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1st SFG (A) Trains with Indian Special Forces | DVIDS News

Green Berets assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), conducted a joint training exercise with Indian Special Operation Forces, Jan. 14 -29 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Exercise Vajra Prahar is an annual two-week exercise, which highlights bilateral training that improves the ability to react efficiently to any number of contingencies. The training rotates between India and JBLM. “Our ... Read More »

Pentagon Says Human Error Muzzled Afghanistan Watchdog’s Report | Bloomberg Politics

Hours after a Pentagon watchdog criticized the Defense Department for blocking the inclusion of unclassified information in his reports on the war in Afghanistan, a U.S. military spokesman said the information had been withheld because of “human error.”  In a report published just before midnight Monday, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said he was unable to publish information ... Read More »

The Army is working to fix problems with its new handgun after critical DoD report | Army Times

The Army’s new handgun meets “all safety and operational requirements,” officials said Wednesday, after a recently published report revealed several issues with the Sig Sauer-made weapon. Early evaluations of the Army’s new handgun, the M17, last year showed test failures when the pistol was fired with the standard ball ammunition, stoppages, and double ejections. Those findings were revealed in a recently published ... Read More »

Reconstructing an ancient lethal weapon | Science Daily

Archaeologists are a little like forensic investigators: They scour the remains of past societies, looking for clues in pottery, tools and bones about how people lived, and how they died. And just as detectives might re-create the scene of a crime, University of Washington archaeologists have re-created the weapons used by hunter-gatherers in the post-Ice Age Arctic some 14,000 years ... Read More »

Third Female Marine Now in Selection to Become MARSOC Raider | Military.com

Another female candidate has quietly made it through most of the first phase of the assessment and selection process of Marine Corps Special Operations Command in a quest to become the first female MARSOC Raider. A 25-year-old female sergeant has almost completed the 21-day first phase of A&S after beginning the course Jan. 16, MARSOC spokesman Maj. Nicholas Mannweiler confirmed ... Read More »

Canada receives Polaris special ops vehicles | Shepard Media

The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) has taken delivery of its first DAGOR Ultra-Light Combat Vehicles (ULCV) from Polaris. Polaris is delivering 52 DAGOR vehicles under a contract awarded in December 2016. A further ten vehicles were ordered under an exercised option in July 2017. Vehicle deliveries will continue through to April 2018, and Polaris is to provide technical support services and integrated ... Read More »

Strava fitness app divulges heatmap of secretive British SAS base | The Telegraph

A secretive special air service base has been inadvertently revealed by a fitness app that has created a heatmap of running routes around the country. A SAS base in Hereford, along with a nuclear deterrent naval base and the government’s spy agency GCHQ has been placed on a heatmap of Strava’s customers, including the profiles of several people who regularly run ... Read More »

Army offering $25K reward in search for weapons stolen from Stuttgart arms room | Stars & Stripes

The search continues for information on a small-arms weapons heist from a base here in 2016, military officials said. Several semi-automatic pistols, one small-caliber automatic rifle and a shotgun were among the items taken in July 2016 from a weapons area at the U.S. Army’s Panzer Kaserne in Boeblingen, a Stuttgart suburb. In a sign that investigators could be struggling ... Read More »

General Dynamics to pump nearly $2 billion into its shipyards | Defense News

General Dynamics is investing about $2 billion into its shipyards in the coming years to meet the demands of a growing U.S. fleet, the company’s top executive said Wednesday during an earnings call. “In response to the significant increased demand from our Navy customer across all three of our shipyards, we’re investing in each of our yards,” said Phebe Novakovic, ... Read More »

Only one in four trust social media, says survey | BBC News

Only one in four Britons trusts social media and users would like to see tighter regulation, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. Its survey found two-thirds of Britons believe platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are not doing enough to prevent illegal and unethical behaviour, including cyber-bullying and extremism. But faith in traditional journalism rose sharply in the last ... Read More »

‘Blackhawk Down’ Army Ranger to speak | Morning AG Clips

During the General Session held on Wednesday morning, attendees at the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif. will hear the amazing story of the harrowing U.S. Army mission that was recounted in the movie “Blackhawk Down.” Commodity Classic takes place Feb. 27-March 1. The General Session is one of the most popular events at Commodity Classic. Comedian Mark Mayfield returns ... Read More »

The Afghan commandos trying to beat back the Taliban | Vice News

Today in Kabul, five gunmen attacked a military academy, killing 11 soldiers and injuring 15. It was the fourth major terrorist attack in Afghanistan in just the last 10 days. On Saturday, more than 100 people died when an ambulance packed with explosives detonated on a crowded street in the capital. Both the Taliban and ISIS are ramping up the ... Read More »

This Could Be The Next Special Operations Combat Helmet | Military.com

The super lightweight, modular and feature-rich Ops-Core helmets used by special operations troops can inspire a serious case of gear envy from the conventional forces. And they may get even better. This week at SHOT Show, parent company Gentex introduced its new Fast SF helmet, its submission for the ongoing U.S. Special Operations Command upgrade program. The helmet retains all the protection ... Read More »