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Since September of 2001 the U.S. began to build a large network of bases throughout Africa. Documents from 2019 details 29 different U.S. bases on the continent that span 15 different territories and countries. Last month the Commander of AFRICOM, Stephen Townsend, claims they maintain a ‚Äúlight and relatively low-cost footprint‚ÄĚ in the area. The number of troops and locations, ... Read More »

Mogadishu to Mosul: A look at a Marine special operations commander’s 3-decade journey | Marine Corps Times

Andrew Milburn stopped at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan in 1987 while travelling, where he met three Marines that changed his life‚Äôs path. Instead of going straight to law school, he decided to take four years to become a Marine and travel the world. Now, 31 years later, Milburn has gone from private to colonel. He commanded the Marine ... Read More »

Army‚Äôs Best Sapper Competition to feature all-female team among other ‚Äėfirsts‚Äô | Army Times

The 14th Best Sapper Competition will have teams comprised of all females, all cadets, and all international participants. The first all-female combat engineer team will be made up of Capt. Hilary Thomas and 1st Lt. Alyvia Orsini. Two cadets from West Point will also make up the first all cadet team. Capt. Pascal Filiatrault-Veilleux and Sgt. Marc-Andre Bastille are set ... Read More »

The role of Snipers in the Donbas Trench War | Jamestown Foundation

The Donbas war has the perfect environment for snipers as trenches are sometimes only 100 meters away from each other. It is estimated that a third of Ukrainian soldiers were killed by snipers. Russian troops used mortars, grenades, and machine gun fire to force troop movement. Once their position had been revealed the Russian snipers picked them off. Most of ... Read More »

AFRICOM airstrike takes out al-Shabab leader behind Manda Bay attack, which killed three Americans | Military Times

The senior leader of the al-Shabab terror organization was killed in Somalia by an AFRICOM airstrike. While names have yet to be released, the leader was responsible for an attack in Kenya on U.S. and Kenyan forces. The January 5th attack killed Army Spc. Henry Mayfield Jr and two U.S. Department of Defense contractors, Dustin Harrison and Bruce Triplett. The ... Read More »

US general, Afghan official take selfies in demonstration of peace effort | Stars & Stripes

Army Gen. Scott Miller, the top U.S. General in Afghanistan, has been interacting with civilians and officials in Afghanistan during the 7-day de-escalation of violence treaty. He met with hundreds throughout Kabul while not wearing any body armor and was accompanied by the acting defense minister, Asadullah Khalid. “When you see the minister of defense out walking, that actually matters. ... Read More »

USSOCOM commander explores NPS with emphasis on innovation and industry partnerships | DVIDS

Stanford University, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and the Naval Postgraduate School were among the locations recently visited by Gen. Richard D. Clarke. Clarke, Commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, was looking to explore how the NPS was dealing with modern issues and creating new platforms for advancement and innovation. He specifically looked into how the school was preparing students for ... Read More »

Report: First woman expected to become Green Beret in coming weeks | Army Times

The Defense Department opened all combat positions to women in 2016. Since then, three women have completed the 24-day Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course, but none have completed the Qualification Course. The enlisted soldier is currently in the National Guard and will expected to become an 18C, or Special Forces engineer sergeant. Lt. Col. Loren Bymer has commented that ... Read More »

Indonesia treads tight line between China and US | Asia Times

China and Indonesia‚Äôs maritime stand-off last month saw China back down, but it is unlikely that this is the last of the conflict. A few days after China withdrew their intruding Coast Guard vessels, a 4,000-ton Chinese navy Jiangkai-class guided missile frigate coasted into Indonesia‚Äôs economic exclusion zone. The Indonesian Navy also sent warships to the North Natuna Sea to ... Read More »

In West Africa, U.S. military struggles for scarce resources as terrorism threat grows | Foreign Policy

The annual Flintlock training in West Africa is more necessary than ever this year after violent extremist attacks skyrocket throughout the region. Hundreds of Special Operations Forces from around the world participate in Flintlock. A U.S.-led training exercise, Flintlock focuses on providing counterterrorism training for regional militaries in order to combat the growing terrorist threats. These attacks continue to grow ... Read More »