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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Monday, August 2, 2021

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The “Vatican” of the Templars? | BBC Travel

Aside from the UNESCO heritage Convent of Christ in Portugal, another Templar site was preserved: The Church of Santa Maria do Olival in the city of Tomar. Built during the 13th century, it was a Gothic stone church that became...

The reason these military helicopters are painted pink | We Are the Mighty

Medium-lift utility helicopters like the Sikorsky S-70 platform is one of the most popular and versatile aircraft used by the U.S. military and government agencies. Few of them stand out as they were painted with a fluorescent shade called...

US 2020 election: Social media’s nightmare scenario | BBC News

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has recently noted that he is worried about the possible election outcomes as people wait for all the mailed-in votes to be counted. "With our nation so divided and election results potentially taking days or...

California Marine unit set to receive first amphibious combat vehicle | Marine Corps Times

An eight-wheeled amphibious combat vehicle (ACV) produced by BAE will be delivered to the California Marine units in the next few months according to Marine Corps officials. It is set to replace the tracked amphibious assault vehicle that the Corps has been using since Vietnam. The first batch will go...

Here is the surprise choice to become Germany’s standard assault rifle | The Drive

The German Defense Ministry is considering C.G Haenal’s rifle design over its long-time supplier Heckler & Koch on its Standard Assault Rifle. Haenel’s fully automatic AR-15/M4 patterned MK556 in a 5.56mm caliber.  Germany’s successor to the G36 is being procured under a program known as System Sturmgewehr, or Assault Rifle...

China unveils ‘strategic emerging industries’ plan in fresh push to get away from US technologies | South China Morning Post

China has released that numerous emerging technology sectors will be heavily pursued in order to compete with the United States. They have vowed to “build a complete strategic industrial system via state planning and state investments.” Some of the...

The Army wants to build a brand new exoskeleton to help soldiers ruck faster and harder | Task & Purpose

Army Futures Command is drafting out formal requirements for an infantry exoskeleton in November as confirmed by Ted Maciuba, deputy director of the robotic requirements division for Army Futures Command. This will allow Army Futures Command to pursue rapid...

From Princeville to the Pentagon; SGM reflects on prosperous career | DVIDS

Sgt. Maj. Edward A. Bell Sr. concludes his 33 years of service in the Army during his retirement ceremony last Sept. 18 at the Lee Club. Bell was the senior enlisted advisor in the Pentagon office that helps shape...

He buried a treasure in the mountains, and someone found it. Or did they? | The Guardian

Forrest Fenn, an eccentric millionaire, started a treasure hunt in the Rocky Mountains. He self-published a memoir in 2010 containing clues to the treasure and many people had sought to find the chest. Fenn died of natural causes last Monday at the age of 90.  Brave souls have come...

USS Montana: Meet the U.S. Navy’s latest stealth submarine | National Interest

A Virginia-class submarine USS Montana (SSN 794) is expected to be delivered to the US Navy late next year. Construction of the submarine started in 2015, which is being assembled by more than 10,000 shipbuilders from Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding Division and its partner, General...

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NATO kick-starts training Afghan Special Forces in Turkey | Khaama Press

Afghan Special Forces were reportedly flown to Turkey last Wednesday as part of a NATO sponsored training event. In...

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