British helicopter flight over Kabul. Sep 14, 2018 Resolute Support photo.

Afghanistan Conflict Update 20180920

September 20, 2018 SOF News 0

Afghan Conflict Update 20180920 – Elections coming up, Afghan police taking casualties, Special Mission Wing, negotiations with the Taliban – there is lot’s going on in Afghanistan – some good and some not so good. Security Helicopter Shot Down. The […]

ASSF Vehicle

CRS Report Afghanistan September 2018

September 19, 2018 SOF News 0

Afghanistan: Background and U.S. Policy, Congressional Research Service (CRS), September 17, 2018. The CRS 18-page report has been updated. This report provides an overview of current political and military dynamics including: South Asia strategy military operations recent political developments prospects for […]

Friendship Festival 2018 at Yokota Air Base, Japan on Sep 16, 2018. Photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore, USAF.

Special Operations News Update 20180919

September 19, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180919 – SOF of the future, 19th SFGA valor awards, Kurds fighting Iran, Iraq’s M120 mortars, fight for Idlib, CT training facility in Senegal, FARC returning to the fight(?), Mattis visits Macedonia, urban warfare training, USAF’s men […]

Show Me a Leader AFSOC Video Sep 2018

AFSOC Video – “Show Me a Leader”

September 18, 2018 SOF News 0

AFSOC video – Show Me a Leader. The Air Force Special Operations Command has a neat video that illustrates the Air Commando culture of ‘Humans are More Important than Hardware”. This is the first of the five SOF Truths. Some […]

Spanish Sniper at ISTC Desert Sniper Course at Chinchilla Training Area, Spain. Two-week course is designed to teach trained sniper teams the necessary skills t operate in a desert environment. July 2018 SOCEUR photo.

Special Operations News Update 20180917

September 17, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180917 – LTG LaCamera’s new job, a transparent UK SOF, UK’s PMCs influencing MoD strategy, the ‘Suwalki Gap’, ADP 2-0 Intelligence (Sep 18), 09L earns Ranger Tab, establishing an Arab NATO, CT funding and corruption report, SSA […]

Mitigating Insider Threats to Advisors in Afghanistan

September 16, 2018 SOF News 0

Photo caption: Through his interpreter, an American advisor converses with his Afghan Army counterpart on an ANA FOB. The U.S. soldier is wearing personal protective equipment while armed soldiers serve as ‘guardian angels’ prepared to deal with any aggressors. [1] […]

ANASOC Land Navigation Course and Call for Fire Training

September 15, 2018 SOF News 0

CAMP Commando, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army Special Operations Command (ANASOC) Commandos, with General Command of Police Special Units (GCPSU) policemen spent two weeks in August 2018 learning Close Air Attack techniques as part of the 6-week ANASOC Land Navigation […]

Small Boat Team 22 performs a simulated hot extraction utilizing Special Operations Craft Riverine. Photo by Angela Fry, NSCITTS, Sep 7, 2018.

Special Operations News Update 20180914

September 14, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180914 – Scotty Miller, hands-free comms for CIA and SOF, Russia’s GRU, Russia’s big war game, terrorism update, Syria conflict update, drones and Somalia, UN and humanitarian war, USIP report on extremism, Australian SOTG mission in Iraq, […]

Members of NATO-ISAF DCOS-STAB, US Army Corps of Engineers, and Donors Conduct a Coordination Meeting with the Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water to Coordinate Projects – 2011

The Stabilization Assistance Review and Burden Sharing

September 13, 2018 SOF News 0

Members of NATO-ISAF DCOS-STAB, US Army Corps of Engineers, and Donors Conduct a Coordination Meeting with the Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water to Coordinate Projects (2011) The Stabilization Assistance Review and Burden Sharing “A Construct for Leveraging Stabilization Actors and […]

Army 2018 Russian Defense Exphibition

Army 2018 Defense Expo and Russia’s SOF

September 12, 2018 SOF News 0

Army 2018 – Russia has just held its largest arms fair and conference at Park Patriot, located to the west of Moscow and whilst members of their SOF were not very conspicuous, they could be seen if you knew where to […]

Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) participating in a parade celebrating the liberation of Mons, Belguim in WWII. Petty Officer 2nd Class Brett Dodge, NATO, Sep 2, 2018.

Special Operations News Update 20180911

September 11, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180911 – Russian PMCs in Ukraine, Special Amphibious Corpsman, meddling in SEAL rape case, Canadian SOF and keeping secrets, USSOCOM’s super SAW, Global SOF Symposium (Madrid), Admiral Harward on life as a SEAL, Russia’s DPVs, UDPFs SOC, Iran’s […]

SSG Matthew Pucino Memorial Foundation

SSG Matthew Pucino Memorial Foundation

September 10, 2018 SOF News 0

The SSG Matthew Pucino Memorial Foundation, Ltd provides for the emotional and physical needs of combat wounded soldiers and their families and to the families of the fallen. Matthew Pucino died at the age of 34 in November 2009 in […]

Medical team members rush to an Afghan Mi-17 helicopter with wounded soldiers. The ANA 209th Corps abandoned Camp Gormach, Faryab province. Photo by SrA Nicholas Dutton, USAF, RS HQs.

Afghanistan Conflict Update 20180908

September 8, 2018 SOF News 0

There has been a lot of news about Afghanistan over the past week or more. Two more U.S. personnel died in Afghanistan, the Afghan October election is looming, U.S. policy towards Pakistan has stiffened, the Taliban seem resurgent, Erik Prince […]

SORA / JSOA Annual Symposium

SORA/JSOU Annual Symposium – Call for Papers

September 7, 2018 SOF News 0

Call For Papers In the 2018 National Defense Strategy, Defense Secretary James Mattis put “great power competition” at the center of the U.S. defense posture. But what will this “competition” look like, and what role will special operations play? Competition […]