SOFWERX is a platform established under a Partnership Intermediary Agreement between USSOCOM and DEFENSEWERX to help USSOCOM solve challenging Warfighter problems. We are a public facing emissary that facilitates collaboration, innovation, prototyping and exploration with Industry, Labs, Academia and Government Stakeholders.

Our charter is two-fold: 1) Create and maintain a platform to accelerate delivery of innovative capabilities to USSOCOM and 2) Facilitate capability refinement through exploration, experimentation and assessment of promising technology

The SOFWERX facility has numerous meeting spaces and can accommodate meetings or workshops ranging from 4 – 250 personnel, as well as numerous open collaboration spaces for interactive collisions. Each space is designed for spurring innovative thought and can be rapidly reconfigured to accommodate the needs of the user.

The Foundry (located within the SOFWERX facility) is a rapid prototyping workshop which contains the following capabilities:

  • Welding
  • Grinders
  • Iron Worker
  • Manual Lathe/Mill
  • CNC Lathe/Mill
  • Plasma Cutter
  • Horizontal Bandsaw
  • Hydraulic Compress Break
  • Drill Press
  • 3D Printers

The SOFWERX STEM team is equipping the next generation of problem solvers by providing exciting opportunities for students at all levels to acquire the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills that will assist the Warfighters of tomorrow. By sponsoring various clubs, teams or classes as well as hosting several internal STEM events each year, SOFWERX is ensuring future innovators learn how to tackle challenging, real-world problems. 

SOFWERX offers opportunities to enhance and expand current workforce skill sets through a variety of traditional and non-traditional methods. This includes collaboration and assessment events, leadership seminars and guest lecturers. 

Becoming a part of the ecosystem

The SOFWERX ecosystem is comprised of Industry, Labs, Academia and Government Stakeholders that care about solving challenging Warfighter problems to protect our freedoms and way of life. When USSOCOM brings a Warfighter problem to SOFWERX, the SOFWERX team alerts the ecosystem participants (via e-mail) about the opportunity, and how they can participate. Subsequently, the first step to understanding Warfighter challenges is to sign into the ecosystem so you may be notified.

The only requirement is that you are willing to participate and engage.

No. Participation is free, but we do ask that you use it wisely and be thoughtful as one of our emissaries.


DEFENSEWERX (formerly the Doolittle Insititute) was established in 2012 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit and is headquartered in Niceville, Florida. The DEFENSEWERX mission is to cultivate a vibrant ecosystem by shaping successful collisions to innovate and commercialize technologies that benefit the Warfighter. DEFENSEWERX has several innovation hubs located across the USA, one of which is SOFWERX.

Partnership Intermediary Agreement (PIA)

I/A/W 15 U.S. Code § 3715 “Use of partnership intermediaries” SOFWERX performs services for the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) that increase the likelihood of success in the conduct of cooperative or joint activities with small business firms or institutions of higher education.