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SOCOM preparing for ‘omni-domain’ battle | National Defense

For the best method to handle a downpour of data and information, Special Operations Command’s chief data officer is going outside the military’s multi-domain operations strategy. The Pentagon is now building a huge network of “internet-of-things” technologies to interconnect the forces’ platforms and prepare them for multi-domain missions in air, land, sea, space, and cyberspace. In support of the notion, joint all-domain command and control are projected as a mechanism to better link the armed services’ sensors and shooters on the ground.

Source: https://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2021/6/24/socom-preparing-for-omni-domain-battle

A unique collaboration with US Special Operations Command | MIT News

A unique joint effort between MIT School of Engineering, MIT Professional Education, and USSOCOM is taking place: a six-week AI and machine learning basic course for special operations personnel. The USSOCOM course was one of MIT’s ongoing growth of artificial intelligence research and instruction, which has intensified in the previous five years. MIT’s computer science courses are frequently overcrowded, attracting students from a wide range of disciplines.

Source: https://news.mit.edu/2021/unique-collaboration-us-special-operations-command-0622

SOFINS 2021: International Network Seminar and Industry Exhibition for Special Operations Forces | Army Recognition

Set this coming June 29 to July 1, 2021, at Military Camp of Souge near Bordeaux, France, the fifth edition of SOFINS, the Special Operations Forces Equipment Exhibition Innovation Network Seminar, will allow local and international enterprises to display and exhibit their innovative products and technology dedicated to Special Forces Operations and units during the course of the event’s three days. The SOFINS is coordinated by the “Cercle de l’Arbalète,” a French organization that supports Special Operations Forces innovation and technology, the French Ministry of Defense, and the COS (Commandement des Opérations Spéciales). SOFINS, which takes place every two years, has grown to be one of Europe’s most prominent events committed to Special Forces gear and tactical systems.

Source: https://www.armyrecognition.com/sofins_2021_news_online_show_daily/sofins_2021_international_network_seminar_and_industry_exhibition_for_special_operations_forces.html

Foreign disinformation feeds us domestic terrorism, official warns | VOA News

Newly announced measures to prevent a rapidly growing terror threat in the United States will experience a severe challenge: well-organized incitement campaigns by various lands and terror groups. A senior US Department of Homeland Security official gave the caution just one day after US President Joe Biden released his long-awaited National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism, which his government hailed as the first of its kind. Direct linkages among Islamist terrorists in the United States and those outside the country have been minimized by the Biden administration. Other officials, on the other hand, stress that this is because the connection does not follow a traditional command-and-control approach.

Source: https://www.voanews.com/usa/foreign-disinformation-feeds-us-domestic-terrorism-official-warns

Army signals the Abrams tank is here to stay | Forbes

The United States Army is undergoing a generational change in warfighting technology that will start upgrading some of the service’s most well-known weaponry by the end of this decade. Many commentators have dubbed weapons like the Bradley fighting vehicle and the Black Hawk helicopter “legacy” systems, meaning that they are nearing the end of their useful lives. However, Army leaders, beginning with Chief of Staff General James McConville, have recently started referring to a few of these systems as “enduring capabilities,” implying that the Army has no plans to replace them anytime soon.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/lorenthompson/2021/06/18/army-signals-the-abrams-tank-is-here-to-stay/?sh=7618d4307887

Funazushi: The fermented predecessor of modern sushi | BBC Travel

Narezushi isn’t the kind of sushi you’d find in New York or London, or even Tokyo, for that regard. It is called narezushi, and it is the forerunner of what is currently known as sushi — the original sushi (fermented sushi). Narezushi was produced – and is still prepared in small pockets of Japan – using pretty much anything that swims in freshwater, including tiny loach, ayu (little sweetfish), and eel, unlike modern sushi, which mainly comprises ocean seafood. Because nigorobuna has become extremely scarce and difficult to get by, there are only five shops near the lake that specialize in manufacturing high-quality funazushi.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20210616-funazushi-the-fermented-predecessor-of-modern-sushi

What your organization really needs from you: Influence and impact | Leading Blog

In today’s international, matrixed, and diversified corporate world, leaders gain influence by influencing others. Authority-based leadership is on the decline in many companies. The most effective leaders persuade their teams, coworkers, and suppliers to prioritize their goals. People pay attention to you and obey you because they want to, not because they have to. When you have that kind of power over other people, the consequences start to speak for themselves. To put it another way, you have an effect on the industry. The problem for a significant majority of leaders to have influence and impact stems from things that they can control and modify. You can expand or rebuild your impact if you tackle this circumstance with a growth mindset.

Source: https://www.leadershipnow.com/leadingblog/2021/06/what_your_organization_really.html

How to branch out into a new industry without quitting your job | Fast Company

You’re not the only one if you’re trapped in a job that you despise. Surprisingly, more than 80% of Americans are unhappy with their current jobs. There’s a plethora of info and recommendations on how to create the ultimate résumé and nail that interview out there. However, the tactics for determining what you want to do with your life are less clear. If you’re not sure what you want to do with your life, choose several things you think you’d want to do and then design them by creating encounters where you may try out your various possibilities. Find firms you’d like to work for and persons whose career options you respect, and ask if you may observe them.

Source: https://www.fastcompany.com/90648314/how-to-branch-out-into-a-new-industry-without-quitting-your-job

An intro to daily undulating periodization | Breaking Muscle

In recent years, Daily Undulation Periodization (DUP) has regained popularity. Many people mistakenly believe it is a novel notion. It isn’t the case. Louie Simmon’s Westside Barbell form of training is arguably the most well-known use of DUP. However, DUP doesn’t have to be so rigorous. It also doesn’t have to be limited to the powerlifting sport. An appropriately structured DUP program can also help daily gym-goers and athletes. DUP as a concept is based on high-frequency training with sensory inputs on each training day.

Source: http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/an-intro-to-daily-undulating-periodization

Apparently, firearms are not welcome in Glassdoor profile pics.


While working on routine updates across numerous platforms for SOFX this week, we discovered that certain websites have to review your profile picture. Specifically, Glassdoor, a website used to find jobs and read up on companies. We submitted the photo shown below as the profile pic for the CEO information section of our company’s profile. This is the response we received:

“Unfortunately, we are unable to add the attached photo. The photo is unsuitable since Sam Havelock has a hat, sunglass, and the big gun next to his face. Please provide another photo of Sam and I will be happy to add it on your profile.”

Moral of the story- Don’t try to use a photo with a big gun next to your face for a profile pic on Glassdoor.

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