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The Air Force’s newest gunship is having problems with its big guns | Air Force Times

The 30mm cannon on the Air Force’s next gunship is having multiple problems, limiting its ability to track targets and maintain a full and consistent rate of fire, according to a new Pentagon report. The AC-130J Ghostrider’s 30mm cannon fires up to 200 Coca-Cola bottle-sized rounds per minute ― but it recoils so heavily it causes a “retrigger,” forcing the ... Read More »

With first A-10 strikes in Afghanistan, Marines call in the heat on the Taliban | Marine Corps Times

Two sorties of A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft struck Taliban militants in Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Jan. 24. It’s the first series of strikes by the aircraft since its return to Afghanistan on Jan. 19. The aircraft, commonly referred as the Warthog, has been absent from Afghanistan since 2014 as America began rapidly withdrawing forces from the region. The A-10 is ... Read More »

Fast food makes the immune system more aggressive in the long term | Science Daily

The immune system reacts similarly to a high fat and high calorie diet as to a bacterial infection. This is shown by a recent study led by the University of Bonn. Particularly disturbing: Unhealthy food seems to make the body’s defenses more aggressive in the long term. Even long after switching to a healthy diet, inflammation towards innate immune stimulation ... Read More »

Herdsmen Crisis: Senators Recommend Incoporation of Naval Special Forces for Covert Operations | This Day

In the light of the continuous herdsmen crisis in Benue and its neighbouring states, the Senate Committee on Defence has proposed the use of the Nigerian Navy Special Forces to stem the tide. The committee led by the Chairman, Senator Isah Misau, made this proposal during an on-the-spot assessment of the units and bases under the Western and Naval Training ... Read More »

Navy seeks to expand special operations training in region | Kitsap Sun

Curious onlookers might soon spot gear-laden warriors scaling the towering cliffs at Deception Pass State Park or a drone hovering above one of Naval Base Kitsap’s installations as the Navy seeks to expand the scope of special operations training in the region. The Navy has conducted SEAL training in the Northwest for the past 30 years, and the growing demand for special operation missions “has ... Read More »

3rd Special Forces Group Medal of Honor recipient remembered in memorial run | The Fayetteville Observer

Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller shouted for his team to fall back to a safer position and then he pushed ahead, towards an overwhelming ambush involving more than 140 enemy fighters in fortified positions. On Jan. 25, 2008, Miller sacrificed his own life so that his Special Forces team and Afghan allies would survive. It’s an act that would be ... Read More »

A map of fitness-tracker data may have compromised top-secret US military bases around the world | Business Insider

Over the weekend a company called Strava, a social network for people who want to track their workouts, updated an online map showing the routes of 1 billion workouts in 2017. But in doing so, it seems to have exposed secret US military bases in Turkey, Syria, and Yemen. Strava drew on data from devices like Fitbits or smartphones that people use ... Read More »

As ISIS threat fades, fight over who gets credit rises | Military Times

Now that the military mission against the Islamic State group in the Middle East is winding down, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have shifted to the next looming fight: deciding who deserves credit for the success. On Wednesday, members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee sparred over whether battlefield success against ISIS in recent months is the result of ... Read More »

US Special Operators Demand More Firepower and Protection for Their Newest Battle Buggies | The Drive

U.S. Special Operations Command is planning to spend millions to refit a number of its newest light vehicles, known as the Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1, or GMV 1.1, with new turrets with better protection or remote weapon stations armed with machine guns and guided anti-tank missiles. The new details have emerged after a scathing media report suggesting that Marine special operators in ... Read More »

TRUMP’S NEW DEFENSE STRATEGY. WHERE’S CLIMATE CHANGE? AND SPECIAL FORCES? | Newsweek

The Pentagon has a new National Defense Strategy (NDS), its first in 10 years, and, on Friday, released an 11-page summary of it. Signed by Defense Secretary James Mattis, the NDS flows from the broader national security vision outlined in President Donald Trump’s recently signed 2017 National Security Strategy (NSS), and it replaces the formerly required Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). ... Read More »

Commandos protect Afghans, seize “Red Unit” weapons | DVIDS

7th Special Operations Kandak Commandos conducted a night raid to remove explosives and indiscriminate weapon components from a compound frequented by members of a Taliban “Red Unit” in Khomari Village, Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 23, 2018. The Commandos seized 45 kg of explosives, 41 pressure plates used to make IEDs, 18 sets of body armor, and stockpiles ... Read More »

Retired Maj. Gen. Jeff Smith Named Harris VP for Army, SOCOM Business Development | GOVCONWIRE

Jeff Smith, a retired U.S. Army major general with more than 30 years of leadership experience, has been named vice president of business development at Harris (NYSE: HRS). Harris said Thursday Smith will oversee the company’s strategic relationships with the Army, Special Operations Command and industry partners in his new position. He previously served as president of General Solutions International and senior vice president of strategic initiatives at Sallyport ... Read More »