Golden Knights jump from C-31A Troopship during 2017 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show on September 22, 2017. (Photo by Lance Corporal Becky Calhoun, USMC)

Special Operations News Update 20170925

September 25, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update for 20170925 – Overuse of SOF (NYTs), CNN’s ‘Legion of Brothers’, Marine’s SPMAGTF-CRA works with Spanish SOF, Marine’s first female infantry officer, Sep issue of CTC Sentinel, NSW officer assignment, suicides in the SOF force, training contract […]

Spooky 43 AC-130U Crew recognized for most meritorious flight of the year by Air Force (AFSOC, Aug 7, 2017

Special Operations News Update 20170810

August 10, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20170810 – U.S. troops in Eastern Europe, “Spooky 43” crew (AC-130U) awarded for valor, Turkey and Syrian Kurdish fighters, fight for the districts in Afghanistan, Boba Fett SOF helmet, USMC Recon and JPADS, former Navy SEAL nominated […]

A member of an Agricultural Development Team (ADT) talks with an Afghan villager about crops. (Photo U.S. Army SPC Leslie Goble, 2012). Jeff Goodson article on development in conflict areas.

Irregular Warfare, Socioeconomic Development, and SOF

August 9, 2017 SOF News 0

Jeff Goodson, a retired Foreign Service Officer, has written a 1400-word article on the recent history of socioeconomic development as an element of warfare. Goodson has extensive time and experience in conflict zones. Socioeconomic development has played a major role […]

German Frogman (photo Bundeswehr, Andrea Bienert)

Special Operations News Update 20170807

August 7, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20170807 – Interview of 75th Rgr Rgt Cdr, Navy lawyer accused of targeting SEALs, SAS’s electric bikes, France and G5 Sahel Force, new 919th SOW cdr, Det A in Berlin, Trump and his generals, naval ships threatened […]

Members of Afghanistan's CRU 222 are congratulated by Minister of Interior for their part in defeating an ISIS attempt to take over the Iraq Embassy in Kabul on 31 August 2017. (Resolute Support photo).

Special Operations News Update 20170804

August 4, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20170804 – 2 KIA and 4 WIA in Afghanistan, Army Ranger now Under Secretary of the Army, life term for Jordanian soldier upheld, SIGAR report on Afghan HUMINT program, NSW’s CCA Mk. 1 stealth boat, Polish Special […]

1st SFGA Soldier ascends a ladder to board helicopter while conducting water operations training. (Photo by SGT Codie Mendenhall, July 25, 2017).

Special Operations News Update 20170803

August 3, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20170803 – US SOF trains with Ukrainian counterparts, MC-130Js conduct FARP, JSOC is overused, CBS’ SEAL Team, CT strategy lacking, new WH CoS, Erik Prince and his Air Force, new GI Bill, USOCOM’s Technical Experimentation activities, losing Afghanistan, […]

House Speaker Paul Ryan practices CQB at Fort Campbell, Kentucky while visiting the 101st Airborne Division on July 10, 2017. (US Army photo by SPC Patrick Kirby).

Special Operations News Update 20170802

August 2, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20170802 – Nigerian rescue attempt goes bad, behind the cancellation of the CIA covert program in Syria, SOF and civic action programs, B-52s and leaflet bombs, Gen Selva reconfirmed, video MoH ceremony, Afghan CRU in action, USSOCOM’s […]

SIGAR Quarterly Report July 2017

SIGAR Quarterly Report July 2017

August 1, 2017 SOF News 0

SIGAR Quarterly Report July 2017 – The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has issued its quarterly report to Congress – dated July 30, 2017. This 272-page document is prepared with the assistance of the United States Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) […]

Megan Gully RS HQs PaO advisor meets with Afghan public affairs officers of the Afghan Ministry of Defence (MoD) to discuss use of social media best practices. (Photo Megan Gully, April 25, 2017). Topic - Resolute Support Social Media

Resolute Support Social Media and the Afghan Conflict

August 1, 2017 SOF News 0

Resolute Support Social Media – Everyone knowledgeable about counterinsurgency recognizes the importance of winning the media battle. Unfortunately, it seems the insurgent and terrorist groups like ISIS, the Taliban, and others seem to be way out in front of the […]

LTG Webb, Cdr AFSOC, Visits Duke Field for briefings on Combat Aviation Advisors, Non-Standard Aviation assets, and SOF intiatives. (Photo by USAF TSgt Kenneth McCann, 26 July 2017).

Special Operations News Update 20170731

July 31, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20170731 – 5 myths of future wars, contractors to fill SF role in Africa, 181st SOWT parachute jump, 30th anniversary of SF NCO Academy, Ukraine SOF, B-52s and psychological warfare, SF and Chevy Suburbans, SilentHawk motorbike, Army […]