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.

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

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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.

Ecosystem Metrics


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

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Deliberate collisions between USSOCOM and external innovation partners

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sofwerx has hosted 340 events to explore new or novel capabilities

Engagement Metrics

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 tech submissions


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Increasing the velocity and volume of technologies to ensure SOF supremacy



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

MetricsHistorical SOCOM ActualsFY20 Pilot AveragesFY21 Pilot AveragesFY22 Pilot AveragesFY23 Pilot AveragesFY23 ImprovementFY23 ImpactOverall AveragesOverall ImprovementRelevance
Proposals Received (per topic)1939453682332%4x Increase50.5168%Increase in Proposals
Phase I Proposal to Award (days)1022233.2527.223071%3x faster28.172%Decrease in Award Time
Phase II Proposal to Award (days)105203425.612378%4x faster25.776%Decrease in Award Time
Phase I to Prototype Delivery (months)40.514.523.3522.81953%2x faster19.951%PI to Prototype Savings

Success with SBIR

From 2019 - 2024

Total amount from SBIR and S&T Funds: $68,504,688.25

SBIR Phase I Contracts: 54

SBIR Phase II Contracts: 42

SBIR Phase I Contracts Completed: 40

SBIR Phase II Contracts Completed: 22

Transition rate (Phase II to Phase III): 46%


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


From 2015 - 2024 SWX has contracted $216,900,683.78 through 1068 Purchase Orders and Business to Business Agreements.

transitions 66consignments 123
knowledge transfers 823
validations 338

impact definitions

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).

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.

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

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.

From 2015-2024, SWX has conducted 443 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.


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