Intel Update - Intelligence Agencies

Intelligence Update – News, Pubs, & Analysis

December 22, 2016 SOF News 0

Intelligence Update 20161218 – LTG Flynn’s views of the CIA, Flynn sharing secrets inappropriately while in Afghanistan, CIA’s classified cloud, America’s ‘Top Spy Catcher’, an Intelligence Officer’s guide to dissent, Trump and the intelligence community, and more. CIA’s Classified Cloud. The […]

A New Zealand trainer from Task Force Taji provides instruction to Iraqi soldiers. (U.S. Army Photo by SPC Craig Jensen, 1 Dec 2016).

Middle East News Update

December 22, 2016 SOF News 0

Middle East News Update – Obama’s Syrian legacy, seige of Aleppo, using hybrid warfare against Russia, research into Arab politics, U.S. support to Kurds could be better, and more. Obama’s Syrian Legacy. A former NATO supreme allied commander – retired […]

Destroyed ISIL oil tankers. (Photo by SSgt Charles Rivezzo, U.S. AFCENT Public Affairs, Dec 8, 2016). Targets were struck based on intel from the Target Fusion Cell.

CENTCOM’s Target Fusion Cell (TFC)

December 22, 2016 John Friberg 0

The newly-established Target Fusion Cell (TFC) works within the Combined Force Air Component Command (CFACC) in the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility (AOR). The Target Fusion Cell is “. . . an integrated cell of intelligence analysts, targeting experts and intelligence, surveillance […]

John Cena stars in the war movie "The Wall". Image from movie trailer on YouTube.com

Special Operations News 20161221

December 21, 2016 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20161221 – Review and movie trailer of “The Wall”, review and trailer of “SIX” by History Channel, ISIS use of RBs providing greater safety and capability, Reaper upgrade, book review (yep, its about a SEAL), and SOCAfrica […]

Terrorism Update

Terrorism News Update From Around the World

December 21, 2016 SOF News 0

Terrorism news, reports, and publications – ISIS, al Qaeda, interactive map depicting worldwide terrorist attacks, a new strategy to prevent terrorist attacks, Hezbollah, Global Terrorism Index 2016, and more. Report – The Jihadi Threat. The United States Institute of Peace and […]

An AH-1W Super Cobra from 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit lands on a Navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea. The helicopters have been taking part in Operation Odyssey Lightning - the campaign against ISIS in Libya. (Photo USMC by SGT Ryan Young, Nov 18, 2016).

Defense News 20161221

December 21, 2016 SOF News 0

Defense News 20161221 – Sirte, Libya now liberated, Trump’s Generals, and more. Sirte, Libya Liberated. It appears that the U.S. Department of Defense is declaring victory in Libya over the ousting of the Islamic State from Sirte, Libya. A campaign […]

Operation JUST CAUSE in Panama took place in December 1989. (graphic from USSOCOM Twitter feed Dec 20, 2016.

Operation JUST CAUSE – Panama December 1989

December 20, 2016 John Friberg 0

On this day – December 20, 1989 – Operation JUST CAUSE in Panama began. The operation arrested Maneul Noriega – the ruling dictator – and restored the government of Guillermo Endara. Special Operations Command South (SOCSouth) was stationed in the […]

SOF Operator fast-roping from CV 22 Osprey (photo from USSOCOM 2016 Factbook).

Special Operations News 20161220

December 20, 2016 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20161220 – Movie “American Sniper” barred from college campus, SFCT Dec 2016 newsletter, Secretary of Army designee, Russian ambassador to Turkey killed, SAS to guard UK streets, and more. “American Sniper” barred from Campus. The movie about […]

C17 bundle drop over a remote U.S. camp in Afghanistan. (Photo by Senior Airman Ricky J. Best, 2 Jan 2007).

Defense and National Security News

December 20, 2016 SOF News 0

Recent articles about Defense and National Security – Army’s dependence on air power, equipping infantrymen, the ‘Third Offset Strategy’, Russian jihad approaching, MREs to change in 2017, China’s ‘Little Blue Sailors”, and more. Airpower – Still Needed by the Army. […]

Social Media News and the Islamic State

Social Media News – Papers, Pubs, and More

December 20, 2016 SOF News 0

Social Media News – papers, publications, commentary, and analysis on how information operations is used to influence the population in support or against governments and their security forces. Islamic State and Social Media, the Kremlin’s IO machine, ‘disinformation’ (dezinformatsiya) is […]

Reflective Belts for Physical Training

ISIS Distributes RBs – “Belts of Invincibility”

December 20, 2016 SOF News 0

ISIS Outfitting Special Units with RBs. It appears that the capabilities of the Islamic State fighters will soon grow. Recent news reports indicate that ISIS is outfitting selected specialized units with yellow and orange reflective belts. It is believed that […]

1-75th Ranger jumps from a Chinook helicopter performing a water jump off coast of Georgia in July 2016 (DVIDS).

Special Operations News Update 20161219

December 19, 2016 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20161219 – Weapons and equipment upgrade for Indian SOF, North Korea SOF improving, 15 things only POGs will understand, Captain Extraodinary (Ivan Castro), historical account of British commandos fighting Nazis on British soil, and more. Indian SOF to […]

SOF Operator - Image from USSOCOM 2016 Factbook

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 […]