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 […]

2016 - The Year in Review

SOF in 2016 – The Year That Was . . .

December 31, 2016 SOF News 0

2016 – “The Year That Was”. A collection of articles that look back at 2016 in terms of national security, defense, Middle East, Afghanistan, India, Africa, books, war, conflict, and . . . of course . . . special operations. […]

Pearl Harbor Day

Pearl Harbor Day

December 7, 2016 SOF News 0

Pearl Harbor Day is observed every year on December 7th. The Japanese conducted a surprise attack against the United States at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on this day in 1941. Numerous U.S. Navy ships were sunk and 2,403 military members and […]

Son Tay Raid 21-22 November 1970 - Image from USSOCOM Facebook 21 Nov 2016)

Son Tay Raid – 21-22 November 1970

November 21, 2016 SOF News 0

In 1970 U.S. Special Forces Soldiers conducted the Son Tay Raid into North Vietnam to rescue American prisoners of war held in a prison camp. The unit that conducted the raid was the Joint Contingency Task Group Ivory Coast commanded […]

Kompani Linge - a Norwegian commando unit was formed to destroy a hydroelectric plant that produced heavy water in WWII (photo Wikipedia)

Kompani Linge – Norwegian Commando Unit of WWII

November 12, 2016 SOF News 0

A ceremony commemorating the actions of a Norwegian commando group known as Kompani Linge was recently held in Scotland. When the Germans occupied Norway in World War II a number of Norwegian military personnel and members of the Norwegian resistance […]

Map of Southern Africa (derived from CIA map)

History – South African Para Raid on SWAPO

November 8, 2016 SOF News 0

In 1978 the South African government conducted a South African para raid against a South-West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) base in southern Angola. The base was a training and staging area for SWAPO to conduct military operations into Namibia (at […]

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 […]

Operation CARPETBAGGER. Photo from National Museum of US Air Force

Operation CARPETBAGGER – Supporting OSS in WWII

August 15, 2016 SOF News 0

During World War II the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and U.S. Army Special Forces, used the U.S. Army Air Forces to fly secret missions into Europe. The aircraft would drop supplies, […]