U.S. Special Operations
- ATTN: SORDAC
- MacDill Air Force Base,
- Telephone: Commercial
- DSN: 299-5247
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States Special Operations Command or the United States
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