Category Special Operations

Strategic Comment Yemen’s Debilitating War

Strategic Comment Yemen’s debilitating warThe war in Yemen between Saudi- and UAE-backed government forces and Houthi rebels has become a humanitarian disaster, and an exercise in military futility.The civil war in Yemen – under way since 2014 between a mix of Saudi- and UAE-backed government forces and militias on one hand and Iran-backed Shia Houthi rebels and […]

U.S. General Considered Nuclear Response In Vietnam War, Cables Show

U.S. General Considered Nuclear Response In Vietnam War, Cables Show The New York Times · by David E. Sanger · October 6, 2018 President Johnson with Gen. William Westmoreland in South Vietnam in 1967.CreditYoichi Okamoto/Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library WASHINGTON — In one of the darkest moments of the Vietnam War, the top American military commander in Saigon […]

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 […]