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Special operation forces battle Arctic conditions during Arctic Edge 18 | DVIDS News

The U.S. military conducts mission-based training events year-round, but Arctic Edge 2018 is a unique opportunity that has brought over 1,500 U.S. military personnel from more than 20 units together to train in arctic conditions throughout the Alaska range. For special operations forces based in Colorado, it is an ideal environment to test their ability to operate in those extreme ... Read More »

Source:  CENTCOM chief: US focused on growing Afghan Air Force, SOF | Jane’s 360

US efforts to build up a struggling Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) are focused on air power and special operations forces to help the government regain territory, according to Army General Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command (CENTCOM). Afghan Special Operations Forces (SOF) and the Afghan Air Force “have been very good programmes” and CENTCOM is building ... Read More »


Actress Meghan Markle, who will marry the U.K.’s Prince Harry in November, has undergone terror training in preparation for her future status as a member of the British Royal Family. The 36-year-old took part in a two-day training course run by Britain’s SAS special forces to prepare her for worst-case emergency situations, The Mercury News reported. As part of the kidnap and rescue portion of the ... Read More »

‘The Taliban is in the city’: Secretive raids with U.S. forces launched to stop Kabul attacks | Washington Post

The United States is bolstering its efforts to help the Afghan government squash a rash of deadly high-profile attacks in its capital city through Special Operations raids, intelligence to map out residents and additional military advising, the top U.S. general here said. Army Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr. said that defending Kabul is the main goal for the U.S.-led military ... Read More »

UES Marine sign contract with Qatar’s Joint Special Forces for high speed interceptors | Navy Recognition

At DIMDEX 2018, The International Maritime Defence Exhibition in Doha, Qatar, UES Marine, the Marine Division of United Engineering Services, an Oman-based company signed contract with Qatar’s Joint Special Forces for 6 interceptors: 3 P9 Patrol Craft and 3 P38 high speed crafts. The P9 Patrol Craft is a high performance interceptor, which can be fitted up with dual 350 hp Outboard ... Read More »

Senators consider putting AFRICOM headquarters, staff in Africa | Military Times

A key defense lawmaker wants to know why, after more than 10 years of operations in Africa, the U.S. combatant command for the continent still isn’t located there. Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the issue may be worth revisiting in the near future, given the “disjointed” nature of AFRICOM’s current setup. The youngest ... Read More »

War on Terrorism: The Making of a Philippine Scout Ranger (video) | AEC News

The Philippines is on the front line in the global war on terrorism with recent reports saying that Maute-ISIS remnants are regrouping and preparing to mount additional attacks. Ready to leap into action at a moments notice are the Philippine Scout Rangers; officially, the 1st Scout Ranger Regiment. A highly trained, multi-skilled, quick reaction force ready to be deployed quickly ... Read More »

US special ops to get a boost for Baltic mission | Stars & Stripes

The Pentagon intends to spend more than $15 million to improve working conditions for special operations forces on missions in the Baltics, where elite U.S. troops have been a quiet but steady presence in recent years. The Pentagon’s 2019 budget calls for establishing new operations and training facilities in Estonia, one of NATO’s smallest and most exposed member states that ... Read More »

USSOCOM seeks Griffin missiles for gunships and other aircraft | Jane’s 360

The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) intends to issue a sole-source contract to Raytheon for the procurement of the AGM-176 Griffin powered stand-off precision-guided munition (SOPGM) for employment aboard fixed-wing aircraft. The pre-solicitation posted by the command on 9 March covers up to 800 missiles to be ordered on its behalf by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) ... Read More »

U.S. Special Ops and Lithuanian Reservists Practiced Waging Guerrilla War Against Russia | The Drive

After years of fighting limited conflicts, the U.S. military is reorienting itself to be better prepared for a potential traditional high-end conflict against a nation state adversary with renewed investments in heavy equipment, including armored vehicles and artillery. At the same time, a recent training exercise highlights the fact that any such future fight in Europe, where the most likely opponent would be an ... Read More »