Mr. Tambrein Bates served for 25 years in the U.S. Army. During his military career, he served 20 years in Special Operations in various roles as an Operator, Operations Staff, Research and Development (R&D) and Combat Development Directorates (CDD) for classified programs.
As an Operator, he served in numerous locations around the globe to include Panama, Somalia, Central and South America, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq. In his R&D and CDD positions, he was responsible for the development, integration, testing, and acquisition of advanced operational technologies including EO/IR, IT, Communications and Weaponeering systems.
Upon military retirement, Tambrein worked for L-3 Technologies in Greenville, Texas as a Research Fellow in the Special Programs Directorate, providing both tactical and technical expertise to SOF focused programs and projects.
As the SOFWERX Director, he and his team are responsible for creating a platform for accelerating delivery of innovative capabilities to the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM); as well as refining capabilities through exploration, experimentation and assessment of promising technology via a Partnership Intermediary Agreement with USSOCOM.