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Non-citizens can provide an “untapped” pool of military recruits, experts say | UPI

As the Pentagon tries to increase troop numbers, the military is accepting recruits it would have rejected in years past. A different option, several experts say, would be to recruit troops who aren’t citizens. “Military recruiting is in terrible shape right now,” said retired Lt. Col. Margaret Stock, who has written extensively on the issue. “There’s a big recruiting crisis ... Read More »

New fossils are redefining what makes a dinosaur | Science News

“There’s a very faint dimple here,” Sterling Nesbitt says, holding up a palm-sized fossil to the light. The fossil, a pelvic bone, belonged to a creature called Teleocrater rhadinus. The slender, 2-meter-long reptile ran on all fours and lived 245 million years ago, about 10 million to 15 million years before scientists think dinosaurs first appeared. Nesbitt, a paleontologist at Virginia Tech ... Read More »

Global SOF 2018: AFSOC revitalises 6th SOS | Shepard Media

The recently released US National Defense Strategy has added emphasis to ongoing Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) efforts to revitalise its 6th Special Operations Squadron (SOS), a combat aviation advisory unit with missions to assess, train, advise and assist foreign aviation forces. Those ongoing efforts were highlighted during this week’s Global Special Operations Forum Symposium near Tampa, Florida. Speaking on a ‘SOF Aviation’ ... Read More »

U.S. military kills 3 Al-Shabaab militants in southern Somalia | Xinhuanet

The United States military said Wednesday its special forces conducted an airstrike against Al-Shabaab terrorists in southern Somalia on Monday, killing three militants. The U.S. Africa Command (Africom) said the airstrike which was conducted in cooperation with Somali government occurred in the vicinity of Jilib and no civilians were killed during the strike. “In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. ... Read More »

General Atomics Unit to Supply Batteries for SOCOM’s Lockheed-Built Dry Combat Submersibles | GovConWire

A General Atomics business unit has provided its Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant battery technology to power the Dry Combat Submersible platform that Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is building for the U.S. Special Operations Command, ExecutiveBiz reported Friday. Lockheed awarded a contract to General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems to build and deliver LiFT batteries for the DCS transport vessel, the latter said Thursday. About Executive Mosaic: Founded in 2002, Executive Mosaic is a leadership organization and ... Read More »

Amid beret backlash, the Army’s SFAB soldiers focus on training, deployment | Army Times

It’s been less than three months since social media erupted over the news that soldiers in the Army’s new Security Force Assistance Brigade would receive their own colored beret and patches. But soldiers in the unit are not focused on those uniform items, leaders said. “Here inside the SFAB, honestly, we don’t even talk about it. The headgear, the patches, that’s not what we’re about,” ... Read More »

A light attack aircraft fleet: Could it change the fight or put lives at risk? | Air Force Times

A new light attack aircraft could provide the Air Force a cheaper, more cost-effective way of dealing with low-end threats — and free up its more advanced fighters to deal with more serious adversaries. But some critics fear that sending a slower, more lightly armored, propeller-driven plane into battle — even in relatively permissive environments — could put pilots at risk of being ... Read More »

2 Americans, 6 others arrested in Serbia | The Sacramento Bee

Eight foreign citizens, including two Americans and two Ukrainians, have been arrested in Serbia on suspicion that they tried to photograph and enter military facilities without authorization, officials said on Monday. State TV said the U.S. and Ukrainian citizens allegedly tried to take shots of the military security headquarters in downtown Belgrade with a drone. The report did not identify ... Read More »

Interview: Head of US Air Force special ops in Asia-Pacific talks regional threats, priorities | Defense News

In this day and age, the phrase “special operations” conjures the idea of the covert forces in Afghanistan that conduct raids on terrorist strongholds, train native forces in tactics or accomplish highly critical missions like the killing of Osama bin Laden. But in the Asia-Pacific regions, the work of special operators takes on a softer veneer, focusing instead on strengthening ... Read More »

Global SOF 2018: Has US developed ‘over reliance’ on SOF? | Shepard Media

The US and its partners across the Central Command region may have developed an over-reliance on special operations forces (SOF), sometimes at the expense of conventional forces capabilities. Lt Gen William Beydler, Commander, Marine Corps Forces, Central Command, observed at this week’s Global SOF Symposium in Tampa, Florida: ‘My sense is for the past 17 years our nation has been absolutely fascinated ... Read More »

Watchdog Calls For Probe Into ‘Executions’ By Special Forces | Tolo News

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Afghan government and the United States military to investigate reports into the alleged killing of civilians  during a military operation by the Special Force Unit in Kandahar between January 31 and February 1. The watchdog said in a statement on Wednesday that security personnel found to be responsible for abuses, including ... Read More »

Lure of the Commandos bring more than 2,500 Afghan soldiers to training | DVIDS News

More than 1,100 Afghan National Army soldiers began the 23rd Commando Qualification Course at the ANA Special Operations Command School of Excellence at Camp Command, near Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 6, 2018. After initial assessments are completed, the soldiers will progress to advanced individual skills training, followed by collective training at the team, squad, and platoon level. CDOQC Class 23 joins ... Read More »

Source: How Twitter bots affected the US presidential campaign | Fifth Domain

A grand jury led by special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russians for, among other things, using social media accounts to influence public debate in the lead-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. My research has found that large numbers of participants in that online conversation were biased robots created by unseen groups with unknown agendas. Since 2012, I have been ... Read More »