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These are Afghanistan’s best troops. The U.S. is backing a plan to create many more of them | Los Angeles Times

His knees swaying and his smooth face shadowed by an oversized helmet, Amir Khan Mohammad Naim did not look like an elite law enforcement officer. But when a call went out in his rural hometown for recruits to join Afghanistan’s police commandos, the 21-year-old farmer’s son from the quiet province of Daykundi did not hesitate. “My duty is to secure ... Read More »

December 1967 | Pioneering military working dog earns his wings | Pilot Online

Fifty years ago today at the Little Creek Amphibious Base in Virginia Beach, Silver, a 2½-year-old, 62-pound German shepherd, and member of SEAL Team 2 was awarded silver wings and is recognized as the first Navy dog to qualify as a parachute jumper. Silver was joined by his trainer and handler, Quartermaster 3rd Class Dewayne “Wally” G. Schwalenberg, at a special ... Read More »

McRaven to Stay at UT System Chancellor in 2018 | U.S. News

University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven will stay on the job in 2018 beyond the completion of his current contract. McRaven’s original 3-year contract expires this month. A system spokeswoman said Thursday that McRaven will stay on the job without a new one. The chancellor serves at the will of the Board of Regents, and McRaven’s predecessors did not have contracts. ... Read More »

Ex-Navy SEAL sentenced in road rage attack | The San Diego Tribune

Ex-Navy SEAL and former defense contractor Christopher “Chris” Osman was convicted Wednesday morning for assaulting a motorist during a May 20 road rage incident in Imperial Beach. Also a former Marine, Osman, 43, pleaded guilty in Superior Court in Chula Vista to a sole count of misdemeanor assault in the beating of Brandon Mansfield along Ebony Avenue in Imperial Beach. ... Read More »

Elite Army Rangers among the hundreds of Defence Forces members involved counter-terrorism exercises across Dublin | the Irish Sun

SOME of Ireland’s most elite military units swarmed the streets of Dublin today as part of a major exercise to gauge the country’s readiest in case of a terrorist attack. Over 500 Defence Forces members, alongside members of An Garda Siochana, staged a series of mock counter-terrorism responses at key points across the capital. Included in today’s training exercise were members ... Read More »

New Canadian special forces compound at Petawawa to open by 2021 – project to cost $319 million | Ottowa Citizen

The Canadian Special Operations Regiment will have a new compound at Petawawa in the coming years. In total, ten buildings will be constructed in a secure compound at 4 CDSB, Petawawa.  The facilities will include working space, training facilities, vehicle maintenance areas, warehouses and medical facilities. The new facilities will consolidate CSOR activities in one complex. The entire project will ... Read More »

Air Force upgrades valor award for combat controller who fought in five-day Afghan battle | Air Force Times

A combat controller who received a Bronze Star for his actions during five days of fierce fighting in Afghanistan in 2006 will have his medal upgraded to a Silver Star, the third-highest award for valor. Chief Master Sgt. Michael West of the 720th Operational Support Squadron originally received a Bronze Star for his actions during the battle at Panjwai Village, ... Read More »

SOUTH KOREA’S ‘DECAPITATION UNIT’ WILL USE SUICIDE DRONES AND GRENADE MACHINE GUNS TO ELIMINATE KIM JONG UN | Newsweek

A newly established South Korean army brigade known as the “decapitation unit” has been allocated 340 million won ($310,000) to purchase equipment such as drones and grenade machine guns. On Wednesday, the country’s Ministry of National Defense announced the budget for the unit, intended to eliminate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The figure was a small fraction of the 42.2 ... Read More »

Robot dog improves SOF medical practices | DVIDS News

Multi-purpose canine handlers with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, used a robotic canine training dummy for the first time, during hands-on medical training at Stone Bay on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. The simulator, one of two prototypes being developed between U.S. Special Operations Command and industry partners, challenged handlers and medical ... Read More »