General Interest

Top Gun For Grunts: Mattis May Revolutionize Infantry | Breaking Defense

Forget the old-school grunt. Imagine a future American infantrymantrained as intensively as a fighter pilot through hundreds of virtual and real-world drills, culminating in a “small unit Top Gun.” Imagine infantry going into battle with swarms of drones serving as scouts and fire support. Imagine Army and Marine infantry exempted from the Pentagon’s bureaucratic personnel policies so they can build teams of experienced soldiers in their late 20s and early 30s, much ... Read More »

Green Beret receives Soldier’s Medal for saving crash victims | Army Times

In October 2016, a Special Forces soldier stationed at Fort Bragg was driving with his wife in North Carolina when they watched a truck drive off the road and down an embankment, crashing into trees before stopping. Staff Sgt. Adams, with 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, stopped his car and ran about 75 yards down to the crashed vehicle to offer aid as his wife ... Read More »

Canada is using private intelligence contractors for its special forces | Vice News

Private intelligence contracts between the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) — the most elite branch of the military — and private intelligence consultants provide a rare glimpse into its secretive operations. The government issued calls for nearly one million dollars worth of contracts to provide private intelligence advice for Canadian commandos, according to federal documents released online. The contracts show ... Read More »

Fox News contributor mocked over claim Navy SEALs couldn’t breach Trump wall prototype | The Hill

Social media users mocked a Fox News contributor who said that U.S. Navy SEALs were unable to breach prototypes of President Trump’s wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Katie Pavlich, a Fox News contributor and columnist for The Hill, described the special forces testing the prototypes on Fox News’s “Outnumbered” on Wednesday. “The interesting part about that is the special forces operatives and ... Read More »

Navy seeks to expand special operations training in region | Kitsap Sun

Curious onlookers might soon spot gear-laden warriors scaling the towering cliffs at Deception Pass State Park or a drone hovering above one of Naval Base Kitsap’s installations as the Navy seeks to expand the scope of special operations training in the region. The Navy has conducted SEAL training in the Northwest for the past 30 years, and the growing demand for special operation missions “has ... Read More »

Somalia: Special Forces break though militant base in Leego

The Somali government army claimed fresh military success against extremists in the south of the country, saying its troops destroyed a key base during an operation. General Ahmed Abdullahi, the commander-in-chief of the U.S.-trained Special Forces Unit, known as Danab unit told army radio that 10 Al-Shabab militants were killed after the commandos targeted and wiped out their base in ... Read More »

Special Forces nourishes legacy, remembers SSG Gumbs | DVIDS News

Staff Sgt. Wallace Gumbs, a Green Beret, was killed Jan. 6 1968, during a demolitions training accident while training rural Thai Provincial Police units during the U.S. Special Forces led in counter-insurgency operations course in Camp Chaw Haw, Korat, Thailand. Gumbs’ memorial was erected shortly after his untimely death by the Camp Chaw Haw Commander, Police Maj. Gen. Chookiat Partipasaen ... Read More »

Bergdahl lawyers pursue prosecutor emails with White House | Fayobserver

Lawyers for alleged deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are pursuing uncensored copies of emails they believe show the Trump administration’s attempt to appear impartial by backing off disparaging comments made on the campaign trail. There are 113 heavily redacted emails at stake – unmistakably between government prosecutors and the White House, according to defense lawyers. The emails were turned over to ... Read More »

UK intelligence knew British WannaCry researcher would be arrested in Nevada: report | TheHill

British intelligence officials allowed a security researcher recently hailed as a hero to travel to Nevada, where they knew he would be arrested, in the hopes of avoiding the “headache of an extradition battle,” the Sunday Times reported.  Marcus Hutchins, who discovered a flaw in and stopped the rapid spread of WannaCry ransomware, was arrested in early August following the DEF CON cybersecurity conference ... Read More »

US troops launch exercises in African region challenged by Boko Haram | Stripes

In one of U.S. Africa Command’s largest exercises, a contingent of U.S. special operations forces is working alongside hundreds of troops in western Africa, a region threatened by the militant group Boko Haram. Flintlock 2017, run by Special Operations Command Africa, kicked off Monday. Two thousand elite U.S., European and African troops are taking part in three weeks of rugged ... Read More »