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Here’s What We Know About The US Airstrikes That Killed Russian Fighters In Syria | Buzzfeed News

It became clear on Tuesday that US airstrikes last week in eastern Syria killed an unknown number of Russian mercenaries fighting on behalf of the Syrian government. But both the US and Russia continued to dismiss the possibility that the deadliest clash known between US and Russian nationals since the Cold War could lead to open conflict between the two ... Read More »

400 new Libyan special forces members graduate | Xinhua Net

Agraduation ceremony was held here Tuesday for 400 new Libyan special forces members who will be deployed to guard important figures and institutions throughout the country. “900 civilians involved in security service have been trained. After that, 400 members of special operations missions have graduated,” Captain Hatem Al-Gamati, the spokesman of the special forces, told Xinhua. The trainees took five ... Read More »

‘Wouldn’t It Be Great If We Could Shoot Someone in the Face at 200 Kilometers?’ | Defense One

What the U.S. Air Force wants out of artificial intelligence — and an exclusive look into its next project to fuse everything. The U.S. Air Force is doubling down on efforts to fuse text, video, and virtually every potential source of data or information together through artificial intelligence. The goal is to change the way every commander, airman, and even thinking machine ... Read More »

Coronado’s “Avenue Of The Heroes” … Lieutenant Carl E. Swepston, USN | Coronado Eagle & Journal

Lieutenant Carl E. Swepston joined the Navy in 1959. His first assignment was Navy Beachmaster-BMU 1 West Pac Detachment. In 1962 Swepston graduated from UDTRA Class 28, and he served in UDT-11, UDT-21, UDT-22, and SEAL Team ONE. He is Explosive Ordnance Disposal Qualified and did four deployments to Vietnam in 1963, 1964, 1966, and 1969. Swepston served as a ... Read More »

Every Pentagon wish is granted in Trump’s defense budget request | Washington Examiner

AS YOU WISH, SO IT SHALL BE: “The president proposes, Congress disposes,” is a saying popular on Capitol Hill. As we pore over President Trump’s $4.4 trillion budget plan for fiscal 2019, including $716 billion for defense and national security, it’s important to keep in mind that the president’s budget request is merely a wish list, an outline of the president’s priorities, and ... Read More »

Trump seeks 11 percent SOCom budget increase | Tampa Bay Times

President Donald Trump’s proposed military budget includes a nearly 11 percent spending increase for U.S. Special Operations Command headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base. The measure, if approved by Congress, would bump up the command’s budget by 10.9 percent, from a total of $12.3 billion in Fiscal Year 2018 to $13.6 billion, according to Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty, a SOCom ... Read More »

Inquiry of Soldiers’ Deaths Urges Curtailing West Africa Missions | The New York Times

Some current and former Pentagon policy officials and military commanders in Africa expressed skepticism about curtailing the training and advising missions in which American troops accompany local forces on ground patrols in West Africa. “I’m not sure retreating from programs is the answer,” said Brian McKeon, a former top Pentagon policy official who visited Niger in 2015. “If we’re not ... Read More »

How A Special Forces Soldier Built A Multimillion-Dollar Backpack Brand | Forbes

Jason McCarthy, a Special Forces soldier, had no idea that he would be a businessman running a multi-million dollar operation. McCarthy served in the Army between 2003-2008. And he became a Green Beret (Army Special Forces) in that period. McCarthy served in Iraq, West Africa and Europe. And he also received a Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal with “V” ... Read More »

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

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 »

Remington Is Planning to File for Bankruptcy | Bloomberg

For two centuries, it has been a totem of America’s gun culture — a name emblazoned on frontier flintlocks and U.S. Army .45s. But on Monday Remington Outdoor Co., which traces its history back to 1816, said it would file for bankruptcy protection, succumbing to a slump in business worsened by, of all things, a president who has steadfastly supported Americans’ ... Read More »

Feds put 9 lenders on notice about ‘aggressive, misleading’ VA loan practices | Military Times

Government officials have put nine lenders on notice that they’ll be kicked out of the primary finance program for VA loans if they don’t stop “loan churning” practices that are allegedly hurting veterans and putting the benefit at risk. “We really need to defend the VA program,” said Michael Bright, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Ginnie Mae, a government corporation that ... Read More »

Niger incident report coming soon, Mattis says | Military Times

The incident report on the Oct. 4 firefight in Niger that left four U.S. personnel deadcould be out in a matter of weeks, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said Sunday. The report could come as soon as “a week or two,” Mattis said, though he cautioned that the timetable will be set by Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the head of U.S. Africa Command. The ... Read More »