Tactical Operations Support

Tactical Operations Support


Identify, prioritize, and execute research and development projects that enhance the capabilities of DoD and interagency special operations tactical teams engaged in finding, fixing, and finishing terrorists. This includes the development of capabilities for state and local law enforcement agencies to combat domestic terrorism.

The Tactical Operations Support (TOS) Subgroup provides rapid prototyping and capability development to its end users in the areas of offensive systems; tactical communications; intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance systems; specialized access; unconventional warfare/counterinsurgency capabilities, and survivability systems. TOS actively works with operational subject matter experts at the tactical level in the special operations, federal law enforcement, and intelligence communities to develop technologies that support teams in the execution of combating terrorism tactical missions across the globe.

Focus Areas

The TOS Subgroup focus areas reflect the prioritized requirements of offensive counterterrorism forces.

Offensive Systems

Offensive SystemsDevelop equipment and capabilities that enhance the effectiveness of small offensive tactical teams engaged in specialized operations. Develop specialized weapons, munitions, detonators, distraction/diversion devices, and other unique tactical equipment. Develop systems to support sniper and countersniper operations. Develop man-portable sensor systems to enhance operator security during tactical missions.

Communications Systems

Develop flexible and enhanced communications capabilities specifically designed for tactical forces. Emphasize reducing the size of equipment, while improving operator mobility and efficiency. Consider durability, concealment, innovative power sources, range, reception, battery life, ease of use, and low probability of detection/interception. Develop assured tactical communications connectivity in challenging environments such as buildings, caves, tunnels, below deck, or underground bunkers.

Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance Systems

Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance SystemsDevelop technologies to assist tactical teams in conducting intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance missions. Develop systems that enhance the visual perception or other imaging capabilities of tactical operators in all conditions and environments. Develop independent, vehicular or weapon-mounted systems for enhanced aiming, target designation, illumination, range detection or surveillance.

Specialized Access Systems

Specialized Access SystemsDevelop technologies that assist tactical assault forces in gaining rapid access to objectives, improve evaluation of tactical options, and support efficiency and stealth of operations. Develop enhanced manual and dynamic breaching technologies for tactical assault teams. Develop clandestine defeat or override devices for building and vehicle entry points.


Unconventional Warfare, Counterinsurgency Support

Unconventional Warefare, Counterinsurgency SupportDevelop innovative solutions for small specialized tactical operations teams conducting a broad spectrum of military and paramilitary operations including counterinsurgency and foreign internal defense missions through, with, or by host nation indigenous forces building partner capacity to support U.S. objectives.


Survivability Systems

Survivability SystemsDevelop clothing, individual equipment, mobility platform enhancements, and man-portable systems that provide protection from or identification of ballistic, fragmentation, explosive, and thermal threats during the conduct of tactical missions.