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US, Somali raid on al-Shabab seizes 3 commanders, officials say | Military Times

 U.S. and Somali commandos seized three men thought to be commanders with the al-Shabab extremist group during a deadly raid in a village in Lower Shabelle region, Somali intelligence officials said Thursday. Five people thought to be banana farmers were killed in the raid late Wednesday and several others were captured, Moalim Ahmed Nur, a traditional elder in the village, ... Read More »

The US military could replace the M240 and legendary ‘Ma Deuce’ a lot sooner than you think | Military Times

Weapons designers with U.S. Special Operations Command and Marine Corps could soon produce a new machine gun that would replace both the 7.62mm M240 in the infantry and the .50 caliber M2 Browning “Ma Deuce” in some units. The new machine gun would use a powerful, long-range cartridge that’s being integrated into some special operators’ sniper rifles and packs much of the same lethality at similar ... Read More »

Niger investigation: What went wrong, what’s being done to fix it | Army Times

In a televised Pentagon briefing, the commander of U.S. Africa Command laid out the bottom line for the October Niger ambush that killed four U.S. soldiers: “The responsibility is mine,” Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser said. But the mistakes that led to an outmanned and outgunned convoy of U.S. and Nigerien forces getting overrun last October were widespread, took root before ... Read More »

This Insane Swim-Climb-Ruck In Normandy Is How Navy SEALs Are Honoring Their D-Day Forebears | Task & Purpose

At zero two hundred on the morning of June 6th 1944, Ensign Lawrence Karnowski slipped into the dark frigid waters of the North Atlantic. His small band of men had no wetsuits.  Each man carried simply a knife and about 50 pounds of explosives heading into battle. They were embarking on one of the most dangerous and important missions of World ... Read More »

Military investigating if two Marines played role in Green Beret’s death | NBC News

The military is investigating whether two special forces Marines played a role in the choking death of a Green Beret in Mali last year and the possible cover up of how it occurred, according to five U.S. defense officials. Two Navy SEALs from the famed SEAL Team 6 are already under investigation for their involvement in the strangling death of Staff Sgt. Logan ... Read More »

PJ killed in Iraq crash among 33 airmen honored for rescuing German sailors stranded at sea | Air Force Times

Thirty-three Air Force Reserve airmen were honored last week for their role in the rescue of two German sailors stranded at sea last summer. Master Sgt. William Posch, an Air Force Reserve pararescueman killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq in March, was one of the airmen to be awarded the 2017 Jolly Green Association Rescue Mission of the Year Award for their ... Read More »

New polymer manufacturing process saves 10 orders of magnitude of energy | Science Daily

Makers of cars, planes, buses — anything that needs strong, lightweight and heat resistant parts — are poised to benefit from a new manufacturing process that requires only a quick touch from a small heat source to send a cascading hardening wave through a polymer. Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new polymer-curing process that could reduce ... Read More »

Pentagon to unveil probe into Niger ambush that killed 4 | Military Times

The Pentagon on Thursday will release the final report on the Niger attack that killed four Americans last October, concluding that the Army Special Forces team did not get required command approval for the initial risky mission to go after a high-level insurgent linked to the Islamic State group. Defense officials said they will lay out how the mission unfolded, leading to ... Read More »

Special Operators Predict AC-130J Will Be ‘Most Requested’ Aircraft | Military.com

That’s the sound America makes when she’s angry.” That’s how Col. Tom Palenske, commander of the 1st Special Operations Wing, characterized the AC-130 gunship after two aircraft fired hundreds of rounds from their 40mm and 105mm cannons and 25mm Gatling gun in the skies above A-77, a range specially made for target practice. Palenske, also the installation commander here, says ... Read More »

Why Special Operations Command wants new algorithms | C4ISRNET

Within U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), the task of network support falls to the Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communications and Computers (PEO C4). That office fields the systems that collectively make up the Special Operations Forces Information Environment, along with Military Information Support Operations. It also helps garrison and tactical users with reach-back to national assets, enabling Special ... Read More »

DoD exploring medevac options for special operations forces within Yemen | Military Times

The U.S. military is looking for contractors to provide airborne casualty evacuation services for special operations forces working “primarily within Yemen.” A request for information posted April 30 stated that U.S. Transportation Command was conducting market research to identify air carriers operating ballistic-protected fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft capable of providing medical and casualty evacuation services within Yemen, and “all surrounding countries, waterways, and the Horn ... Read More »

General Officer Announcements | Department of Defense

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announced today that the president has made the following nominations: Air Force Lt. Gen. Scott A. Howell for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, and assignment as commander, Joint Special Operations Command; and commander, Joint Special Operations Command Forward, U.S. Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  Howell is currently serving as vice ... Read More »