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What Acting SecDef Miller’s special ops shift means | Breaking Defense

Acting SecDef Chris Miller has cut out the middleman and made it so reports from the Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict office are reporting directly to him. He also sees urgency with the US trying to pull troops out of the middle east in the most responsible way. Linda Robinson, director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at RAND ... Read More »

Coast Guard medevacs man 160 miles east of Boston | DVIDS

160 miles east of Boston a 35-year-old man was suffering from minor lacerations after falling overboard. The man was fishing off a 72-foot commercial fishing vehicle. The Coast Guard was called in to action and medevacked the man back to the mainland for treatment. Source: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/773353/coast-guard-medevacs-man-160-miles-east-boston Read More »

5 Lesser-known details about ‘Black Hawk Down’ | Army Times

Based off of a true story Black Hawk Down has become military movie fans favorites. Featuring a storyline that involves a crashed helicopter and heroism the movie makes history. However, the Army Times writes about five things you might have missed while watching Black Hawk Down and expands on the true story. Source: https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2020/11/18/5-lesser-known-details-about-black-hawk-down/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%2011.19.20&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief Read More »

Pentagon shakeup means more civilian oversight for special operations | Military Times

Over three years ago Congress mandated that the Defense Department raise the civilian head of special operations to the same level as a military service secretary. On Wednesday, Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller signed a memo that now has the assistant defense secretary for special operations report directly to him, as the Army, Navy and Air Force secretaries do. Miller ... Read More »

Officials defuse 2 IED, saving civilians lives | Khaama Press

Afghan security forces defused at least two improvised explosive devices (IED) that were planted on the side of a road and endangering at least ten civilians. These explosives were planted by Taliban militants in the Urgon district of Paktika province, stated the Ministry of Defense. Afghan National Defense and Security Forces also carried out several operations in the nearby area, ... Read More »

New Pentagon chief racing to make changes before Trump’s exit | Politico

Despite Chris Miller being appointed as the Acting Defense Secretary less than two weeks ago, he has already begun to announce new plans and changes. On Tuesday, he stated that the U.S. will drop down to 2,500 troops in both Afghanistan and Iraq by January 15th. While some member of Congress oppose the withdrawal, it is unlikely that Biden would ... Read More »

The story of the first special-ops mission deep inside Afghanistan just weeks after 9/11, from troops who were there | Business Insider

On October 19, 2001, Delta Force operators, Rangers, and Night Stalkers completed two raids against the Taliban, which was hosting the Al Qaeda terror group. Two Ranger companies participated in Objective Rhino, where they assaulted an airfield and completed their first combat jump since the invasion of Panama in 1989. Simultaneously, Night Stalkers flew a team of Delta Force operators ... Read More »

Al-Qaida ‘on the ropes’ after 2 decades of war | VOA News

For 20 years the United States has been fighting against the group Al-Qaida in Afghanistan. Those in Washington have assessed the group as not being a huge threat, however others worry that they might be underestimating the group. The group’s leadership has suffered major losses this past year according to research, but it is unclear how many others are lurking ... Read More »

Taliban Defeated in Khandahar Province: MoD | Khaama Press

Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have defeated the Taliban in the Khandahar Province, allowing citizens to reclaim their land. Forces have been dispatched to clear the area for all explosive devices hidden on public roads. Some gardens and crops in the area were ruined as a result of the Taliban activity. The Taliban have yet to comment on ... Read More »

Ex-Green Beret charged with Russian espionage to enter plea | Army Times

The plea hearing for Peter Rafael from Gainesville has been scheduled for Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia. Rafael was charged with exposing U.S. military secrets about his unit’s activities to Russian intelligence agents under the Federal Espionage Act. The court records do not show to what extent Rafael will be pleading guilty. According to a previous indictment, Rafael had a 15-year ... Read More »