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Marine Corps strengthens psychological operations with new job field | Marine Corps Times

The Corps plans to create another track field for its information warriors. It continues to build its intelligence and information warfare capabilities in preparation for a looming conflict with more sophisticated adversaries. Now, Marines who specialize in psychological operations, or what the Corps now calls Military Information Support Operations, or MISO, will soon be getting a new primary job field ... Read More »

Fighting terrorism and storing intel in the age of big data | C4ISRNET

Several companies in attendance at the Special Operations Forces Exposition last week didn’t bring missiles, rockets, helicopters or drones, but rather laptops or other devices with software designed to make sense of the huge amount of data and intelligence flowing in for counterterror operations in the Middle East. The fight against terrorism has become more complicated in a data-rich and ... Read More »

You won’t believe what’s happening to the iconic Driftwood Lounge outside Camp Lejeune | Marine Corps Times

For some driving down Highway 24 in Jacksonville, North Carolina, the off-white exterior and nondescript sign of this business would hardly have warranted a second look. But when, last week, the sign for the Driftwood Lounge went down, collective gasps and virtual tears rippled across the internet. The Driftwood, since 1979, has been the place many a 2nd Marine Division ... Read More »

Panel: U.S. Needs Non-Military Options to Handle ‘Gray Zone’ Warfare from Russia, China, Iran | USNI News

The United States is nowhere close to deterring Russia from spreading fake news, disinformation, and propaganda through social media, or even convincing the American public that such a Kremlin campaign to drive wedges through society exists, a panel of “gray zone” warfare experts said Tuesday. Jamie Fly, former foreign and national security adviser to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), said that, ... Read More »

Special Operators Seek New Tech to Remain Stealthy | National Defense Magazine

Today’s special operators must prepare for combat situations around the globe and against adversaries with increasingly sophisticated technology. Special Operations Command is working to provide commandos with products that help to reduce signature footprints through camouflage, signal reduction and other means, while remaining cost-effective and lightweight. A 2018 SOCOM report, “Science and Technology – Preparing for the Future 2020-2030: Signature ... Read More »

Charity for special ops veterans faces funding shortage | Task Force Dagger

A Dallas-based nonprofit organization that supports the military’s special operations forces and their families is experiencing a significant drop in donations. Task Force Dagger Foundation has helped about 1,500 service members and more than 3,000 family members in the last three years. But donations are down about $50,000 in 2018, which means one of their most popular activities will be ... Read More »

Charge against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is dropped, but prosecutors plan to revisit | The Washington Post

Prosecutors on Monday dismissed a criminal charge against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, bringing a sudden halt to his trial just before it was set to begin and with jury selection already underway. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner dropped the felony invasion-of-privacy charge stemming from allegations that Greitens took a nude photo of a woman without her consent. The decision came after ... Read More »