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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Opinion

Lethal and survivable or irrelevant and vulnerable? Marine redesign debate rages | Marine Times

Retired senior commanders criticize the U.S. Marine Corps' new force design, claiming it is too tiny to combat current threats and has little chance of success.  Several former senior Marine Corps officials are at odds with the service's present leadership...

Don’t Let Over-The-Horizon Counterterrorism Eliminate The Premier Security Force Assistance Product: Partner Special Operations Forces | Modern War Institute

Special operations units are vital for combating terrorism and attaining national security objectives.  Over the last many years, the Ukrainian SOF was one of the primary recipients of U.S. security force assistance (SFA) to Ukraine. The United States established and...

Trump and Biden Let Afghanistan Collapse | Foreign Policy

Between 2002 and 2021, the United States provided Afghanistan's Army, Special Forces, Air Force, and militarized police with about $90 billion in security aid. Afghanistan's security forces disintegrated due to former President Donald Trump's bilateral agreement with the Taliban...

Too Fragile To Fight: Could The U.S. Military Withstand A War Of Attrition? | War on the Rocks

In a protracted conflict, the United States military might not have the technical and economic edge. David Rothkopf: It has been decades since the United States waged a war of attrition with great intensity. According to him, the resources for...

Has Russia been beaten? This military expert says that moment is coming soon | Salon

John Spencer, a former senior officer in the United States Department of Defense, explains why the battle in Mariupol is set to intensify. The Russian military is attempting to reform itself after a string of devastating setbacks and massive material...

Can Ukraine’s Military Keep Winning? | Foreign Affairs

The United States has improved Ukraine's military capabilities via training and technical assistance. Over the last eight years, the Ukrainian military has experienced a fundamental transition due to rigorous restructuring and reform initiatives: In January 2022, the Ukrainian army had...

Data As A Weapon: Psychological Operations In The Age Of Irregular Information Threats | Modern War Institute

  Data As A Weapon: Psychological Operations In The Age Of Irregular Information Threats | Modern War Institute The Army's Psychological Operations Units need modernization. Russia's invasion of Ukraine is possibly the first war to be filmed and waged entirely via social media....

How Ukraine Prepared Itself for Total War | National interest

Ukraine's strategic and institutional reforms have resulted in military and societal advancement. Initially, many feared Ukraine would implode in days, as Samo Burja writes. While Ukraine's military remains considerably outgunned by Russia, the strategic shift and reforms implemented since 2014...

As a veteran that went to Ukraine, here’s what I saw | Military Times

The American Veteran discusses the devastation created by the war's savagery. Matt Welch worked as a Middle Eastern Cryptologic Linguist in the Marine Corps for five years and traveled throughout the Middle East and North Africa. He tracked out a...

Climbing the ladder: How the west can manage escalation in Ukraine and beyond | Atlantic Council

A look at what Russia and its allies may do in eastern Ukraine. As the war continues, NATO and EU efforts might be critical one way or another. Each of the "rungs" below will rely on Putin's view and evaluation...

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How Taiwan’s Special Forces Would Fight China (Thanks To America) | 1945

The Naval Special Warfare Command is reevaluating to establish a new combat force and is soliciting feedback.  The Naval Special...

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