TALOS Suit Contracts & Presentations

Michael Morisy filed this request with the U.S. Special Operations Command - USSOCOM of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2014-185
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From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of any contracts signed in connection with the design or manufacturing of the TALOS armored suit, as well as any presentations created or presented by either third-parties to the military regarding the TALOS Suit, or presented by the militarily internally or to third parties regarding the suit.

The existence of these materials is indicated by several media reports, available online here:

http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-military-turns-to-hollywood-to-outfit-the-soldier-of-the-future-1404527893
http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/7/5878209/military-talos-iron-man-suit-legacy-effects-hollywood-helping

Contracts would include, but not be limited by, reported agreements with the following:

* Lockheed Martin
* General Dynamics
* Raytheon
* Legacy Effects

I also request a copy of the briefing materials presented in a briefing regarding TALOS requested by the House Armed Services Committee.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Michael Morisy

From: USASOC FOIA

Mr. Morisy,

The U.S. Army Special Operations Command has received your FOIA request; however, your request would best be answered by the U.S. Special Operations Command. Please submit your request to their office. The contact information for USSOCOM is:

HQ USSOCOM
ATTN: SOCS-SJS-I/FOIA Requester Service Center
7701 Tampa Point Blvd.
MacDill AFB, FL 33621-5323

Email: FOIA@socom.mil

Phone: (813) 826-3212
FAX: (813) 826-5482

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the USASOC FOIA Office at this email address or you can call us at (910) 432-9233/2437.

Respectfully,

Ronald Corrado Jr.
FOIA/PA – Information Specialist
Support Division, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-6
U.S. Army Special Operations Command
Comm: (910) 432-2437/DSN: 239-2437
Email: ronald.r.corrado@ahqb.soc.mil

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From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of any contracts signed in connection with the design or manufacturing of the TALOS armored suit, as well as any presentations created or presented by either third-parties to the military regarding the TALOS Suit, or presented by the militarily internally or to third parties regarding the suit.

The existence of these materials is indicated by several media reports, available online here:

http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-s-military-turns-to-hollywood-to-outfit-the-soldier-of-the-future-1404527893
http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/7/5878209/military-talos-iron-man-suit-legacy-effects-hollywood-helping

Contracts would include, but not be limited by, reported agreements with the following:

* Lockheed Martin
* General Dynamics
* Raytheon
* Legacy Effects

I also request a copy of the briefing materials presented in a briefing regarding TALOS requested by the House Armed Services Committee.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Michael Morisy

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 12, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Nesbitt Christopher W MR (USASOC)

Michael Morisy,
Please address all future correspondence related to this request to USSOCOM , as this is not a USASOC matter.
Sincerely,
Chris Nesbitt
Christopher Nesbitt
CIO G-6, FOIA/PA Officer
U.S. Army Special Operations Command
(910) 432-9233 / DSN: 239-9233
christopher.nesbitt@us.army.mil (NIPR)
chris.w.nesbitt@usasoc.socom.smil.mil (SIPR)

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From: USSOCOM FOIA

Mr. Morisy,

Attached is an acknowledgement letter in response to the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) request you submitted to U.S. Special Operations
Command (USSOCOM FOIA 2014-185).
Regards,

USSOCOM FOIA Team

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 12, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-185.

Thank you for your help.

From: USSOCOM FOIA

Mr. Morisy,

In regards to your FOIA request 2014-185, it is currently being processed; however, there are multiple requests ahead of yours in our queue. According to DoD Regulation 5400.7-R, all FOIA requests are processed in a first-in, first-out basis and/or based upon complexity, whether it involves sensitive records, voluminous records, extensive searches, consultation among DoD components or other agencies, and our administrative workload.

We appreciate your patience and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.
Regards,
USSOCOM FOIA Team

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 12, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-185.

Thank you for your help.

From: USSOCOM FOIA

Mr. Morisy,

In regards to your FOIA request 2014-185, it is currently being processed; however, there are multiple requests ahead of yours in our queue. According to DoD Regulation 5400.7-R, all FOIA requests are processed in a first-in, first-out basis and/or based upon complexity, whether it involves sensitive records, voluminous records, extensive searches, consultation among DoD components or other agencies, and our administrative workload.

We appreciate your patience and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.
Regards,

USSOCOM FOIA Team

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 12, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-185.

Thank you for your help.

From: USSOCOM FOIA

Mr. Morisy,

In regards to your FOIA request 2014-185, it is currently being processed; however, there are multiple requests ahead of yours in our queue. According to DoD Regulation 5400.7-R, all FOIA requests are processed in a first-in, first-out basis and/or based upon complexity, whether it involves sensitive records, voluminous records, extensive searches, consultation among DoD components or other agencies, and our administrative workload.

We appreciate your patience.
Regards,

USSOCOM FOIA Team

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 12, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-185.

Thank you for your help.

From: USSOCOM FOIA

Mr. Morisy,

In regards to your FOIA request 2014-185, it is currently being processed; however, there are multiple requests ahead of yours in our queue. According to DoD Regulation 5400.7-R, all FOIA requests are processed on a first-in, first-out basis and/or based upon complexity, whether it involves sensitive records, voluminous records, extensive searches, consultation among DoD components or other agencies, and our administrative workload.

We appreciate your patience.
Regards,

USSOCOM FOIA Team

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 12, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-185.

Thank you for your help.

From: USSOCOM FOIA

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on July 12, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2014-185.

V/R
Keith

Keith F. Komosinski
Chief, USSOCOM FOIA/PA/CL Division
7701 Tampa Point Blvd.
MacDill AFB, FL 33621
Phone: 813 826-3715/SSO 826-4228
DSN: 299-3715
keith.komosinski@socom.mil

"No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or get all the credit for doing it"
Andrew Carnegie

From: USSOCOM FOIA

Mr. Morisy,

This query is in regards to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request you submitted to the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), which was assigned USSOCOM FOIA 2014-185.

In processing your request, we have determined that your request is extremely broad and would encompass an extensive search and review process involving voluminous records. Reviews would likely require an additional 4-6 months and would be considered administratively burdensome. In order for a reasonable search to be conducted, please consider narrowing the scope of your request into specific categories and/or specific documents and clarify exactly what information you are seeking.

Also, be advised that USSOCOM has no contracts with Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Raytheon, or Legacy Effects in connection with TALOS, as detailed in your request. Although these companies might be involved with TALOS as subcontractors or through other agreements with our prime contractors, USSOCOM is not a party to those contracts and can provide no records.

Please advise this office by September 15, 2015, if you are able to clarify and narrow your request. If we do not receive a response from you by that date, we will consider this request to be closed, requiring no further action from this office.
Regards,

USSOCOM FOIA Team

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