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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Special Finds

The Air Force is ditching security force body cams ― here’s why | Air Force Times

George Floyd in Minneapolis. According to the Air Force, all facilities whose security forces utilize body-worn cameras must discontinue using and discard of the devices. The Air Force Security Forces Directorate gave the directive on Wednesday, according to Air...

Turkey delivers first armed drone to Ukrainian Navy, much to Russia’s ire | Defense News

According to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, the Country has recently purchased its first armed drones from the Turkish defense company Baykar. After completing acceptance tests, the Bayraktar TB2 drones will be deployed in Mykolaiv, Ukraine near Crimea. Turkey has...

He risked his life as an interpreter for the US. Now Sam Al Helli is in the Navy Reserve | Navy Times

Sam Al Helli's difficult road to sport an American military uniform came to a close on July 16 when he was promoted as a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve at Special Operations Forces Memorial Park on MacDill Air Force...

The Spanish island that communicates by whistle | BBC Travel

Two local 12-year-olds were honing their Silbo Gomero, the native whistling language, among the steep crags of Barranco de valo, a valley on the little Canary Island of La Gomera. According to local radio broadcaster Francisca Gonzalez Santana, whistle...

US launched several airstrikes in support of Afghan forces this week | Military Times

Officials stated Thursday that the US military fired six airstrikes this week in favor of Afghan government forces battling Taliban rebels, notably in Kandahar, a strategically crucial region. The attacks show that the US intends to keep helping Afghan...

Air Force directed energy report argues defensive force fields may be “just on the horizon” | The Drive

A new report of the Department of Defense's expenditures in directed energy technology, or DE, has been issued by the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base. The paper, entitled "Directed Energy Futures 2060," forecasts the development...

Switzerland’s gravity-defying solution | BBC Travel

Despite being surrounded by some of Switzerland's wettest mountains, the sun-drenched, glacier-carved area only gets 500mm of rain per year, posing a distinct water engineering problem. Gravity-defying bisses, for example, are meant to transport glacial meltwater from mountainous areas...

The Navy is looking at fitting its future attack submarines with inflatable sails | The Drive

The US Navy is looking into the concept of equipping future nuclear assault submarines with expandable sails that pop out when needed but are otherwise hidden to maintain the submarine's velocity, agility, and sonic stealth. It is intended that...

4 pieces of military gear that no one uses (but you can’t throw out) | We Are the Mighty

From the outside, the US military appears to be the world's best combat force. The truth behind the walls is a little different for individuals who have served in its ranks. In fact, most battalions have a large amount...

New Air Force recruiting pitch: It doesn’t matter what you look like, just that you can kick enemy ass | Task & Purpose

With a 30-second recruiting commercial this weekend, the Air Force's top general launched a laser-guided kick to the feels, emphasizing the branch's commitment to diversifying its ranks. Gen. Charles "CQ" Brown Jr. sits alone in an airplane hangar in...

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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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