CWO Jacob Sims of the 160th Special Operations Air Regiment (SOAR) died in a helicopter crash on 27 Oct 2017.

CWO Jacob Sims of 160th SOAR Dies in Afghanistan

October 29, 2017 SOF News 0

CWO Jacob Sims, of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) died on Friday, October 27th as a result of injuries sustained in a helicopter crash. The crash took place in Logar province, Afghanistan. Chief Warrant Officer Jacob M. Sims, […]

Soldiers from GSB 10th SFGA Conduct Sling Load Training during battalion field training exercise at the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site. (Photo by CPT Benjamin F. Moe, Oct 20, 2017).

Special Operations News Update 20171026

October 26, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update – McChrystal interview, Bolduc on SOF in Niger, US Navy SEAL rape case unjust, SOF tests new airborne navigation system, AAF gets more A-29s, Extortion 17, Afghan commandos doubling in size, countering Russian disinformation, Marine and SOCOM […]

B-52 Strategic Bomber (USAF photo)

Defense Update – News, Analysis, and Commentary

October 24, 2017 SOF News 0

Defense Update – Revisiting FM 3-25, nation-building in Syria, South Asia strategy, Kilcullen on urban combat, Somalia’s 9/11, and more. Re-visiting FM 3-24. General Petraeus is famous for many things. He is credited with winning the Iraq War, he was […]

20171023 - MG Bismellah Waziri, Afghan National Army Special Operations Command commander,, congratulates the Commando Qualification Course student company commander on his mission brief to ANASOC and NATO Resolute Support leadership at Camp Commando, Kabul on Oct. 21, 2017. (Photo Jacob Krone, NSOCC-A).

Special Operations News Update 20171023

October 23, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171023 – Hyping Niger, Tempest Wind 2017, Afghan Commandos, fake SEAL on Fox News, CIA and Omega program, SAS history, MoH to be awarded Monday, and more. Afghan Commandos. The latest class of Afghan commandos graduated from […]

Marines with Hotel Company, 2nd Raider Battalion, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, carry a Zodiac Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat into the surf at Onslow Beach on base, March 28, 2017. (Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki, U.S Coast Guard).

Defense News Update 20171021

October 21, 2017 SOF News 0

News Update on Defense 20171021 – France’s strategic security review, expansion of CT fight in Africa, SFABs, FORSCOM’s ‘Frontline’, AWOL Afghan trainees, Raqqa liberated, Iraq and Kurdish forces clash, CTC Sentinel (Oct issue), and more. France and Defense. The geopolitical […]

CV-22 Osprey aircraft in flight over Sweden during Aurora 2017 exercise. (Photo by SGT Aaron Duncan, SOCEUR, Sep 14, 2017)

Special Operations News Update 20171009

October 9, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20171009 – AFSOC’s MQ-9, expansion of Afghan SOF, Gulf War games halted, CBS’s SEAL Team drama, Iraq after glow, hacking phones in Eastern Europe, FM 3-0 update, senior mil ldrs as advisors, Kurdish independence vote, Hawija liberated, […]

Golden Knights jump from C-31A Troopship during 2017 Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Air Show on September 22, 2017. (Photo by Lance Corporal Becky Calhoun, USMC)

Special Operations News Update 20170925

September 25, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update for 20170925 – Overuse of SOF (NYTs), CNN’s ‘Legion of Brothers’, Marine’s SPMAGTF-CRA works with Spanish SOF, Marine’s first female infantry officer, Sep issue of CTC Sentinel, NSW officer assignment, suicides in the SOF force, training contract […]

Megan Gully RS HQs PaO advisor meets with Afghan public affairs officers of the Afghan Ministry of Defence (MoD) to discuss use of social media best practices. (Photo Megan Gully, April 25, 2017). Topic - Resolute Support Social Media

Resolute Support Social Media and the Afghan Conflict

August 1, 2017 SOF News 0

Resolute Support Social Media – Everyone knowledgeable about counterinsurgency recognizes the importance of winning the media battle. Unfortunately, it seems the insurgent and terrorist groups like ISIS, the Taliban, and others seem to be way out in front of the […]

ATAC Video - Afghan Tactical Air Coordinator (ATAC) trainee of the 203rd ANA Corps at FOB Thunder in Gardez, Afghanistan trains with Afghan Air Force (AAF) A-29 Super Tucanos. (Photo from RS HQ video, 28 Jul 2017).

Video – Afghan Tactical Air Coordinator (ATACs)

July 28, 2017 SOF News 0

ATAC Video – This three-minute long ATAC video describes the training that Afghan Tactical Air Coordinators (ATACs) go through to become certified to call in close air support missions for troops in contact or for ground operations. Their training is […]

Resolute Support Video SHAPE NATO 20170706

Video – Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan

July 7, 2017 SOF News 0

Resolute Support Video – SHAPE NATO has published (July 6, 2017) a one-minute long video explaining how the International Security Force Assistance (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan transitioned to the Resolute Support Mission. The video is entitled RSM: for the future of […]