The Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) is held once a year in Tampa, Florida as a place for venders to pitch their products to the Special Operations community to help stimulate some interaction between SOF and the private sector. For instance, I sat in on a panel were the Special Operations representatives of the various regions around the world to which they were assigned told the private sector exactly what type of kit they would like to see developed. SOF in Korea wants NBC gear that is as comfortable and flexible as the regular duty uniform for instance. It seems like everyone wants more ISR, and non-sensitive ISR platforms which can be given to our allies around the world.
Here are a few things I saw at SOFIC which I thought were interesting:
Speer Operational Technologies has a Abdominal Aortic Tourniquet out which has apparently saved some lives overseas already. I talked to the inventor to get some better understanding of it. From the website, “The Abdominal Aortic Tourniquet is the first device to provide stable and complete occlusion of flow of blood to the lower extremities. It has 510(k) approval from the FDA for difficult to control inguinal hemorrhage. It is applied to the mid-abdomen, tightened and inflated and may remain on for up to an hour safely.” In as far as I know, this is the only product that can stop this type of bleeding. In the past, you would have to use Quickclot or a similar product and hope for the best.