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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Opinion

The paradoxically pacific Indo-Pacific Command | ASPI Strategist 

"The United States military hasn’t conducted a single combat operation within the sprawling area of responsibility that defines the Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) in 44 years. I’m overly fond of pointing out this little-commented-on fact of Indo-Pacific security, because its...

Navy SEALs want to kick out bad actors. Then commander in chief stepped in. | USA Today

The Navy SEAL commando force is the stuff of legend, however, its commander warned about an ethical and professional crisis in the ranks with the Gallagher case front and center. "We have a problem," Rear Adm. Collin Green wrote in a letter...

What the U.S. Can Learn From Iranian Warfare | The Atlantic  

Brian Katz reviews the contents of an interview with the commander of Iran’s Quds Force which revealed details about an escape from an increasingly intensifying Israeli campaign. Katz compares a scene in Beirut involving the Israelis and Iran to...

Each of us has a role in preventing veteran suicide | The Hill

"Each year, more than 6,000 American veterans take their own lives. These include some of the bravest, most dedicated men and women this nation has ever produced. Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who put their own lives on the...

Crises in Iraq and Haiti expose the failure of militarized neoliberalism | The Salon

"This season could be called the Autumn of Discontent, as people from the Middle East to Latin America and the Caribbean have been rising up against corrupt neoliberal governments. Two of the countries in crisis, Haiti and Iraq, are...

Kosovo to Khmeimim: The 20-year strategy Russia played to outflank America | J Post

"As part of Russia’s deals with Turkey, the Russians agreed to let Turkey take over Afrin in northwest Syria in January 2018. The goal for Russia was to weaken the US relationship with the Kurdish YPG. But that didn’t...

Op-Ed: This veterans advocate supports an assault weapons ban and buyback program. Here’s why. | Military Times

"Knowing how strongly my son felt about ensuring the weapons he carried in Kandahar, Afghanistan, would not end up in the hands of dangerous individuals on our streets, I am carrying on Dan’s legacy by supporting O’Rourke’s buyback program....

Op-Ed: The Lost Lessons of “Black Hawk Down” | War on the Rocks

"The Battle of Mogadishu, the American operation in Somalia later immortalized by Mark Bowden’s seminal non-fiction book “Black Hawk Down” and dramatized in Ridley Scott’s exhilarating but slightly less non-fictional movie of the same name. On October 3, 1993,...

Op-Ed: Why Bringing Back the Draft Could Stop America’s Forever Wars | Time

"2019 marks the first year someone born after 9/11 will be eligible to enlist in the armed forces to potentially serve in Afghanistan or another theater in the global war on terror. Never before in our history has an...

Op-Ed Lack of legal services shouldn’t be another hurdle for homeless veterans | Air Force Times 

There are about 40,000 veterans struggling to put a roof over their head. Most are staying in shelters or transitional housing. A third of these veterans are living in cars, encampments or on the streets. Legal hurdles should not...

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NATO kick-starts training Afghan Special Forces in Turkey | Khaama Press

Afghan Special Forces were reportedly flown to Turkey last Wednesday as part of a NATO sponsored training event. In...

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