Green Berets from 1st Special Forces Group conduct small boat training in the ocean surf. (photo from USSOCOM "Tip of the Spear", January 2017). Tip of the Spear January 2017

“Tip of the Spear” – January 2017 Issue

January 8, 2017 SOF News 0

Tip of the Spear January 2017 – this issue contains a number of articles about U.S. SOF. Air Commandos reflect on the Afghan invasion 15 years later, review of USSOCOM imagery, Air Commandos take part in a Korean SOF exercise, best Army medics are Rangers, […]

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JSOU Publications – Good Reading for the SOF Operator

January 7, 2017 SOF News 0

JSOU Publications – for the intellectual special operations operator who is still out there on the ground and the former action guy (FAG) who now works on staff. The Joint Special Operations University or JSOU located at the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) at […]

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Special Operations News Update 20161218

December 18, 2016 SOF News 0

SOF News Update for 20161218 – Iraq’ Golden Division, OSS veterans honored by Congress, Navy SEALs in Serbia, Navy SEAL for Interior secretary, Fox News video on ‘shadow warriors’, Navy SEALs and what Hollywood gets wrong, SOCEUR re-enacts D-Day parachute drops, Russian SOF in Aleppo, […]

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Special Operations News Update 20161217

December 17, 2016 SOF News 0

SOF News Update for 20161217 – Russian SOF key to Aleppo victory, large drug seizure by SOF / DEA in Afghanistan, MARSOC brother’s in arms, Russian mercenaries in Syria, JSOC’s CEOTF, dune buggies for CANSOF, and more. Russian SOF Plays Key Role in Syria. A […]

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Special Operations News Update 20161216

December 16, 2016 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20161216 – Australian Special Operations Command, US SOF in Iraq, De Oppresso Liber, sniper rifles for India, ratings for VA medical facilities, 6 differences b/t Delta and SEAL Team 6, CANSOF, USSOCOM and sensitive equipment accountability, and more. Australian SOC. The Special […]

Philippine National Police members train with U.S. Army Special Forces as part of OEF-P. (Photo by SSG Christopher Hubenthal).

Publication – SOF in the Philippines

December 15, 2016 SOF News 0

During OEF-P or Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines Special Forces teams from the 1st Special Forces Group and 19th Special Forces Group had a long-term commitment in the Philippines in a ‘train, advise, and assist’ mission. The Special Operations Command Pacific (SOCPAC) based in Hawaii […]

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The Warfighters – New TV Program with SOF Stories

November 10, 2016 SOF News 0

The History Channel is debuting a new television program entitled The Warfighters. The program chronicles real special operations forces missions but from the perspective of those who lived it. The program will air on Friday, November 11th – Veterans Day. The show will be a mix of […]

7th SFGA Sniper. Photo by TSgt Efren Lopez, USAF, 17 Feb 2016

SOF – What the Next Administration Needs to Know

November 2, 2016 SOF News 0

The Center for Naval Analysis (CNA) has published a tract entitled Advice from SOF on the Use of SOF for the Next Administration, October 2016. The CNA convened a meeting of special operations experts to discuss the use of special operations forces by the next administration […]

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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 […]

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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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Special Operations Forces of India

August 14, 2016 SOF News 0

India has many special operations force units. The most well-known include the Paras of the Indian Army, the Marcos of the Indian Navy, and the Garuds of the Indian Air Force. But there are other lesser known ‘special operations’ units as well. These include the […]

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Life after SOF: Are you ready to transition?

August 13, 2016 SOF News 0

Life After SOF. Eventually everyone leaves the service – whether after their first enlistment or after a career of 20-30+ years. There is a bit of a transition when going from active military service to the civilian workforce and civilian life – and this applies […]

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NATO SOF: CT Capability Needed?

August 8, 2016 SOF News 0

Does the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Special Operations Forces (SOF) need a Counterterrorism (CT) capability? Currently the three mission sets for NATO SOF are Direct Action (DA), Special Reconnaissance (SR), and Military Assistance (MA). For many years NATO SOF has been participating in the […]