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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Sunday, May 9, 2021

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Industry supports Special Ops with lethality enhancements | National Defense

From small arms modifications and related sighting systems to mounts for crew-served weapons, the industry is giving the US Special Operations Forces a wide range of options to “personalize” their existing weapon. The options include potential handgun “personalization” upgrades,...

Top general: US considering training Afghan forces in other countries | The Hill

A week after the remaining US troops have started withdrawing from Afghanistan, the US military’s top general has revealed that they are considering continuing to train Afghan forces from different countries. According to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of...

Putting warheads on foreheads — This is the gear Air Force combat controllers carry into battle | Task & Purpose

Air Force Combat Controllers are trained to deploy and provide air support to Special Forces, Navy SEALs, and other special operators. They are trained to work with aircrews to provide humanitarian support to places that don’t have airports. But...

Pentagon partially reverses Trump move to elevate head of Special Operations | Military.com

The Pentagon is partially undoing the Trump administration's move where special operations leader was to report directly to the Defense Secretary. This has elevated special operations forces on par with military departments. Today, the Pentagon partially reverses what the...

Back to the future: Getting Special Forces ready for great-power competition | War on the Rocks

As the years go by, the capabilities and skills that make Special Forces unique within the special operations enterprise have been de-prioritized. The Special Forces have slowly lost their language skills and deep cultural understanding as the US government...

Taliban will likely curtail Afghan women’s rights, intelligence report says | Military Times

For two decades, the US has worked with Afghanistan in numerous ways, including protecting the rights of women in the country. Now that the US troops are set to withdraw from the country, US intelligence agencies are afraid that...

Crash In Iraq helps unmask secretive ultra-quiet special operations drone program | The Drive

An unmanned plane crash at Erbil International Airport in Iraq last year has unveiled a secretive Special Operations drone program. The program, called Long Endurance Aircraft Program (LEAP), has been flying a new type of drone that is extremely...

Still no arrests in deaths of Special Forces soldier, veteran at Fort Bragg | Army Times

No arrests have still been made, and investigation is still ongoing, nearly five months after a Special Forces soldier and a veteran were found dead. Master Sgt. William LaVigne II, 37, and Army veteran Timothy Dumas, 44, was found...

Thousands of Afghans flee as fighting erupts after US troop withdrawal begins | The Guardian

Left with no choice, thousands of Afghan families were forced to leave their homes for their safety after a conflict has arisen between the Taliban and government troops. The conflict began just a few days after the US started...

Retired Ranger Col. Ralph Puckett, 94, to receive Medal of Honor for Korean War battle | Army Times

Seventy years after receiving the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions during the battle for Hill 205 on Nov. 25, 1950, Retired Army Col. Ralph Puckett is set to receive the Medal of Honor, this time for his bravery...

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Industry supports Special Ops with lethality enhancements | National Defense

From small arms modifications and related sighting systems to mounts for crew-served weapons, the industry is giving the US...

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