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Lithuania to deploy special operations forces to Afghanistan in NATO train and assist role | The Defense Post

Lithuania is to deploy special operations forces to Afghanistan in a train and assist role in support of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission following requests from NATO and allies, the Ministry of National Defence said in a press release. The additional troops are to deploy to Kandahar in April and will train and assist local forces alongside American troops, the Thursday, February ... Read More »

Afghanistan Unveils Plans for Controversial Militia Force | VOA

Afghanistan’s ministry of defense has announced the creation of a new militia force comprising about 36,000 men to defend areas that military-led operations have cleared of Taliban insurgents. The move comes despite long-running accusations of rights abuses against the existing Afghan Local Police, which consists of local militias trained and paid by the U.S. military. Defense Ministry spokesman, Dawlat Waziri, ... Read More »

Quantum recurrence: Everything goes back to the way it was | Science Daily

It is one of the most astonishing results of physics: when a complex system is left alone, it will return to its initial state with almost perfect precision. Gas particles, for example, chaotically swirling around in a container, will return almost exactly to their starting positions after some time. This “Poincaré Recurrence Theorem” is the foundation of modern chaos theory. ... Read More »

Missouri Gov. Greitens, a former Navy SEAL, indicted | Navy Times

A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015, the city circuit attorney’s office said Thursday. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner launched an investigation in January after Greitens admitted to an affair with ... Read More »

PLA equips special operations branch with QTS-11 integrated combat system, says report | Jane’s 360

China’s People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF) has equipped a branch of its special operations forces with the QTS-11 infantry integrated combat system, according to a 22 February report by the state-owned Global Times newspaper. The Sky Wolf Commandos from the PLA’s Western Theater Command have been armed with the system during training to “adapt to future informatised warfare”, Weihutang, a column ... Read More »

Former US Navy SEAL admiral who planned Bin Laden raid praises Florida students’ courage in wake of school shooting | Business Insider

Bill McRaven, a former US Navy SEAL admiral, praised the courage and drive of students who survived the deadly school shooting in Florida. McRaven said he “learned to respect and admire their personal courage” of students who have become outspoken advocates of gun control after the tragedy. While US politicians have remained deadlocked on gun control for years as gun ... Read More »

AFSOC Commander Calls Reports of AC-130J Problems Overblown | Military.com

Critics should look at recent problems with the Air Force‘s newest AC-130J gunship as routine and not let them dictate how Air Force Special Operations Command intends to innovate and be combat ready in the future, the command’s top general said Thursday. “This is normal stuff that happens in test,” Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, AFSOC commander, told reporters during a roundtable ... Read More »

Non-citizens can provide an “untapped” pool of military recruits, experts say | UPI

As the Pentagon tries to increase troop numbers, the military is accepting recruits it would have rejected in years past. A different option, several experts say, would be to recruit troops who aren’t citizens. “Military recruiting is in terrible shape right now,” said retired Lt. Col. Margaret Stock, who has written extensively on the issue. “There’s a big recruiting crisis ... Read More »

New fossils are redefining what makes a dinosaur | Science News

“There’s a very faint dimple here,” Sterling Nesbitt says, holding up a palm-sized fossil to the light. The fossil, a pelvic bone, belonged to a creature called Teleocrater rhadinus. The slender, 2-meter-long reptile ran on all fours and lived 245 million years ago, about 10 million to 15 million years before scientists think dinosaurs first appeared. Nesbitt, a paleontologist at Virginia Tech ... Read More »

Global SOF 2018: AFSOC revitalises 6th SOS | Shepard Media

The recently released US National Defense Strategy has added emphasis to ongoing Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) efforts to revitalise its 6th Special Operations Squadron (SOS), a combat aviation advisory unit with missions to assess, train, advise and assist foreign aviation forces. Those ongoing efforts were highlighted during this week’s Global Special Operations Forum Symposium near Tampa, Florida. Speaking on a ‘SOF Aviation’ ... Read More »

U.S. military kills 3 Al-Shabaab militants in southern Somalia | Xinhuanet

The United States military said Wednesday its special forces conducted an airstrike against Al-Shabaab terrorists in southern Somalia on Monday, killing three militants. The U.S. Africa Command (Africom) said the airstrike which was conducted in cooperation with Somali government occurred in the vicinity of Jilib and no civilians were killed during the strike. “In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. ... Read More »

General Atomics Unit to Supply Batteries for SOCOM’s Lockheed-Built Dry Combat Submersibles | GovConWire

A General Atomics business unit has provided its Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant battery technology to power the Dry Combat Submersible platform that Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is building for the U.S. Special Operations Command, ExecutiveBiz reported Friday. Lockheed awarded a contract to General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems to build and deliver LiFT batteries for the DCS transport vessel, the latter said Thursday. About Executive Mosaic: Founded in 2002, Executive Mosaic is a leadership organization and ... Read More »