Veterans Day

SOF and Veterans Day – November 11th

November 11, 2016 SOF News 0

Every year on the 11th of November the nation celebrates its current and past members of the military services by observing Veterans Day. For some this is a day off or a mark on the calendar. But for those families […]

The Warfighters by the History Channel

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 […]

Map - The Gray Zone and Hybrid Warfare

The Gray Zone – Can America Compete?

November 10, 2016 John Friberg 0

The Gray Zone – the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) based at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida recently rolled out a new term in September 2015 [1] to describe a specific type of conflict. The Gray Zone […]

SOLLIMS Sampler

SOLLIMS Sampler November 2016

November 9, 2016 SOF News 0

The SOLLIMS Sampler November 2016 has been published. SOLLIMS is short for “Stability Operations Lessons Learned and Information Management System”. Volume 7, Issue 4 has 48-pages on peace and stability operations lessons and best practices. The November theme is “Strategic […]

General Dunford in Turkey. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen, Nov 6, 2016.

Middle East Conflict Update – 20161109

November 9, 2016 SOF News 0

News on the Middle East 20161109 – Civil war in Syria, U.S. deal with Turkey on fighting ISIS in Syria, SDF announces Raqqa offensive, US Apache Gunships, ‘Hearts and Minds’ of Mosul, counter-drone operations, defining military success in Iraq, and […]

Renegade SEAL Movie

Renegades – Another SEAL Movie!

November 8, 2016 SOF News 0

Looks like we get to watch another SEAL movie – Renegades – that will soon be released. If the trailer is any indication it should be full of action and entertainment. “Renegades is about a team of Navy SEALs on […]

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24th MEU and MARSOC Conduct Training in Urban Skills

November 8, 2016 SOF News 0

Military policemen from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted urban skills training in November with MARSOC instructors. The Marines from the MEU’s law enforcement detachment attended classes, conducted drills, and ran through rehearsals in urban patrolling and close quarters […]

Map depicting Kurdish inhabited areas of Middle East and Iraq. (CIA map 1992).

Kurdistan Update – 20161108

November 8, 2016 SOF News 0

Kurdistan Update for 20161108 – The Kurds are finding themselves in a favorable position with the eventual capture of Mosul looming and degrading of the Islamic State forces in northern Iraq. Kurds and Mosul. Kenneth M. Pollack, of the Brookings […]

Map of Southern Africa (derived from CIA map)

History – South African Para Raid on SWAPO

November 8, 2016 SOF News 0

In 1978 the South African government conducted a South African para raid against a South-West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) base in southern Angola. The base was a training and staging area for SWAPO to conduct military operations into Namibia (at […]

U.S. Army Captain advises Nigerien Army. (Oct 2015, Photo U.S. Army)

U.S. Military Engaging in Foreign Aid?

November 7, 2016 SOF News 0

U.S. military engaging in foreign aid is a troublesome idea to civilians of the U.S. government and to international aid, humanitarian, and development organizations. The United States recent experience in the counterinsurgency (COIIN) efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan has shown […]

Map of Middle East - Middle East News Update

Middle East Conflict Update

November 5, 2016 SOF News 0

The Middle East is still ablaze. Russia is confronting the U.S. in Syria, Assad’s regime is hanging on and actually surviving, Turkey is now engaged in northern Syria and northern Iraq, and Iraqi government forces (assisted by the Peshmerga, militias, […]