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Marine snipers are getting new Mk 13 rifles | Marine Corps Times

Marine snipers have been carrying some version of the M40 rifle since the Vietnam War, but now the Corps is about to arm its snipers with a new weapon system. Marine snipers will soon be carrying the Mk 13 Mod 7 sniper rifle, Marine spokesperson Capt. Christopher Harrison confirmed to Marine Corps Times Monday. The selection of the Mk 13 Mod 7 closes ... Read More »

DoD identifies soldier killed in Syria IED attack | Army Times

The Department of Defense on Saturday released the name of a soldier who was killed in an improvised explosive device attack in Syria. Master Sgt. Jonathan Dunbar, 36, of Austin, Texas, was deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He died from his wounds Thursday in Manbij, Syria, when an IED detonated near his patrol. Another coalition service member was killed and five others were ... Read More »

A View from the CT Foxhole: Lieutenant Colonel Kent Solheim, Commander, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group | Combatting Terrorism Center

Lieutenant Colonel Kent G. Solheim has been the Commander of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) since June 2016. He has served in a variety of roles within the Special Forces community, deploying numerous times to Iraq and Afghanistan. Most recently, Lieutenant Colonel Solheim served as the Special Operations Command Forward North and West Africa Deputy Commanding Officer, and ... Read More »

Navy SEALs To Be Tested Prior To Training, Monitored For Brain Injuries | KPBS

Under a new program, Navy SEALs will be tested for brain injury when they first become special operators, then throughout their careers. Typically secretive, the Naval Special Warfare Group One on Coronado announced that everyone who enters the SEALs or Special Boat Operators will undergo baseline testing of their brain function. The SEALs are working with the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at Naval Medical Center San ... Read More »

They sought help when their Army dad deployed. Now they’re barred from joining the military. | Military Times

By seeking counseling for their two teenage daughters as their family coped with multiple moves and multiple deployments to Afghanistan, an Army major and his wife unwittingly prevented both girls from following their father, their grandfather and their great-grandfather into military service. Rudy and Mia De La Rosa thought they were providing emotional support for daughters Juliet and Samantha. Neither the parents nor the ... Read More »

Breaking down China’s electronic warfare tactics | C4ISRNET

In the wake of Russia’s demonstrations of advanced electromagnetic spectrum and communications jamming capabilities, most recently displayed in their incursion into Ukraine, China also is upping its game in this space, demonstrating similar capabilities in the Pacific. The U.S. Department of Defense, in an annual report to Congress on China’s military and security developments, assessed that the country is placing greater importance ... Read More »

Dietary supplement shows promise for reversing cardiovascular aging | Science Daily

Scientists have long known that restricting calories can fend off physiological signs of aging, with studies in fruit flies, roundworms, rodents and even people showing that chronically slashing intake by about a third can reap myriad health benefits and, in some cases, extend lifespan.  From a public health perspective, that advice would be impractical for many and dangerous for some.But ... Read More »

British member of special forces killed fighting ISIS in Syria by explosive device is first casualty from UK armed forces | Mirror

A member of the UK armed forces in the U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State was killed by an improvised explosive device in Syria, officials have confirmed. The victim is the first casualty from UK Armed Forces in the war-ravaged country. An American soldier was also killed and five other soldiers were injured by a blast. They are the first coalition service members ... Read More »

Intel soldier earns medal of honor, but the IDF can’t say for what | The Times of Israel

IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot on Tuesday awarded a combat soldier in Military Intelligence the Medal of Distinguished Service for his role in a secret operation in which he made an “important contribution to the security of the State of Israel.” In addition to the individual award, the Eisenkot also gave a group commendation to the elite Sayeret Matkal ... Read More »

Green Beret recounts 3 Vietnam tours training mercenaries | Blue Ridge Now

Michael “Mike” DiRocco’s experience in the Vietnam War differs from the typical soldier. He was a Green Beret tasked with turning indigenous tribesmen into modern mercenaries. But all Vietnam War veterans get a thank you today. On March 28, 2017 — the 50th anniversary of the war — President Donald Trump signed the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act, declaring March ... Read More »

Vietnam-era rocket launcher may get a new lease on life as Corps ponders a deadlier M-72 | Marine Corps Times

The Corps may soon field a new version of its disposable anti-tank rocket known as the M-72, a weapon system that has seen service with the Marines since the Vietnam War. Manufactured by Norwegian company NAMMO, the 66 mm anti-tank rocket — also known as the M-72 light assault weapon, or LAW — is headed for another upgrade that may see use by ... Read More »

How (Not) to Fight Proxy Wars | The National Interest

Iran’s proxies are running roughshod over America’s allies and interests in the Middle East. Hezbollah is dictating the terms of Lebanese politics and preparing for war with Israel. In Yemen, Houthis indiscriminately launch missiles into Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, in areas of Iraq that Iranian-backed militias have liberated from the Islamic State, hundreds of men and boys have disappeared; scores of others have ... Read More »