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Security Challenges – According to USSOCOM Commander

October 31, 2016 SOF News 0

Security challenges that the United States faces today are many. General Thomas, Commander of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) talks about these challenges at a university forum. He recently spent time at the International Security Studies Program (ISSP) at The Fletcher School of […]

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SOF News Update for 20161030

October 30, 2016 SOF News 0

SOF News Update for 20161030 – Ukrainian Special Forces, Journal of Special Operations Medicine, mercenaries, fallen Navy CPO takes final voyage home, Malaysian SOF, new deadlier technologies for MARSOC, and more. Ukrainian Special Forces. The conflict in the Ukraine continues to grind on. Russia is […]

U.S. Army Chinook transporting equipment container in Afghanistan (photo from DVIDS video Oct 2016)

Video – Sling Load Operations in Afghanistan

October 28, 2016 SOF News 0

How do you move large equipment containers over rough terrain and roads controlled by insurgents to remote locations in Afghanistan. Sling loading the containers underneath Chinook helicopters is one way. Watch a video by U.S. Forces Afghanistan (October 2016). www.dvidshub.net/video/489674/1cd-rssb-sling-load

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National Special Operations Force – Malaysia’s SOF

October 25, 2016 SOF News 0

The Malaysians have established the National Special Operations Force (NSOF) to respond to threats of terrorism. NSOF will be comprised of officers and personnel from the Malaysian Armed Forces, Royal Malaysian Police, and the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency. Read more in “Special Force to combat […]

SAS patrol during World War II in Africa (Creative Commons)

Book Review – “Rogue Heroes”

October 24, 2016 SOF News 0

Ben Macintyre, the author of bestselling books about espionage during World War II has penned a book entitled “Rogue Heroes”. The book is about the formation of the Special Air Service (SAS) during World War II. Roderick Bailey has penned a book review on “Rogue […]

Pool Training - Air Force special operations. (Photo AF Recruiting Video)

SOF News Update 20161023

October 23, 2016 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20161023 – Concealable Spec Ops sniper rifle, MARSOC’s Blackjack drone, Indonesia’s counter-terrorism strategy, SWMS contract award, virtual reality of USAF special operations, and more. Virtual Reality and USAF Special Operations. A VR application provides you the ability to experience the life of […]

Medics carry simulated wounded during combat lifesaver training at NATO ISTC NSOCM Course (Photo Credit: Jason Johnston).

NATO’s Special Operations Combat Medical Course (NSOCM)

October 21, 2016 SOF News 0

A NATO Special Operations Combat Medical Course – NSOCM -has been established at the NATO International Special Training Center (ISTC) in Pfullendorf, Germany. This 22-week course takes special operations forces troops who have basic combat lifesaver skills and further train them to be combat medics […]

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MARSOC goes with 9mm Glock 19

October 21, 2016 SOF News 0

The Marines Special Operations Command  – MARSOC is going with the 9mm Glock 19 as its secondary weapon. They picked the 9mm over the .45 caliber for a number of reasons to include accuracy and cost. The Glock provides a pistol that can be used […]

Members of 1st Bn 10th Special Forces prepare to fastrope. Photo by SSG Larraine Whetsone, SOCEUR, 3 Aug 2016.

Report on Hostage Recovery Activities

October 21, 2016 SOF News 0

The National Counterterrorism Center has issued a “Status Report on the Implementation of Executive Order 13698 Hostage Recovery Activities”, September 30, 2016. The White House executive order enhanced efforts across the federal government and directed a 12-month Status Report to ensure that the reforms were […]

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U.S. SOF Step Up Involvement in Somalia’s Shadow War

October 18, 2016 SOF News 0

U.S. SOF has increased their activities in Somalia’s shadow war. The participation in the war torn country by U.S. special forces has largely gone unnoticed by the American public. Most of the nation’s attention is focused on the U.S. presidential election, the Jolie – Pitt […]

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Army Green Book 2016-2017 – AUSA

October 17, 2016 SOF News 0

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) has published the Green Book 2016-17 dated October 2016. This 308 page publication has ‘status reports’ from all the senior leaders of the Department of Defense and commanders of all the major commands within the Army. Of interest […]

Small Drones Use by SOF (Photo DoD)

SOF News Update 20161016

October 16, 2016 SOF News 0

SOF News Update for 20161016 – The ‘woobie’ gets an upgrade, small drones used by special operations forces, new Jungle Boots, India’s maritime SOF and CT unit, fattest service in U.S. military, book review of Rogue Heroes, spinal injury center run by Green Beret in Tampa, […]

COL (R) Paul Hutton. Retired Special Forces officer presents an oral history of his career.

SF History – COL (R) Paul Hutton Interview

October 14, 2016 SOF News 0

COL (R) Paul Hutton III is interviewed by West Point’s Center for Oral History. His career spanned attending West Point, the Cold War in Europe, tours in Vietnam, and time in the Pentagon. He was a battalion commander of 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group […]

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Kenya’s Special Operations Forces (Kenya SOF)

October 13, 2016 SOF News 0

Kenya SOF is a recent addition to the Kenya armed forces. The largest of these units in the Kenya SOF is the Special Operations Regiment (SOR). The SOR is composed of the 20 Para, 30 Special Forces, and 40 Rangers Strike Force. The Special Operations […]

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Garud Commando Force of Indian Air Force

October 11, 2016 SOF News 0

The Garud Commando Force of the Indian Air Force was formed in 2004 and has over 1,000 personnel assigned. The name “Garud” is derived from Garuda – the name of a bird-like creature of Hindu Mythology. The commando unit of the Indian Air Force is similar […]