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

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 »

Source: How Twitter bots affected the US presidential campaign | Fifth Domain

A grand jury led by special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russians for, among other things, using social media accounts to influence public debate in the lead-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. My research has found that large numbers of participants in that online conversation were biased robots created by unseen groups with unknown agendas. Since 2012, I have been ... Read More »

Here’s where troops and military retirees can go for free tax help | Military Times

Military taxpayers can save money in a variety of ways when it comes to tax preparation and filing thanks to expert guidance and free services provided by the Defense Department. Active-duty members, retirees and their dependents are eligible for free, in-person tax preparation services at 139 military Volunteer Income Tax Assistance locations around the world. VITA tax preparers save their clients an average of ... Read More »

Ultra-processed foods ‘linked to cancer’ | BBC News

A link between highly processed foods and cancer has been suggested by French researchers. They classified foods including cakes, chicken nuggets and mass-produced bread as “ultra-processed”. A study of 105,000 people hinted the more of such foods people ate, the greater their risk of cancer. A lot of caution is being expressed about the study, but experts said a healthy ... Read More »

FEARS FOR PAIR Brit couple kidnapped ‘by ISIS-linked terror suspects’ during South Africa holiday | The Sun

A BRIT couple have been kidnapped and held hostage by “ISIS-linked terrorists” while on holiday in South Africa. The holidaymakers flocked to the coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal in order to collect seeds and indigenous plants as part of their travels. The couple who both hold dual British and South African citizenship, last spoke to relatives back home on February 12. ... Read More »

Two women could enter Navy special operations training this year | Navy Times

Two years after the Navy’s elite special warfare operating billets were opened to women, the service could be on the verge of seeing their first female candidates step up to the challenge. That’s what Vice. Adm. Robert P. Burke told the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee during his Feb. 14 testimony. Burke and other service personnel chiefs were asked to give ... Read More »

Command Failures Led to Niger Ambush, Explosive Report Shows | Military.com

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Saturday that the Pentagon investigation of the Niger ambush in which four U.S. troops were killed is close to being wrapped up, but that was before The New York Times published a detailed and damning report based partly on a video of the firefight. On his plane back to the U.S. following a week-long trip to Europe, Mattis told reporters traveling ... Read More »

Here’s where the Pentagon wants to invest in artificial intelligence in 2019 | C4ISRNET

From Amazon’s Alexa to self-driving cars, artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly improving and promises to soon transform almost every aspect of life. As data, the lifeblood of AI, increasingly becomes both a tool and a vulnerability on today’s battlefield, the Department of Defense is taking notice. Gen. Robert Ashley, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, recently testified before the Senate ... Read More »

ISIS ambushes Iraqi Shiite-led force, killing 27 fighters | Military Times

Islamic State militants ambushed a group of Iraq’s Shiite-led paramilitary fighters, killing at least 27 more than two months after Baghdad declared victory over the extremist group, officials said Monday. The Popular Mobilization Forces, an umbrella group of mostly Shiite militias, said in a statement that the attack took place southwest of the northern city of Kirkuk, where the paramilitaries were conducting ... Read More »

The Bundeswehr, famously bureaucratic, wants to charm technology startups | Defense News

Germany’s tech companies could see new business with the military, as Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen seeks to funnel more funding toward cyber technologies under plans to grow the country’s defense budget. At least that’s the plan. Von der Leyen struck an optimistic tone here at the Munich Security Conference when opening the event’s inaugural “Innovation Forum.“ But, she ... Read More »

Czech special forces to receive new assault rifles | Prague Daily Monitor

The Czech Defence Ministry is planning to buy new AR-15 assault rifles for soldiers from the special forces, Jiri Caletka, from the Defence Ministry press department, told journalists on Saturday. The weapons will replace the same type of assault rifles the specialists use in foreign operations, Caletka said. In all, they are to receive 350 new assault rifles for about ... Read More »