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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 »

Chinese Air Force drills in South China Sea and Western Pacific, calls exercises ‘rehearsals for future wars’ | The Japan Times

The Chinese Air Force has conducted a series of exercises in the contested South China Sea and the Western Pacific, where it sent fighter jets and bombers through Okinawa’s Miyako Strait on Friday, labeling the exercises “rehearsals for future wars.” In a statement Sunday, the air force said it had dispatched H-6K bombers and Su-30 and Su-35 fighters, as well ... Read More »

Say goodbye to the information age: it’s all about reputation now | AEON

There is an underappreciated paradox of knowledge that plays a pivotal role in our advanced hyper-connected liberal democracies: the greater the amount of information that circulates, the more we rely on so-called reputational devices to evaluate it. What makes this paradoxical is that the vastly increased access to information and knowledge we have today does not empower us or make ... Read More »

For Special Operations Forces, Fighting WMD Means Getting Deeper Into Enemies’ Leadership and Decision-Making | Defense One

  SOCOM is getting more intel and gear as it settles into its role as the Pentagon’s anti-WMD coordinator. As U.S. Special Operations Command has settled into its role as lead U.S. agency for planning military operations to counter weapons of mass destruction — that is, chemical, biological, and rogue nuclear weapons — it’s getting access to new realms of intelligence. “Differentiating between peaceful scientific ... Read More »

US, Afghan special operations target ISIS foreign fighters in northwest Afghanistan | Stars and Stripes

About one in 10 Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan are foreign fighters, the top U.S. general in the country said Thursday, in a statement touting recent U.S. and Afghan operations targeting the group. Islamic State-Khorasan, or IS-K, has now spread from eastern Afghanistan to the country’s northwest, where fighters were believed to be receiving foreign fighters and weapons. Most of ... Read More »