In partnership with the Special Operations Task Force (SOTF), DSTA designed and developed the Special Operations Command Centre (SOCC) to enhance the SAF’s ability to centrally plan, monitor and manage multiple contingency operations. Previously, forward command posts had to be set up at different locations, depending on the nature of incident.

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At the SOCC’s inauguration ceremony, Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen said: “The inauguration of the SOTF’s SOCC represents an important step in the Commandos’ response to present day security threats.”

With the networked command system incorporated by DSTA, data sources across different assets and platforms can be integrated to provide commanders with a comprehensive situational picture. In addition, the SOCC is networked to the command centres of other taskforces to foster tighter inter-agency coordination and sharing of information.

“Speed is important in SOTF’s operations. We thus harnessed data analytics and developed decision support engines for the SOCC. These allow critical information to be processed in real time, and key insights to be derived so commanders are able to make informed decisions swiftly,” DSTA’s Programme Manager (National Security) Ng Wee Kwang shared. For example, the SOCC can use various information sources such as military drones to obtain real-time visual of the ground situation.

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As the planning and coordination of operations is a complex effort, there is also a need to manage and sense-make disparate information sources efficiently and effectively. DSTA hence worked closely with SOTF to better understand their processes, requirements and underlying challenges. Furthermore, the team focused on optimising the design of the SOCC and carried out workflow studies to develop the centre for greater operational effectiveness and flexibility.

With the SOCC, the SOTF can manage and execute its operations with enhanced responsiveness, sense-make more effectively through technology like data analytics and obtain a common situational picture with its networked capabilities.