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Army Research Lab awards $25 million contract for Internet of Battlefield Things | Fifth Domain

The U.S. Army Research Lab (ARL) has awarded a $25 million contract to a consortium of university researchers known as the Alliance for Internet of Battlefield Things Research on Evolving Intelligent Goal-drive Networks (IoBT REIGN) to develop new predictive battlefield analytics and services. As battlefields become more reliant on integrated technologies that partner cyber and physical elements, the speed at ... Read More »

Fox News contributor mocked over claim Navy SEALs couldn’t breach Trump wall prototype | The Hill

Social media users mocked a Fox News contributor who said that U.S. Navy SEALs were unable to breach prototypes of President Trump’s wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Katie Pavlich, a Fox News contributor and columnist for The Hill, described the special forces testing the prototypes on Fox News’s “Outnumbered” on Wednesday. “The interesting part about that is the special forces operatives and ... Read More »

The Missouri governor’s scandal is a cautionary tale | The Washington Post

It’s a scandal for our times, an iconoclastic political outsider undone by allegations of homemade revenge porn. Or maybe Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens won’t be undone. Running a page from the playbook of his pal President Trump, the Republican rookie is plunging ahead, gutting it out, evidently ­impervious to embarrassment. If you’ve missed this story amid the welter of news, let me ... Read More »

Countering WMDs cannot be on SOCOM alone, experts contend | Military Times

Coordinating the counter proliferation of weapons of mass destruction is now in the hands of U.S. Special Operations Command, but it shouldn’t be on them alone, members of a panel at a National Defense Industrial Association symposium argued Wednesday. “Culturally, SOCOM, they are the solution people. They solve problems. They fill gaps,” said Michael Lumpkin, a retired Navy SEAL and the Pentagon’s former assistant defense secretary ... Read More »

353rd Special Operations Group wraps up Cobra Gold 2018 | DVIDS News

The 353rd SOG trained side-by-side with their Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) counterparts throughout the exercise, conducting formation and low-level aviation, military free fall (MFF) operations, assault zone establishment and control, fixed and rotary wing fires, rigging alternate method Zodiac (RAMZ) airdrops, an overwater search and rescue contingency and the staging of a forward area refueling point (FARP) for close ... Read More »

DHS offers to drop deportation case against wife of 7th Special Forces Group vet | Military Times

The Department of Homeland Security has offered to drop the proceedings that could have led to the deportation of a U.S. Army 7th Special Forces Group veteran’s wife, the family’s attorney announced late Thursday. The case came to light in a Military Times exclusive that reported how retired Sgt. 1st Class Bob Crawford, an Army Ranger who spent the latter part of his ... Read More »

‘Jack of all trades’: Poignant clip from Nat Geo documentary highlights soldier killed in Niger ambush | Military Times

In a scene from National Geographic’s documentary series “Chain of Command,” Sgt. La David Johnson, one of four soldiers killed in the October ambush in Tongo Tongo, Niger, is shown speaking with a fellow soldier while moonlighting as a barber on base. “For team mechanic La David Johnson, staying busy often means wearing multiple hats,” actor Chris Evans, who narrates the documentary, ... Read More »

Pentagon Official: Recruiting Problems Could Alter Special Ops Mission | Military.com

U.S. Special Operations Command is facing a recruiting challenge that may force it to be more choosy about the missions it takes on in the future, a senior Defense Department official said today. “We have some recruiting challenges, and I think the trajectory is not good over the next few years,” Mark Mitchell, principal deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for ... Read More »

Official: Special Operators Must ‘Reinvent’ Themselves | National Defense

Special Operations Forces must “rediscover and reinvent” themselves to adjust for the increasing ability of near peer competitors, according to a Defense Department official. Mark Mitchell, principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, said Feb. 28 special operators will not always have technological advantages over their enemies and must be prepared for a “great power ... Read More »

Wife of 7th Special Forces Group vet faces deportation under tighter immigration rules | Military Times

A Virginia immigration court on Monday could decide to deport the wife of an Army 7th Special Forces Group veteran, despite provisions in the law that allow her to remain in the United States. Retired Sgt. 1st Class Bob Crawford, 52, and Elia, 44, married in 2001 when he was still on active duty and deploying regularly with 7th Group to conduct counter-narcotics ... Read More »