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  • US military admits secret presence in Somalia since 2007

    07/03/2014 3:18:23 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    Middle East Online ^ | First Published: 2014-07-03
    US military admits secret presence in Somalia since 2007 US troops operating in Somalia have been mainly Green Beret Special Forces, who specialize in training and advising local armies. And now that secret is revealed, what about ‘sensitivities’? WASHINGTON - The US military has secretly maintained forces in Somalia since 2007, despite earlier public statements claiming it had no presence in the country until last October, defense officials said Thursday. The United States has deployed up to 120 troops in the African nation and hopes to bolster its security ties to Somalia's government as it battles Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab militants, a...
  • Top Green Beret Officer Forced to Resign Over Affair With WaPo Reporter

    06/25/2014 12:38:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 117 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jun 24, 2014 | JAMES GORDON MEEK, RHONDA SCHWARTZ and BRIAN ROSS
    A legendary Special Forces commander was quietly forced to leave the U.S. Army after he admitted to a love affair with a Washington Post war correspondent, who quit her job to secretly live with him for almost a year in one of the most dangerous combat outposts in Afghanistan. U.S. Army Special Operations Command never publicly disclosed that highly-decorated Green Beret Major Jim Gant was relieved of command at the end of a harrowing 22 months in combat in March 2012. His commanders charged in confidential files that he had "indulged in a self-created fantasy world" of booze, pain pills...
  • The Worrisome Future of Special Operation Forces (Common Core to be applied to Navy SEALS, etc.)

    03/23/2014 5:56:52 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    DanielPipes.org ^ | Mar 23, 2014 | Daniel Pipes
    I just had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with a Council on Foreign Relations group at the United States Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Its commander, the famed Admiral William H. McRaven, started the briefing, followed by his staff. I expected to learn about Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, and their air force and marine counterparts. I thought I would hear about the exploits of this 67,000-strong command operating in 84 countries, maybe even about the taking down of Osama bin Laden. But that was not to be. Instead, he and the other officers...
  • Special Ops Goes Global

    01/21/2014 8:14:01 AM PST · by Renfield · 12 replies
    TomDispatch.com ^ | 1-7-2014 | Nick Turse
    America’s Black-Ops Blackout Unraveling the Secrets of the Military’s Secret Military By Nick Turse“Dude, I don’t need to play these stupid games. I know what you’re trying to do.”  With that, Major Matthew Robert Bockholt hung up on me.More than a month before, I had called U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) with a series of basic questions: In how many countries were U.S. Special Operations Forces deployed in 2013? Are manpower levels set to expand to 72,000 in 2014?  Is SOCOM still aiming for growth rates of 3%-5% per year?  How many training exercises did the command carry out in 2013?  Basic stuff.And...
  • SOCOM Wants Iron-Man Suits for A Teams

    06/01/2013 3:50:39 PM PDT · by Tamir Eshel · 20 replies
    Defense-Update ^ | June 1, 2013 | Tamir Eshel
    The US Special Operations Command is looking for revolutionary new gear assisting troops in exceeding human performance in combat. The idea sounds similar to a science fiction tale, but if the command will be successful in its quest – this time it may be real. The command has posted a Request For Information (RFI) to government research centers, academy and industry, to provide information that could contribute to the evolution of the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS. Defense-Update reports.
  • Families of Slain SEAL Team 6 Members Are Making Serious Allegations Against the Government

    05/08/2013 8:26:50 PM PDT · by Mortrey · 54 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May. 8, 2013 9:49pm | Jason Howerton
    "The families will reportedly be joined by retired military experts to explain 'how and why the government is as much responsible for the deaths of their sons as the Taliban,' the release adds."
  • U.S. prepares for casualties in Africa

    04/29/2013 3:08:25 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    WND ^ | April 28, 2013 | Steve Peacock
    Airborne contractor-medics to be on stand-by from Kenya to CameroonThe extrication of U.S. Special Forces injured in African military ventures soon will provide contractors with an additional revenue stream, now that the Obama administration plans to keep such vendors on stand-by, 24/7, for cross-continent airborne mobilization. While the Pentagon’s reliance on private vendors to support international military operations is nothing new, plans to station such providers specific to such a large swath of Africa does deviate from prior procurement actions. The Trans-Sahara Short Take-Off and Landing Airlift Support initiative will rely on outside assistance in the event that soldiers of...
  • Seven Hundred Retired Military Special Ops Tell Congress to Form Select Committee on Benghazi

    04/07/2013 6:01:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 56 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 4/7/13 | Kerry Picket
    Seven hundred retired Military Special Operations professionals from the organization "Special Operations Speaks" sent a letter to the House of Representatives urging members to support H.Res 36, which will create a House Select Committee to investigate last September’s deadly terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. “It appears that many of the facts and details surrounding the terrorist attack which resulted in four American deaths and an undetermined number of American casualties have not yet been ascertained by previous hearings and inquiries,” the letter states. It continues further, "Additional information is now slowly surfacing in the media, which makes a comprehensive bipartisan...
  • The Legend of Chris Kyle

    03/26/2013 8:00:34 PM PDT · by jyro · 18 replies
    dmagazine ^ | 3.18.2013 | Michael J. Mooney
    The deadliest sniper in U.S. history performed near miracles on the battlefield. Then he had to come home. There’s a story about Chris Kyle: on a cold January morning in 2010, he pulled into a gas station somewhere along Highway 67, south of Dallas. He was driving his supercharged black Ford F350 outfitted with black rims and oversize knobby mudding tires. Kyle had replaced the Ford logo on the grill with a small chrome skull, similar to the Punisher emblem from the Marvel Comics series, and added a riot-ready aftermarket grill guard bearing the words ROAD ARMOR. He had just...
  • Not your average weather guys in special operations

    03/26/2013 9:14:43 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | March 26, 2013 | By Chris Carroll
    WASHINGTON — As a newly minted special operator arriving on his first deployment to Afghanistan in 2010, Air Force Staff Sgt. Travis Sanford looked at the men who were now technically his peers and wondered how he’d measure up. Even more impressive than the kingly beards they sported was the way they carried themselves, with a quiet but supreme confidence that no matter what came their way, they would handle it. “Am I in over my head?” he wondered, as he prepared to fly to a remote firebase in northwestern Afghanistan that would be home in the coming months. Within...
  • Obama 'declares war' on U.S. military (Take a look at alarming slough of presidential actions)

    03/13/2013 9:57:38 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 25 replies
    WND ^ | March 13, 2013 | Chelsea Schilling
    Snip: Is Obama declaring war on U.S. military? Obama has made no secret of his plans for deep military cuts that would downsize the Pentagon. In 2010, he cut $487 billion from the defense budget. In 2011, he signed into law a budget process intended to cut an additional $492 billion over 10 years. The New York Times recently reported: “On the list are not only base closings but also an additional reduction in deployed nuclear weapons and stockpiles and a restructuring of the military medical insurance program that costs more than America spends on all of its diplomacy and...
  • Former Special Forces Commander: DOD Could Have Flown Rescue Team From Tripoli to Benghazi;...

    02/07/2013 1:44:43 PM PST · by Perseverando · 35 replies
    CnsNews.com ^ | February 7, 2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - Retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin--formerly commander of U.S. Special Forces Command and deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence—told CNSNews.com that, if it had been asked, the Defense Department could have sent a plane to Libya on Sept. 11, 2012, to transport a rescue team of U.S. security personnel that instead ended up taking a chartered private plane from Tripoli to Benghazi that night. “There is no question that we could have moved an airplane in there and we could have also put boots on the ground at the embassy,” Gen. Boykin told CNSNews.com. “State should have...
  • WATCH: SPECIAL FORCES CHIEF: ‘EVERYTHING DONE IN EVERY MARXIST INSURGE.BEING DONE IN AMERICA TODAY’

    02/04/2013 8:51:04 AM PST · by cricket · 39 replies
    Pat Dollard.com ^ | February 4, 2013 | H/T Sammy Madigan/Lt. Col. Jerry Boykin
    Many speak; but not nearly enough listening. More must 'wake up' and damn the bonds of political correctness - restore 'critical mind' - so that America can recover it's original-intent purpose. Lt.Gen. Jerry Boykin; 'Special Forces'; Green Beret. . .taught at Hampden-Sydney; now Exec.Vice President/Family Rersearch Council - 'owns' his credentials; and so, has both credibility and authority. A video link to share. Lt.Gen.Boykin: marxist insurgency link Further hand/in/hand verification: http://www.wnd.com/2013/02/why
  • Green Berets Sign Letter Supporting 2nd Amendment

    01/30/2013 7:12:12 AM PST · by Perseverando · 16 replies
    SOFREP.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Blake Miles
    The following letter was disseminated and signed by over 1,000 current and former Army Special Forces soldiers (Green Berets) in support of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, specifically as a defensive measure against tyranny. The letter was compiled through the joint efforts of current and former Special Forces personnel over at www.ProfessionalSoldiers.com , and quietly disseminated for signatures among secure, vetted circles.Protecting the Second Amendment – Why all Americans Should Be Concerned We are current or former Army Reserve, National Guard, and active duty US Army Special Forces soldiers (Green Berets). We have all taken an...
  • Former Pacific Fleet chief: We need full disclosure on Benghazi — now

    10/30/2012 6:54:22 AM PDT · by mgist · 45 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 10/30/12 | Ed Morrisey
    Former Pacific Fleet chief: We need full disclosure on Benghazi — now POSTED AT 9:31 AM ON OCTOBER 30, 2012 BY ED MORRISSEY Retired Admiral James A. Lyons likely pulled few punches as commander in chief of the US Pacific Fleet during his career … and he hasn’t started pulling punches now, either. In a blistering column at The Washington Times, the former commander blasts the lack of action from the US when the administration learned our consulate in Benghazi had come under attack, writing that “courage was lacking” that might have saved at least some of the four American...
  • "Rogue"U.S. General Arrested for Activating Special Forces Teams; Ignoring Libya Stand-Down Order

    10/29/2012 12:12:26 PM PDT · by tselatysr · 63 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-10-29 11:25:35 | PinkTeaPatriot
    The official story surrounding the events of September 11, 2012 in Bengzahi, Libya which left four Americans dead, has now officially fallen apart.After numerous flips and flops by the Obama administration, which originally attempted to paint the incident as a Muslim outcry over an anti-Islamic video, whistle blowers throughout the U.S. government, including within the White House, the State Department, national intelligence agencies and the U.S.military have made available stunning details that suggest not only did operational commanders have live visual and audio communications from drones overhead and intelligence assets on the ground, but that some commanders within the military...
  • Special Operations Forces Organize Against Obama

    06/09/2012 4:23:36 PM PDT · by USMCVIETVET · 48 replies
    Maggie's Farm ^ | June 8, 2012 | Bruce Kesler
    Larry Bailey and others from across the spectrum of US special forces have banded together to form Special Operations Speaks. I'll let them speak for themselves: Honorably discharged veterans of the Special Operations communities of all the Armed Services have organized an effort to elect Mitt Romney President of the United States. This group, “Special Operations Speaks,” or “SOS,” will be structured along quasi-military lines, with an umbrella organization coordinating the efforts of several subordinate Service-unique specialties. The Army will be represented by “Rangers Speak Out” and “Green Berets Speak Out;” the Navy by “SEALs Speak Out;” the Air Force...
  • Russia, U.S. to Hold Anti-terror Drills in May

    04/26/2012 8:42:03 AM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 25 replies
    CRIEnglish.com ^ | 4/20/2012 | Xinhua
    Airborne troops from Russia and the Untied States would hold joint anti-terror drills in the U.S. state of Colorado between May 24 and 31, spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry Col. Alexander Kucherenko said on Thursday. According to the spokesman, it will be the first time that the Russian airborne forces have held exercises with the U.S. airborne forces on the U.S. territory. "According to the exercise scenario, soldiers of the two countries will hold a tactical airborne operation, including the reconnaissance of imaginary terrorists' camp and a raid," Kucherenko said. "After the operation, a helicopter will evacuate the soldiers,"...
  • Report: Russian Troops to ‘Seize’ CIA Facility in Elaborate War Game… on U.S. Soil

    04/26/2012 7:37:15 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 43 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | April 26, 2012 | Liz Klimas
    According to reports, the U.S. and Russian military will be engaging in an anti-terrorism exercise that will involve Russian paratroopers using U.S. weapons to “take and hold” the main facilities of the CIA and Denver International Airport in Colorado and the National Security Agency in Utah. (Related: Learn about the hypothetical ‘war games’ the U.S. and China have been playing) The European Union Times has more on the report announcing this exercise from the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation: Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Alexander Kucherenko publically announced this 24-21 May “anti-terror drill” this Friday past noting that this...
  • U.S. Army Upgrades To .300 Winchester Magnum

    10/08/2010 10:07:43 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 50 replies · 2+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 10/7/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Army has ordered 3,600 upgrade kits for its M24 bolt-action sniper rifles, which will convert them to the M24E1. This will turn the existing 7.62mm M24 rifles into ones capable of firing the .300 Winchester magnum (7.62x67) round. This is a more powerful round than the NATO 7.62x51 round currently used in the M24. The conversion kit includes a new receiver and barrel, a new scope, a new flash suppressor and a folding buttstock. The conversion will take five years and will cost about $7,800 per rifle. Last year, the army ordered 38.4 million rounds of .300 Winchester...
  • ...AND THE WINNER IS?... FNH-SCAR (Includes pictures, video, and articles excerpted and linked.)

    09/04/2010 10:17:00 PM PDT · by SeanG200 · 3 replies
    Religio-Political Talk ^ | 9-4-2010 | Papa Giorgio
    ….From personal experience, I just gotta say these weapons rock. I fired the SCAR Heavy and Light at FNHs range near Fredericksburg, Va., several months ago and fell particularly in love with the SCAR Heavy. The gas/piston system has a great thunk-thunk mechanical feel to it and the 7.62 caliber heavy packs a heck of a punch. The SCAR Light is easy to fire, very adjustable, and the barrels are easy to interchange — creating basically a whole new weapon for each variation. [....] FNH says the Mk-16 and Mk-17 are the first assault rifles to be procured through a...
  • FN 5.56 SCAR Retained in USSOCOM’s Inventory

    07/09/2010 4:33:25 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 56 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 7/9/2010 | Defense Talk
    Belgium-based firearms manufacturer FN Herstal hereby refutes the allegations recently found on the web that USSOCOM abandoned the 5.56 version of the SCAR rifle and reconfirms USSOCOM's decision to acquire the full FN SCAR family of weapons, including the 5.56mm rifle. The FN SCAR family of weapons consists of the 5.56mm SCAR rifle, 7.62mm SCAR rifle and 40mm LV Enhanced Grenade Launcher Module (respectively designated as MK 16, MK 17 and MK 13 by USSOCOM). These three components were developed by FN Herstal in close cooperation with USSOCOM and have each met all the operational and fielding tests required by...
  • Spec Ops Command Cancels New Rifle

    06/25/2010 4:39:42 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 86 replies
    Military.com ^ | 6/25/2010 | Christian Lowe
    In a surprising reversal that follows years of effort to design a one-of-a-kind commando rifle, the U.S. military's Special Operations Command has abruptly decided to abandon the new SOCOM Combat Assault rifle – the "SCAR," as the rifle is commonly known – in favor of previously-fielded carbines. Details provided exclusively to Military.com reveal that SOCOM, the Tampa-based command that oversees the training and equipping of SEALs, Green Berets, Air Force Special Tactics Teams and Marine SOC groups, will stop purchasing the 5.56 mm Mk-16 Special Operations Forces Combat Assault Rifle and might require all units who now have them to...
  • Holographic Sights for SOCOM M4s

    05/31/2010 6:05:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 45 replies · 968+ views
    Defense Industry Daily ^ | 5/31/2010 | Defense Industry Daily
    -3 Communications subsidiary EOTech, Inc. in Ann Arbor, MI received a $25 million sole-source, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity contract, to provide their optical sighting system for U.S. Special Operations Command’s M4A1 carbines. Work will be performed in Ann Arbor, MI and is expected to be complete by May 2015. $262,636 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year, on Sept 30/10. The US Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division in Crane, IN manages this contract (N00164-10-D-JN68). EOTech offers a unique technology, thanks to its Holographic Weapon Sight. The firm says that their night-vision compatible sight combines ranging and aiming...
  • The SOF Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) Reaches Final Milestone

    05/10/2010 10:28:42 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 64 replies · 2,401+ views
    FNH USA ^ | May 4, 2010 | FNH USA Press Release
    The SCAR is the first new assault rifle procured by the U.S. Military through a full and open competition since the M16 trials were held in the mid-1960s. (McLean, VA) —FNH USA, LLC received notification from the USSOCOM Program Executive Office—SOF Warrior (PEO—SW) that the SCAR Acquisition Decision Memorandum (ADM) was approved and signed on April 14, 2010, moving this FN Herstal (FN) program into the Milestone C phase. This decision authorizes the production and deployment of the Special Operations Forces (SOF) Combat Assault Rifle (SCAR) MK 16 and MK 17, as well as the Enhanced Grenade Launcher Module (EGLM)...
  • Instant Gunships

    04/04/2010 9:02:41 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 20 replies · 1,033+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 3/31/2010 | Strategy Page
    U.S. SOCOM (Special Operations Command) has adopted a U.S. Marine Corps idea to provide an "instant gunship" system, which enables weapons and sensors to be quickly rolled into a C-130 transport and hooked up. This takes a few hours, and turns the C-130 into a gunship (similar in capabilities existing AC-130 gunships). The SOCOM version is called the “Precision Strike Package,” and it contains the sensor package (day/night vidcams with magnification capability) and a 30mm autocannon. In addition, there are launchers for Viper Strike and Griffin guided missiles. Viper Strike is a 90cm (36 inch) long unpowered glider. The 130mm...
  • SAS and SEALs Take Out 50 Taliban

    02/13/2010 9:24:06 AM PST · by Flavius · 52 replies · 1,807+ views
    the sun ^ | 11 Feb 2010 | DUNCAN LARCOMBE
    BRITISH SAS heroes have killed up to 50 Taliban commanders in daring raids behind enemy lines. The joint attacks with US special forces over the past two weeks have helped prepare the ground for the biggest battle in Afghanistan yet - when 4,000 British troops will go into action. Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/campaigns/our_boys/2848942/SAS-men-and-Navy-SEAL-teams-take-out-top-50-Taliban-leaders.html#ixzz0fLbXqg9f
  • New airlock mini-sub for US Navy SEAL 'operations'

    02/12/2010 3:44:50 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 30 replies · 1,026+ views
    The "A" Register ^ | 1/11/2010 | The "A" Register
    The US Navy SEALs, America's secretive frogman-commando elite, are to get a new and enlarged pocket submarine which will allow them to travel most of the way to an objective inside in the dry and then exit through an airlock before swimming on for their final approach. Ordinary "wet" SDV mini-sub in action. The SEALs and comparable elite forces such as the British SBS have long used "wet" Swimmer Delivery Vehicles (SDVs) to approach an objective below the waves, allowing them to move faster and further than an unaided frogman can. With a normal SDV, the frog-trooper isn't inside a...
  • U.S. Army Agrees That The M-4 Sucks

    11/28/2009 2:11:52 AM PST · by myknowledge · 45 replies · 7,633+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | November 25, 2009
    The U.S. Army has finally addressed years of complaints about the M-4 and M-16 assault rifles. The M-4 is a short barrel M-16, and has become very popular with the troops. The army has asked the Department of Defense for permission to spend a few hundred million dollars on upgrades for its 400,000 M-4 assault rifles. The big change is replacing the main portion of the rifle with a new component that contains a short stroke piston gas system (to reduce buildup of carbon inside the rifle) and a heavier (by five ounces) barrel (which reduces barrel failure from too...
  • Defending Guam

    12/01/2009 7:22:31 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies · 914+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 12/01/2009 | The Strategy Page
    As the United States moves 8,000 marines from Okinawa to Guam, the air defenses of that American island are being improved. There will now be three different air defense systems. There will be a THAAD battery (24 missiles, three launchers and a fire control communications system). This will include an X-Band radar. The gear for each battery costs $310 million. The 18 foot long THAAD missiles weigh 1,400 pounds. This is about the same size as the Patriot anti-aircraft missile, but twice the weight of the anti-missile version of the Patriot. The range of THAAD is 200 kilometers, max altitude...
  • Special Forces Use Zombie Tech In Combat

    11/16/2009 12:15:23 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 644+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/15/2009 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Army Special Forces is equipping 18 A Teams (officially known as ODAs, or Operational Detachment Alpha) with Land Warrior electronic equipment. But the Special Forces gear will have one special addition; satellite communications. Normally, Land Warrior comms use line-of-sight (FM) radio. But in the hilly Afghan terrain, and with the dispersed tactics used by Special Forces, satellite communications makes more sense. This is yet another field test for the cancelled Land Warrior project. Last Summer, the army sent an infantry brigade, equipped with Land Warrior gear, to Afghanistan. All this is happening, in spite of the fact that,...
  • Spectre Gets A Brain Upgrade

    11/09/2009 6:07:11 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 23 replies · 1,158+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/09/2009 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Air Force is modifying the fire control software on its AC-130H gunships so the 105mm howitzer and 40mm autocannon can track and shoot at different targets at the same time. Currently, the two weapons can both be aimed at only one target at a time. The AC-130s are also being tested using missiles, like Hellfire. U.S. Air Force operates 25 of these gunships (eight AC-130H "Spectre", and 17 AC-130U "Spooky"). The AC-130U has an additional 25mm autocannon, and always had the capability to track more than one target at a time. Because of their vulnerability to ground fire,...
  • It's A Plane! No, It's A Helicopter! (Osprey CV-22)

    05/23/2008 8:19:20 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 24 replies · 607+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 5-22-08 | Keith Morelli
    Air Force Lt. Col. Darryl Sheets has been a pilot for 13 years, but when he switched to the new Osprey troop and cargo carrier, "it was like learning how to fly all over again." Even if you're just along for the ride, like civilians who got a demonstration Wednesday morning, the CV-22 Osprey takes some getting used to. Especially at the moment of truth, when this one-of-a-kind, helicopter-airplane hybrid switches from one mode of flight to the other - in midair. Critics disagree, but the Pentagon insists it worked out all the bugs for pilots such as Sheets during...
  • Olson Picked To Lead U.S. Special Operations Command

    05/11/2007 9:10:36 AM PDT · by RDTF · 32 replies · 1,075+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | May 11, 2007 | Ann Scott Tyson
    President Bush today nominated Navy Vice Adm. Eric T. Olson to lead U.S. Special Operations Command, replacing Army Gen. Bryan "Doug" Brown, according to a Pentagon release. Olson would be the first Navy officer to head Socom. The command is responsible for about 48,000 elite troops, such as Army Green Berets, Rangers, Delta Force operatives, Navy SEALs and Air Force rescue teams. Olson is now Socom's deputy commander. Socom's influence and budget -- projected at more than $6 billion for 2008 -- have grown since Sept. 11, 2001. In 2004, Bush designated Socom as the lead military organization for combating...
  • A Special Operations Leadership Recommendation

    01/01/2007 7:21:25 AM PST · by Valin · 14 replies · 727+ views
    Threatwatch ^ | 12/28/06
    Sage advice today comes from forward leaners as President Bush announces that his National Security team is ‘making good progress toward coming up with a plan’ to move forward in Iraq. Retired Major General Paul Vallely and national security analyst Fred Gedrich urge the President to appoint Special Operations officers to lead the global war and the Iraq theater, as was the design and intent of Secretary Rumsfeld’s USSOCOM charter. Unlike U.S.-led coalition troops, the adversaries in this war do not carry arms openly, wear uniforms or insignias and abide by other laws and customs of wars specified in Geneva...
  • Special Forces Stretched Thin By Two Wars

    09/25/2006 7:00:23 PM PDT · by RDTF · 36 replies · 1,560+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | September 24, 2006 | David Wood
    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.special24sep24,0,3228806.story MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- So many of America's special operations commandos have been thrown into combat in Iraq and Afghanistan that only a handful of the elite troops are available for the quiet but critical work of training local security forces and stabilizing governments elsewhere -- raising worries about al-Qaida and related terrorist groups expanding in other parts of the world. The demand for Army Green Berets, Navy SEALs and other highly trained units in battle, which senior military commanders expect will last for the foreseeable future, is a tough problem for the military and for its...
  • 'Atrocity' (Islamist: *Me Lie* about Haditha. Your Media laps it up)

    06/09/2006 12:43:18 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 15 replies · 1,034+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Friday, June 9, 2006 | Lt. Col. Oliver North
    The barons of bombast allowed President George W. Bush a few minutes of air-time to commend our troops and note that they had administered "a severe blow to Al Qaeda." Then it was business as usual, bashing the administration, trashing our troops, and making sure that the words "Haditha" and "atrocity" are firmly branded in the minds of everyone with access to American media. article in full here ==================================================================== Islamist: *Me Lie* about Haditha. Your Media laps it up The story of Haditha puts national security -- the GOP's forte -- back on the front burner. Which means it's probably...
  • New-era M14 alleviates reliability issues

    05/15/2006 6:01:44 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 96 replies · 3,783+ views
    Jane's International Defense Review ^ | 10 May 06 | Charles Q Cutshaw
    Responding to a US Army Special Operations Command (SOCOM) requirement, Sage International developed a chassis-type stock for M14 rifles that transforms the M14 into a 21st century enhanced tactical carbine. This stock is now being used to modify M14 rifles at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Indiana. The result is the Mk 14, Mod 0 Enhanced Battle Rifle (EBR), which can be obtained by any force that uses M14 rifles either by purchasing the EBR stock and converting existing M14 type rifles or buying a semi-automatic-only version of the Mk 14, Mod 0 from US company Fulton Armory. The conversion...
  • U.S. foresees fighting beyond war zones (Rumsfeld approves new anti-terror plan)

    04/22/2006 9:17:59 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 18 replies · 675+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 22 2006 | Ann Scott Tyson
    Defense Secretary Rumsfeld has approved the military's most ambitious plan yet to fight terrorism around the world and retaliate more rapidly and decisively in the case of another major terrorist attack on the United States, according to defense officials. The long-awaited campaign plan for the global war on terrorism, as well as two subordinate plans also approved within the past month by Rumsfeld, are considered the Pentagon's highest priority, according to officials familiar with the three documents who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about them publicly. Details of the plans are secret,...
  • Special Force for a Special Branch

    02/28/2006 6:13:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 68 replies · 4,172+ views
    The American Enterprise Online ^ | February 27, 2006 | Alan Dowd
    They are known as “The Few. The Proud. The Marines.” And until recently, they were “The Only”—as in the only military branch under Pentagon control without a Special Operations command. That changed when the Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) opened for business at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on February 24. Most Marines would take issue with the notion that the Corps is a latecomer to the Special Operations team, arguing instead that all Marines are considered elite or “special forces.” As General Dennis Hejlik, MARSOC’s first commander, told Proceedings magazine, “All Marines are special.” Given the Marine Corps’...
  • Freeping Gamers! (Jan-06)

    01/13/2006 4:48:31 PM PST · by Safrguns · 88 replies · 1,578+ views
    This monthly thread is dedicated to Freepers who also enjoy online gaming. Post here to find fellow gamers, arrange online games, or share screen shots, reviews, helps and tips. Separate Ping lists are created and maintained for each game.Official game site links are available for most games listed. We currently have 92 gamers playing over 95 different games. Top Games: Battlefield/Battlefield 2 (19 gamers) World Of Warcraft (16 gamers) Unreal Tournament (9 gamers) City Of Heroes (10 gamers)
  • Freeping Gamers! (Thread 21)

    12/23/2005 5:56:08 PM PST · by Safrguns · 73 replies · 1,079+ views
    If you are a Freeper, and also like online gaming, post here to find fellow gamers, share screen shots, reviews, helps, and tips. Gamer tables are updated and published weekly. We currently have 86 gamers playing over 60 different games. Top Games: Battlefield/Battlefield 2 (19 gamers) World Of Warcraft (15 gamers) Unreal Tournament (9 gamers) City Of Heroes (10 gamers)
  • Freeping Gamers! (Thead 20)

    12/10/2005 8:50:50 PM PST · by Safrguns · 36 replies · 982+ views
    If you are a Freeper, and also like online gaming, post here to find fellow gamers, share screen shots, reviews, helps, and tips. Gamer tables are updated and published weekly. We currently have 84 gamers playing over 60 different games. Top Games: Battlefield/Battlefield 2 (19 gamers) World Of Warcraft (15 gamers) Unreal Tournament (9 gamers) City Of Heroes (10 gamers)
  • Freeping Gamers! (Thread 19)

    11/22/2005 8:28:48 PM PST · by Safrguns · 47 replies · 1,171+ views
    If you are a Freeper, and also like online gaming, post here to find fellow gamers, share screen shots, reviews, helps, and tips. Gamer tables are updated and published weekly. We currently have 76 gamers playing over 60 different games. Top Games: Battlefield/Battlefield 2 (17 gamers) World Of Warcraft (14 gamers) Unreal Tournament (9 gamers) City Of Heroes (9 gamers)
  • Military Looking at replacing 5.56 NATO -- Freeper HELP NEEDED

    11/16/2005 11:36:11 AM PST · by tightwadbob · 56 replies · 1,925+ views
    VANITY | tightwadbob
    Within the last week, there was a link here that discussed the military wanting to replace the 5.56 Nato with 7.62 NATO or some other round. I have used every search word I can think of but still can't locate that thread. Can anybody give me the link, PLEASE?
  • Freeping Gamers! (Thread 18)

    11/12/2005 3:49:27 PM PST · by Safrguns · 30 replies · 822+ views
    If you are a Freeper, and also like online gaming, post here to find fellow gamers, share screen shots, reviews, helps, and tips. Gamer tables are updated and published weekly. We currently have 74 gamers playing over 60 different games. Top Games: Battlefield/Battlefield 2 (16 gamers) World Of Warcraft (13 gamers) Unreal Tournament (9 gamers) City Of Heroes (8 gamers)
  • CURT WELDON: SECOND DATA MINING OPERATION AWARE OF ATTA BEFORE 9/11

    11/10/2005 3:08:26 AM PST · by Protect the Bill of Rights · 97 replies · 7,965+ views
    C-SPAN ^ | November 9, 2005 | Rep Curt Weldon
    Direct link to video: rtsp://video.c-span.org/15days/e110905_weldon.rm (14:59 into video; Requires Real Player) "But we have something new..... Dr. Bob Johnson is a professor and IT expert. Dr. Bob Johnson was the manager and operator of the Garland Unit of Data Mining separate from the Army's [leeway?]. Dr. Bob Johnson has not talked to any of the Able Danger players since the efforts that were taking place in '99 and 2000 and Dr. Bob Johnson told me that his unit also identified Mohammed Atta not by photo but by name before 9/11.." Other points: -Garland's Data was sent to SOCOM. -Able DAnger's...
  • Marines celebrate 230 years of ‘special operations’

    11/10/2005 12:57:59 AM PST · by Sailor6468 · 25 replies · 986+ views
    THE STATE ^ | November 10, 2005 | W. THOMAS SMITH JR.
    More than just a branch of America’s armed forces, the modern U.S. Marine Corps serves as a model that other military forces worldwide have attempted to emulate, with varying degrees of success. Marines are aware of this, and justifiably proud. But that pride has not always been conducive to working and playing well with others.
  • Freeping Gamers! (Thread 17)

    11/05/2005 7:31:52 PM PST · by Safrguns · 10 replies · 593+ views
    If you are a Freeper, and also like online gaming, post here to find fellow gamers, share screen shots, reviews, helps, and tips. Gamer tables are updated and published weekly. We currently have 72 gamers playing over 60 different games. Top Games: Battlefield/Battlefield 2 (16 gamers) World Of Warcraft (13 gamers) Unreal Tournament (9 gamers) City Of Heroes (7 gamers)
  • Unconventional Marines

    10/26/2005 7:01:52 AM PDT · by SuzyQ2 · 27 replies · 1,654+ views
    National Review Online ^ | October 26, 2005 | W. THOMAS SMITH JR.
    Specifics have yet to be finalized regarding the Marine detachment, but the prototype unit has been fighting in Iraq, performing raids against insurgent strongholds and conducting special operations missions. Fighting is how they train to fight.