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Afghanistan Update – Security is Fleeting

December 10, 2016 SOF News 0

Afghan security is fleeting. The past two years the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have taken some significant loses. Casualties are at an all-time high and the desertion rate is astronomical. The Taliban are enjoying tactical successes on […]

USSOCOM Para-Commandos

Para-Commandos of USSOCOM

December 8, 2016 SOF News 0

The USSOCOM Para-Commandos are the precision parachute team of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. The team started up in 1991 and do parachute demonstration jumps on behalf of USSOCOM. The USSOCOM Para-Commandos […]

Pearl Harbor Day Dec 7th

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 […]

Special Operations troops from SOCEUR participate in Exercise Jackal Stone 2016 in Georgia (U.S. Army photo by SSG Marcus Fichtl)

Exercise Jackal Stone 2016 – SOF in Georgia

December 6, 2016 SOF News 0

Exercise Jackal Stone 2016 – U.S Special Forces Soldiers trained with units of the State Security Services of Georgia for two weeks in August 2016. A recent news release (Nov 2016) by European Command (EUCOM) provides more details. The exercise […]

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter visits Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, FL (photo by SGT Amber Smith, DoD, Nov 17, 2016)

SECDEF Carter visits AFSOC Hurlburt Field

December 4, 2016 SOF News 0

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter visited Hurlburt Field in November 2016 to meet with senior AFSOC officers and view special operations training. He was very complimentary of the Air Force Commandos and spoke a little bit about the ill effects […]

Mad Max Vehicle - VBIED with armor plating used by ISIS

Mad Max Vehicle of Islamic State in Iraq

December 3, 2016 SOF News 0

The number of Mad Max vehicles employed by the Islamic State in Iraq is astounding. Every day suicide bombers are driving into Iraqi Security Force (ISF) and Peshmerga positions or convoys and exploding their Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIEDs) […]

RQ-7B Shadow TUAS

RQ-7B Shadow TUAS – Flight Demonstration Video

December 2, 2016 SOF News 0

During the later stages of the Afghan conflict the U.S. Army brigade combat teams (BCTs) and U.S. Army Special Forces deployed with their RQ-7B Shadow drones. The Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) provided real-time reconnaissance, communications relay, and assisted in […]

MQ-9 Reaper, drone

Drones – A Revolutionary Change in Warfare

November 29, 2016 SOF News 0

Drone warfare emerged in the early stages of the Afghanistan conflict. The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) was utilized for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions to develop situational awareness and complete the intelligence picture. The Central Intelligence Agency […]

Exercise Black Swan 2016 - (image from SOCEUR video 17 November 2016)

Video – Exercise Black Swan 2016 – SOCEUR

November 28, 2016 SOF News 0

Exercise Black Swan 2016 was recently held in Hungary. United States and European special operations forces conducted daytime and nighttime training exercises. Watch a short 1-minute long video at the link below:

A member of 1/1st Special Forces Group swims out from underneath his parachute canopy in a pool in as part of water jump training. (photo Richard Rzepka - USAG Okinawa).

SOF News Update 20161127

November 27, 2016 SOF News 0

Special Operations News Update for 20161127 – Recent news reports from around the world about special operations forces. AFSOC training areas increase, book review Deadly Deception,┬áSEALs winning elected office, a SEAL leaves service to play Big Ten college football as […]

TALOS Iron Man Suit - Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (image from RDECOM video, 28 May 2015).

TALOS Iron Man Suit Prototype for USSOCOM

November 26, 2016 John Friberg 0

A prototype TALOS Iron Man Suit may soon be available for testing by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) at MacDill Air Base, Florida. The Tactical Light Operator Suit or TALOS is aimed at providing special operators (Green Berets, […]