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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Opinion

The US Army’s new iron triangle: The coming budget crunch and its implications for modernization | Defense News

Modernization expenditures are forcing the Army to more strategically allocate their funding. The Army foresees three distinct challenges that must be kept in mind as air and naval capabilities are upgraded. Contesting Russian aggression along NATO’s eastern frontier will...

Surviving the inflation anaconda: congress must invest more in defense | Breaking Defense

The Department of Defense’s fiscal year 2022 budget is 4.4% larger than last year. This would ordinarily cover the cost of growth, but 2021 has produced consumer inflation rates over 5%. Military advocates claim the disparity between these figures...

Iran’s tricky balancing act in Afghanistan | War On the Rocks

While the US pulls the last of its remaining troops out of Afghanistan and the Taliban sweeps across the country, Iran has been forced to court unlikely allies. Iranian official Esmail Qaani traveled in late June to the Syrian...

Open letter to Senators on Operation Protect Democracy principles | Military Times

Former national security and defense officials from both Democratic and Republican administrations wrote an open letter to all present United States Senators who have served in the military, believing that they are particularly prepared to handle the subject of...

What is happening to our apolitical military? | Defense One

General Mark Milley, the nation's top military adviser, is back in the news after allegedly describing President Donald Trump's post-election propaganda as "a Reichstag moment" and secretly guaranteeing acquaintances and congress members that the head of state and his...

A peacetime army goes to war | War On the Rocks

Britain has evolved dramatically in the first two decades of the twenty-first century. The British Army fought two campaigns during this time, in Iraq and Afghanistan, at great economic and human risk. Despite this, neither war accomplished its goals....

Taliban capture key Afghanistan border crossings | BBC

Officials claim the Taliban have taken control of an important border crossing with Iran and Turkmenistan as part of a broad offensive throughout northern Afghanistan. The extremists claim to have taken control of two vital border towns: Islam Qala in Iran...

JUST IN: Air Force Sees Opportunities After JEDI Cancellation | National Defense Magazine

According to a top Air Force officer, the Pentagon's termination of its cloud computing deal with Microsoft enables the military to select the "best in class" for a new architecture. According to Air Force Lt. Gen. S. Clinton Hinote,...

Navy secretary nominee supports expanding fleet, but says more money is needed | Defense News

President Joe Biden's choice to command the Navy stated huge support for plans to keep the fleet at 355 ships but noted that making that happen will need "more funds" from Congress in the years ahead. In his confirmation...

Big Screen to Battlefield: How Sci-Fi can Inspire Next-Generation Weaponry | C4ISRNET

For decades, science fiction fans have been enthralled by a directed energy weapon. Laser weapons are now a possibility, and they are being tested by numerous military branches. These laser weapons could be critical in fending off attacks and...

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SAF special ops troopers fast rope off helicopters at F1 pit building in counter-terrorism exercise | CNA Singapore

A training operation led by the Singapore Armed Forces’ Special Operations Task Force (SOTF) was completed at Singapore’s Formula...

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