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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 »

Aiming? Identifying targets? This system will do everything but pull the trigger. | Army Times

Army developers have entered the second phase of testing a computer-controlled, stabilized system that can auto-correct a rifle’s aim for pinpoint accuracy and identify and recommend targets. The active stabilization or AIMLOCK system still requires a human to squeeze the trigger, but everything else about marksmanship — azimuth, target movement, airspeed, velocity, range, vehicle motion and even shooter instability — ... Read More »

Flu may be spread just by breathing | Science Daily

The study “Infectious virus in exhaled breath of symptomatic seasonal influenza cases from a college community,” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provides new evidence for the potential importance of airborne transmission because of the large quantities of infectious virus researchers found in the exhaled breath from people suffering from flu. “We found that flu cases contaminated ... Read More »

You’ll Have To Do Better Than Guzzling Snake Blood To Impress The US Military | Task & Purpose

During Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ two-day trip to Indonesia and Vietnam, Indonesian special forces concluded an elaborate military demonstration by guzzling cobra blood.  Following a massive Jan. 24 parade of Indonesian armed forces that included fire-jumping, trick shooting, and other less-than-tactical feats of strength, commandos from the country’s elite (and disreputable) Kopassus special operations group decapitated King Cobras before ... Read More »

Wanted: ‘Iron Man’ suits for special operations troops | Military Times

U.S. Special Operations Command is once again seeking proposals for a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, according to a broad agency announcement posted in December. Commonly dubbed an “Iron Man” suit, the announcement highlights TALOS’ role as part of a “long-term goal to develop technologies which can enhance SOF mission execution.” “The intent is to accelerate the delivery of innovative ... Read More »

Ant Middleton: ‘Women Must Earn Their Place In The Special Forces’ | Forces Network

‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ star Ant Middleton has said that women have to “earn” their place on selection to have a right to join the SAS. The ex-Marine and special forces soldier also suggested there might be an all-female version of the gruelling Channel 4 show in the future. Responding to a previous comment he had made, in which he said he ... Read More »

Corps identifies recon Marine killed in parachute mishap | Marine Corps Times

Cpl. Alejandro Romero was killed in a parachute incident Monday while attending the Multi-Mission Parachute Course in Coolidge, Arizona, according to Marine Corps officials. The 22-year-old from Carson, California, was killed while conducting a double-bag static line jump. The Corps has since “suspended all double-bag static line parachuting operations effective immediately until further notice,” Capt. Joshua Pena, a Marine spokesman, ... Read More »

Pakistan ‘condemns drone strike’ that killed Haqqani Network commander | FDD’s Long War Journal

Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned a US drone strike that reportedly killed a Haqqani Network commander earlier today in the tribal agency of Kurram. The Pakistan government often criticizes US airstrikes that kill members of the Taliban, including Haqqani Network leaders. Today’s strike, which is the second recorded inside Pakistan this year, targeted a home in the Spin Tal ... Read More »

Nutella ‘riots’ spread across French supermarkets | BBC News

A discount on Nutella has led to violent scenes in a chain of French supermarkets, as shoppers jostled to grab a bargain on the sweet spread. Intermarché supermarkets offered a 70% discount on Nutella, bringing the price down from €4.50 (£3.90) to €1.40. But police were called when people began fighting and pushing one another. “They are like animals. A ... Read More »