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Two CIA Vets Take on CIA Nominee Haspel & Those Tapes | The Cipher Brief

The nomination hearing of Gina Haspel to lead the agency is shaping up to be a bruising interrogation over Haspel’s role in the destruction of evidence regarding the CIA’s now-defunct enhanced interrogation techniques program. Haspel, currently deputy director of CIA, has been widely praised by former officers, but her role in the destruction of tapes of waterboarding and other aspects of ... Read More »

Fort Bragg veteran ‘Iron Mike’ dead at 91 | WRAL

An icon of special operations and a man who at one time was the Army’s most battle-tested officer has died, according to The Fayetteville Observer. Maj. Gen. Michael D. Healy, 91, died Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida, according to officials. The general served in the military for 35 years, spending much of his career at Fort Bragg. When he retired in 1981, ... Read More »

Niger may have arrested militant with ties to ambush that killed 4 US soldiers | Military Times

Niger’s military has detained a suspect who it believes could be the militant leader who was being pursued when an ambush left four American soldiers dead in October, the American ambassador said Tuesday. U.S. Ambassador Eric P. Whitaker told The Associated Press he does not know the identity of the detained suspect but that the head of Niger’s special forces is hopeful ... Read More »

Special Forces solider arrested and charged with murdering his wife | Fox 10

Crestview Police say a Sunday evening domestic dispute ended with a 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) soldier arrested on an open count of murder after he allegedly shot and killed his estranged wife. Officials say officers responded around 6:42 p.m. to a 911 call reporting a gunshot victim at 1232 Northview Dr. in the Countryview Estates neighborhood. Derek McKinney, 32, was ... Read More »

High-cost satellites remain vulnerable to low-cost threats | Defense News

Despite advances in satellite technology, many of the U.S. military’s most expensive and necessary assets remain vulnerable to jamming from inexpensive tools, according to a new report from the CSIS Aerospace Security Project. “The technology needed to jam many types of satellite signals is commercially available and relatively inexpensive,” the report reads. Other electronic threats such as spoofing, which attempts to ... Read More »

Inside the Marines’ new mission in Afghanistan: taking back territory previously won | Stars and Stripes

In a dusty open-air building with houseflies buzzing, Marines here received a call for help. Afghan forces had been ambushed by Taliban fighters wielding machine guns and wanted an American airstrike so they could break free. Within 20 minutes, an A-10 attack jet responded, killing the fighters with guided weapons and allowing Afghan forces to continue an April 1 offensive ... Read More »

In Africa, US special forces shifting approach on extremism | ABC News

Even as Islamic State group fighters flee the Middle East and cause fear across Africa’s Sahel region it is al-Qaida that poses the more serious long-term threat, the U.S. military’s special operations commander in Africa said in an interview with The Associated Press. Speaking on the sidelines of the annual U.S. counterterror exercise to train West African special forces, Maj. Gen. Marcus ... Read More »

New centre will host Caribbean special forces units, says Canadian general | Ottowa Citizen

Canada’s top special forces commander says a new centre just opened in Jamaica will be used to provide training for specialized units from around the Caribbean. The Caribbean Special Tactics Centre or CSTC was officially opened at the Jamaica Defence Force Moneague Training Camp. The opening took place on March 26. Canada financed the project which cost around $2.5 million. ... Read More »

Ranger instructors come out on top at Best Ranger competition | Army Times

Two senior NCOs from the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade took top honors at Fort Benning, Georgia, Sunday in the annual Best Ranger competition. Sgts. 1st Class Joshua Rolfes and Anthony Allen bested 50 other two-man teams who competed over three days and a dozen events to prove themselves the best of the Army’s Ranger-qualifiedsoldiers, according to a Fort Benning release. Rolfes and Allen, ... Read More »

Will new retirement system entice more service members to leave early? Officials are watching | Military Times

Service personnel chiefs told lawmakers Friday they are watching how the new Blended Retirement System affects retention. “I think it will be a significant indicator on retention in the out years,” Army Lt. Gen. Thomas Seamands, deputy chief of staff, G-1, told the House Armed Services Committee’s military personnel panel. “I think we’re going to have to fundamentally change how we address ... Read More »

Apple memo warning employees about leaking gets leaked | Ars Technica

Apple recently sent a lengthy memo warning employees about leaking. As you might have guessed, that memo got leaked. On Friday, Bloomberg News published what it described as an “internal blog” post in full. The memo warned that Apple “employees, contractors, or suppliers—do get caught, and they’re getting caught faster than ever.” The post also reportedly noted that, “in some cases,” leakers ... Read More »

Lawsuit: Pentagon Contractor Treated Workers Like ‘Slaves’ | The Daily Beast

A major government contractor kept American workers in “slave-like conditions,” confiscated their passports, and forced them to work around toxic chemicals with no protection, according to a previously unreported lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that the outsourcing firm ManTech defrauded the federal government while violating a landmark anti-slavery law. If the lawsuit is successful, it will deal a body blow to ... Read More »