AC-130 Gunship

Special Operations News Update 20161215

December 15, 2016 SOF News 0

Photo Credit: AC-130 Gunship, Department of Defense Special Operations News for 20161215 – JSOM December issue, lasers for the AC-130, video of MC-130J at work, AFSOC training events, video of Russia’s elite KSO special operations unit, JSOC, SAS, formation of […]

National Corruption Survey Afghanistan 2016 by Integrity Watch Afghanistan. Published December 8, 2016.

Afghanistan Update – News, Papers, and Analysis

December 14, 2016 SOF News 0

Afghanistan Update 20161214 – Recent news, reports, analysis, commentary, papers and publications on security, legalizing opium in Afghanistan, Visas for Afghan interpreters, development, governance, Pakistan, Iran, Albanian armed forces, Dostum, corruption and more. National Corruption Report 2016. Integrity Watch Afghanistan has […]

SOF News Update

December 13, 2016 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20161213 – Lithuanian PYSOP Team, preparation tips for snipers, investigation reopened of Green Beret who killed an unarmed Taliban fighter, JTAC training, capture on Saddam Hussein Dec 13, 2003, SOF motorbike, Ukrainian SOF webpage, and more. Operation […]

Map of Afghanistan (CIA) - Afghanistan News

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 […]