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DSG Technology unveils CAV-X, Supercavitating Ammunition for submerged Special Operation Forces  | Army Recognition

During a Global Special Operation Forces conference, DSG Technology released a new supercavitating ammunition with the ability to create an air bubble around itself while traveling through water. With less friction while moving through water, the ammunition can travel at high speeds and may be used the same way as torpedoes. The CAV-X will be able to hit submerged targets ... Read More »

This Is Our Best Look Yet At The Elite FBI Hostage Rescue Team’s UH-60 Black Hawks | The Drive

Black Hawk Helicopter

Members of HRT and other FBI agents, including trainees, together with elements from the South Carolina National Guard and no less than 10 other state and local agencies, conducted the exercise in Charleston between Aug. 5 and 7, 2019. The SeaHawk Interagency Operations Center, which the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice run together as part of managing ... Read More »

Air Force Special Ops Command Wants in on Great Power Competition | National Defense

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Air Force Special Operations Command has spent the past two decades fighting low-tech insurgents in the Middle East. But the organization is nevertheless primed to take on advanced adversaries like China and Russia. There are places where AFSOC can contribute capabilities to theater air component commanders and joint force commanders that would be useful based on experience and organizational competencies. ... Read More »

The U.S. Special Operations Command is looking to replace tracer rounds for its machine guns and sniper rounds with a ‘small arms spotting round‘ | Defense Business

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USSOCOM is seeking 7.62mm x 51 NATO spotting rounds to replace tracers for adjusting machine gun fire, both day and night, producing a flash and /or smoke signature visible at 800m-1200m. Current tracers allow gunners to observe the trajectory of the rounds and make aiming corrections without observing the impact of the rounds fired and without using the sights of ... Read More »

It’s Not Just the Culture of Special Operations That Needs to Change | Medium

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From 20 months of learning, both profoundly reflective and inferential, and from the 25 years I spent as an enlisted operator in the SEAL Teams, 19 of those at Naval Special Warfare Development Group, I extracted insights that were previously unavailable to me during my time in the service. Today, I understand that there is no single thing as “culture.” ... Read More »

Kentucky Air Guardsman earns Air Force Cross for valor in Afghanistan | 123rd Airlift Wing

Tech. Sgt. Daniel Keller receiving a medal

While serving as a joint terminal attack controller attached to a combined joint special operations assault force in Afghanistan on Aug. 16, 2017, Tech. Sgt. Daniel P. Keller embarked on a clearance operation in against 350 Islamic State fighters. After 15 hours of sustained contact, the assault team struck an IED, killing four personnel, wounding 31, and causing a traumatic ... Read More »

Special Operations Task Force Earns Nearly 50 Combat Awards in One Deployment | Military.com

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Members of Special Operations Task Force 102 distinguished themselves with “exceptional heroism, valor and dedication” on a recent six-month deployment to Afghanistan by earning five Silver Star medals, seven Bronze Star medals with Valor devices, 15 Army Commendation medals with Valor devices and 21 Purple Hearts. The task force was made up of soldiers assigned to 10th Group, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), ... Read More »

House members seek provision to transfer procurement authority for the Light-Attack Aircraft to Special Operations Command | Breaking Defense

Military Aircraft

The Light Attack Aircraft debate has been “inching along” since at least 2009, building a frustration over the Air Force’s decade-long dithering about whether to buy a light-attack aircraft for close air support.  Acting Air Force Secretary Matt Donovan’s surprise announcement in January that the service had reversed its plans to issue a request for proposal by December has only added ... Read More »

This retired Army Ranger has ALS – that’s not stopping him from training the next generation | War TV

Sergeant Tim Spayd

Sergeant Tim Spayd, an Army Ranger Hall of Famer, is defying the odds by training the next generation while battling ALS, a disease that affects around 20,000 Americans.  Diagnosed in 2012, Spayd is not letting the disease define him. He has helped train 61 classes of Rangers, completing the rigorous training again and again. “As a training instructor, we go through ... Read More »

New Special Operations data engineering lab to give department competitive edge | WTSP

Soldier fighting in virtual reality

Wednesday marked the opening of a new U.S. Special Operations Command Data Engineering Lab in Ybor City.  The center is a brand-new engineering lab that allows special operations professionals to collaborate with leaders, data collectors, scientists, software developers and community partners.  The new facility is designed to enhance Special Operation Forces’ effectiveness and capabilities from the battlefield to headquarters. Source: ... Read More »