Category Special Operations

5 Reasons The Army’s New Battlefield Networking Strategy Won’t Work

The 5 reasons: 1. The Army is making the problem too hard. 2. In tech development, past is prologue. 3. Commercial technologies are available to enemies. 4. The Army can’t keep up if it halts and pivots. 5. The Army never sticks with a plan.  5 Reasons The Army’s New Battlefield Networking Strategy Won’t Work By Loren Thompson, www.forbes.com View Original […]

Army Needs 2 Years To Reboot War-Ready Communications Network; Seeks COTS Stopgaps

Army Needs 2 Years To Reboot Network, Seeks COTS Stopgaps By Sydney J. Freedberg, breakingdefense.com View Original November 17th, 2017 Ryan McCarthy and Gen. Mark Milley WASHINGTON: The Army needs at least two years to figure out a new, war-ready communications network to replace its current, fragile systems, the acting secretary said this week. There’s no a quick fix: […]

After Niger, Is America’s ‘Light Footprint’ Counterterrorism Strategy Sustainable?

Excerpt: The question is whether the United States can tolerate this dissonance between what the public wants and the costs it is willing to bear to get it. How many shocks like Niger will it take for Congress and the public to become fully disillusioned with the light footprint? Right now, that approach seems to […]

North Korea Machine Guns Captured In Smuggling Ships On Way To Somalia

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/northkorea/2017/11/14/0401000000AEN20171114008800315.html NK machine guns captured in smuggling ships in Arabian Sea 2017/11/14 13:52 SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Yonhap) — North Korean-manufactured machines guns were seized by a French frigate in an inspection of small Iranian ships on their way to Somalia in the Arabian Sea in March, a U.S. broadcaster reported Tuesday, citing a U.N. report. […]

HASC Chairman Comments On NDAA Passage

THORNBERRY ON NDAA PASSAGE FINAL VOTE: 356-70   WASHINGTON, DC – Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) made the following statement after final passage of the NDAA Conference Report.  The Conference Report passed the House today with a vote of 356-70.  The conference report will now be approved by the Senate and sent the President for  signature.  This […]

Ryan Owens, Navy SEAL Killed In Yemen, Was Braver Than America Knew

Ryan Owens, Navy SEAL Killed In Yemen, Was Braver Than America Knew By James Laporta, www.thedailybeast.com View Original November 4th, 2017 POMPANO BEACH, Florida—John Owens was in the back of a C-17 transport aircraft surrounded by members of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, known to the public as SEAL Team Six. John’s younger brother, Ryan, was […]

The Messaging App Fueling Syria’s Insurgency

The Messaging App Fueling Syria’s Insurgency By Adam Rawnsley, Eric Woods, Christiaan Triebert, foreignpolicy.com View Original November 6th, 2017 In rebel-held Syria, access to the weapons you need to wage an insurgency are just a tap away thanks to an encrypted messaging app. The Islamic State may be in retreat, but other militants in Syria have been trading thousands […]

Bin Laden’s Son Calls On Followers To Rise In Rebellion

As I have written before, militant Islam has to be put on trial as Nazism was at the end of WWII.  We have to kill the philosophy.  RCP Bin Laden’s Son Calls on Followers to Rise in Rebellion www.voanews.com View Original November 7th, 2017 In this image from video released by the CIA, Hamza bin […]

Trump Asks For Another $4B To ‘Detect, Defeat, & Defend’ Against North Korea

Trump asks for another $4bn to ‘detect, defeat, & defend’ against North Korea Published time: 7 Nov, 2017 05:03 Edited time: 7 Nov, 2017 08:13 Get short URL FILE PHOTO: A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor © Missile Defense Agency / Reuters AddThis Sharing Buttons Share to Facebook193Share to TwitterShare to RedditShare to […]

Russian Special Forces Officer Reveals Syria Fighting Lessons

A word of caution — I was not able to verify the origination/link to the article below.  RCP, fortunascorner.com   Izvestia October 24, 2017   Russian special forces officer reveals Syria fighting lessons Russian special forces subunits have been active in Syria ever since the start of the Russian operation there. They not only call […]