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EXCLUSIVE: Legendary Green Beret Explains Why Waterboarding Breaks Terrorists | Daily Caller

  Former MMA fighter and Green Beret Tim Kennedy wasn’t joking around when he said waterboarding isn’t torture. The legendary special forces sniper caused an uproar last week when he tried to end the debate on waterboarding. “Waterboarding is not torture,” he tweeted. “In exchange for cooking my best friend elk tacos he is going to Waterboard me for an ... Read More »

Hudson introduces tax cut for special operations | Independent Tribune

U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) introduced the Special Operations Forces Tax Cut Act, or H.R. 5747, legislation to ensure special operators who are serving in combat receive the same tax relief: “America’s military conducts global operations that don’t easily fit into one nation or geographic region,” Hudson said. “Oftentimes, it’s our special operations forces who serve in these dangerous corners ... Read More »

A veil of secrecy fuels doubts on Afghan war | Boston Globe

It is challenging enough that the war in Afghanistan has gone on for almost 17 years. But now the Trump administration is raising hackles in Congress by cloaking in official secrecy an unusual amount of data about the longest armed conflict in American history, including, until very recently, the dwindling size of the beleaguered Afghan military. Information contained in a ... Read More »

Flood gates could open on US drone sales to the Middle East | Defense News

U.S. drone sales could heat up in the Middle East as the Trump Administration moves to relax unmanned aircraft export policies abroad for non-NATO countries. And while Jordan prominently displayed one of its Chinese drones that looks eerily similar to a Reaper unmanned aircraft system right next to its new colossal Russian-made Mi-26 Halo cargo helicopter at the Special Operations ... Read More »

Email encryption systems ‘irreparably broken’: German researchers | DW

Encryption used by most email software — from Outlook and Windows Mail to Thunderbird and Apple Mail — can be intercepted by hackers who can read at least parts of the written text, a German-led research team announced on Monday. Academics from Münster University of Applied Sciences, along with their peers at Ruhr University Bochum and KU Leuven in Belgium, ... Read More »

US military suspends 2 special operations members in Africa | Military Times

The U.S. military says the head of Special Operations Command Africa has suspended a regional commander and an enlisted adviser over alleged misconduct and sent them back to the United States. SOCA spokesman Maj. Casey Osborne tells The Associated Press the suspension of the Special Operations Command Forward-East Africa commander and the adviser happened Thursday. He gave no details. The ... Read More »

Report: Special ops Marines under scrutiny, along with Navy SEALs, in Green Beret’s death | Army Times

For nearly a year, the investigation into the strangling death of a Green Beret deployed to Africa has centered around two Navy SEALs he lived with at the time of his death. But new reports indicate that at least two Marines may have been present during the alleged incident. NBC News reported this week that five defense officials, who were ... Read More »

Commandos Buying Thousands of Small Missiles That Pack A Bigger Punch Than Hellfires | Breaking Defense

Small insurgent groups have long used speed and distance to try and outrun American precision-guided weapons launched from loitering drones and attack aircraft. But a new weapon being employed by U.S. special operators is trying to erase that tactic from their playbook. A lightweight glide missile, smaller and more powerful than a Hellfire and fired from a C-130 gunship tens ... Read More »

Special forces, attack aviation strike behind enemy lines at Combined Resolve X | DVIDS

U.S. Army Green Berets assigned to 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and attack aviation helicopters assigned to the 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division conducted missions to engage targets deep in enemy territory during exercise Combined Resolve X here. The ability to operate far from friendly lines is a core capability for special operation forces. “Something that SOF elements are ... Read More »

This retired Army lieutenant colonel got a pretty big promotion — in another country’s military | Army Times

A retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel got a pretty big promotion after he went to work for the United Arab Emirates, where he now heads the nation’s Joint Aviation Command and National Search and Rescue Center as a major general. Stephen Toumajan retired as an Army lieutenant colonel in 2007, according to a recent report by Buzzfeed.com. At some point, he went to ... Read More »

Air Force deployed mysterious drone to Afghanistan to catch terrorists planting roadside bombs | Defense News

Data from an investigation spearheaded by Defense News sister brand Military Times revealed that an experimental, homegrown reconnaissance drone called “Silver Fang” was deployed by the Air Force to Afghanistan during the mid-2010s. Very little information about the Silver Fang unmanned aerial system is available online. But it emerged within data on aviation mishaps obtained by Military Times, painting a fascinating portrait of a little-known technology, ... Read More »

Boko Haram Beyond the Headlines: Analyses of Africa’s Enduring Insurgency | Combating Terrorism Center

In a conflict that has no easy answers and no solutions in sight, Boko Haram is already and will remain one of Africa’s enduring insurgencies. In order to better understand Boko Haram now and in the future, this report, edited by Jacob Zenn, challenges some key misconceptions about the insurgency and provides new analyses and insights based on many exclusive ... Read More »

Two major advances in autonomous technologies that rival human abilities | Kurzweil

Google’s new artificial-intelligence Google Duplex voice technology for natural conversations, introduced at the Google I/Oevent this past week, cleverly blurs the line between human and machine intelligence. Here are two impressive examples of Duplex’s natural conversations on phone calls (using different voices): Duplex scheduling a hair salon appointment: Duplex calling a restaurant: Google Duplex is designed* to make its voice on phone conversations ... Read More »

Google to warn when humans chat with convincing bots | BBC News

Anyone called by the bot will be told they are conversing with a machine, Google told tech news site the Verge. The vocal skills of the Duplex bot were demonstrated at Google’s I/O developer conference this week when it was shown booking a hair appointment. The demo left one technology expert “horrified” by what she had seen. Social impact In its ... Read More »