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Former Navy Seal creates active shooter notification system | CBS 12

Protecting our children in schools. A retired Navy Seal says he has the solution, a system that will immediately notify nearby law enforcement when a killer is on campus. Palm Beach County father, retired Navy Seal and Former Law Enforcement Officer Hector Delgado says his company ASR Alert Systems is using existing technology to cut out the middleman and notifies ... Read More »

The Military Is Relying Too Heavily on Special Ops Forces. Mattis Must End That. | The Daily Signal

At a recent special operations symposium in Tampa, Florida—home of the U.S. Special Operations Command—a senior Marine commander said he was concerned that America was too often going to the special operations “well” to address its military challenges. Unfortunately, he is correct. Lt. Gen. William Beydler, the commander of Marine forces for all of the U.S. Central Command, America’s busiest ... Read More »

GAF commended as govt plans for more special forces training | Ghana Today

The continued efforts of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) in keeping the country’s boarders and territorial waters safe, response to natural disasters, protecting national maritime domain and air space to secure strategic assets, provision of health services, safeguarding river bodies and continued community assistance, have come up for high commendation by the President. “Internationally, you continue to win laurels for ... Read More »

Gen. Votel: Russia is both ‘arsonist and fireman’ in Syria | Military Times

Russia is seeking to counter U.S. diplomatic influence by stoking conflict in Syria even as it portrays itself as an arbiter in the civil war, the top American general in the Middle East said Tuesday in notably pointed criticism of Moscow. “I’m being very serious when I say they play the role of both arsonist and fireman — fueling tensions and then ... Read More »

Raj Shah exits DIUx | Defense News

Raj Shah has stepped down as the head of the Pentagon’s DIUx Silicon Valley office after almost two years on the job. Shah quietly left the job Feb. 22, handing control of the group over to U.S. Navy Capt. Sean Heritage, who will serve as the acting lead until a new managing partner is named, said Defense Department spokeswoman Michelle Baldanza. Shah ... Read More »

The Black Box of China’s Chinese Intelligence Services | The Cipher Brief

China’s intelligence and security services play a pivotal role in shaping how China’s leadership views the outside world – but we in that outside world don’t know much about how they provide guidance and direction to diplomats and security officials, or how they help form government policy. When news breaks of the latest Chinese cyberhack or other espionage activities, analysts ... Read More »

Israelis Train 500 NAF Special Forces | PR Nigeria

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has graduated another batch of Special Forces personnel comprising officers, airmen and airwomen, from its Regiment Training Centre (RTC) in Kaduna. With the graduation, which took place on 23 February 2018, the NAF has so far trained well over 500 Special Forces personnel in asymmetric warfare in the past 6 months. The 8-week specialized training ... Read More »

7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) welcomes seven new partners in an induction ceremony | DVIDS News

The 2018 7th Special Forces Group Honorary Commanders Program officially started with an induction ceremony here, February 23. The purpose of the Honorary Commanders Program is to increase public awareness and understanding of missions, policies, programs and the people of 7th SFG(A). The program brings together community leaders of the Northwest Florida area who have close ties to the community ... Read More »

Mayvin Wins SOCOM Special Program Support Contract | Executive Biz

The U.S. Army has awarded Mayvin Consulting Group a potential five-year, $47.5 million contract to provide scientific, engineering and technical assistance services to the U.S. Special Operations Command. Mayvin will support USSOCOM’s manager for special programs through the company’s program, business and project management, logistics and engineering services, the Defense Department said Friday. DoD expects the company to finish work by Feb. 22, 2023. The Army Contracting Command received ... Read More »

US Air Force sends SPECIAL OPS plane to shadow Russian ship posing ‘very serious threat’ | Daily Star

A US military C-32B special ops plane landed at Piarco International Airport in Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday, flight monitors show.  The Boeing 757 planes, operated by the US Air Force Special Operations Command, are typically used to support US government crisis response and CIA special activities. Meanwhile, the Viktor Leonov, a Vishnya-class Russian intelligence gathering ship, is expected to depart ... Read More »

US kills four Shabaab jihadists in Somali airstrike | FDD’s Long War Journal

US forces conducted an airstrike yesterday in Jamaame, a coastal town in southern Somalia. The strike killed four terrorists associated with Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia and East Africa. A US Africa Command (AFRICOM) press release said that US forces will continue to partner with the Somali military and the African Union mission in the country in “combined counterterrorism operations and targeting ... Read More »

UN report: Afghan JTACs needed to curb civilian deaths | Military Times

The number of Afghan civilian casualties declined by 9 percent in 2017, and civilian deaths caused by pro-government forces in particular dropped 23 percent, according to the annual report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. Despite this good news, the UN mission still documented a 7 percent increase in civilian casualties from air operations specifically, and advised better air-to-ground integrationthrough the Afghan version ... Read More »

Source: Totaled | Seth’s Blog

A car is totaled when the cost of fixing it is more than the cost of buying a similar used car in good condition. The broken car is a sunk cost. It doesn’t matter how much you paid for it. It’s a gift from the you of yesterday to the you of today. And it arrived broken, so broken that ... Read More »

Army troops, Special Forces train Nigerian infantry for fight against Boko Haram, ISIS | Military Times

A dozen U.S. troops just wrapped up a seven-week trip to Nigeria, where they trained local soldiers in advanced infantry tactics that, in all likelihood, they’ll use to beat back religious extremist terror in their country. The soldiers, some two Green Berets and six conventional troops from Fort Bragg’s Security Assistance Training Management Organization and four infantrymen from 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, visited ... Read More »

Special Operations Command asks for more troops, biggest budget yet | Military Times

Special operations forces numbers are higher than they have ever been, but leaders in that community want Congress to approve their highest budget request ever made to increase the force by more than 1,000 troops. The special operations forces, which include Army Special Forces and Rangers, Navy SEALs, Marine Raiders and Air Force Special Tactics Operators and others, are being strained to their breaking point, ... Read More »