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‘I just enjoy killing. Simple as that.’ Quotes from airman’s journal shared at sentencing in Offutt slaying | Omaha World-Herald

“I just enjoy killing. Simple as that.” That is how Airman 1st Class Timothy Wilsey described what he called “a hunger, a thirst, a craving” to kill people. In the days after he strangled an acquaintance, Airman 1st Class Rhianda Dillard, Wilsey poured out his thoughts, and his murderous ambitions, in the handwritten pages of his journal. Some of the ... Read More »

THE QUESTIONS ZUCKERBERG SHOULD HAVE ANSWERED ABOUT RUSSIA | Wired

OVER THE LAST two days, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was questioned for more than 10 hours by two different Congressional committees. There was granular focus on privacy definitions and data collection, and quick footwork by Zuckerberg—backed by a phalanx of lawyers, consultants, and coaches—to craft a narrative that users “control” their data. (They don’t.) But the gaping hole at the center ... Read More »

Madrid police dogs get ‘Mozart effect’ music therapy | BBC News

Madrid’s police dogs are to get air-conditioning and music therapy to improve their well-being. The Spanish capital’s municipal police force has installed a specialised system providing music therapy for its service dogs. It is hoped that the innovation will reduce the levels of stress experienced by the dogs. The technique exposes the animals to classical music several times a day ... Read More »

Are MARSOC cyber operators on the horizon? | Marine Corps Times

Cyber operations may not be the first thing that come to mind when thinking of elite special operators on a high-speed mission ― but with rising tech threats across the globe, Marine Raiders are looking to put cyber sleuths near the front lines. Packing capabilities that can aid in physical effects on enemy forces or help Raiderstrack down high value targets in ... Read More »

About 800 evacuated from Fort Bragg building, officials say | Army Times

This story has been updated since it was originally published, and the number evacuated revised to 800. FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Fort Bragg authorities were searching rooms Thursday in one of the largest buildings on the North Carolina Army post after safety alarms triggered an evacuation. U.S. Army spokesman Paul Boyce said alarms were triggered around 1 p.m. Thursday in ... Read More »

US and UK Forces Engage in New Kind of Training at Fort Bragg | Military.com

For the past several weeks, thousands of troops have been waging an invisible war centered around Fort Bragg. And none of them have fired a shot. The warfighting exercise currently underway — the training is set to end Wednesday — involves conventional, special operations and foreign forces operating in a largely virtual environment. Headquarters of the 18th Airborne Corps, 1st Special Forces Command, ... Read More »

Special Operations Leaders Update Senators on Efforts | Department of Defense

U.S. special operations forces are relevant to all the nation’s security priorities, the vice commander of U.S. Special Operations Command told a Senate Armed Services Committee panel today. Air Force Lt. Gen. Scott A. Howell, representing Socom commander Army Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III, told the committee’s emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee that the nearly 3,000 special operations forces members are deployed in more ... Read More »

Army Chief: Assad Should Pay a Big Price for Recent Chemical Attack | Military.com

The U.S. Army‘s chief of staff today said he agreed with President Trump that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should pay a big price for a recent alleged chemical attack on a Damascus suburb. Under questioning from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Gen. Mark Milley testified at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that Assad’s arsenal of chemical weapons should be attacked. “The President said ... Read More »

The emotions we feel may shape what we see | Science Daily

Our emotional state in a given moment may influence what we see, according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. In two experiments, researchers found that participants saw a neutral face as smiling more when it was paired with an unseen positive image. The research shows that humans are active perceivers, say psychological scientist ... Read More »

US military opens annual counterterrorism training in Niger | Military Times

Six months after the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Niger led to questions about the military’s presence in the West African nation, the U.S. Special Operations Command in Africa on Wednesday opened its annual counterterror exercise in the face of a growing extremist threat. The Flintlock exercise’s 10 days of training for special operations forces is meant to strengthen West African nations’ ... Read More »

Hit & Run: Govt launches inquiry, but notes video footage conflicts with book’s account | NZ Herald

Video footage provided by the US military appears to conflict with some of the allegations made in the book Hit & Run, the Attorney General says. David Parker launched a Government inquiry this afternoon into allegations in the book that elite New Zealand soldiers killed civilians in Afghanistan. In launching the inquiry, Parker noted that he had seen video footage which ... Read More »

Flag Officer Announcements | Department of Defense

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis announced today that the president has made the following nominations: Navy Adm. Philip S. Davidson for reappointment to the rank of admiral, and assignment as commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Honolulu, Hawaii.  Davidson is currently serving as commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia. Navy Rear Adm. David M. Kriete for appointment to the rank ... Read More »