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Army Green Berets reportedly helped destroy missile threats on Saudi border | Military Times

Late last year, a team of Army Green Berets reportedly arrived in Saudi Arabia to help locate and destroy caches of ballistic missiles and launch sites along the country’s border with Yemen. Knowledge of the operations was provided by U.S. officials and European diplomats to The New York Times. If true, the missions may contradict official statements from Pentagon officials saying U.S. military ... Read More »

Multinational airborne Rangers exchange wings at Joint Warfighting Assessment | DVIDS News

The jump was an added bonus to the training the two units had been conducting as part of the Joint Warfighting Assessment, a massive training exercise involving more than 4,800 troops from 10 partner nations conducted at Hohenfels and Grafenwoehr training areas. The objectives of the assessment were three-fold – training readiness, future force development, and interoperability with allies in ... Read More »


As the pre-dawn twilight crept over an Afghan mountainside, an Air Force commando named Jay huddled in the snow, listening to a distressed voice crackle over his radio, then fade away. Moments later, he says, the voice came again, breaking through the static in little more than an anguished whisper: “This is Mako Three Zero Charlie…. This is Mako Three ... Read More »

Hooksett company supplying military special operators with high-tech, lightweight collapsible ladder | NH Union Leader

The people product-testing a lightweight collapsible ladder had good reason for interrupting their work. “The same guys who are testing it are actually fighting wars, so they would disappear for six months and you wouldn’t get a simple answer,” said Jason Cardinal, director of engineering at Pilot Innovations. They were members of the U.S. Navy’s special forces. What they were ... Read More »

Threat Report 2018: The Afghan Taliban’s Increasingly Lethal Insurgency | The Cipher Brief

Violence once again grips Afghanistan, with the Taliban, the Islamic State and other terror groups carrying out deadly attacks and kidnappings across the country. Last month, the Taliban announced the beginning of its annual “spring offensive,” and this past weekend bombed a mosque that was being used as a voter registration center, killing 14 and injuring dozens more.  What follows is a ... Read More »

Gabriel Conde Was 5 When the War That Took His Life Began. It Shows No Signs of Ending | Military.com

Army Spc. Gabriel D. Conde’s short life spanned the history of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001, from the euphoria over the fleeting early successes to the current doubts about the new strategy to break what U.S. commanders routinely call a “stalemate.” When Conde was six years old, then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice said the Taliban had been defeated ... Read More »

DIUx wants drones that are out for blood | C4ISRNET

For drone delivery to make sense, with existing capabilities of drones, the cargo needs to be relatively light, it needs to have tremendous value, and it needs to urgently travel the last mile by air. This is why, to the extent we’ve seen drones used for delivery in the wild, it’s more likely as a means to carry contraband into ... Read More »

The Pentagon may beat Uber and Tesla in the race over self-driving vehicles | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Forget Uber, Waymo and Tesla: The next big name in self-driving vehicles could be the Pentagon. “We’re going to have self-driving vehicles in theater for the Army before we’ll have self-driving cars on the streets,” Michael Griffin, the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, told lawmakers at a hearing on Capitol Hill last month. “But the core technologies will ... Read More »

Engineers upgrade ancient, sun-powered tech to purify water with near-perfect efficiency | Science Daily

The idea of using energy from the sun to evaporate and purify water is ancient. The Greek philosopher Aristotle reportedly described such a process more than 2,000 years ago. Now, researchers are bringing this technology into the modern age, using it to sanitize water at what they report to be record-breaking rates. By draping black, carbon-dipped paper in a triangular ... Read More »

US soldiers killed in Niger were outgunned, ‘left behind’ in hunt for ISIS leader| ABC News

Four Army special operations soldiers killed in action during an ambush in Niger last October were part of a largely inexperienced and lightly-armed team outmatched by ISIS fighters who exploited bad decisions by U.S. commanders, families of the fallen soldiers and other sources briefed on the military investigation told ABC News. “They were left on their own and it was The Alamo. They were ... Read More »

Commandos Add Firepower with Cobra Strike Battalions | DVIDS News

The Afghan National Army Special Operations Corps (ANASOC) introduced Afghanistan, and the world, to its newest formation, the Cobra Strike Kandak (CSK), at the inaugural Cobra Strike Maneuver Course (CSMC) class’ live fire exercise at Pol-e Charki, April 30. “The Afghan people have only one goal…it is peace,” said Lt. Gen. Abdul Hamid, Afghan National Army Deputy Chief of Staff. ... Read More »

This SEAL war dog knew no fear. His disappearance 50 years ago was a mystery – until now. | Pilot Online

When Mike Bailey talks about his time with Prince, he can still smell the jungle.He can see the rusty-red German shepherd’s nose twitch at a whiff of danger. Still hear the footfalls of a hundred North Vietnamese soldiers passing in the dark while he and his dog hid. Still feel the mortar explosions and the blood oozing from a wound ... Read More »

US seeks airborne rescue and recovery for SOF in Yemen | Jane’s 360

The US military is looking for contractors to provide personnel recovery, as well as airborne casualty and medical evacuation services, for special forces personnel operating in and around Yemen. The United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) issued a request for information (RFI) on 30 April for third parties that are capable of undertaking aircraft- and helicopter-based personnel recovery, casualty evacuation (CASEVAC), ... Read More »

Tactical Athlete Games Teams Up with RECOIL | RECOIL Magazine

RECOIL is thrilled to announce its partnership with Tactical Athlete Games (TAG). What are the Tactical Athlete Games? Think run and gun–with actual real, physical challenges. Tim Burke, the founder of the Tactical Athlete Games, calls it “Crossfit meets combat,” The slogan is No Off Season for a reason: Professional baseball, football, hockey players, et al, all have one thing in common–they have an ... Read More »

Hey, Marines. Russian grunts get new assault rifles, too. | Military Times

As the U.S. Marine Corps works to procure new Heckler & Koch M27 rifles for their infantry, Russian soldiers are taking on their own assault rifle acquisition process. The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed in January that it plans to field the AK-12 and AK-15 assault rifles for service, which shoot 5.45×39 mm and 7.62×39 mm cartridges, respectively. “A decision has been made ... Read More »