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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Monday, April 19, 2021

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Can AI detect disinformation? A new special operations program may find out | Defense One

A new software tool to counter disinformation is to be developed for the U.S. Air Force and Special Operations Command. Primer was granted a Small Business Innovation Research contract to develop software over the next coming years to detect false information that...

Palantir: A strange hill to die on | Medium

Palantir Technologies, a tech company with deep ties to U.S. intelligence and military agencies, has filed to go public. Anthony Bardaro shares his insights about Palantir’s changes in its company as it involves millions of data that is designed to ingest data collected by...

This adorable little rat is trained to sniff out landmines — and he’s way better than EOD | Task & Purpose

An African giant pouched rat named Magawa was the first rat to be recognized with PDSA Gold Award. Magawa was trained to sniff out landmines and unexploded ordnance in Cambodia and was able to recover 39 landmines and 28 unexploded munitions. “Every discovery he makes reduces...

Montana Military Museum receives rare weapon after 30 years of searching | KTVH

The Montana Military Museum has received a rare weapon from the National Center for Unwanted Firearms. It took the museum more than 30 years to find the machine gun to complete the First Special Service Force story. Firearms included a 1940s...

The virus that crushed the Roman army | Medium

During 164 AD, Lucius Verus was leading an army to conquer the city of Seleucia in what is now Iraq. Little did they know that there was a virus spreading and soldiers started to have a severe fever and visible sores that spread across their entire body....

UK develops cyber weapons that could take out power grids in enemy states | Sky News

The UK has developed offensive cyber weapons that could take out power grids, communication towers, and other parts of a country's vital infrastructure in an enemy state. General Sir Patrick Sanders, commander of Strategic Command, said military personnel works closely with...

A surprise Gold Star mother is working rename post office after her late son | AZ Family

Debbie Lee is the Gold star mother of the fallen US Navy Seal Marc Lee who was killed in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since his death, she founded America’s Mighty Warriors, a nonprofit that supports troops and families of the fallen....

Irregular warfare strategies must move beyond special forces, Pentagon says | Defense News

According to the Pentagon, the US needs to refocus their military efforts on Russia, China and Iran. Irregular warfare strategies that previously involved the use of special operations needs to be expanded and adapt to facing new threats. The...

Blasting the air in front of hypersonic vehicles with lasers could unlock unprecedented speeds | The Drive

Two innovations being studied by the DoD research and development relates to combining the power of directed energy systems and hypersonic weapons. This unlocks opportunity for entirely new forms of aircraft design, propulsion, and control capable of evading or bypassing defenses with extreme speed....

What makes strangers click? | BBC Work Life

Our relationship with our partners and friends were established with a feeling of mutual connection through communication. When we meet strangers, we often have this feeling of compatibility because of our similarity with how they perceive the world. In essence, the...

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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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