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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Special Finds

DoD needs to get a handle on quality of life at remote, isolated U.S. bases, report finds | Military Times

According to the latest government report, some soldiers and their family members are driving three hours to get regular medical prenatal care or traveling 53 miles to and from work on remote or isolated facilities in the United States,...

‘You either went to war or you didn’t’ — How deployments divide the vet community | Task & Purpose

Among veterans, there is an implicit caste system. People who are born into these castes have no say in which category they are assigned to. It's all down to chance and geopolitics. Either you went to war, or you...

British military launches its own Space Command with official opening | UPI News

Britain's Space Command was inaugurated on Friday in a formal ceremony, with duties divided among three organizations to form a combined space command, according to the Ministry of Defense of the United Kingdom. The British military budget includes $1.95...

A-10 Warthogs Are About To Operate From A U.S. Highway For The First Time | The Drive

A stretch of a Michigan state highway will be closed down for U.S. Air Force road landing exercises on August 5th.  Four A-10C Warthogs and two C-146A Wolfhounds will ground themselves on Michigan’s M-32 near Alpena as part of...

New data analysis software could give commanders more time to make combat decisions, NORTHCOM commander says | Stars & Stripes

U.S. Northern Command, or NORTHCOM, just completed its third global information dominance experiment, drawing together all 11 U.S. combatant commands to practice the efficient sharing of information. The expressed purpose of this exercise is to help commanders make the...

The British shipwreck that changed the world | BBC Travel

HMS Association was Sir Cloudesley Shovell's flagship, a 90-gun second-rate English vessel. Captain Edward Loades' Association collided with the Outer Gilstone rock and sank in less than two minutes. The Eagle, Romney, and Firebrand were three other ships that...

Galileo Project: Scientists to search for signs of extraterrestrial technology | The Guardian

A group of scientists led by Harvard University will start on a new international research initiative to explore signs of extraterrestrial life by searching for advanced technologies it might leave behind. Avi Loeb, a Harvard astronomy professor, leads the...

Families of service members killed in 2020 Marine Corps AAV accident sue manufacturer | Marine Corps Times

The families of the eight marines and one sailor who died in an amphibious assault vehicle returning from a training exercise off the coast of San Clemente Island, California are suing the vehicle's manufacturer, BAE Systems, for a faulty...

Polynesia’s master voyagers who navigate by nature | BBC News

Polynesians pioneered non-instrumental deep-sea navigation about 3,000 years ago, long before early European explorers arrived with compasses and sextants in the Pacific. Mother Nature's indications were deciphered by Polynesian wayfinders, who were able to effectively travel among and establish...

The Navy has a floating barracks that is somehow worse than living on an actual ship | Task & Purpose

The Auxiliary Personnel Lighter (APL), also referred to as a Berthing and Messing Barge, is an 82-meter long gray-white structure that the Navy may lay on the sea with no means of transport weaponry or spirit. APL is the...

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SAF special ops troopers fast rope off helicopters at F1 pit building in counter-terrorism exercise | CNA Singapore

A training operation led by the Singapore Armed Forces’ Special Operations Task Force (SOTF) was completed at Singapore’s Formula...

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