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The Best Way to Deal With Russia: Wait for It to Implode | Politico Magazine

Over the past decade, the Russia threat has loomed larger and larger in the minds of U.S. foreign-policy experts and officials, but the fear has especially grown in the wake of the Russian government’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. “It wasn’t a single attempt. They’re doing it as we sit here,” former special counsel Robert Mueller said of Russia’s ... Read More »

Why the U.S. Marshalls Love a Gun That Is Over 100 Years Old | The National Interest

As more and more federal agencies adopt various variations on the Glock pistol, the recent adoption of the STI 2011 by the U.S. Marshals Service Special Operations Group (USMS SOG) stands out. The STI 2011 is a double-stack 9mm variant of the venerable 1911 pistol—a design that is over 100 years old at this point. But why did the SOG ... Read More »

Big Navy Must Fix the SEALs: The Drift, Vol. XLII | Defense News

I don’t have strong opinions about fly fishing. I know it is a rabbit-hole of a hobby: a sucking vortex of ever-more elaborate flies and frightfully expensive rods and reels, and has bound up in it about as much accepted wisdom and voodoo as in any hobby with an impassioned following. But I certainly wouldn’t know how to correct someone’s ... Read More »

Viewpoint: We’ve Admired the Federal Acquisition Problem for Too Long |  Government Executive

On a recent trip to Tampa, I asked a consultant on my team supporting U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Acquisition Technology & Logistics what accounts for the Command’s acquisition success. “It’s a mindset thing,” she replied. Later that day, as I continued my visit to SOCOM’s contracting activity, I happened upon the essentials of that mindset. They were captured in ... Read More »

Is There a Values Crisis in US Special Forces? Our National Security Could be at Risk. | Jinsa

U.S. special operations forces are adored by politicians and the public, their reputations burnished by feats like the raid on Osama bin Laden, the sea rescue of the Maersk Alabama’s captain and countless other daring operations against high-value targets around the globe. But the special ops brand — brave, honorable, can-do warriors achieving the impossible — is now being undermined ... Read More »

Where will the media take us next? | Seth’s Blog

Since the first story was carved on a rock, media pundits have explained that they have simply given people what they want, reporting the best they can on what’s happening. Cause (the culture, human activity, people’s desires) leads to effect (front page news). In fact, it’s becoming ever more clear that the attention-seeking, profit-driven media industrial complex drives our culture ... Read More »

The Warrior Defined | Jeffrey Prather, MAJ, USAR, (Ret)

Our military’s current, official doctrine, literature and jargon incessantly references the Warrior, but one seminal, thematic question remains unanswered: What precisely is a warrior? Put another way, what is the military’s definition of a warrior? Who is a warrior? What is the military’s warrior ideal? The rhetorical answer is there isn’t one. In absence of a definition delineating the standard, ... Read More »

Who is Jeffrey Epstein?

Sam Havelock, Founder, CEO | SOFX The SOFX Mission is to Fight Evil and Avert Suffering at Scale. The way we do that is by empowering a global network of deeply committed humans with information and connectivity required to be successful achieving The Vision. In a nod to our Atlas Shrugged sensibility, we are pleased to present today’s original article ... Read More »

Life and Leadership Lessons I Learned In The Military: “You can delegate authority, but not responsibility.” with Sean Corbett and Marco Dehry | Thrive Global

Delegate. You can delegate authority, but not responsibility. Choose wisely who you delegate authority to, but in the event something goes wrong (or right), it’s your responsibility as a leader to deal with the consequences, good or bad. As a part of my series about “Life and Leadership Lessons Learned In The Military”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sean ... Read More »

Good call, Mr. President — a drone is not worth another war | Air Force Times

It was late August 2014. I was one of the handful of American military forces in Baghdad, Iraq’s capital. Only a few months before, ISIS laid siege to vast sprawls of northern Iraq and northeastern Syria. As part of the 300 special operations troops sent in by President Obama, I was the senior joint terminal attack controller for the task ... Read More »