Category Special Operations

Russia’s Favorite Mercenaries

The Wagner Group: Russia’s Favorite Mercenaries The Atlantic · by Neil Hauer · August 27, 2018 Russian soldiers in Aleppo.Omar Sanadiki / Reuters In Russia, journalism is far from the safest profession—even more so when the subject of investigation happens to be a private mercenary army engaged in multiple active conflicts abroad. On July 30, three Russian journalists […]

What’s In The New NDAA

David Maxwell Wrote: “A fairly comprehensive treatment (of a document that I am sure could be a thousand pages).Korea highlights:” What’s in the New NDAA By Scott R. Anderson, www.lawfareblog.comView OriginalAugust 14th, 2018 President Donald Trump signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019 into law on Monday afternoon, at an event at Fort […]

Covert Action, Military Operations And The DoD–CIA Debate

We need a ‘Title 30’ to reflect 21st century operations.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell Comment:  “For one of the best treatments of the covert, clandestine and traditional military activities  discussions for lay people I recommend Chapter 7 of this reference from the Assessing Revolutionary and Insurgent Strategies (ARIS)  project. Specifically pages 120-136 at this link.  http://www.soc.mil/ARIS/ARIS_Legal_Status-BOOK.pdf  […]

What Really Matters In The Defense Authorization Act & What Didn’t Get Done

David Maxwell Comment: “Of course this special operations excerpt is most interesting to me.” Congress has slowly and consciously restructured special operations as an independent service. The assistant Defense Secretary for special operations and low intensity conflict now has duties similar to those of a service secretary, and the commander of Special Operations Command has […]

U.S. Special Operations Forces Are Getting A Long-Awaited Silent Weapons Upgrade

US Special Operations Forces Are Getting A Long-Awaited Silent Weapons Upgrade taskandpurpose.com · by Jared Keller · August 1, 2018 U.S. Special Operations Command has doled out a hefty contract to upgrade its arsenal of M4A1 carbines with suppressed upper receivers, the culmination of a long-running effort to make America’s most elite service members even more silent and deadly. SOCOM awarded a […]

Re-Post/Update Of Mossad Article On Targeted Assassinations

I have made changes to the below.  RCP   ‘A License To Kill:’ Poison Toothpaste, Prisoners Hypnotized To Kill: How Mossad, Israel’s Secret Service Has Become The World Leader In Assassinations; And, The Future Of Targeted Killing: Small, Exquisite, Up-Close……And Personal   http://www.fortunascorner.com       Domnic Sandbrook posted an article, July 27, 2018, to the website DailyMail, providing […]

‘A License To Kill:’ Poison Toothpaste, Prisoners Hypnotized To Kill: How Mossad, Israel’s Secret Service Has Become The World Leader In Assassinations; And, The Future Of Targeted Killing: Small, Exquisite, Up-Close……And Personal

‘A License To Kill:’ Poison Toothpaste, Prisoners Hypnotized To Kill: How Mossad, Israel’s Secret Service Has Become The World Leader In Assassinations; And, The Future Of Targeted Killing: Small, Exquisite, Up-Close……And Personal   http://www.fortunascorner.com       Domnic Sandbrook posted an article, July 27, 2018, to the website DailyMail, providing some excerpts from Ronen Bergman’s new book, “Rise And Kill […]

Lessons Of Covert Action In Tibet (1950-1972)

Excerpts: The CIA’s efforts in Tibet were successful because the objectives of the covert action campaign were reasonably limited and achievable with the resources available. While the Tibetans themselves may have nursed illusions of eventually driving all Chinese occupiers from their homeland, it is clear from the available records that the CIA and the political […]

Oversight Of Army’s 3 Europe-Based Brigades Shifts To A One-Star General

Oversight of Army’s 3 Europe-based brigades shifts to a one-star general By John Vandiver, www.stripes.com View Original July 30th, 2018 Maj. Michael Centola, executive officer of the 4-319 Field Artillery Regiment, part of the 173rd Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), pulls his parachute towards his pack during a live-fire artillery exercise at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Friday, May 18, 2018. […]

Moral Lessons From The Crucible Of The Sea: USS Indianapolis Survivors

Opinion | Moral Lessons From the Crucible of the Sea The New York Times · by Doug Stanton · July 27, 2018 TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Each summer, as Lake Michigan finally begins to warm, I think of the men of the World War II cruiser Indianapolis and the worst disaster at sea in United States naval history. […]