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SOFIC 2018: USSOCOM releases Advanced Sniper Rifle solicitation | Shepard Media

United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has released the official solicitation for the Advanced Sniper Rifle (ASR) program. While the majority of ASR solicitation material is locked or restricted from broad dissemination, draft documentation released in mid-November 2017 justified the emerging ASR program as ‘designed to address the operational requirements of the sniper’ and ‘enhance operational effectiveness of Special Operations ... Read More »

Forget ‘pinks and greens’: The Army is looking to make radar-stopping stealth cammies

While the Army sorts out throwback service uniforms known as “pinks and greens” and looks to salvage older camouflage by dyeing gear to fit in with the new patterns, its leaders also have their eye on future combat and how even the clothes soldiers wear will fit into that complex space. That’s why they’ve recently posted a “research solicitation” looking ... Read More »

The Chinese Company Selling Iranian Sniper Gear Around the World | Daily Beast

It’s a thermal sniper sight that allows a shooter to see his prey’s body heat against the black of night—and boy, is Iran’s military proud of it. The pricey RU60G sniper sight has gotten the royal treatment in state-linked news outlets, propaganda documentaries, and selfies with senior officers, where it’s trumpeted as a great indigenous optical achievement. Though Tehran would ... Read More »

Ex-CIA employee ID’d but not charged in Vault 7 leak of hacking tools | Ars Technica

Federal authorities have identified a suspect behind last year’s Vault 7 leak of Central Intelligence Agency hacking tools. The trove published to WikiLeaks included exploits and documents for infecting iPhones, Wi-Fi routers, and Cisco Switches, and it represented the biggest-known loss of classified information in CIA history. FURTHER READING WikiLeaks publishes docs from what it says is trove of CIA hacking tools According ... Read More »

Iraqi forces capture 5 top ISIS leaders in cross-border raid| Military Times

Iraqi forces in coordination with U.S.-backed Syrian forces have captured five senior Islamic State group leaders, the U.S.-led coalition said Thursday in a statement. The arrest was a “significant blow to Daesh,” coalition spokesman Army Col. Ryan Dillon said, using the Arabic acronym for the extremist group. A Pentagon spokesman, Marine Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway, said the U.S. credited Iraqi ... Read More »

So Long, 5.56: The Army Is Testing A Bigger Bullet For Its SAW And Carbine Replacements | Task & Purpose

For decades the U.S. military’s rifles and machine guns have chambered either 5.56mm or 7.62mm rounds. Now, the Army’s newest weapons are being tested to fire a new caliber bullet that’s faster and more accurate  to give soldiers an edge over their adversaries. The Army is not saying exactly what types of defenses that this new bullet is meant to ... Read More »

The Battle of Kamdesh, which netted two Medals of Honor, is coming to the big screen ― twice | Army Times

Orlando Bloom and Scott Eastwood have signed up to play two heroes of the war in Afghanistan in “The Outpost,” adapted from CNN host Jake Tapper’s 673-page complete history of the legendary Combat Outpost Keating, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The announcement comes six months after Deadline reported that “Red Platoon,” the memoir by Medal of Honor recipient and former Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha, would enter the ... Read More »

Gabriel Conde Was 5 When the War That Took His Life Began. It Shows No Signs of Ending | Military.com

Army Spc. Gabriel D. Conde’s short life spanned the history of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001, from the euphoria over the fleeting early successes to the current doubts about the new strategy to break what U.S. commanders routinely call a “stalemate.” When Conde was six years old, then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said the Taliban had been defeated ... Read More »

Commandos Add Firepower with Cobra Strike Battalions | DVIDS News

The Afghan National Army Special Operations Corps (ANASOC) introduced Afghanistan, and the world, to its newest formation, the Cobra Strike Kandak (CSK), at the inaugural Cobra Strike Maneuver Course (CSMC) class’ live fire exercise at Pol-e Charki, April 30. “The Afghan people have only one goal…it is peace,” said Lt. Gen. Abdul Hamid, Afghan National Army Deputy Chief of Staff. ... Read More »