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AFRICOM is investigating ISIS claims that it has video of the 4 US soldiers killed in Niger | Army Times

U.S. Africa Command is investigating a series of posts by a Twitter user claiming to have footage from the October ambush in Niger that killed four U.S. soldiers. “USAFRICOM is aware of a post on Twitter purporting to show a U.S. soldier from the Oct. 4 ambush in Tongo Tongo, Niger,” the command said in a statement Wednesday. “We are reviewing the post and ... Read More »

NZ’s elite SAS soldiers get rugged new army vehicles | NZ Herald

New Zealand’s elite SAS soldiers have received a multi-million dollar fleet of new special operations vehicles, although just how many remains top secret. The rugged high-tech cross-country Special Operations Vehicles – Mobility Heavy (SOV-MH) have been delivered by British vehicle specialists Supacat and will roll into service over the coming months. Designed for the world’s elite special forces units, the ... Read More »

Underdeveloped and under-equipped, India’s special forces in dire need of attention of defence ministry | First Post

The visuals were frightening to say the least. In Kabul, terrorists attacked the Intercontinental Hotel, sending guests scurrying for shelter. Local reports put the number of dead at 22, which included several foreigners with no link whatsoever to the ongoing violence. The Taliban claimed the attack, even released names of the attackers, and showed a false morality in claiming that the ... Read More »

A-10s join effort to target Taliban drug factories in Afghanistan | Stars & Stripes

A squadron of A-10C “Warthog” Thunderbolt IIs deployed to this sprawling airfield in southern Afghanistan last week and has already started flying missions as part of a U.S. and Afghan air campaign targeting Taliban drug facilities. The $19 million aircraft, beloved by ground troops and so far spared from Air Force efforts to ground them for budgetary reasons, will also ... Read More »

Unpredictable Pentagon Spending Causing Vendors to Leave Marketplace; Research and Development Stagnant | USNI News

Congressional spending has become so unpredictable, a panel of Pentagon experts said the defense industrial base is shrinking and the weapons systems of tomorrow are not being developed today. Speaking Monday at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a panel of experts responded to the findings of a report quantifying how defense spending cuts, enacted by the Budget Control ... Read More »

The New Way Your Computer Can Be Attacked | The Atlantic

On January 3, the world learned about a series of major security vulnerabilities in modern microprocessors. Called Spectre and Meltdown, these vulnerabilities were discovered by several different researchers last summer, disclosed to the microprocessors’ manufacturers, and patched—at least to the extent possible. This news isn’t really any different from the usual endless stream of security vulnerabilities and patches, but it’s also a ... Read More »

Modernizing infantry Marines: Big changes coming as grunts take on more special ops-style missions | Military Times

The Corps is on a major push to overhaul how its fundamental basic unit operates in battle — providing grunts with modernized equipment and new roles and responsibilities. After nearly 17 years of fighting in ­war-torn regions like Iraq and ­Afghanistan, the development comes as the lines between conventional infantry forces and America’s elite special operators have ­increasingly blurred. In ... Read More »

Fallen Navy SEAL’s South Florida father still fighting for answers one year after Yemen raid | 7 News Miami

A Navy SEAL who grew up in South Florida was killed in a raid in Yemen one year ago. But his father says he still hasn’t gotten answers about the controversial mission. 7’s Brian Entin has our exclusive report — A Father’s Fight. President Donald Trump: “We will never forget Ryan.” It was the moment in President Trump’s first address ... Read More »

Navy SEALs Spotted Using Modified Jet Skis and Cool Magnetic Climbing Gear | Popular Mechanics

Sharp-eyed observers have spotted U.S. Navy SEALs driving a new but familiar vehicle: modified versions of Yamaha personal watercraft. SEALs were also spotted using magnetic gear to scale the hull of a navy destroyer. The exercise, held off the Greek island of Crete last October, was documented in a series of images that showed up on the Defense Video Imagery ... Read More »

Mustang Survival and ADS, Inc. Unveil Next-Generation Special Ops Life Preserver | ADS INC

With support from ADS, Inc., Mustang Survival has developed a groundbreaking new life preserver so lightweight, low profile and non-restrictive that military operators will barely know they’re wearing it. Company officials, who will debut the product at SHOT Show 2018 in Las Vegas next week, say the new product represents the smallest self-righting inflatable Life Preserver Unit (LPU) on the market today. Called ... Read More »

US says multiple Americans among casualties in Kabul attack | Daily News

Multiple American citizens were among the dead and wounded in the Taliban’s 13-hour siege of an upscale hotel in the capital Kabul over the weekend that left 22 dead, the U.S. State Department said Tuesday. No exact figures were immediately available for either the U.S. fatalities or injuries. The dead included 14 foreigners, Afghan officials said. Eleven of the 14 ... Read More »

Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’ | BBC News

Scientists have taken a step towards one of the biggest goals in medicine – a universal blood test for cancer. A team at Johns Hopkins University has trialled a method that detects eight common forms of the disease. Their vision is an annual test designed to catch cancer early and save lives. UK experts said it was “enormously exciting”. However, ... Read More »

Secretary Mattis seeks ties with once-brutal Indonesia special forces unit, with an eye on China | The Washington Post

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is pushing to reestablish contact with Indonesia’s premier counterterror force, he said Tuesday, decades after it was barred from working closely with U.S. forces because of human-rights abuses. Mattis told reporters a major component of discussion with Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu is broadening education and training with counterterror units in the country, including the special operations group known ... Read More »