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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

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Meet Robbox, the robot that schleps a half-ton of supplies for special forces | Popular Science

Special Forces troops are routinely asked to carry over 100 pounds of gear, Robbox is a French unmanned vehicle designed to remedy the problem. French Special Forces former operative General Luc Beaussant now directs Sera Ingénierie, a small company...

UAE helps Interpol rescue 430 human trafficking victims | Khaleej Times

A five-day operation involving the cooperation of 47 countries led to the rescue of 430 human trafficking victims from around the world. The July operation dubbed the ‘liberterra’, resulted in the arrest of 286 criminal gangs and the identification...

China’s new Type-39C ‘stealth’ submarine: A special forces monster? | National Interest

Footage of a new variant of the Chinese Navy’s Type-039 submarine circulated online last month. The Type-039A model was first seen in People’s Liberation Army Navy shipyards in 2006 and has undergone several physical changes since which appear to...

Senate policy bill rejects Air Force request to send some A-10s in the boneyard | Defense News

The Senate Armed Services Committee declined the Air Force’s proposal to retire select legacy aircraft over FY 2022. The Air Force is seeking permission to cycle out some of their oldest planes to secure funding for new programs and...

U.S. Special Forces evaluates strike capabilities of Coyote aircraft | Defense Blog

The Sierra Nevada Corporation, a private contractor, announced it successfully showcased its MC-145B Coyote aircraft to USSOCOM at their Armed Overwatch Program at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. The Coyote is a manned, light-attack aircraft intended to support US...

US special operators and their allies say taking on Russia and China in Africa requires ‘strange bedfellows’ | Business Insider

There is intensifying competition for influence and commercial power in Africa. American Special Forces have maintained a presence there for over 20 years but increased demand for natural resources along with Russian and Chinese advances in the region has...

US and Côte d’Ivoire Special Forces conduct Joint Combined Exercise Training in Abidjan | Army Recognition

Joint military operations are valuable as they build skills and relationships. US Special Forces recently partnered with Côte d'Ivoire Forces Speciales Ivoirennes to execute training engagements as part of a series designed to test interoperability. Maintaining military-to-military connections improves...

Army shooter is first US service member to win gold medal at Tokyo Olympics | Stars & Stripes

First Lt. Amber English set an Olympic Record while she became the first US service member to win a gold medal at this year’s Tokyo Olympics. Her score of 56 of 60 bested Italy’s Diana Bacosi in the women’s...

SOCOM Members Got an All-Star Crash Course in AI | Defense One

U.S. Special Operations Command troops and civilians took part in a one-of-a-kind workshop this summer alongside MIT professors and other industry professionals to debate AI and how it can affect the future of warfare and other human activities. More...

AFRICOM special operations forces train alongside partners in Morocco | DIVDS

The third Joint Combined Exchange Training between US and Moroccan special operations personnel took place in Tangier, Morocco, on July 19, 2021. JCETs improve the preparedness of US and allied troops while also boosting cross-national cooperation. The training provided...

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NATO kick-starts training Afghan Special Forces in Turkey | Khaama Press

Afghan Special Forces were reportedly flown to Turkey last Wednesday as part of a NATO sponsored training event. In...

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