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The Scary New Contracting Model That Isn’t Scary or New | Next Gov

There is a new and scary but potentially game-changing acquisition model catching fire across government. The thing is, it doesn’t have to be scary and is not really all that new. Long lead times and complex, overwrought requirements have made acquisition one of the main impediments to successful information technology procurements in the federal government, resulting in no shortage of handwringing ... Read More »

Closer to the fight: Inside the Corps’ plan to deploy tech experts alongside grunts | Marine Corps Times

The tip of the spear is not just for grunts anymore. The Marine Corps’ is setting in motion plans to push Marines trained in cyber operations and electronic warfare into forward-deployed combat units. For example, sitting on the commandant’s desk awaiting his signature is a plan to alter the traditional 13-man rifle squad by adding a Marine proficient in drone operations and ... Read More »

Russia ‘arming the Afghan Taliban’, says US | BBC News

Russia is supporting and even supplying arms to the Taliban, the head of US forces in Afghanistan has told the BBC. In an exclusive interview, Gen John Nicholson said he’d seen “destabilising activity by the Russians.” He said Russian weapons were smuggled across the Tajik border to the Taliban, but could not say in what quantity. Russia has denied such ... Read More »

Ex-Navy Seal allegedly behind Austin bank robbery spree | KXAN

he man believed to be behind five Austin bank robberies since December is a former Navy Seal, the U.S. Navy confirmed Monday. Thomas Mixon, 59, remains in the Travis County Jail — after being booked on Feb. 26. — on five charges of aggravated robbery. Bond was set at $500,000. The Navy consulted the National Archives, which said Mixon enlisted in ... Read More »

Vietnam veterans ceremony in Sarasota attracts a military legend | Herald Tribune

Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who also commanded the U.S. Special Operations Command will attend “Welcome Home” ceremonies at Sarasota National Cemetery’s Patriot Plaza on March 29 SARASOTA — At 76, Gen. Hugh Shelton has instructed his booking agent to scale back on his public appearances. After all, following a military career that spanned 450 parachute jumps ... Read More »

Aussie special forces perform training exercises ahead of Commonwealth Games | XINHUA Net

With the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games just over one week away, Australian security forces held a training operation on Monday to showcase their technological capabilities. In one simulation conducted by Australian special forces and the Queensland Police, an unauthorised drone threatened to breach the exclusion zone which surrounds the games compound. But it was quickly identified by a new counter-drone ... Read More »

Special Forces Association of RI to hold bowling fundraiser at OML | The Narragansett Times

The Special Forces Association of Rhode Island will hold its annual bowling fundraiser at Old Mountain Lanes this weekend. Established in 1964, the Special Forces Association (SFA) is a non-profit organization of current and retired U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers—or “Green Berets”—with 84 chapters across the United States and a handful of other countries. “It’s arguably the most robust regimental ... Read More »

Afghan Forces Conduct 22 Operations Against Terrorists | Tolo News

Afghan National Defense and Security Forces conducted 10 clearance operations and 12 special operations in nine provinces during the past 24 hours, Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Saturday. The ministry said 48 terrorists including 14 Daesh fighters were killed, three were wounded and 13 others were arrested during the operations. The military operations which were supported by ... Read More »

More Veterans Seek Pardons for Combat-Zone Convictions | Military.com

When Michael Behenna told his parents he wanted to enlist in the Army after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, they were proud. Worried, too. The Behennas themselves were devoted to careers in public service. Scott Behenna was an FBI intelligence analyst and retired Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation special agent. Vicki Behenna prosecuted Timothy McVeigh for the lethal Oklahoma City bombing. But ... Read More »

Robots are shifting income from workers to owners | Axios

In the 19th century, it took six decades after the Luddites for the wages of textile workers to recover from the advent of weaving machines. We are in the midst of another such gap now, according to David Autor, a pioneering labor economist at MIT. What’s happening now: Machines are creating more wealth, but workers are not getting their usual cut ... Read More »

New details about altercation that left Fort Bragg soldier dead | ABC

We’re learning new details about an altercation that left a Fort Bragg soldier dead earlier this week. Sgt. 1st Class Mark Leshikar, 33, was fatally shot at a private home in Cumberland County Wednesday evening by another soldier. According to ABC News, Leshikar was a member of the 19th Special Forces Group, a National Guard Green Beret Unit. The shooter’s name has ... Read More »

What are Canadian special forces still doing in Iraq? | CBC News

Six months after it was suspended, Canada’s advise and assist mission in northern Iraq remains in a state of limbo, with no immediate end in sight. The mission was suspended after fighting broke out between Iraqi and Kurdish forces following a controversial Kurdish independence referendum in September. The two groups had been working together to defeat ISIS, but long-held tensions boiled over ... Read More »


The 101st Airborne Division Best Ranger competitors spent the past three months submitting themselves to excruciating training. Their training and preparation will be put to the test April 13-15 at the annual competition at Fort Benning, Georgia. The competition, now in its 35th year, calls upon the best Ranger-qualified Soldiers in the Army to represent their units and home stations ... Read More »

Gen. Joseph Dunford: There are signs of progress in Afghan war | Military Times

In fits and starts, for nearly a decade, the U.S. has talked about and struggled to make progress on building an Afghan military that can take control of its own nation’s security and lay the groundwork for a stable government. This time, they think they have it right. After five days criss-crossing Afghanistan, meeting with everyone from the Afghan president ... Read More »