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Source: The Nunes FBI Memo, Annotated | Politico

The House Intelligence Committee released a memo that alleges bias and wrongdoing by FBI officials while investigating then-candidate Donald Trump. The four-page document was compiled by staff of the House Intelligence Committee’s chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and released against strong opposition from the Justice Department, FBI and Democratic lawmakers. The text of the memo is annotated by POLITICO staff below. Source: The ... Read More »

Air Force responds to reports that its newest gunship is having problems with its big guns | Air Force Times

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect responses provided to Air Force Times by Air Force Special Operations Command. The 30mm cannon on the Air Force’s next gunship is having multiple problems, limiting its ability to track targets and maintain a full and consistent rate of fire, according to a new Pentagon report. But Air Force Special Operations Command said the issues highlighted ... Read More »

US B-1 bombers fly over South Korea in show of force | CNN

Four days after North Korea’s fifth and possibly most powerful nuclear weapons test, the US Air Force responded with a show of force on Tuesday, flying two powerful, battle-tested B-1 bombers over South Korea. North Korea claimed Friday’s test showed it had a nuclear warhead that could be mounted on ballistic missiles, a possibility that increases fears for US allies ... Read More »

Not just for Hollywood anymore: SOCOM seeks long-range facial recognition, other next-gen tech | Navy Times

Facial recognition optics are among the new gadgets special operations forces may soon have in their kits during missions. U.S. Special Operations Command is inviting members of industry, academia and government research labs to submit ideas for innovative technologies surrounding intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance that could be of use to SOF units. If selected, participants will be invited to the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville, ... Read More »


Iraqi Prime Minister, Haidar al-Abadi ordered Special Forces on Wednesday (January 31) to take control of Najaf International Airport, after the provincial council opposed the new successors. The Special Forces, escorted by head of Baghdad International Airport, Ali Jawad was sent to oust the airport’s current board of directors, a source told NRT Arabic. “Negotiations are now under way to ... Read More »

Afghan Special Operations build momentum with Cobra Strike Maneuver Course | DVIDS NEWS

The Afghan National Army Special Operations Corps launched the inaugural Cobra Strike Maneuver Course at the ANASOC Mobility School of Excellence, Pol-e Charki, Afghanistan, Feb. 3, 2018. The course trains Afghan Commandos for mobile offensive operations, bringing increased capability to the region’s elite light infantry special operations force. The inaugural CSMC class of 650 Commando-qualified soldiers will execute the first ... Read More »

Why swearing is f**king good for you | Military Times

Humans aren’t the only primates who can curse, but we’re really good at it, as anyone in the military might know. And, it turns out, it’s good for us. Cursing can promote teamwork and trust, and even make us more tolerant to pain, according Emma Byrne, author of the new book “Swearing is Good for You.” An interview with Byrne is ... Read More »

‘Dozens’ Of Taliban Militants Killed In Southern Afghanistan | RFERL

An Afghan security official says 83 Taliban fighters were killed during an operation by intelligence forces in the southern province of Kandahar late on January 31. The head of military operations in Maiwand district, Sultan Mohammad, told RFE/RL on February 1 that dozens of the militants’ vehicles and motorcycles were also destroyed in the operation, which he said was supported ... Read More »

Afghan Special Security Forces medics complete advanced medical training | DVIDS News

Nineteen Afghan Special Security Forces medics completed the Afghan National Army Special Operations Command’s Advanced Medical Training course at the ANASOC School of Excellence, Camp Commando, Afghanistan, Jan. 29, 2018. The ten-week advanced course included six weeks of classroom instruction, followed by a four-week clinical rotation at the Kandahar Regional Medical Center, Afghanistan’s premier trauma care center. The investment in ... Read More »

Blackwater and the Corporate Mercenaries who’ve changed the rules of war | Nation of Change

Mercenaries have gone corporate. The United Nations Mercenary Convention, signed in 2001, defines and places limits on what constitutes mercenaries. Although there are notable holdouts, the position of the UN is that mercenarism is against international humanitarian law. But this hardly seems to matter because, by exploiting loopholes in international law along with some creative “lawyering,” the modern mercenary now operates ... Read More »

Seven soldier athletes set to join Team USA at 2018 Olympic Winter Games | Fox News

With just over a week before the start of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Team U.S.A. added seven Army Soldiers to their roster to represent their country again but this time, they’re showcasing their athletic ability.  Two of the soldiers will be returning Olympians who have medaled in previous games. Sgt, Justin Olsen from San Antonio, ... Read More »

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. : CEO Joel Marcus Appointed to the Navy SEAL Foundation Board | 4 Traders

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. (NYSE: ARE), an urban office REIT uniquely focused on collaborative life science and technology campuses in AAA innovation cluster locations, today announced that Joel S. Marcus, chairman, chief executive officer and founder of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. and Alexandria Venture Investments, has been appointed to the Navy SEAL Foundation board of directors, effective immediately. “We are thrilled ... Read More »

Pakistan evaluating new attack helicopter options | Jane’s 360

The Pakistan Army is looking at procuring a new attack helicopter type to enhance its current capabilities as part of a wider modernisation of its rotary-winged assault capabilities. Speaking at the IQPC Military Helicopter conference in London, the commander of Pakistan Army Aviation, Major General Nasir D Shah, said that a number of platform options are being considered to augment ... Read More »