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Acting Director of National Intelligence taps first-ever woman to lead National Counterterrorism Center | Daily Caller

Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell has officially tapped Lora Shiao to become the acting director of the National Counterterrorism Center. She will be the first woman to head the NCTC and will take over the spot in April. Shiao will assume the position once the Senate confirms Christopher Miller to be the permanent director of the NCTC. Previously ... Read More »

Navy confirms 3 more special ops members have coronavirus | American Military News

Three Naval Special Warfare first-class petty officers have all tested positive for the coronavirus as of Saturday. This comes two days after the first member was confirmed to have the virus. All three of the infected officers had close contact with the original carrier and have been in quarantine since. All four are being closely monitored and isolated in accordance ... Read More »

Check out eerie image of a Navy Special Ops Seahawk raiding a ship in the dead of night | The Drive

Last month Navy and Coast Guard special operations units rappelled from a helicopter and onto a ship in order to rescue possible hostages being held by terrorists. The Navy is now considering ending the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 85, also known as the Firehawks for the 2021 Fiscal Year budget proposal. “HSC-85 is a dedicated SOF [special operations] support unit ... Read More »

USASOC to Astronaut Morgan | DVIDS

Dr. (Col.) Andrew Morgan is an alum from 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) and is now an astronaut currently on the International Space Station. A crowd assembled in Col. Arron Bank Hall on Fort Bragg in order to chat with Morgan and ask him questions about life in space and his journey to becoming an astronaut. Col. Mark Ray, USASOC’s ... Read More »

U.S. Air Force deploying new distributed aperture infrared countermeasure on HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters | The Aviationist

30 HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters will receive an upgrade in the form of the new Distributed Aperture Infrared Countermeasure. The new system is part of a contract won in response to the Joint Urgent Operational Needs Statement sent out in 2018. “DAIRCM is an aircraft survivability system approach that utilizes a single sensor for both 2-color IR missile warning and wide ... Read More »

Weapons of the Russian Special Forces | Gunpowder Magazine

One of Russia’s most well-known special operations units is the Spetsialnovo Naznacheniya, better known as SpetsNaz. There are currently eight SpetsNaz brigades with varying sizes and offshoots. Overall, it seems like the Russian special forces have a greater arsenal for everyday usage than the U.S. special forces. They often get to choose from numerous firearm models, such as AK-47-series of ... Read More »

Afghan Special Forces repulse Taliban attack in Zabul province | Khaama Press

At least 10 militants were about to attack security posts in Bariha in the southern Zabul province. Before the attack was launched Afghan Special Forces arrived and fought them off. Four of the militant fighters were killed, and six more were rounded up afterwards and taken prisoner. Two vehicles, weapons, and ammunition were also seized after the raid. The raid ... Read More »

Special Tactics Airman involved in fatal swim training incident identified | U.S. Air Force

Airman First Class Keigan Baker was participating in the Air Force Combat Dive Course by the Special Warfare Training Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Baker was an Air Force Special Tactics combat controller in the Special Tactics Training Squadron, 24th Special Operations Wing. He went missing during a surface swim training exercise and was later found unresponsive. “Keigan’s loss is ... Read More »

Coronavirus: Elite armed gardai deployed across Ireland over fears of criminals taking advantage of crisis | Irish Mirror

The Emergency Response Units in Ireland have been deployed all across the country to help keep the peace in case of large criminal activity. They are also working alongside the Armed Response Units currently patrolling throughout the cities. As the number of cases and deaths caused by the coronavirus continue to rise, officials in Ireland began to fear an increase ... Read More »

Boni Forest: KDF kill 12 suspected al-Shabaab militants | Tuko

The Kenya Defence Forces held an operation that resulted in the death of 12 terrorist militants. The special operations officers conducted the raid in Nginda, Lamu county and succeeded in taking out a local al-Shabaab leader in the process. The commander had been providing weapons and intelligence to the militants in the area hiding in the Boni Forest. One hope ... Read More »