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Surgical team on front lines of ISIS war to receive Bronze Stars | Air Force Times

The Air Force will award Bronze Stars to five Special Operations Surgical Team airmen next week, including four who saved many lives under grueling conditions on the front lines of the war against the Islamic State in 2016. The awards ― the military’s fourth-highest combat medal for heroism ― will be presented Feb. 13 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Air Force Special ... Read More »

Navy SEAL Jason Redman To Host Los Angeles Fundraiser to Benefit the Combat Wounded Coalition and The Overcome Academy | Broadway World

Overcome Academy and The Combat Wounded Coalition will hold a February 15th Los Angeles evening fundraiser to raise awareness and support the sacrifices made by combat wounded warriors. Orchestrated by Retired Navy SEAL Jason Redman, a wounded warrior himself and founder of the Overcome Academy, the event at Peterson Automotive Museum will include a live charity auction conducted by award-winning ... Read More »

Dark Money: How Militants Exploit Hawala to Fund Terror | The Cipher Brief

Bottom Line: For terrorists, moving money covertly through hawala networks to circumvent institutionalized banking systems remains one of their leading methods of avoiding detection. The U.S. has managed to unearth and even sanction certain illicit hawala networks, but terrorists continue to exploit this centuries old, nearly untraceable practice to finance their operations around the world. Background: Hawala, which means “transfer” in Arabic, is ... Read More »

Pakistani Taliban Leader Killed In US Drone Strike | Tolo News

Khan Saeed Sajna, the Mehsud splinter group leader of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan, sources from Afghan government said. In Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, he was accused of being the closest to Pakistani military and the biggest supporter of Haqqani network. The Express Tribune meanwhile reported that Khan Saeed Mehsud alias Sajna was killed ... Read More »

US terror designations expose 3 international facilitators for Islamic State | Long War Journal

As the Islamic State attempted to hold onto the territory in its so-called caliphate, it deployed a fleet of small drones to harass its foes. The modified drones were deployed during the battle for Mosul, where they were used to perform surveillance and drop small explosives on approaching forces, as well as elsewhere throughout Iraq and Syria. The US Treasury ... Read More »

Colo. National Guard Special Forces Soldiers receive awards for acts of valor in combat | DVIDS News

Local and national leaders will honor Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers from Bravo Company, 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Feb. 10, with valor awards they earned while deployed last year in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. The unit returned from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan in October 2017. The awards approved include seven Purple Heart Medals, 10 Bronze ... Read More »

Navy SEAL who says he killed bin Laden: ‘A military parade is third world bulls—’ | The Hill

The former U.S. Navy SEAL who says he fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden ripped President Trump‘s proposal for a military parade in the nation’s capital. “A military parade is third world bullshit,” Robert J. O’Neill tweeted on Thursday. “We prepare. We deter. We fight. Stop this conversation.” The comments come after the White House said President Trump has asked the Pentagon to ... Read More »

Army Ranger died during free-fall training in January | Army Times

An Army Ranger died last month during free-fall training in Arizona, according to U.S. Army Special Operations Command. Sgt. Maj. Samuel Morris McAllister, 45, died on Jan. 24 in Eloy, Arizona, a USASOC spokesman told Army Times. He was posthumously promoted from master sergeant to sergeant major. In free-fall operations, the jumper isn’t attached to a static line that automatically ... Read More »

US and Macedonia to Increase Special Forces Cooperation | Balkan Insider

“After the improvement of the political situation in Macedonia, the focus is on the strategic goals, NATO and EU membership, Defense Minister Radmila Sekerinska said today at the meeting with the Commander of the US Special Operations Command in Europe, Major General Mark Schwartz. According to the defense ministry, the interlocutors concluded that Macedonia and the United States have comprehensive and continuous cooperation ... Read More »

Marines pushing quadcopters and ‘video game warfighting’ for every squad | Marine Corps Times

he Marine Corps wants every squad to be equipped with new quadcopter tactical drones ― as it pushes high-tech, realistic video games for training. The quadcopter plan has been in development for some time, and the equipment has slowly been doled out to Marine units deployed overseas. A nearly 300 Marine unit known as Task Force Southwest deployed to Helmand province, Afghanistan, ... Read More »

Meet MRZR X — the Polaris equipment transport ground robot | Defense News

Polaris rolled out its ground robot — the MRZR X, currently in the running for the U.S. Army’s competition for an unmanned equipment transport vehicle — at the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference this week. The MRZR X is one of four unmanned vehicles that may be selected and produced under the Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport program. The other teams selected to ... Read More »

FEDS TAKE DOWN A HALF-BILLION DOLLAR CYBERCRIME FORUM AFTER 7 YEARS ONLINE | Wired

WITH THE RISE and fall of dark web black markets like Alphabay and the Silk Road, law enforcement officials have repeatedly warned that even anonymity tools like Tor and cryptocurrencies won’t hide criminals from the law’s long reach. But the most recent takedown of another massive cybercrime forum carries a different lesson: It’s still possible to create an online black market even outside of the dark web’s cover, ... Read More »

Q&A with SOCOM’s New Acquisition Executive, James Smith | National Defense

Special Operations Command has a new acquisition leader, the Air Force announced Feb. 8. James Smith, the former deputy director for acquisition at the command, assumed the role of executive as his predecessor, James “Hondo” Geurts, now serves as assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition. A former Army officer, Smith joined SOCOM after his retirement from ... Read More »

Fort Bragg soldiers use Ranger training to rescue paratrooper from tree | Army Times

Two Fort Bragg soldiers had just finished a routine training jump and were on chute detail when they heard a radio transmission that one of the paratroopers had landed in a tree. Staff Sgt. Daniel Johan Mackie and Staff Sgt. Valentin Staneata continued their work collecting parachutes. But as the hours wore on, they heard over the radio that the jumper was stuck in ... Read More »

National Intelligence, Special Operations Museum Planned in Loudoun County | The Loudoun Tribune

A Loudoun County site has been selected for a museum that publicly recognizes the efforts of American heroes who served in the shadows. The National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations is planned as part of the Kincora property, a 434-acre, mixed-used development planned along Pacific Boulevard near the intersection of Routes 7 and 28. The museum is a joint ... Read More »