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CAR says 12 rebels killed in clash with UN troops | Al Jazeera

Twelve members of a heavily armed group trying to enter the town of Birao were killed in a firefight between the group and the Central African Republic (CAR) troops and UN peacekeepers. The militants were a part of the FPRC, the largest armed group in CAR, fighting over resources and land. Thousands have been killed since 2013 due to the ... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover is flying parts out of China to keep its European factories open | CNN Business

Auto parts made in China are now being flown into Europe as the Coronavirus sweeps through factories and puts a hold on production. Even though flying these parts is more expensive, Jaguar Land Rover says it is currently necessary to keep the factories in Europe open. Other car manufacturers are also experiencing similar issues, especially if the parts no longer ... Read More »

How to get stronger without lifting heavier | Runner’s World

Runners are always looking forward to the next grueling sprint or long weekend run, but the thought of lifting weights scares them off. Just like all athletes however, runners need to maintain a well-balanced workout regimen that focuses on each aspect of their body. Traditional workouts recommend lifting close to your max. A study published in the Journal of Strength ... Read More »

Could micro-credentials compete with traditional degrees? | BBC

As the cost of attending college continues to spike, many are asking if it is worth the investment. Some are looking towards a new way of obtaining training that doesn’t involve a six-year plan that ends with tens of thousands of dollars of debt. This is known as micro-credentials, a bite size piece of education rather than a full-blown degree. ... Read More »

Movie honoring heroic airman includes local residents as extras | NFW Daily

Barbara Kelly and Diane Nelson were among the list of extras selected from Hurlburt Field to appear in “The Last Full Measure.” Kelly’s late husband was a pararescue jumper, and she attended the film’s focus, Pitsenbarger’s Medal of Honor ceremony. Nelson’s late husband was an Air Force chaplain. The film, released last month, follows the story of Airman 1st Class ... Read More »

Pentagon’s special ops directorate selects EnforceAir C-UAS platforms | Jane’s

The US Department of Defense’s special operations and low intensity conflict directorate has selected the sole provider for UAV radio capabilities. Israel-based D-Fend Solutions was selected in January for operational-assessment to work with units for tactical counter unmanned aerial systems missions. The company Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Zohar Halachmi commented that the win puts the company in a good ... Read More »

Afghanistan war: US and Afghan Taliban to start partial truce | BBC

A peace treaty between the U.S. and the Taliban could be on the horizon if everyone can keep the peace for this next week. Seven days of peace has begun, and if successful, the signing of the first phases of a peace agreement will take place. Taliban negotiators commented that “a suitable security situation would lay the groundwork for peace ... Read More »

US Forces Korea imposes new coronavirus protections after uptick in S. Korea cases | Military Times

Those who have attended the New World Church in Daegu over the last ten days will have to go into a mandatory quarantine due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. This comes after South Korea reported 15 confirmed cases of the virus within the church, adding to the country’s total count of 51 cases. Service members, contractors, and civilians attending ... Read More »

Senate’s Iran resolution has a special operations problem | Washington Examiner

While the Senate’s Iran resolution has a good basis and elements, it will obstruct both current and future special operations missions. The resolution states that President Trump will “terminate the use of United States Armed Forces for hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran or any part of its government or military, unless explicitly authorized by a declaration of war ... Read More »

America’s special operators will be adrift without better civilian oversight | War on the Rocks

A comprehensive review done by the U.S. Special Operations Command details how the past couple decades refined the SOF community but did so without proper civilian oversight. This has led to reckless behavior without many discipline measures in place. When the Command was originally created it was accompanied by a civilian, the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and ... Read More »

Defence in a new decade: NATO prepares for new threats | Army Technology

“Our adversaries are striking from the shadows. They are pursuing new tactics to divide and destabilize. Exploiting new technologies to exacerbate the uncertainties of an uncertain world and undermine our way of life,” commented UK defence secretary Ben Wallace at the NATO Engages in London. The NATO alliance has withstood the test of time for the past 70 years, and ... Read More »

Ex-intelligence official pleads to leaking Top Secret info | Washington Times

Henry Kyle Frese has pleaded guilty to leaking classified information to two journalist. A former counterterrorism analyst, Frese was also dating one of the contacts when he shared the info. He pleaded guilty to the charges of illegally transmitting national defense information. The information Frese shared was in regard to foreign nations’ weapon systems throughout 2018 and 2019. Source: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/feb/20/ex-intelligence-official Read More »

Zuma, Dlomo turned SSA special ops into ‘parallel’ intelligence, security unit | Times Live

An SSA member testified at the state capture earlier this week to the actions of former President Jacob Zuma and Mr. Thulani Dlomo. Going by ‘Mr. Y,’ the SSA member claimed Dlomo turned the SSA into a personal protection unit for the former president and his allies. During this time over 200 recruits were pulled from KwaZulu-Natal before receiving intelligence ... Read More »