Robots, rappelling, rifles: Showcase of special ops gadgets
May 19, 2017
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It's like a supermarket for Navy SEALs. A grocery store for Green Berets. A Costco for commandoes.
It's a conference for military special operations forces and their gadgets, weapons and tools. The Special Operations Forces Industry Conference is held yearly in Tampa. Here, the U.S. Special Operations Command — the Tampa-based unit that oversees all of the nation's elite military teams — shops for equipment.
Lantern-jawed Marines in camo mingle with computer geeks in chinos who run complex intel programs on the convention floor. Panels such as "Tactical Assault Ligh...