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Countering WMDs cannot be on SOCOM alone, experts contend | Military Times

Coordinating the counter proliferation of weapons of mass destruction is now in the hands of U.S. Special Operations Command, but it shouldn’t be on them alone, members of a panel at a National Defense Industrial Association symposium argued Wednesday. “Culturally, SOCOM, they are the solution people. They solve problems. They fill gaps,” said Michael Lumpkin, a retired Navy SEAL and the Pentagon’s former assistant defense secretary ... Read More »

353rd Special Operations Group wraps up Cobra Gold 2018 | DVIDS News

The 353rd SOG trained side-by-side with their Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) counterparts throughout the exercise, conducting formation and low-level aviation, military free fall (MFF) operations, assault zone establishment and control, fixed and rotary wing fires, rigging alternate method Zodiac (RAMZ) airdrops, an overwater search and rescue contingency and the staging of a forward area refueling point (FARP) for close ... Read More »

DHS offers to drop deportation case against wife of 7th Special Forces Group vet | Military Times

The Department of Homeland Security has offered to drop the proceedings that could have led to the deportation of a U.S. Army 7th Special Forces Group veteran’s wife, the family’s attorney announced late Thursday. The case came to light in a Military Times exclusive that reported how retired Sgt. 1st Class Bob Crawford, an Army Ranger who spent the latter part of his ... Read More »

‘Jack of all trades’: Poignant clip from Nat Geo documentary highlights soldier killed in Niger ambush | Military Times

In a scene from National Geographic’s documentary series “Chain of Command,” Sgt. La David Johnson, one of four soldiers killed in the October ambush in Tongo Tongo, Niger, is shown speaking with a fellow soldier while moonlighting as a barber on base. “For team mechanic La David Johnson, staying busy often means wearing multiple hats,” actor Chris Evans, who narrates the documentary, ... Read More »

Afghanistan arrests ‘German Taliban fighter’ in Helmand | BBC News

Afghan security forces say they have arrested a German man in southern Helmand province who has been a long-time military adviser to the Taliban. The man was captured with other three other suspected militants in a raid on a bomb-making site in Gereshk district. His identity is unclear. Officials say he speaks German and says he is German. If confirmed, ... Read More »

New ‘4-D goggles’ allow wearers to be ‘touched’ by approaching objects | Science Daily

A team of researchers at UC San Diego and San Diego State University has developed a pair of “4-D goggles” that allows wearers to be physically “touched” by a movie when they see a looming object on the screen, such as an approaching spacecraft. The device was developed based on a study conducted by the neuroscientists to map brain areas ... Read More »

Pentagon Official: Recruiting Problems Could Alter Special Ops Mission | Military.com

U.S. Special Operations Command is facing a recruiting challenge that may force it to be more choosy about the missions it takes on in the future, a senior Defense Department official said today. “We have some recruiting challenges, and I think the trajectory is not good over the next few years,” Mark Mitchell, principal deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for ... Read More »

Official: Special Operators Must ‘Reinvent’ Themselves | National Defense

Special Operations Forces must “rediscover and reinvent” themselves to adjust for the increasing ability of near peer competitors, according to a Defense Department official. Mark Mitchell, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, said Feb. 28 special operators will not always have technological advantages over their enemies and must be prepared for a “great power ... Read More »

Wife of 7th Special Forces Group vet faces deportation under tighter immigration rules | Military Times

A Virginia immigration court on Monday could decide to deport the wife of an Army 7th Special Forces Group veteran, despite provisions in the law that allow her to remain in the United States. Retired Sgt. 1st Class Bob Crawford, 52, and Elia, 44, married in 2001 when he was still on active duty and deploying regularly with 7th Group to conduct counter-narcotics ... Read More »

Combat Troops Have Been Complaining About The M4 And M16 For Years. Now The Pentagon Is Doing Something About It | Task & Purpose

For decades, troops have been complaining about the limitations of the M16 rifle and M4 carbine, both of which are hindered by the same flawed operating system that makes the weapons jam easily. But after years of ignoring small arms in favor of expensive aircraft and warships, the Pentagon is taking a long, hard look at how to give the ... Read More »

ISIS Looks to Rebound in the Philippines—And Spread | The Cipher Brief

Bottom Line: Although the Philippine army managed to suppress an ISIS-affiliated rebellion in the country’s southern island of Mindanao last summer, ISIS fighters fleeing Syria and Iraq continue to trickle into the country and pose a growing jihadist threat throughout Southeast Asia. The U.S. and the Philippines have further bolstered their defense cooperation in light of these developments, yet the Philippines’ disparate ... Read More »

Wind and solar power could meet four-fifths of US electricity demand, study finds | Science Daily

The United States could reliably meet about 80 percent of its electricity demand with solar and wind power generation, according to scientists at the University of California, Irvine; the California Institute of Technology; and the Carnegie Institution for Science. However, meeting 100 percent of electricity demand with only solar and wind energy would require storing several weeks’ worth of electricity ... Read More »

Missouri House Begins Impeachment Probe of Governor, Former Navy SEAL | Military.com

In a historic decision, the Missouri House formally launched an investigation Monday that could lead to the impeachment and ouster of Gov. Eric Greitens, a former Navy SEAL. House Speaker Todd Richardson named seven members to a special committee that will lead the unprecedented probe of a Missouri chief executive. The hastily formed panel will be chaired by GOP state Rep. ... Read More »

Former Navy Seal creates active shooter notification system | CBS 12

Protecting our children in schools. A retired Navy Seal says he has the solution, a system that will immediately notify nearby law enforcement when a killer is on campus. Palm Beach County father, retired Navy Seal and Former Law Enforcement Officer Hector Delgado says his company ASR Alert Systems is using existing technology to cut out the middleman and notifies ... Read More »