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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Saturday, October 23, 2021

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Former Tuskegee Airman Alfred Thomas Farrar dies at age 99 | Army Times

Alfred Thomas Farrar graduated from high school and left his hometown in 1941 to begin aviation training. He became a pilot during World War II as part of the U.S. Army Air Corps program. After being discharged, Farrar worked...

Facebook pours fuel on Apple privacy row | BBC News

Apple added an App Tracking Transparency feature in iOS 14.3 where users will be asked if they want their data to be shared for targeted, personalized advertising. Apple believes users should have the choice over the data that is...

How revolutionary force plate technology could save troops from injuries and slash defense spending | Fox News

An emerging new force plate and machine learning technology from Sparta Science are undergoing testing to identify injury and improve the attrition rate and increase the physical readiness of soldiers. 55,000 active-duty US soldiers are deemed non-deployable because of incurred physical...

The US Navy has an upgraded Tomahawk: Here’s 5 things you should know | Defense News

The US Navy revealed its newest generation of the Tomahawk cruise missile, the Block V Tomahawk from destroyer Chafee in December. The first iteration of the Block V upgrades the missile’s communication and navigation systems. It features capabilities including...

US soldier reunites with Italian children he almost shot during second world war | The Guardian

A 96-year-old US veteran named Martin Adler reunites with Italian children in 1944 he almost shot during the second world war. One photo they took during that time was published by his daughter on social media to reunite with...

Top Soldier stories of 2020 showcase resilience in trying year | US Army

Every soldier has a story to tell of proving their dedication to service for the country. In this difficult time of the pandemic, there were outstanding soldiers who have shown resilience in this time we needed them the most....

Steamy movie about Col. Sanders is as hard to swallow as a greasy bucket of fried chicken | Military Times

A 15-minute Christmas movie has recently been uploaded online about the love story of the famous KFC icon Col. Sanders played by Mario Lopez. KFC and Lifetime released this fictional romantic movie titled “A Recipe for Seduction,”, attracting many...

The Marine Corps just got its first live-fire range designed for robotic targets | Military.com

The Marine Corps just got their first live-fire range in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Range Golf-36 is designed for company-size live-fire exercises. It features trenches, surrounding woods that would provide cover for the enemy, and a design intended for robotic...

The veteran spy plane too valuable to replace | BBC Future

Lockheed U-2 spy plane, also known as “The Dragon Lady,” is one of the most distinctive and hardest aircraft to fly in the United States Air Force. It can fly on high altitudes of more than 70,000 ft with...

Light tank prototypes arrive at Fort Bragg for soldier evaluation | Defense News

New light tank prototypes are being delivered to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina for soldier vehicle assessment.  The soldiers will help decide which Mobile Protected Firepower vehicle will prevail between the BAE Systems and General...

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Why this Air Force commando who fought with a shot lung doesn’t count deployments | Task & Purpose

On the night of October 5th, 2009, in Afghanistan’s western Herat province, a team comprised of Green Berets, Afghan...

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