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Russian Commandos Speed Around in Jeeps, Armed With Mines | War is Boring

The Russian military prizes disruption and deception to overcome foes which may be technologically more advanced ‚ÄĒ a practice dating back to before World War II. Today, the Russian army is increasing training in the old-fashioned art of planting mines behind enemy lines. One Russian formation in particular is a specialized mine-laying company attached to the 1st Guards Engineer-Sapper Brigade, ... Read More »

War crimes court-martial starts for SEALs; Navy’s top attorney accused of unlawful command influence | The San Diego Union-Tribune

The court-martial trial of three SEALs accused of committing war crimes began with a flurry of motions Monday morning inside the courtroom of Naval Base San Diego. Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Daniel V. Dambrosio Jr. and two Special Operator Chief Petty Officers ‚ÄĒ Xavier Silva and David N. Swarts ‚ÄĒ stand accused of abusing unknown male prisoners at Village ... Read More »

SOCom reactivated as AFP steps up intel vs terrorists | Manilla Bulletin

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Sunday said it has reactivated the Special Operations Command (SOCom), bringing control of special operation units from all major services under one command. Addressing the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) 1st Quarter of 2018 Command Conference and Sergeants Major Forum in Davao City last Saturday, the President ... Read More »

The risks, and rewards, for giving the counter WMD mission to SOCOM | Defense News

The U.S. military‚Äôs enduring mission to counter threats posed by weapons of mass destruction (WMD) has taken on renewed urgency due to troubling developments in recent years that have contributed to a more volatile and complex threat landscape. As the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review warns, ‚ÄúThere now exists an unprecedented range and mix of threats, including major conventional, chemical, biological, ... Read More »

US special operations troops launch war games in Niger with partner forces | Stars & Stripes

U.S. special operations forces kicked off their largest exercise in Africa on Monday in Niger, a country that is at the center of a growing counterterrorism mission. The focus of the two-week Flintlock 2018, which involves eight African and 12 Western countries, is the day-to-day threats faced by local forces on the ground, the top U.S. commander of special operations ... Read More »

The Navy’s coolest looking vessel heads to Washington | Navy Times

It‚Äôs arguably the Navy‚Äôs coolest surface vessel and comes with potentially the coolest name. Meet the M80 Stiletto. The 88-foot Little Creek-based high-speed craft, owned by the Naval Sea Systems Command, is currently used to¬†test new technologies¬†for the Navy ‚ÄĒ specifically for Navy Special Warfare forces. The ship is currently preparing for a trip up the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac ... Read More »

Airborne drop tests in progress for potential SOF Ground Mobility Vehicle | U.S. Army

Testers at the U.S. Army Operational Test Command’s (USAOTC) Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate (ABNSOTD) here recently conducted low-velocity airdrops of the Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 (GMV 1.1). The vehicle has the potential to provide tactical mobility to Special Operations Warriors. The GMV 1.1 is designed to be internally transportable via CH-47 Chinook helicopter as well as U.S. Air ... Read More »