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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Opinion

Win or lose, U.S. war against China or Russia won’t be short | Bloomberg Opinion

The Pentagon is working to ensure triumph in the beginning stages of a clash with China or Russia. Great power wars, on the other hand, rarely finish after the first shot. The United States must be prepared for long-term,...

Culture war on the military | Washington Examiner

The latest US Army advertising poster depicting a college graduate detailing how she wanted to join the Army after being nurtured by "two moms" and protesting for homosexual and transgender rights has evoked two responses. Sen. Ted Cruz used...

Sing, Missile Muse, Of Gods and Heroes: America’s most fearsome weapons need better names | War On the Rocks

The United States Air Force's Global Strike Command is expected to name a new intercontinental ballistic missile later on. It's worth pondering why. After all, the present definition of the project slated to deploy a new intercontinental ballistic missile...

Book excerpt: ‘The Other Face of Battle: America’s Forgotten Wars and the Experience of Combat’ | Military Times

War is always a nightmare. These wars shattered all sense of purpose or proportion. They describe how Americans have experienced battle and the impacts it has had, despite being terrifying and existentially perplexing. They're worth comparing because of what...

Thousands of troops from past wars are still missing. We’ll never stop trying to find them | Military.com

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) held a ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the tragic event concerning the Joint Task Force-Full Accounting, a group of seven American and nine Vietnamese service members who died in a helicopter...

AI and synthetic biology are critical to future US competitiveness | War On the Rocks

The present scientific marvel was not an accident. Significant advances in AI and machine learning, corporate investments in these technologies, and a research background based on decades of US government support in medical sciences and biotechnology made this possible....

Four things to know about CBO’s nuclear spending report | The Hill

According to a new CBO analysis, nuclear spending in the United States will increase by 28% over the next ten years, compared to forecasts made just two years ago. This prompted complaints that modernization is “far more expensive than...

Army generals are not prepared for the future | Defense One

As technology progresses, this author believes the Army continues to produce general officers who are not sufficiently trained to succeed. While there are many explanations for the Army's incessant failures in this region, the generals bear the ultimate responsibility....

The White House should show its cards earlier: Reveal the defense budget passback guidance | War On the Rocks

The United States Congress is becoming agitated. After enacting the 1921 Budget and Accounting Act, the Biden administration has been on schedule to deliver the most recent federal budget submission to Congress. The capacity of service leaders to present...

Wasted dollars and unfulfilled requirements: The case for fixing Pentagon procurement | Defense News

Over the last 25 years, the US Department of Defense has invested hundreds of billions of dollars on military equipment that has merely failed to perform as expected. These systems have gone way too expensive and have either been...

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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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