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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 »

CIA would face hurdles to reopen ‘black site’ prisons, regardless of president’s orders | The Washington Post

The CIA was able to set up its secret complex of overseas “black site” prisons in 2001 only because it had legal approval from government lawyers, cooperation from Congress and foreign allies, and the ability to operate without detection. None of those conditions exists today, making it highly unlikely that President Trump would be able to restart the much-maligned program ... Read More »

Ratings restored: Effective immediately, sailors will get their job titles back | NavyTimes

Navy leaders are reversing their controversial decision to eliminate sailors’ ratings and will restore job titles across the fleet, according to a Navy message set for release Wednesday. Effective immediately, enlisted sailors will officially regain their ratings, the traditional job titles that have inspired a deep cultural loyalty and that have defined enlisted career tracks for generations, Navy officials said. ... Read More »

In Special Operations and in Business, Success is Dependent on One Skill Alone | HavokJournal

Doesn’t matter whether conducting business or Special Operations, there are quite a number of difficult tasks which must be accomplished simultaneously, each with their own requirements and needed skills and experience. There is one task however which in all environments, and regardless the depth of one’s skills and experience, seems to be the very most difficult. Perhaps it is simply ... Read More »

6 Contractors Added to $900M IDIQ for USSOCOM Mission Support Services

The U.S. Special Operations Command has picked an additional six businesses to compete for mission support task orders under a potential $900 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The contract has a five-year ordering period that will run through July 28, 2020, and covers SOCOM-wide program management, engineering and technical and professional services, the Defense Department said Friday. Source: 6 Contractors Added to $900M IDIQ for USSOCOM ... Read More »

Global Slavery Index reports nearly 46 million people are enslaved in 2016

The Global Slavery Index reported their annual findings on Tuesday, putting the total number of enslaved people around the world at an estimated 45.8 million, up from an estimated 35.8 million in 2014. Fifty-eight percent of those living in slavery are in India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Uzbekistan, the report found. Proportionally, North Korea, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, India, and Qatar have ... Read More »

Green Beret Returns to Full Duty After Losing Arm in Afghanistan | Fox News Insider

A Green Beret returned to full active duty service more than two years after his hand was amputated stemming from a vehicle roll-over in Afghanistan. Sgt. 1st Class Ivan Morera, a Special Forces Medic, will continue to serve with the 7th Special Forces Group. Army.mil described the horrific circumstances that left Morera with severe injuries: Source: Green Beret Returns to Full ... Read More »

Best textile manufacturing methods for creating human tissues with stem cells | KurzweilAI

Elizabeth Loboa, dean of the Missouri University College of Engineering, and her team have tested new tissue- engineering methods (based on textile manufacturing) to find ones that are most cost-effective and can be produced in larger quantities. Tissue engineering is a process that uses novel biomaterials seeded with stem cells to grow and replace missing tissues. When certain types of materials ... Read More »