A C-130 from the 1st Special Operations Wing at Eglin AFB participates in Exercise Frigid Archer in 2016.

Special Operations News Update 20181015

October 15, 2018 SOF News 0

Topics Covered – China’s Xinjiang province and unrest, Islamic State tactics, AQAP, MARSOC bonuses, ‘Battlefield Airmen’, can 180As really run, death by PowerPoint, Gen (Ret) Keane on Afghanistan, organizing CA under USSOCOM, defending Gotland, Uganda SFQC, MAVNI program, new national […]

Maritime training by west coast NSW unit. Photo by Lt. NSW Group One, October 21, 2010.

Special Operations News Update 20181012

October 12, 2018 SOF News 0

Recent news, analysis, and commentary about current conflicts, national defense, and special operations from around the world. SOF News Training Battlefield Airmen.  The Air Force Battlefield Airmen Training Group is revamping how it trains prospective Air Force special operators. One […]

STS Airman at NTC coordinates fires. Photo by Staff Sgt Rose Gudx, USAF, Sep 2, 2018.

Special Operations News Update 20181010

October 10, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Special Tactics Airmen at NTC. Airmen from the 21st Special Tactics Squadron based at Pope Army Airfield (FBNC) recent took part in an exercise at the National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin, California with teams from the […]

Jump Eloy DZ. Jumper prepares to exit airplane over Tunnel Drop Zone, Eloy, Arizona. Photo by Specialist Christopher Stevenson, 10th SFGA, September 17, 2018.

Special Operations News Update 20181008

October 8, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20181008 – Miscellaneous papers and reports on national security, Army Futures Command, new NATO SOF aviation training center, fighting two wars at the same time, Kazakhstan combat divers, SF team in Nangarhar, Malaysia’s NSOF disbanded, AFSOC officer […]

Australian Officer Rim of the Pacific 2018. Photo by Corporal Kyle Jenner, Sep 2018.

Special Operations News Update 20181003

October 3, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20181003 – Joint US-Turkish patrols, COP-OCO FY 2019 oversight report, Soldier lethality, Syria mission creep, hybrid warfare, social media, adding women to peacekeeping missions, Russia in the Arctic, SOF in the Philippines, 10th SFGA host DoD senior […]

Special Operations News Update 20181001

October 1, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20181001 – ISTC’s TCCC course, Navy SEAL Foundation’s new digs, heavy body armor, inside the NZSAS, SOF Truth #2, Hispanics in the Army, “Fight Oar Die” fundraiser, preventing extremism in Africa, French parachute in Africa, IC ITE, SEL […]

Navy SEALs

Special Operations News Update 20180927

September 27, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180927 – Women in the infantry, USMC fitness standards increasing, King of Battle, SEA for 7th SFGA, more spies needed, USASOC’s SORB, big bucks for SOF, Prince and the Russians, new choppers for Aussie SOF, Syria strategy explained, […]

SEALs prepare to launch Swimmer Delivery Vehicle (SDV) from the back of the USS Philadelphia. The SDVs are used to carry Navy SEALs from a submerged submarine to enemy targets while staying underwater and undetected. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Andrew McKaskle, May 5, 2005.

Special Operations News Update 20180924

September 24, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180924 – SBS getting SDV MK XI SWCSs, Russia’s Black Shadow DPVs, paper – Will to Fight, political commissars redux, M4 glitch fixed, Mk13 sniper rifle for USMC, Turkish combat divers, and more. SOF News SBS’s SWCSs. The […]

Egyptian paratroopers coordinate CAS w/ Egyptian F-16s during Bright Star 2018 in Egypt. Photo by SrA Amanda Standord, USAF, Sep 13, 2018.

Special Operations News Update 20180921

September 21, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180921 – AFSOC and hurricane relief, Syria’s strategic location, Black Hawk Down, Colombia’s CCOES scores, AFSOC and ‘high-end’ conflict, SEAL in the brig, post office renamed for GB, Syria’s strategic location, ME balance of power, COIN and […]

Friendship Festival 2018 at Yokota Air Base, Japan on Sep 16, 2018. Photo by Senior Airman Matthew Gilmore, USAF.

Special Operations News Update 20180919

September 19, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180919 – SOF of the future, 19th SFGA valor awards, Kurds fighting Iran, Iraq’s M120 mortars, fight for Idlib, CT training facility in Senegal, FARC returning to the fight(?), Mattis visits Macedonia, urban warfare training, USAF’s men […]

Spanish Sniper at ISTC Desert Sniper Course at Chinchilla Training Area, Spain. Two-week course is designed to teach trained sniper teams the necessary skills t operate in a desert environment. July 2018 SOCEUR photo.

Special Operations News Update 20180917

September 17, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180917 – LTG LaCamera’s new job, a transparent UK SOF, UK’s PMCs influencing MoD strategy, the ‘Suwalki Gap’, ADP 2-0 Intelligence (Sep 18), 09L earns Ranger Tab, establishing an Arab NATO, CT funding and corruption report, SSA […]

Small Boat Team 22 performs a simulated hot extraction utilizing Special Operations Craft Riverine. Photo by Angela Fry, NSCITTS, Sep 7, 2018.

Special Operations News Update 20180914

September 14, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180914 – Scotty Miller, hands-free comms for CIA and SOF, Russia’s GRU, Russia’s big war game, terrorism update, Syria conflict update, drones and Somalia, UN and humanitarian war, USIP report on extremism, Australian SOTG mission in Iraq, […]

Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) participating in a parade celebrating the liberation of Mons, Belguim in WWII. Petty Officer 2nd Class Brett Dodge, NATO, Sep 2, 2018.

Special Operations News Update 20180911

September 11, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180911 – Russian PMCs in Ukraine, Special Amphibious Corpsman, meddling in SEAL rape case, Canadian SOF and keeping secrets, USSOCOM’s super SAW, Global SOF Symposium (Madrid), Admiral Harward on life as a SEAL, Russia’s DPVs, UDPFs SOC, Iran’s […]

SOF snipers take part in the International Special Training Centre's (ISTC) Basic Sniper Course. Photo by SOCEUR 2017.

Special Operations News Update 20180905

September 5, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update – Burn pits and Gen Petraeus, SOF footprint in Africa, 100-year old GB skydives, SOCOM’s drones, back story to Tom Clancy’s ‘Jack Ryan’, history of SOF at FBNC, SOF GO assignments, fixing generals, Soft skills needed in […]

A PJ parachutes over Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan on March 3, 2018. (USAF photo)

Special Operations News Update 20180829

August 29, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180829 – Intel conference, USSOCOM contract for air support, GB’s amazing transition story, USSOCM and its quest for technology, Yemen CRS report, Stabilization Symposium, SOF airman found dead in Japan, Don Bolduc on Africa, and more. Quote of […]