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U.S. SOF conduct winter warfare training in Sweden | DVIDS News

There’s cold and then there’s above the Arctic Circle cold. So cold that frostbite on exposed skin can occur within minutes. Not cold enough to stop special operations forces from operating in the environment. U.S. Air Force Special Operations Forces assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Wing and U.S. Army Special Forces assigned to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) conducted ... Read More »

Policy Roundtable: What Is the Future of the Jihadist Movement? | Texas National Security Review

In summer 2010, the National Intelligence Council organized a small, one-day conference with Europe-based academics to get their read on possible futures for the jihadist movement. I was one of the approximately twenty participants. Osama Bin Laden was still alive, but the core al-Qaeda organization was beginning to come under rising pressure in Pakistan as a result of increasingly intense ... Read More »

Pentagon chief presses for end to Yemen war in meeting with Saudi prince | AL-MONITOR

US Defense Secretary James Mattis today called on Saudi Arabia to “accelerate” the peace process in Yemen even as the Pentagon pushes to continue US refueling support for Riyadh’s bombing campaign against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. During a 45-minute meeting with visiting Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Pentagon, Mattis urged the Saudi leader to hasten peace talks that ... Read More »

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO FACEBOOK PRIVACY | Wired

FACEBOOK HAS NEVER been particularly good at prioritizing your privacy. Your data powers its business, after all. But recent revelations that a firm called Cambridge Analytica harvested the personal information of 50 million unwitting Facebook users in 2015 has created new sense of urgency for those hoping for some modicum of control over their online life. If you ever needed a wake-up call, ... Read More »

Cambridge Analytica links to Erik Prince, Blackwater founder | The Washington Times

Company filings show that Trump-affiliated data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica has a link to a Chinese security and logistics company run by Erik Prince, the former mercenary who founded private military company Blackwater. British corporate records show that Alexander Nix, the suspended chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, is also director of a company called Emerdata Ltd. that was incorporated in August 2017. Other Emerdata directors include people associated with Cambridge ... Read More »

This Is Carolina: Elite military dogs come to aid of ‘wounded warriors’ | WMBF News

Last week, WMBF aired a special This Is Carolina about a local charity called SOWW, which stands for Special Operations Wounded Warriors. SOWW members and hunters take part annually in a hog hunt called Takin Bacon. It happens under the radar. Part one looked at Takin Bacon 2018 and how SOWW made a difference for one retired Army Ranger when the group gave him ... Read More »

13th MEU trains with Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command during Realistic Urban Training Exercise | DVIDS News

Marines and sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit trained alongside elements of Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command during the 13th MEU’s Realistic Urban Training Exercise in Phoenix, March 2-11, 2018. Realistic Urban Training is a MEU exercise that provides an opportunity to integrate more advanced individual and unit skills and to develop the 13th MEU’s collective proficiency in ... Read More »

This Is The Army Video That Finally Introduced America To The Green Berets | Task & Purpose

Just over a year after the U.S. Army’s Psychological Warfare Center officially activated its Special Operations Division in May 1952, the Green Berets received their first mission. A handful of soldiers assigned to the newly minted 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) were deployed to Bad Tolz, Germany, in September 1953 as part of a “stay-behind” operation to push back against growing Soviet control ... Read More »

Need to destroy a bunch of drones? New technologies target them and take them out | Army Times

Two separate technologies were used together to knock dozens of drones out of the sky during a recent Army exercise. High-powered microwave and high-energy laser systems were demonstrated by Raytheon at an Army exercise at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in December. The technology engaged and destroyed 45 drones at the Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment at the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence, according to a ... Read More »

New 4-D printer could reshape the world we live in | Science Daily

From moon landings to mobile phones, many of the farfetched visions of science fiction have transformed into reality. In the latest example of this trend, scientists report that they have developed a powerful printer that could streamline the creation of self-assembling structures that can change shape after being exposed to heat and other stimuli. They say this unique technology could ... Read More »

Special Forces soldiers awarded Silver Stars for bravery in Afghanistan | Army Times

Nineteen Special Forces soldiers with the Utah National Guard were awarded on Sunday for their acts of valor during their 2017 deployments to Afghanistan. Several of these soldiers from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group teams returned home wounded, and one — Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler — was killed in combat. Four of the Green Berets were awarded Silver Stars during the ceremony in Draper, Utah. Five soldiers ... Read More »

Russia conducts special operations exercise in Gulf of Finland | ERR

Russia’s Western Military District has conducted exercises of its tactical special operations units on islands in the Gulf of Finland, the Russian defense ministry reported on Tuesday. The units parachuted onto the islands of Hogland and Bolshoi Tyuters, where they went through different reconnaissance exercises, practised gathering surveillance data using unmanned aircraft, and “blocked off objects of importance to the ... Read More »

Step inside Jordan’s special forces training center — which is carved out of a mountain and has everything the most elite soldiers in the world need | Business Insider

Located on the outskirts of the capital city of Amman, the sound of gunfire, explosions, helicopters, and tire screeches reverberate around the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Centre. A massive 6,000 acre compound, KASOTC is dedicated to the training of special forces operators from around the world. It has everything it needs to train operators — a mock village, ... Read More »