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SOCOM wants 6.5mm sniper weapon for longer-range kills | Military.com

If everything goes well it seems like SOCOM might receive a new sniper weapon in 2023. “The Next Gen Squad Weapons are not sniper weapons, and the 6.5mm Creedmoor really fits that sniper support role,” Babbitt said recently at the National Defense Industrial Association’s vSOFIC 2020 industry conference. “We are replacing our 7.62x51mm sniper support weapons, which have a maximum ... Read More »

Nigerian Navy action nets 10 pirates | Defense Web

The Praesidium International has reported that the Nigerian Navy was able to recover a hijacked fishing vessel just hours after it was attacked. The Hailufeng 11, a Chinese flagged fishing vessel with 18 crew members on board, lost communication with the Dalian Hailufeng Oceanic Fisheries vessel. The Nigerian Navy was then alerted and sent out the patrol boat NNS Nguru ... Read More »

Police investigate suspected vandalism to Medal of Honor recipient’s headstone | Stars & Stripes

Delta Force Master SGT. Gary Gordons headstone was found vandalized with golden paint. The vandalism was first noticed by his sister after seeing a post on Facebook. He was a Medal of Honor recipient after his heroic acts during the 1993 Mogadishu raid. Police are not sure if this vandalism had mal-intent considering that many times Medal of Honor recipients ... Read More »

The Covid-19 pandemic has catapulted one mysterious data website to prominence, sowing confusion in international rankings | CNN Edition

After being interviewed via Video the Spanish Prime Minister cited that Spain is number 8 in countries with the most testing for COVID-19. He cited the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which was found inaccurate and then he later cited John Hopkins as saying that they were 5th in testing, however that claim was found false. After more research ... Read More »

Anatomy of a disinformation campaign: The coup that never was | Aljazeera

A single tweet about an explosion near Qatar’s capital went out May 4th. Soon after the tweet went out the #1 trending hashtag on twitter for Saudi Arabia and Qatar was ‘Coup in Qatar.” A coup is a sudden violent takeover of a government. People believed that the explosion in Al-Wakra was an attempt to overthrow Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Many accounts that re-tweeted the news were believed to be fake. Many of them had European names and ... Read More »

Trump: US may rethink decision to exit surveillance treaty | AP News

The only remaining treaty that controls nuclear arsenals between Russia and the United States is expiring in February, and President Trump, might not renew it. The Open Skies Treaty governs unarmed flights that is designed to promote peace between the two countries. Not renewing the treaty according to Trump, is a way to recognize and punish Russia’s violations against the ... Read More »

CAE awarded subcontract from Lockheed Martin to develop C-130J simulators for AFSOC | Skies Magazine

The Unites States Air Force Special Operations Command will be receiving three C-130J full mission simulators after the CAE had awarded a subcontract from Lockheed Martin. These simulators will be able to mimic flights, motions and situations that might arise. “The longstanding relationship between Lockheed Martin and CAE on the design and development of training systems for the C-130J Super ... Read More »

China’s Luckin Coffee scandal renews US call for stricter oversight | VOA News

US lawmakers consider regulating American investment in Chinese companies after Coffee company Luckin Coffee falsified 310 million dollars in sales. Luckin Coffee is a direct competitor to Seattle based company Starbuck co. This scandal is one that has pushed both parties’ senators to push for the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act, which would make it hard for American investors to ... Read More »

ARTICLE RETRACTION & APOLOGY | Sam Havelock, CEO, SOFX

Yesterday we aggregated and summarized a May 20th Task & Purpose article entitled “Harley riding, tequila-drinking Navy SEAL nominated to oversee special operations at the Pentagon.” This was a mistake on many levels. I take full responsibility and I wish to publicly apologize to Lou Bremer. First: The Task & Purpose article was nothing more than what we call “article ... Read More »

U.S. tussles with France, U.N. over counterterrorism efforts in West Africa | Foreign Policy

For the past three years the Trump administration has questioned the peacekeeping and counterterrorism mission in West Africa. The mission has been led by France and the U.N, but Trump believes an American should be in charge of the work in Mali. This has fueled suspicion that the U.S. is looking to expand their control in Africa while simultaneously slowing ... Read More »

Tillis keys in on Fort Bragg airfields after audit calls them ‘poorest infrastructure’ in Army | Fayetteville Observer

In 2016 Senator Thom Tillis advocated for an expansion of Pope Field’s runway, which had not been extended since 1972. A recent Army audit report has stated that Fort Bragg’s airfields are “the poorest infrastructure in the Army.” Tillis is now seeking answers as to the readiness of Fort Bragg and the condition of the airfields. Tillis sits on the ... Read More »

Corpus Christi Naval base shooter believed to have expressed support for terrorist groups online | Click 2 Houston

A security guard at the entrance to Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas was shot in the chest by an assailant on Thursday. His bullet proof vest was hit, and he has sustained nonlife-threatening injuries. The shooter was a 20-year-old man named Adam Alsahli, who then crashed his car into the gate barrier before getting out of his vehicle ... Read More »

Naval Academy pushes back Induction Day and start of Plebe Summer | Capital Gazette

The incoming Plebes at the Naval Academy are expecting a different Induction Ceremony then what has happened in the past. Normally filled with haircuts, basic training and goodbye’s, plebes will have to wait as extra sanitizing and social distancing measures are being implemented, and rather all of them joining together on June 25th the Induction has been spread out between ... Read More »