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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Monday, August 2, 2021

Opinion

Did Mohammed bin Salman Just Give Jihadis the World’s Greatest Terrorist Recruiting Tool? | Foreign Policy 

n July 11, 1995, an open letter was faxed to the king of Saudi Arabia denouncing him as an infidel. The public accusation was shocking enough, but what made this event particularly stunning was the author’s status as the...

The Marine Corps has reinvented itself throughout its history. The new Commandant is doing it again. | Task and Purpose

Marines haven't exactly shaken their reputation as crayon-eating meatheads in recent years. Just look to the many scandals over cultural issues like misogynistic Facebook pages and Marines United. But the Corps recently got a new Commandant, Gen. David Berger. Berger has jumped into...

In Afghanistan, the Endgame Demands a Difficult Balancing Act in a Region on Edge | New York Times

Six days into negotiations that many expect will deliver a preliminary deal to end nearly two decades of United States military presence in Afghanistan, the last stretch is proving to be a difficult balancing act. Most of the American and...

Intuition, The City and War | Modern War Institute At West Point

Cities matter. They matter for fighting climate change, for fighting pandemics, and, as the Urban Warfare Project continues to demonstrate, they matter for the future of fighting itself. The heightened importance of urban spaces results from demographic developments, with...

US should sanction Iran’s incendiary kingmaker | The Hill

He has called for death to America and Israel. He has described non-Muslims as “animals who roam the earth and engage in corruption.” He has dubbed U.S. troops in Iraq “bloodthirsty wolves” and expressed support for Shiite militias seeking...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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Air Force special operations’ next big battlefield: Facebook | Task & Purpose

Most Americans possess a false sense that the contiguous United States could never be invaded, but in a way,...

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