Category US Military

Trump Ends Covert CIA Program To Arm Anti-Assad Rebels In Syria, A Move Sought By Moscow

Excerpt: Officials said Trump made the decision to scrap the CIA program nearly a month ago, after an Oval Office meeting with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and national security adviser H.R. McMaster ahead of a July 7 meeting in Germany with Russian President Vladimir Putin. … After the Trump-Putin meeting, the United States and Russia […]

French Military Chief Quits Over Budget Dispute With President Macron

Wonder if they increased intelligence collection spending — which will be needed in the absence of increased defense spending — otherwise, they will have less defense and more susceptible to tactical and strategic surprise.  RCP,   www.fortunascorner.com French Military Chief Quits Over Budget Dispute With Macron  19 Jul 2017 – 12:12 Chief of the Defence […]

How Did Taliban Fighters Get Their Hands On U.S. Special-Operations Gear?

How Did Taliban Fighters Get Their Hands On U.S. Special-Operations Gear? By Twitter, www.businessinsider.com View Original July 18th, 2017 A screenshot from the “Omari Army 5″ propaganda video appears to show a Taliban fighter wielding an FN SCAR rifle. Screenshot/Al Emarah Studio Taliban fighters are packing new American-made heat — at least, according to their propaganda videos. […]

Making The Most Of Special Operations Forces

Excerpts: In the 75 years since the creation of the United States’ first special operations forces, the achievements of those forces have built up popular confidence in their capabilities to such an extent that their success is often taken for granted. The recounting of their numerous triumphs, however, can easily obscure the historical reality that […]

Unusual High-Altitude Spy Plane Appears At Special Operations Exercise

Unusual High-Altitude Spy Plane Appears At Special Operations Exercise thedrive.com · by Joseph Trevithick · July 17, 2017 German company Grob only ever made five G 520s and one showed up for drills in Indiana. By Joseph Trevithick North Vernon Municipal Airport SHARE The U.S. military, including the U.S. Coast Guard, has a long history of operating high-flying surveillance aircraft […]

U.S. General Warns Of Out-Of-Control Killer Robots

U.S. General Warns Of Out-Of-Control Killer Robots By Ryan Browne, www.cnn.com View Original July 18th, 2017 (CNN)America’s second-highest ranking military officer, Gen. Paul Selva, advocated Tuesday for “keeping the ethical rules of war in place lest we unleash on humanity a set of robots that we don’t know how to control.” Selva was responding to a question […]

Withdrawing From Overseas Bases: Why A Forward-Deployed Military Posture Is Unnecessary, Outdated, and Dangerous

The comments below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell & his contact info is at the bottom of this article.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell:  A very long read though it is worth the time of those who think about these issues.   Although I am a die hard supporter of forward basing this paper makes […]

The Russians Are Coming: The Army’s Best Case For Modernization

The Russians Are Coming: The Army’s Best Case For Modernization By Sydney J. Freedberg, breakingdefense.com View Original July 17th, 2017 Russian military honor guard. WASHINGTON: The US Army has blown billions on weapons that never got built, so Congress is understandably wary of funding Army modernization. A senior Hill aide told us today that if the service wants money to modernize, it must […]

POTUS Trump To Nominate Key Admin Personnel — Including USD(I)

Note VADM Kernan for USD(I) President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent To Nominate Personnel To Key Administration Posts https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/07/17/president-donald-j-trump-announces-intent-nominate-personnel-key President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Peter Henry Barlerin of Colorado to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America […]

Cutting Cyber Command’s Umbilical Cord To The NSA

Cutting Cyber Command’s Umbilical Cord To The NSA thecipherbrief.com · July 17, 2017 July 17, 2017 | General Michael Hayden General Michael Hayden Former Director, CIA and NSA Despite the many logistical and operational challenges of a transition, many acknowledge that U.S. Cyber Command must eventually separate from the National Security Agency. According to news reports, the Trump […]