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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Monday, September 27, 2021

Opinion

Op-ed | A military service is measured by its impact, not the size of its bombs | Space News

According to the theory of warfare promulgated by the Air Force Association (AFA), Congress should reject President Trump’s proposal to establish a U.S. Space Force since it cannot apply lethal kinetic force. There is no point, they contend, in...

OP-Ed: Afghan security forces still worth supporting | Military Times

The government of Afghanistan have been a trusted ally for over 18 years and can be trusted to bring an end to the Taliban insurgency, either by negotiations or by force. The current ANDSF operational strategy, their offensive mindset,...

Never forget that Sept. 11 bred a generation of heroes | Washington Examiner

I was 14 when I arrived home from an early dismissal on Sept. 11 to find my father, a former naval aviator, sitting in his wheelchair beside our large box television set. We exchanged no greetings. I sat beside...

How to fix a broken Special Operations culture | War on the Rocks

Speculation about the underlying cause of the latest incidents within the special ops community tends to focus on the rationale that they are the inevitable result of the stress imposed by a high operational tempo and repeated exposure to...

It’s Time for Congress to Rein in US Arms Exports | Defense One

The Trump administration’s embrace of the defense industry and its determination to sell weapons to dictators and human rights abusers may be sowing the seeds of welcome change in the realm of U.S. arms exports. A new study shows...

The end of reputation | Seth’s Blog

A reshuffling is imminent, one that restores confidence so we can be sure we’re seeing what we think we’re seeing. But it’s not going to happen tomorrow, so now, more than ever, it seems like we have to assume...

OP-ED: If the Women, Peace and Security Agenda is to be more than words, Congress must stay engaged | The Hill

Congress at no other time could draw on such a high number of women leaders who have active combat experience. To harness this bipartisan expertise of female and male lawmakers who often serve on committees with unrelated jurisdiction, congressional...

OP-ED Taliban fragmentation: A figment of your imagination? | War on the Rocks

At the heart of President Barack Obama’s failed strategies in his first year of office to executive a policy shift in Afghanistan was a core concept: The Taliban, as a loose and fragmented organization, could be fractured, weakened, and...

Commercial Satellites: Will They Be Military Targets? | Breaking Defense

As the Pentagon and the Air Force hash out the future of both a new Space Force and the sort of new Space Command, military leaders are asking this question: what role will military space power  play in protecting...

Finding a safe place for big ideas at the Pentagon | Defense News

On its surface, the situation does seem discouraging. The director of the Strategic Capabilities Office is abruptly out, less than a year on the job, reportedly unhappy with the SCO’s future. The Pentagon’s top technology expert then moves SCO...

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Army Identifies Green Beret Who Died During Dive Training in Reservoir | Military.com

Staff Sgt. Paul Lincoln Olmstead was 29 years old when he passed away during an underwater training exercise last...

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