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Afghanistan Conflict Update 20180719

July 19, 2018 SOF News 0

The Afghanistan conflict continues to be a stalemate. Taliban and other insurgent groups are attacking isolated outposts, threatening district centers, and conducting high-profile bombing attacks in city centers. The Afghan special operations forces are rapidly responding to the insurgent attacks […]

A Colombian competitor uses his Data of Previous Engagement (DOPE) during the zeroing of weapons for this year's Fuerzas Comando, July 15, 2018 on a shooting range in Panama City, Panama. Fuerzas Comando is an annual multinational special operational forces skills competition sponsored by U.S. Southern Command and hosted this year by the Ministry of Public Security, Panama. Through friendly competition, this exercise promotes interoperability, military-to-military relationships, increases training knowledge, and improves regional security. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Ragin/Released)

Special Operations News Update 20180718

July 18, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180718 – Thai SEAL honored, more CH-47s for SOAC, IS in Africa, ST and Air Force Cross, China’s SOF, Army Futures Command, CV-22 video, ISKP resilient against USSF, CJSOTF-I video on IO in Iraq, SEAL fundraiser in […]

Helsinki Summit 2018 Putin and Trump meet in Finland on July 16, 2018

Helsinki Summit – Trump and Putin

July 17, 2018 SOF News 0

The Helsinki Summit between President Trump and President Putin took place on Monday, July 16, 2018. The meeting between the leader of the United States and the leader of Russia followed the tumultuous Brussels Summit held just a few days […]

Implementing Stabilization Assistance Review (SAR) by Chuck Barham USSOCOM

Implementing the Stabilization Assistance Review (SAR)

July 17, 2018 SOF News 0

Implementing the Stabilization Assistance Review “Sacrificing Responsiveness for Cost Savings?” In June 2018 representatives from the Department of State (DOS), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of Defense (DoD), academia, and other organizations met in Washington, DC and […]

NATO Brussels Summit 2018

Brussels Summit 2018 – NATO News Update

July 16, 2018 SOF News 0

NATO’s Brussels Summit 2018 was held July 11-12, 2018 and the event generated a bunch of news stories. Headlining the event were the antics of President Trump. However, a number of important issues were discussed and proclamations issued that have […]

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Special Operations News 20180713

July 13, 2018 SOF News 0

“Amateurs talk mission command, professionals ask about the CONOP approval process.” (All Berets Matter, Twitter, Jul 12, 2018) SOF News Update 20180713 – Estonian SOF Cdr on Russia, Islamic State and urban warfare, reduced focus on Africa, 137th SOCES, Hezbollah […]

Blackbeard's Ride 2018

Blackbeard’s Ride 2018

July 12, 2018 SOF News 0

Blackbeard’s Ride 2018 – this fundraising event will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018. The event includes a motorcycle ride, BBQ, entertainment, and raffles. The event begins at the Bourne Veteran’s Memorial Community Building in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. It […]

Soldier from 10th Special Forces Group climbs a ladder during water extraction on Chatfield Reservoir near Littleton, Colorado. Photo by SSG Brandon McIntosh, 10th SFGA, Sep 3, 2012.

Special Operations News Update 20180711

July 11, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180711 – Thai cave rescue, Wagner Group, Marine Raider recruiting video, NATO summit, video of AFSOC rifle range firing, Red Bull and flying, Russian SOF exercise off coast of Finland, Australian SAS and lessons in morality, Congressman […]

SOF operator fires M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper system in Grafenwoher, Germany.

Special Operations News Update 20180706

July 6, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180706 – SOF DEPTEMPO, secret SOF programs and operations in Africa, NATO’s cyberwarfare strategy, rule of law and the gray zone, Lake Chad water crisis, gender advisor capability, a low-intensity USMC, SBS pioneer, SOF Tax Cut Act, […]

Members of a territorial defense force train at the Kabul Military Training Center (KMTC).

Afghanistan War – News Update 20180705

July 5, 2018 SOF News 0

The news coming out of Afghanistan remains bleak. The ‘feel good’ moment experienced when the Taliban and Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) didn’t fight each other for three days has passed. The government of Afghanistan had a unilateral […]