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The Black Box of China’s Chinese Intelligence Services | The Cipher Brief

China‚Äôs intelligence and security services play a pivotal role in shaping how China‚Äôs leadership views the outside world ‚Äď but we in that outside world don‚Äôt know much about how they provide guidance and direction to diplomats and security officials, or how they help form government policy. When news breaks of the latest Chinese cyberhack or other espionage activities, analysts ... Read More »

Israelis Train 500 NAF Special Forces | PR Nigeria

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has graduated another batch of Special Forces personnel comprising officers, airmen and airwomen, from its Regiment Training Centre (RTC) in Kaduna. With the graduation, which took place on 23 February 2018, the NAF has so far trained well over 500 Special Forces personnel in asymmetric warfare in the past 6 months. The 8-week specialized training ... Read More »

7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) welcomes seven new partners in an induction ceremony | DVIDS News

The 2018 7th Special Forces Group Honorary Commanders Program officially started with an induction ceremony here, February 23. The purpose of the Honorary Commanders Program is to increase public awareness and understanding of missions, policies, programs and the people of 7th SFG(A). The program brings together community leaders of the Northwest Florida area who have close ties to the community ... Read More »

Mayvin Wins SOCOM Special Program Support Contract | Executive Biz

The¬†U.S. Army¬†has awarded¬†Mayvin Consulting Group¬†a potential five-year, $47.5 million contract to provide¬†scientific, engineering and technical assistance services to the¬†U.S. Special Operations Command. Mayvin will support USSOCOM‚Äôs manager for special programs through the company‚Äôs program, business and project management, logistics and engineering services, the¬†Defense Department¬†said Friday. DoD expects the company to finish work by¬†Feb. 22, 2023. The Army Contracting Command received ... Read More »

US Air Force sends SPECIAL OPS plane to shadow Russian ship posing ‘very serious threat’ | Daily Star

A US military C-32B special ops plane landed at Piarco International Airport in Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday, flight monitors show. ¬†The Boeing 757 planes, operated by the US Air Force Special Operations Command, are typically used to support US government crisis response and CIA special activities. Meanwhile, the Viktor Leonov, a Vishnya-class Russian intelligence gathering ship, is¬†expected to depart ... Read More »

US kills four Shabaab jihadists in Somali airstrike | FDD’s Long War Journal

US forces conducted an airstrike yesterday in Jamaame, a coastal town in southern Somalia. The strike killed four terrorists associated with Shabaab,¬†al Qaeda‚Äôs branch in Somalia and East Africa. A US Africa Command (AFRICOM)¬†press release¬†said that US forces will continue to partner with the Somali military and the African Union mission in the country in ‚Äúcombined counterterrorism operations and targeting ... Read More »

UN report: Afghan JTACs needed to curb civilian deaths | Military Times

The number of¬†Afghan civilian casualties¬†declined by 9 percent in 2017, and civilian deaths caused by pro-government forces in particular dropped 23 percent, according to the¬†annual report¬†by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. Despite this good news, the UN mission still documented a 7 percent increase in civilian casualties from air operations specifically, and advised better¬†air-to-ground integrationthrough the Afghan version ... Read More »

Source: Totaled | Seth’s Blog

A car is totaled when the cost of fixing it is more than the cost of buying a similar used car in good condition. The broken car is a sunk cost. It doesn’t matter how much you paid for it. It’s a gift from the you of yesterday to the you of today. And it arrived broken, so broken that ... Read More »

Army troops, Special Forces train Nigerian infantry for fight against Boko Haram, ISIS | Military Times

A dozen U.S. troops just wrapped up a seven-week trip to Nigeria, where they¬†trained local soldiers¬†in advanced infantry tactics that, in all likelihood, they‚Äôll use to beat back¬†religious extremist terror¬†in their country. The soldiers, some two Green Berets and six conventional troops from Fort Bragg‚Äôs Security Assistance Training Management Organization and four infantrymen from 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, visited ... Read More »

Special Operations Command asks for more troops, biggest budget yet | Military Times

Special operations forces numbers are higher than they have ever been, but leaders in that community want Congress to approve their highest budget request ever made to increase the force by more than 1,000 troops. The¬†special operations forces, which include¬†Army Special Forces¬†and Rangers, Navy SEALs, Marine Raiders and Air Force Special Tactics Operators and others, are being¬†strained¬†to their breaking point, ... Read More »

Turkey gains control of border strip inside Syria’s Afrin, sends special forces | Reuters

The Turkish army on Monday took control of the outer edge of Syria‚Äôs Afrin region, state media said, as Ankara said it was readying for a ‚Äúnew battle‚ÄĚ by deploying police special forces. The military and allied Syrian rebel factions pushed some Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters back from the frontier near the Turkish border, effectively creating a ‚Äúcrescent‚ÄĚ of control ... Read More »

Owoseni denies withdrawal of Special Forces from Benue | The Nation

The Benue State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, has debunked reports that the Special Forces had been withdrawn from the state. The social media was awash with news of withdrawal of the Special Forces deployed last month by the Inspector-General of Police (IG) Ibrahim Idris, following farmers/herdsmen clashes in parts of the state. But Owoseni said the joint operation, headed by ... Read More »

VA loans and new construction: When, and how, it can work | Military Times

One often-asked question about the¬†VA home loan process¬†skips over the ‚Äúhome‚ÄĚ part entirely: Can veterans use the benefit to buy land? The short answer: No. The long answer is more complicated. VA-backed loans¬†are designed solely to help a veteran purchase a primary residence, so if there‚Äôs no residence, there‚Äôs no loan. But an¬†eligible veteran¬†can apply for what VA calls a ... Read More »

Syria war: Who are Russia’s shadowy Wagner mercenaries? | BBC News

Russian mercenaries are reported to be in the thick of the fighting in Syria, helping President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. One shadowy group in particular, called Wagner PMC (Private Military Company), hit the headlines because of a clash on 7 February that resulted in dozens of Russian casualties. The toll of dead and wounded is disputed, but it is still not ... Read More »

Step inside the Texas school district that already arms its teachers | CNN

While the nation debates whether teachers should carry guns to protect students from armed intruders, the question’s already settled in one Texas school district, where educators have had firearms on campus for years. And while no teacher in Callisburg, Texas, has been called on yet to fire a weapon in defense of a classroom, students in the Callisburg Independent School ... Read More »