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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Thursday, May 13, 2021

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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...

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...

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...

As counterterror missions fade, special operations finds time to fix its own problems | Military Times

After what seemed to be an endless war, US special operations are expecting major changes coming this year. Special Operations Command has been recently open to discussions their imminent shift from counter-terror to near-peer competition. In addition, other changes...

A candid conversation with Rep. Mike Waltz, Congress’s only combat-decorated Green Beret | Washington Examiner

Before becoming the representative of Florida, Rep. Mike Waltz was a soldier for 24 years who was awarded four Bronze Stars, where two of these have valor. According to him, the US is repeating the same mistakes Obama made...

Retired SEAL Jocko Willink surprises guard members, tells them to relish adversity | Stars & Stripes

John Gretton “Jocko” Willink, a former Navy SEAL and podcaster, visited Biddle Air National Guard Base in Horsham, Pa. Willink’s visit to the base was impromptu after some Pennsylvania Army National Guard soldiers ran into him making a promotional...

Viewpoint: Partnered operations in SOF acquisition | National Defense

In order to compete against different and more capable adversaries, partnered operations in SOF acquisition is a must. After all, the strength of SOF acquisition is partnered operations. Service leaders have come up with five priorities that would apply...

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After 6 years of attempts, Marine master guns finally wins Recon Challenge | Marine Corps Times

Master Gunnery Sgt. Cory Paskvan and Maj. Morgan Jordan won the 12th annual Recon Challenge after 9 hours and...

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