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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Monday, April 19, 2021

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Mohsen Fakhrizadeh: ‘Machine-gun with AI’ used to kill Iran scientist | BBC News

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s top nuclear scientist, was shot dead in a vehicle using a satellite-controlled machine-gun with "artificial intelligence" a Revolutionary Guards commander says. It was told in local media that the weapon was mounted in a pick-up truck and was "equipped with an intelligent satellite system which zoomed in on Fakhrizadeh without...

Army preps for competition limited to Bell and Sikorsky for long-range assault helicopter | Defense News

Bell and Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky have been competing for years over the FLRAA competition. Bell’s V-280 Valor tiltrotor had their first flight three years ago and Sikorsky and Boeing’s SB-1 Defiant coaxial helicopter flew for the first time in...

How the Air Force’s tiny tech shop ended up being at the heart of the nation’s COVID-19 response | Air Force Magazine

As the coronavirus pandemic began to spread and PPE was running low, small companies with AFWERX Small Business Innovation and Research contracts began turning to COVID-19 response. AFWERX personnel soon created a website to help with new response ideas...

Why Swedes don’t speak to strangers | BBC Travel

Small talk in Sweden is not common and they refer to it as kallprat (“cold talk”) or dödprat (“dead talk”). The Swedish culture has been accustomed to avoiding casual conversations. They learned the art of avoiding eye contact with strangers and...

Here are all the weapons and gear coming to soldiers and Marines in 2021 | Task & Purpose

Soldiers and Marines are expecting an upgrade with their weapons in 2021. These include the M18 service pistol, futuristic goggles Combat goIntegrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), 5.56 small arms suppressors from Knight’s Armament Company, a Multi-Role Adaptive Design (MRAD)...

Gold Star husband pushes for end to ‘endless wars’ and their weight on military families | Connecting Vets Radio

Joe Kent, a veteran and Gold Star husband, lost his wife in Syria in US combat operations and the fatal incident brought a scar to the family and their children. Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) uploaded a video of...

The US Air Force wants to buy a big robot to help with bomb disposal | Defense News

US Air Force is seeking its system to build a robot that can dispose of bombs and other explosives. They are looking for their system instead of jumping into the CRS-H program of the US Army. The robot must...

‘Havana syndrome’ likely caused by directed microwaves – US report | BBC News

Many US diplomats in Havana, Cuba reported symptoms of dizziness, loss of balance, hearing loss, anxiety, and something they described as "cognitive fog" where they called it the "Havana syndrome." The mysterious illness was initially suspected as "sonic attacks"...

Army creates new ‘missing soldier’ policy to prevent disappearances ending in tragedy | Military.com

The Army has announced a new classification system for missing soldiers following several reviews of Fort Hood after disappearance and murder of Spc. Vanessa Guillen and other soldiers. An independent review found that many sergeants showed an "unwillingness or...

Nasa to pay company $1 to collect rocks from moon | BBC News

NASA granted contracts to four firms to retrieve lunar regolith, or moon soil, for a total of $25,001. Nasa will be paying the companies for individual collections between 50g and 500g in weight. NASA will use the soil in...

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In special warfare milestone, female enlisted airman to enter combat controller training | Military.com

The US Air Force has reached another milestone as the first female enlisted airman soon will enter training to...

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