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RYAN’S STORY WATCH VIDEO Our military has almost 200-thousand troops deployed around the world. We are still at war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.. The number of U.S. military injuries and deaths tops 58-thousand for just the Iraq and Afghanistan wars alone. That doesn’t count suicides and a related, silent destroyer you probably haven’t heard much about that’s of growing ... Read More »

For the first time, an Air Force officer may lead Joint Special Operations Command | Marine Corps Times

Joint Special Operations Command, commonly called JSOC, will likely be led by an Air Force officer for the first time since the storied group was born out of the Iran hostage crisis in 1980. Lt. Gen. Scott Howell was announced this week as President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the unit that oversees elite special mission units from the larger U.S. Special ... Read More »

Iraqi forces capture 5 top ISIS leaders in cross-border raid| Military Times

Iraqi forces in coordination with U.S.-backed Syrian forces have captured five senior Islamic State group leaders, the U.S.-led coalition said Thursday in a statement. The arrest was a “significant blow to Daesh,” coalition spokesman Army Col. Ryan Dillon said, using the Arabic acronym for the extremist group. A Pentagon spokesman, Marine Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway, said the U.S. credited Iraqi ... Read More »

Statement by Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Ms. Dana W. White on Niger Investigation Report| DOD

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis concluded his review of the U.S. Africa Command investigative report on the enemy ambush in Tongo Tongo, Niger on October 4, 2017, that resulted in the tragic loss of four U.S. service members and four Nigerien partners. The investigation spanned three continents and took three months to complete. USAFRICOM conducted a thorough investigation of the ... Read More »

Trump Considers Rep. Brian Mast for VA Secretary Post | ExecutiveGov

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., has emerged as one of the potential frontrunners to succeed David Shulkin as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Associated Press reported Thursday. The Trump administration has begun to consider other candidates after Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, decided to withdraw his name from consideration for the VA secretary post. Mast is a 12-year U.S. Army veteran who served as a ... Read More »

Overrun and outnumbered, special ops soldiers fought to the end in deadly Niger ambush | Army Times

In the final moments of his life, Sgt. La David Johnson was alone, evading overwhelming militant fire in Niger last October, as he ran the length of five football fields to reach the only cover in the area: a single thorny tree. The last two friendly forces with Johnson had been killed minutes before; two Nigerien soldiers who had stayed with Johnson ... Read More »

The Details Of The CMP’s Upcoming Army Surplus M1911 Pistol Sale Are Finally Here | Task & Purpose

Remember when the Civilian Marksmanship Program announced that it would sell off 10,000 surplus Army M1911 pistols to the American public as part of a provision in the 2018 defense budget? Well, mark your fucking calendars: After months of waiting, the federally-chartered CMP has issued an update to members with details about the upcoming 1911 sales. The good news: The fire sale for an iconic sidearm that’s ... Read More »

Reducing the Human Costs of ‘By, With, and Through’ | Defense One

“By, with, and through” — a common phrase for describing partnered operations in the U.S. defense lexicon — is the new normal of U.S. military operations around the world. Partnered operations can lower the costs of achieving U.S. security goals, and, if designed well, can also improve security for civilians. Yet, even after decades of experience, too little is understood about how partnered operations can be ... Read More »

Army’s new weapon: ‘Enemy can’t see we’re targeting him until we pull the trigger’ | USA Today

The Army has figured out how to lift the fog of war, or at least see through it. Soldiers are on the verge of receiving futuristic devices that replace night vision goggles and allow soldiers to shoot around corners, see through dense vegetation and smoke, plus distinguish friend from foe. “It is no longer just a night vision device,” said Army Col. Christopher Schneider, ... Read More »

Ex-C.I.A. Officer Indicted in Dismantling of U.S. Informant Network in China | NY Times

A former C.I.A. officer suspected of helping China unravel the agency’s spy network in that country was indicted on Tuesday on a charge of conspiring to commit espionage. The officer, Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, was arrested by F.B.I. agents in January after federal prosecutors accused him of illegally possessing classified information. But the new charge reflected a willingness of prosecutors to disclose sensitive ... Read More »

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 »