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For Special Operations Forces, Fighting WMD Means Getting Deeper Into Enemies’ Leadership and Decision-Making | Defense One

  SOCOM is getting more intel and gear as it settles into its role as the Pentagon’s anti-WMD coordinator. As U.S. Special Operations Command has settled into its role as lead U.S. agency for planning military operations to counter weapons of mass destruction — that is, chemical, biological, and rogue nuclear weapons — it’s getting access to new realms of intelligence. “Differentiating between peaceful scientific ... Read More »

US, Afghan special operations target ISIS foreign fighters in northwest Afghanistan | Stars and Stripes

About one in 10 Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan are foreign fighters, the top U.S. general in the country said Thursday, in a statement touting recent U.S. and Afghan operations targeting the group. Islamic State-Khorasan, or IS-K, has now spread from eastern Afghanistan to the country’s northwest, where fighters were believed to be receiving foreign fighters and weapons. Most of ... Read More »

Congress has some questions about DoD’s multibillion cloud program | C4ISRNET

Lawmakers used a new spending bill introduced March 21 to raise concerns about the Department of Defense’s current approach to buying new cloud computing services through a single multibillion dollar contract. Congress wants the secretary of Defense to provide two reports on the DoD’s cloud acquisition program, known as Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI), to justify the program’s contract format, duration, ... Read More »

Marines Developing JLTV Air-Defense System Armed with Laser Weapon | Military.com

The Marine Corps is putting together a new, mobile air-defense weapon system that’s mounted on a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle and could be armed with lasers to bring down enemy threats from above. Marine Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, deputy commandant for combat development and integration, talked about the Ground Based Air Defense Future Weapon System at a hearing Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services ... Read More »

Drug shown to reverse brain deficits caused by alcohol | Science Daily

Their studies in adult mice show that two weeks of daily treatment with the drug tandospirone reversed the effects of 15 weeks of binge-like alcohol consumption on neurogenesis — the ability of the brain to grow and replace neurons (brain cells). The findings have been published in Scientific Reports. This is the first time tandospirone has be shown to reverse the ... Read More »

Fight between special operations troops leaves one soldier dead | Army Times

A Fort Bragg, North Carolina, soldier was killed Wednesday night following a fight with another soldier at a private residence in Fayetteville, an Army spokesman has confirmed to Army Times. Just after 5:30 p.m., Cumberland County officials got a call about a shooting in the Brookshire neighborhood, according to a release from the sheriff’s department. They pronounced Sgt. 1st Class Mark ... Read More »

Polaris unveils new DAGOR A1 light tactical vehicle | Jane’s 360

Polaris Government and Defense on 21 March revealed its DAGOR A1, a new version of the light tactical vehicle used by several special operations forces. The DAGOR A1, according to Polaris, provides “improved performance and capabilities with better mobility and operator functionality”. Among the vehicle’s new components are a redesigned designed fuel or water holders that can be placed in ... Read More »

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 »