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SDSC-UK is delighted to welcome delegations from US Department of Defense (US DOD), including US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (US Army DEVCOM), Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT and SOFWERX).

UK MOD Hosting of USSOCOM Innovation Foundry

An exclusive announcement about the UK MOD hosting of the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Innovation Foundry will be made at SDSC-UK 2023 on both Day One: MOD Special Projects Industry Day and Day Two: SDSC-UK Exhibition & Conference.

The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Innovation Foundry (IF) intends to bring together Special Operations Forces, industry, academia, national labs, government, and futurists in an exploration, design thinking, facilitated event to assist USSOCOM in decomposing future scenarios and missions. 

The event will be a compelling opportunity for leading minds in industry, academia, labs, and government, as well as subject matter experts (SMEs). During the IF event, selected participants will ideate, collaborate, and develop concepts for the future needs of SOF.

USSOCOM has also used Innovation Foundries to build key relationships with entrepreneurs and technology developers.

US Army DEVCOM Pitch & Present

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US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) is a team of world-class scientists, engineers, analysts, technicians and support staff who are fully focused on empowering America’s Soldiers today and in the future. 

DEVCOM leverage cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, quantum effects, autonomy, robotics, advanced energetics, and synthetic biology to give Soldiers the ability to see, sense, decide and act faster than their adversaries.

Since visiting SDSC-UK in 2021/2022, US Army DEVCOM advise they have awarded deals of $1.5M to SDSC-UK Exhibitors as a direct result of attending the show.

US Army DEVCOM will be holding 'Pitch and Present' sessions throughout the day on Day Two, 2 November. The Pitch & Present provides SDSC-UK Exhibitors with the opportunity to showcase their technical capabilities, followed by a Q&A.

The presentation slots will be 10 mins (5 mins presentation, 5 mins Q&A). The presentations will take place in a private meeting room, with AV facilities and meeting room table and chairs. 

Sign up is on a 'first come, first served' basis on the day, but expressions of interest should be made in advance via


SOFWERX was created under a Partnership Intermediary Agreement, established in September of 2015, between DEFENSEWERX and the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).

Located in Tampa, FL, SOFWERX has a dynamic environment designed to create a high rate of return on collision for all participants. Through the use of our growing ecosystem, promotion of divergent thought, and neutral facilitation, our goal is to bring the right minds together to solve challenging problems.

SOFWERX collaborates with various industries to leverage cutting-edge technologies, enhancing the equipment and capabilities of special forces, fostering innovation, and maintaining a technological edge in warfare.

Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT)


The Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) program is set up to test items and technologies of the United State's foreign allies that have a high Technology Readiness Level (TRL) in order to satisfy valid defense requirements quickly and economically.

FCT is a uniquely successful acquisition tool from a US government-to-foreign industry standpoint.

Since 1980, the FCT program has helped to foster the two-way street in defense spending between the US and its allies through the procurement of more than $5 billion in foreign items.

The program has reaped substantial savings by avoiding research and development costs, lowering procurement costs, reducing risk for major acquisition programs and accelerating the fielding of equipment critical to the readiness and safety of US operating forces.

The FCT program has served as a catalyst for industry teaming arrangements, which have been productive for both U. and foreign industries in an increasingly competitive global market, helping to build a robust U.S. defense industrial base.

Foreign items are nominated by a sponsoring organization within the Department of Defense for testing in order to determine whether the items satisfy US military requirements or address mission area shortcomings.

The OSD Comparative Testing Office funds testing and evaluation; the Services fund all procurements that result from a successful test.

Additional information on the FCT program can be found at the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Comparative Testing Office (CTO) BIDS website:




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