Category National Guard

Clandestine Cold War Unit Honored At Fort Bragg

Special Forces Berlin: Clandestine Cold War Operations of the US Army’s Elite 1956-1990 by James Stejskal. Available at Amazon here. David Maxwell’s review, “DET-A”: Applied Unconventional Warfare In Berlin and Beyond in the Cold War, is here. Clandestine Cold War unit honored at Fort Bragg fayobserver.com · by Drew Brooks http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20180416/clandestine-cold-war-unit-honored-at-fort-bragg Drew Brooks Military editor @DrewBrooksNot quite a year after the Berlin […]

Helena’s Fearsome Force: Friday Marks 75 Years Since The ‘Devil’s Brigade’ Deployed To WWII

Helena’s Fearsome Force: Friday marks 75 years since the ‘Devil’s Brigade’ deployed to WWII helenair.com · by THOMAS PLANK thomas.plank@helenair.com · April 6, 2018 It’s been 75 years since one of the world’s most dangerous special forces marched through the middle of Helena en route to a war that would shift the world in a tectonic way. Most of […]

The Case For Extreme Worry

In places that include China and Russia, chief rival powers to the U.S., technology is “empowering top-down authoritarianism as liberal democracy weakens.” The case for extreme worry Axios · by Mike Allen To White House insiders, this is the most dangerous phase of Donald Trump’s presidency so far, from the brewing trade war with China that he denies is a […]

Soldier Swarm: New Ground Combat Tactics For The Era Of Multi-Domain Battle – Modern War Institute

Excerpt:  Rules-based decision making and stigmergy are not new ideas. Airborne units during World War II spawned Little Groups of Paratroopers, whose decentralization and initiative allowed them to have an outsized effect on German forces. Soldiers already use less robust versions of this type of decision making. Battle drills prescribe best responses to likely scenarios, […]

The United States Is Preparing For The Wrong War

Excerpts.   There’s nothing wrong with rebuilding the United States’ conventional combat capacity. By all means, buy more fighter aircraft and navy ships. Spend more time training with artillery and tanks. Those weapons are needed to maintain deterrence and keep the peace. But don’t imagine that all this firepower will keep us safe. The United […]

Building The Future Force: Guaranteeing American Leadership In A Contested Environment

The comments highlighted in blue below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell Comment:  “The 40 page report can be downloaded here:  https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.cnas.org/documents/CNASReport-FutureForce-Final.pdf?mtime=20180309142929   Interestingly there is no discussion of Special Operations in the future force nor irregular, political, or unconventional warfare, […]

We Asked Gen. Petraeus If The Iraq War Was Worth It. Here’s What He Said.

We Asked Gen. Petraeus If The Iraq War Was Worth It. Here’s What He Said. taskandpurpose.com · by Jeff Schogol · March 16, 2018 Fifteen years of war have turned Iraqi cities such as Ramadi, Fallujah, and Mosul into ruins. Iraq remains as divided as ever along sectarian lines, despite the deaths of more than 4,500 U.S. troops and […]

Top Gun For Grunts: Mattis May Revolutionize Infantry

Top Gun For Grunts: Mattis May Revolutionize Infantry breakingdefense.com · by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. A soldier holds a PD-100 mini-drone during the PACMAN-I experiment in Hawaii. WASHINGTON: Forget the old-school grunt. Imagine a future American infantryman trained as intensively as a fighter pilot through hundreds of virtualand real-world drills, culminating in a “small unit Top Gun.” Imagine infantry going into […]

National Museum Of Intelligence & Special Operations

The OSS Society is building the National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations in Loudoun County, Virginia. The eight-acre site is close to Dulles International Airport. The museum will honor Americans serving at the “tip of the spear.” It will educate the American public about the importance of strategic intelligence and special operations to the preservation […]

HASC Chair Thornberry On National Defense Strategy & Nuclear Posture Review

  HASC Press Release <HASC.Communications@mail.house.gov> 9:29 AM (19 minutes ago) THORNBERRY ON NATIONAL DEFENSE STRATEGY & NUCLEAR POSTURE REVIEW WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at the Full Committee’s hearing entitled, “The National Defense Strategy and the Nuclear Posture Review.” For […]