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Modeling, simulation push multi-domain readiness | Redstone Rocket

Military simulations exercise. Augmented reality of an operation.

James Kirsch, the director of Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center’s Systems Simulation, spoke in Huntsville at the AlaSim Conference on the integration of modeling and simulation into the military. The new technology can be used to help assess and try out different capabilities and combinations without using the resources and time it would normally take to do ... Read More »

‘It’s never easy’: Coast Guard explains decision to call off search for missing Hurlburt airman

Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff

Decisions to call off searches for missing soldiers is far from arbitrary, as is the case for missing Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff after four days. “It’s never easy for the Coast Guard to suspend a search,” said Petty Officer Sydney Phoenix, “When we do, it is up to the search and rescue mission coordinator working that case … ... Read More »

Tim Tebow got crushed by two Army Rangers in a military obstacle course | Business Insider

Army Rangers physically demanding fitness exercise and course

The extreme level of fitness that some soldiers must reach is displayed when Tim Tebow attempted obstacles from the Army Best Ranger Competition with two Army Rangers and winners of the competition.  He was defeated in each section, despite his extreme athleticism. Tim Tebow discusses with the Rangers the details of the competition and the rigorous training needed to be ... Read More »

Vindman should not fear retaliation over Ukraine testimony -Pentagon’s Esper | Reuters

Picture of Lt. Col Alexander Vindman

LTC Vindman was one of the U.S. administrators listening to the conversation between President Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on July 25th. This conversation has become the focal point in the recent impeachment process of Trump. At the end of October, Vindman gave his testimony against the President to Congress for the impeachment investigation. After his testimony, Trump tweeted ... Read More »

‘Wherever Wagner goes destruction happens’: Libya’s GNA slams Russian role in conflict | Middle East Eye

Loyals to Libya's Government of National Accord

Turmoil in Libya has led to Fathi Bashagha, the interior minister of the Government of National Accord to ask the U.S. for help in stomping out the local Islamic State group that is on the rise. Bashagha claims that Russia has sent the Wagner Group, a shadowy Kremlin-backed private military contractor, in an attempt to rebuild what remains of Muammar ... Read More »

China’s Investments In Special Forces Are Paying Off In Deadly Ways | The National Interest

Two Chinese Special Forces getting off aircraft with weapons.

Despite not having a commonplace in the media, Chinese special forces have been growing in size, sophistication and global reach.  They have streamlined their command structure and made training more realistic.  Ingenious Special Operations Soldier-2018 took place over the summer and was designed to test the levels of command. The Jiaolong (“Water Dragon”) has been more active recently by evacuating officials ... Read More »

Five Italian special forces personnel injured in IED explosion in northern Iraq | The Defense Post

Picture of Peshmerga soldiers

An IED in Iraq struck five Italian special forces troops while participating in a mission with the Iraqi Security Forces fighting the Islamic State. The men were airlifted to a hospital by U.S. helicopters, with three being seriously wounded, including one needing a partial leg amputation, but not sustaining life threatening injuries. It is believed that Iraqi Security Forces troops ... Read More »

Dori reflects on Special Forces veteran who lost leg, returned to combat | KIRO Radio

US Army Special Forces soldier scanning the horizon

Dori Monson interviewed with Special Forces Engineer Ryan Hendrickson who lost his leg in Afghanistan, but re-enlisted and returned to the fight. While on a mission against the Taliban, Hendrickson stepped on an IED that blew off one of his legs. After being carried to a helicopter, a surgeon in Houston was able to reattach the lower leg. He then ... Read More »

First NATO counter-hybrid warfare team to deploy to Montenegro | Stars and Stripes

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the President of Montenegro, Milp Dukanovic shaking hands at NATO

The first counter-hybrid team has plans to deploy to Montenegro to help the nation prepare and plan for attacks by pro-Russian parties. Since joining NATO, the country will hold their first elections next year. In 2016 Montenegro was under a hybrid attack during the election when Russian and Serbian operatives allegedly tried to overthrow the government in an attempt to ... Read More »

Who is General Qassim Suleimani? | GZERO

Picture of General Qasem Soleimani

General Qassim Suleimani is an extremely active and formidable adversary in the Middle East that has kept himself from being a common name heard in the West. He participated in the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s and continued to rise through the military ranks before being put in charge of the Quds Force in 1998. Suleimani is also a close ... Read More »