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Air Force Academy cadet helps save downed pilot and suicidal man, in one week | Air Force Times

A U.S. Air Force Academy cadet talked a suicidal man off a Colorado overpass and located a downed aircraft in California in two unrelated events within a 72-hour time span. Cadet 3rd Class Jack Bell, a licensed pilot, was flying a Cirrus SR-22 aircraft with his brother, sister and a fellow cadet toward Monterey, California, Feb. 18 when air traffic control notified him that a plane in his ... Read More »

Airstrike in Libya kills high-ranking al-Qaida commander | Military Times

An airstrike in Ubari, Libya, has killed two al-Qaida members, one of whom was Musa Abu Dawud, a high-ranking commander for the terror group, U.S. Africa Command announced Wednesday. Dawud had been on the U.S. State Department’s Specially Designated Global Terrorist list since May 2016. He had been involved in terror activity since the early 1990s, and was a senior member of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, ... Read More »

DARPA wants to ‘slow life to save life’ with program that extends the ‘golden hour’ | Military Times

When troops are wounded, time is precious. That’s why the fast-ticking minutes that follow such an event are called the “golden hour.” Get the right care within the right time and you survive. Wrong care or an evac takes too long — you’re dead. While major efforts across the government push to advance medical technology in the field and speed up the vehicles that ... Read More »

Dynamic Front 18 amplified by SOF integration | DVIDS News

Dynamic Front 18, a field artillery exercise included approximately 3,700 participants from 26 nations which focused on the interoperability of U.S. Army, joint service and allied nation artillery and fire support in a multinational environment. The U.S. Special Operations Command Europe Special Operation Forces Cell at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center integrated both the Joint Fires Element from SOCEUR and ... Read More »

Canine SEAL wins hearts and minds, worldwide | TC Palm

On a recent Saturday at the National Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, an enthusiastic crowd witnessed a demonstration of power and precision by the elite, highly-trained, four-legged members of the SEAL teams. The Frogman Foundry program is a monthly event for young people ages 10 to 15, which periodically showcases SEAL canine capabilities in action. Hera and Hoplon, eight-month-old ... Read More »

Afghanistan war veteran’s deportation is a ‘shocking betrayal,’ senator says | Honolulu Star Advertiser

A U.S. Army veteran who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan was deported to Mexico after his application for citizenship was denied because of a felony drug conviction, his lawyer and immigration officials said. Miguel Perez-Montes, 39, was flown on Friday from Gary, Indiana, to Brownsville, Texas, where he was escorted across the border to Mexico, Nicole Alberico, an ... Read More »

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 »

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 »