1st SFGA Soldier at Yuma Proving Grounds - An SF Soldier after a night HALO parachute jump at Yuma Proving Groupds Arizona. Photo by SGT Ian Ives, 1st SFGA, Jan 26, 2019.

Special Operations News Update 20190131

January 31, 2019 SOF News 0

Recent news, analysis, and commentary on special operations, national security, and current conflicts. SOF News Ukraine SOF Participate in CbR XI. Ukrainian special operations forces participated – along with SOF from four other nations – in exercise Combined Resolve XI […]

BUD/S Rock - gift from class 250 at NSWC. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin Monroe, Jan 17, 2019, NSWC.

Special Operations News Update 20190128

January 28, 2019 SOF News 0

Recent news, analysis, and commentary on special operations, national security, and current conflicts. SOF News BUD/S Rock. A gift, in the form of a large boulder, from the students of Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL (BUD/S) Class 250 sits in […]

U.S. #SOF pilot small boats during bilateral training between U.S. and Spanish special operations forces and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78), in June, 2018, near Naval Station Rota, Spain

Special Operations News Update 20190125

January 25, 2019 SOF News 0

Recent news, analysis, and commentary about special operations, national security, and current conflicts from around the world. SOF News McChrystal on Suleimani. The former commander of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) Gen (Ret) Stan McChrystal writes about the head […]

82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper. DoD, April 18, 2018.

Special Operations News Update 20190123

January 23, 2019 SOF News 0

Recent news, analysis, and commentary about special operations, national security, and current conflicts from around the world. SOF News Brazil’s Combat Diver’s Group. The Brazilian Navy has a unique unit that is adapted to respond to national and international naval […]

Soldiers at Sunset. Department of Defense photo.

Special Operations News Update 20190121

January 21, 2019 SOF News 0

Recent news, analysis, and commentary about special operations, national defense, and conflicts around the world. International SOF News More on SAS Soldier and Keyan Hotel. A former member of the Special Air Service comments on the siege at the hotel […]

SFQC Candidate low crawls with M240B machine gun during in Robin Sage. Photo by Ken Kassens, SWCS, Dec 12, 2018.

Special Operations News Update 20190117

January 17, 2019 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20190117 – Recent news, analysis, and commentary about special operations, national security, and current conflicts. Casualties in Syria Casualties in Syria. A suicide bomber exploded a bomb in a busy section of Manbij, Syria killing and wounding […]

MEDEVAC in Iraq - pilots from Task Force Warhorse fly a UH-60 Black Hawk during a medical evacuation at Camp Taji, Iraq. Photo by Specialist Javion Siders, CJTF-OIR, December 18, 2018.

Special Operations News Update 20190114

January 14, 2019 SOF News 0

SOF News Update – SOF News has been dormant for a few weeks. The small staff took a break from writing and posting in order to spend time with family, enjoy the holidays, and get some small projects done. As […]

10th SFGA Soldiers drive snowmobiles to an objective during winter warfare training in Colorado. Photo by SGT Timothy Clegg, March 7, 2016.

Special Operations News Update 20181221

December 21, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20181221 – How SOF can step up, saving the PKSOI, Navy SEAL history, abandoning the Syrian Kurds, Erik Prince’s plan for Afghanistan, Morocco and terrorism, new MQ-9 squadron for AFSOC, Michelle Black on losing a husband, British PMCs […]

Iraqi CTS CQB training in live-fire shoot house. Photo by SSG Sara Zaler, CJTF OIR, Nov 6, 2018

Special Operations News Update 20181219

December 19, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update – unrest in Mali continues, catch and release of detainees, MND-NE is ready – says NATO, CTF in Africa, focusing on SOF ‘core values’, more airstrikes in Somalia, Bolduc on Niger mission, Saudi Arabia and militarization, helping […]

10th SFGA troops fastrope from UH-60 near Aalborg, Denmark. Photo by SSG Steven Young, SOCEUR, Sep 2, 2018.

Special Operations News Update 20181217

December 17, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20181217 –  A cult of lethality, review of intel processes at combatant commands, DoS back in Somalia, Mitchell (SO/LIC) on SOF, progress against jihadists in Mali, Bolton on moving AFRICOM, new SEL for USACAPOC, SF officer charged […]

HALO Jump by 1st SFGA from CH-47 on Dec 6, 2018. Photo by SGT Joseph Parrish, U.S. Army.

Special Operations News Update 20181214

December 14, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20181214 – CT in Maghreb, India’s SOF, Middle East purgatory, China and Russia in Africa, LAAs for AFSOC (?), USSOCOM and ethics, Somalia piracy, CT in the Maghreb, CRS report on Syria, regional ME arms race, Mali […]

Soldiers at Sunset

Special Operations News Update 20181212

December 12, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20121212 – the cost of the Yemen war, future of SOF, Assad – gaining friends, IS in Iraq, Myanmar and the ARSA, UW in Syria, 1st SFGA and Menton Week, ‘good ALP’, NAVSCIATTS and LCBI, NSHQ changeover […]

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 20181210

December 10, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20181210 – Afghan SOF are busy, SEAL / Raider hearing in GB death postponed, learning from our enemies, 919th SOMSG CoC, Hollywood and military movies, UDT-SEAL museum, SOF ethics review, SOCEUR’s ‘Jackal Stone’ exercise, AFSOC’s bobsledders, G5 […]

Winter Parachute Jump March 2018. Photo by SOCEUR.

Military and National Security News – 20181208

December 8, 2018 SOF News 0

Middle East ISIS in Iraq. Attacks by the Islamic State have increased significantly in Kirkuk and Salah ad-Dine provinces. Apparently there are some ‘security gaps’ between Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Peshmerga units in some areas of these two provinces. […]

Parachutist. USASOC photo.

Special Operations News Update 20181207

December 7, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20181207 – SASC hearing for SOCOM nominee, job hunting for SF NCOs, ISIS in Iraq, ISIS in Syria, Yemen update, dirty bombs in SE Asia, radicalization in Central Asia, ‘remote warfare’, discontent grows in Chap, perils of […]