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‘National defense believes in you’: French fund makes its first investment in chip maker | Defense News

Definvest has invested in Kalray, a French high-performance chip maker, marking the first investment by the specialist state-backed fund, the Armed Forces Ministry said. That funding for Kalray, deemed to be a “strategic company,” was for €10 million (U.S. $12 million) of convertible bonds, the second tranche of a total €23.6 million in financing launched last June, the ministry said in ... Read More »

The Army Is Working on Brain Hacks to Help Soldiers Deal With Information Overload | Motherboard

With drones and tiny sensors spreading across the planet, the US Army is worried that there’s simply too much information for soldiers to process. So the ground-combat branch wants to hack troops’ brains, and develop new technologies and methods for pairing human beings and artificial intelligence. The idea is for the AI—”intelligent agent” is the term the Army uses—to process ... Read More »

U.S. disbands command overseeing American ground forces in Iraq, as major combat against ISIS ends | The Washington Post

The U.S. military disbanded the command overseeing American ground forces in Iraq on Monday, as the Pentagon ends major combat operations against the Islamic State in the country but looks to maintain a longer-term troop presence there to prevent the extremists from regrouping. U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, marked the deactivation of the command ... Read More »

10 SEALs Set to be Separated from the Service for failing Drug Tests; Investigation Underway | USNI News

Ten enlisted Navy SEALs and a sailor who supported Navy special warfare are in the process of being administratively discharged from the service for testing positive for cocaine or methamphetamines, USNI News has learned. The sailors, assigned to East Coast Naval Special Warfare units, failed a series of regular drug screenings over March and April, a spokesperson told USNI News ... Read More »

Army Special Forces Secretly Help Saudis Combat Threat From Yemen Rebels | The New York Times

 For years, the American military has sought to distance itself from a brutal civil war in Yemen, where Saudi-led forces are battling rebels who pose no direct threat to the United States. But late last year, a team of about a dozen Green Berets arrived on Saudi Arabia’s border with Yemen, in a continuing escalation of America’s secret wars. With ... Read More »

US Special Operators Scattered Across Yemen Might Soon Rely On Contractors To Rescue Them | The Drive

The Pentagon is interested in having contractors provide two fixed-wing aircraft and two helicopters on call to rescue wounded American special operators in and around Yemen if necessary, as well as to perform various other missions. The announcement comes as it becomes increasingly clear that the U.S. military’s own aerial casualty evacuation capabilities are stretched thin and just months after it weathered serious criticism ... Read More »

1st SFG (A) Officer Recognized as Army Special Operations Forces Communicator of the Year | DVIDS News

Maj. Ryan Collins, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) signal officer, was awarded the Army Special Operations Forces Communicator of the Year on April 18, 2018 for being the officer who provided the most significant contributions towards the special operations force mission of providing command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) support in both garrison and tactical environments. The award was ... Read More »

Afghanistan Takes a Bloody Path to Pursue Peace | The Atlantic

The years keep passing with the United States in Afghanistan—nearly 17 in all now—and the death toll keeps climbing. This week it was twin suicide bombings in Kabul that killed 25 people, including nine journalists, plus an attack on a military convoy in the country’s south that wounded several Romanian service members and killed an unknown number of children nearby. ... Read More »

Youth tackle football participation linked to earlier onset of cognitive and emotional symptoms | Science Daily

Starting to play tackle football before age 12 could lead to earlier onset of cognitive and emotional symptoms among athletes who were diagnosed with CTE and other brain diseases postmortem, according to a new study.  The findings, from researchers at VA Boston Healthcare System (VABHS) and Boston University (BU) School of Medicine, found that among 211 football players who were ... Read More »

SOCOM Taps Wittenberg Weiner to Help With Joint Training and Exercises | AFCEA Signal

Wittenberg Weiner Consulting LLC, Lutz, Florida, is being awarded a $200,000,000, five-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to support U.S. Special Operations Command in executing joint collective training and exercises. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $25,000,000 are being obligated at time of award. This contract was a competitive acquisition awarded through a section 8(a) set aside with 10 proposals received. U.S. ... Read More »

Texas Army National Guard Green Berets mentor U.S., Albanian and Lithuanian forces during Allied Spirit VIII | DVIDS News

Allied Spirit was a multinational exercise involving approximately 4,100 participants from 10 nations at 7th Army Training Command’s Hohenfels Training Area. The U.S. Army Europe-directed multinational exercise series Allied Spirit is designed to develop and enhance NATO and key partner’s interoperability and readiness. The Texas Army National Guardsmen from 19th SFG(A) augmented the OCT team from U.S. Special Operations Command ... Read More »