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  • No women in the Masters, but women in the Navy SEALs; are you kidding me?

    08/21/2016 7:47:37 PM PDT · by pboyington · 39 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | August 21, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    It’s been a summer of good sports: the Tour de France, the Rio Olympics, baseball, and now within weeks, the beginning of the football season. Professional and amateur sports are obviously not coed. Why aren’t women competing with men in the track and field events at the Rio Olympics? Because men can run faster than women. Why aren’t women competing with men in the Tour de France? Because men are stronger and have more aerobic lung capacity. Why aren’t women intercepting a pass in the NFL? Because women don’t have the muscle mass and upper body strength to last five...
  • Ex-SEAL Who Wrote Book On Bin Laden Raid Forfeits $6.8 Million To Settle Criminal Probes

    08/19/2016 3:19:14 PM PDT · by Nero Germanicus · 33 replies ^ | 8/19/16 | Christopher Drew
    <p>Matt Bissonnette, a former member of Navy SEAL Team 6 who wrote an account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, agreed on Friday to forfeit $6.8 million in book royalties and speaking fees and apologized for failing to clear his disclosures with the Pentagon, according to federal court documents.</p>
  • The Day the US Military Died

    03/29/2016 9:18:50 PM PDT · by pboyington · 30 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | March 29, 2016 | Ray Starmann
    In the 1993 film, Gettysburg, Lieutenant General James Longstreet says to Harrison, the actor/spy from Mississippi, “You know what’s gonna happen here in the morning?” Longstreet was attempting to convince Harrison that participating in General Lee’s attack toward the center of the Yankee lines on July 3, 1863, might not be in the best interest for his health and general well-being. He was also pointing to the fact that Harrison, while motivated to the cause, was incredibly naďve. US Defense Watch to President Obama, Ash Carter, Ray Mabus, Eric Fanning and the Joint Chiefs… “You know what’s going to happen...
  • [...] US has told Russia where its special forces are located in Syria.

    02/18/2016 11:51:57 AM PST · by matt1234 · 26 replies
    Twitter ^ | 18 Feb 2016 | W.J. Hennigan
    US Air Force Central Command commander Lt Gen Charles Brown confirms that US has told Russia where its special forces are located in Syria.
  • US Commandos Say No to Women in Special Operations Jobs

    12/11/2015 10:47:28 AM PST · by xzins · 60 replies
    AP ^ | Dec 10, 2015 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    The men in the U.S. military's most dangerous jobs care little about political correctness or gender equality. And they have a message for their political leadership. When they are fighting in the shadows or bleeding on the battlefield, women have no place on their teams. In blunt and, at times, profanity-laced answers to a voluntary survey, more than 7,600 of America's special operations forces spoke with nearly one voice. Allowing women to serve in Navy SEAL, Army Delta or other commando units could hurt their effectiveness and lower the standards, and it may drive men away from the dangerous posts....
  • Weekend at BUD/S

    12/08/2015 8:23:01 PM PST · by pboyington · 15 replies
    US Defense Watch ^ | December 8, 2015 | Ray Starmann
    It’s been a week since Ash Carter made his earth-shattering announcement authorizing women to serve in the combat arms and special operations units of the armed forces. Obviously, it was Obama’s plan to roll out Carter in the wake of the San Bernardino attacks, in order to avoid any scrutiny from conservative media outlets. Congress has thirty days to review the catastrophic decision before it becomes full blown policy. It would be interesting to be a fly on the wall and listen to the conversations that must be going on behind closed doors at the various special operations units in...
  • Delta Force Death in Iraq Doesn't Reflect 'Combat Role,' Carter Says

    10/25/2015 4:55:40 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies ^ | October 24, 2015 | Richard Sisk
    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter tried to explain Friday how a U.S. soldier could die heroically in a combat raid he personally authorized in Iraq while the nation was still not involved in "boots on the ground" combat. Carter hailed 39-year-old Delta Force Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler as an exemplary hero who "ran to the sound of the guns" in the helicopter assault Thursday with Kurdish Peshmerga fighters that freed 70 ISIS hostages. He was the first U.S. combat fatality of the campaign against ISIS. "This is combat," Carter said of the raid on an ISIS prison compound east of the...
  • US Special Forces reportedly mounted a risky but successful hostage rescue operation in Iraq

    10/22/2015 8:06:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Reuters via Business Insider ^ | 10/22/2015 | Reuters and Jeremy Bender
    One member of a US special operations team was killed during an operation to rescue hostages held by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, the first American killed in ground combat with the militant group, US officials said on Thursday. Hostages were successfully rescued during the operation, a US official told Reuters. CNN said about 70 Kurdish hostages were freed. A US official confirmed to Reuters that one American was killed. No further information was available on the mission, which local residents and a Kurdish military commander said was carried out in the Hawija area in northern Iraq. One member...
  • REVEALED: Daring raids by SAS heroes leave 200 evil jihadis DEAD

    10/05/2015 10:36:13 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 20 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 5th October 2015 | Rebecca Perring
    'SAS TROOPS armed with sniper rifles and heavy machine guns have killed at least 200 evil Islamic State (ISIS) extremists in a series of deadly raids in the past year. Soldiers from the elite fighting unit have eliminated the barbaric terrorists in war-torn Syria and Iraq by calling in air strikes, carrying out deadly ambushes and using long-range sniper fire. They have even organised groups of Peshmerga fighters - forces in Iraqi Kurdistan who are fighting the blood-thirsty terror group - into guerrilla units. In one of the most effective raids British special forces destroyed an entire 20-vehicle fuel convoy,...
  • Army Special Forces enraged over Obama attacks

    09/14/2015 7:53:40 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 27 replies
    WND ^ | September 13, 2015 | Greg Corombos
    General rips military leaders: 'They should put their stars on the table and be prepared to resign' U.S. Army Special Forces (photo: Department of Defense) Rules of engagement that risk the lives of U.S. forces and harsh punishments over questionable charges have America’s elite Green Berets fuming at the Obama administration, and the former commander of all Green Berets says it’s just the latest symptoms of a military deliberately weakened by this administration and military officials more concerned about advancement than the good of their forces and their nation. The litany of Green Beret frustration was detailed this week by...
  • Two Women Make History by Passing Army's Elite Ranger School

    08/17/2015 9:07:12 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 109 replies
    NBC News ^ | 8/17/2015 | Nick Tomecek
    For the first time ever, two women have successfully completed the Army's elite Ranger school, one of the toughest combat training courses in the world, the Army said Monday. The female soldiers weren't identified beyond being described as West Point-trained officers. They were among 96 soldiers who will graduate Friday at Fort Benning, Georgia, with the coveted Ranger tab, the Army said. (snip) Unlike the 94 men who will graduate Friday, the two women won't be allowed to apply to join the join the 75th Ranger Regiment, the elite Special Operations force. It remains closed to women.
  • AF Special Operations Command receives first AC-130J

    08/11/2015 8:20:48 AM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 33 replies
    Air Force News Service ^ | July 31, 2015 | SSgt Marleah Robertson
    HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) -- The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed here July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J. After completing the initial developmental test and evaluation by the 413th Flight Test Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, the aircraft will be flown by the 1st Special Operations Group Detachment 2 and maintained by the 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron during its initial operational tests and evaluations at Hurlburt Field. “Putting it through these tests will allow us to wring out the AC-130J in a simulated combat environment, instead of the more rigid flight profiles...
  • Pentagon decries lack of diversity in special forcesSOCOM chief: 'We need people of color'

    08/06/2015 8:44:12 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 50 replies
    WND ^ | August 6, 2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    U.S. Army Rangers drill in 2011. A Pentagon spokesman said the military’s elite forces need more diversity, and without, the nation’s security could very well be compromised. “We don’t know where we will find ourselves in the future,” said Army Col. Michael Copenhaver, who’s published a paper on diversity among the special operating forces, USA Today reported. “One thing is for sure: We will find ourselves around the globe. And around the globe you have different cultural backgrounds everywhere. Having that kind of a diverse force can only increase your operational capability.” The comments came as USA Today requested...
  • US special ops forces skeptical women can do their job

    04/10/2015 6:23:17 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 33 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-6-15 | Lolita C. Baldor
    Surveys find that men in U.S. special operations forces do not believe women can meet the physical and mental demands of their commando jobs, and they fear the Pentagon will lower standards to integrate women into their elite units, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press. Studies that surveyed personnel found "major misconceptions" within special operations about whether women should be brought into the male-only jobs. They also revealed concerns that department leaders would "capitulate to political pressure, allowing erosion of training standards," according to one document. Some of those concerns were not limited to men, researchers...
  • Panel to decide if former Special Forces officer Matt Golsteyn will be thrown out of Army

    04/08/2015 3:25:56 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 24 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | April 8, 2015 | Dan Lamothe
    A former Green Beret officer who was stripped of one of the military’s top awards for heroism by the Army secretary will soon face a panel of officers that can throw him out of the service, according to the officer’s lawyer and Army officials. Army Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn will face an administrative hearing known as a board of inquiry the week of May 18, according to a memorandum sent March 26 by the panel’s top officer, Col. Stuart Goldsmith. It is believed the board will review evidence against Golsteyn in the 2010 death of a Taliban bomb maker that...
  • US said to play key role in ill-fated counterterror raid in the Philippines

    03/18/2015 11:19:06 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 16 replies
    WaPo, via Stars & Stripes ^ | March 18, 2015 | Craig Whitlock
    U.S. counterterrorism personnel played a hidden but key role in a bungled commando operation in the Philippines that resulted in dozens of deaths and a political scandal, according to a government investigation released Tuesday in Manila. At least six Americans were present at a Philippine command post during the ill-fated January raid and supplied Philippine forces with surveillance data collected by U.S. aircraft, the investigation found. One of the Americans went so far as to order a Philippine army general to call in artillery fire, though the general angrily refused, investigators found.
  • Top Green Beret Officer Forced to Resign Over Affair With WaPo Reporter

    06/25/2014 12:38:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 117 replies
    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...
  • ‘Whoops!’ Did White House inadvertently publicly identify CIA station chief in Kabul?

    05/25/2014 5:35:28 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 37 replies
    President Obama made a surprise appearance in Afghanistan on Sunday. There is now buzz that the White House revealed the name of the CIA station chief in Kabul to a pool of reporters:
  • Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu story (movie review)

    03/08/2014 12:03:39 PM PST · by Perseverando · 5 replies
    Follow Me the movie ^ | March 8, 2014 | Unattributed
    JULY 4, 1976 ENTEBBE, UGANDA – Led by Lieutenant Colonel Yonatan Netanyahu, crack Israeli commandos race from their airplanes covered by the midnight darkness. Methodically, they approach a non-descript airline terminal, burst inside, killing the stunned terrorists. Helpless and shocked, 103 hostages lift their heads and gratefully weep at the mesmerizing sight of their saviors. As the alarms begin to sound, the Israeli soldiers strike with surgical precision and speed — a lightning bolt of controlled, finely rehearsed fury. It is all over in a few minutes. Terrorists lay dead. The hostages rush out to board the transport planes waiting...
  • Special Ops Goes Global

    01/21/2014 8:14:01 AM PST · by Renfield · 12 replies ^ | 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...
  • Special Forces Operative Reveals The Osama Bin Laden Raid Was A Lie

    01/05/2014 8:06:13 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 122 replies ^ | January 3, 2014 | Robert Rich
    This presidency can surely be said to be the most shrouded in secrecy of all times. From birth certificate conspiracies to everything else this man has had the indecency to lie about in order to ensure political prevalence, Obama can surely be labeled a sociopath. A letter has come forward stating that although you may believe it, things he can only express through words have proven to him that Obama did not in fact kill Osama during that raid.
  • Michael Savage: SEALs 'executed' or 'moron responsible' (...somebody should go to prison for this)

    01/02/2014 10:59:52 PM PST · by Perseverando · 38 replies
    WND ^ | January 02, 2014 | Unattributed
    In the opening hour of his inaugural East Coast drive-time show, Michael Savage signaled he has no intention of abandoning his passion for uncovering the full story behind the deaths of 22 members of Navy SEAL Team 6 in Afghanistan shortly after it was leaked that their unit killed Osama bin Laden. The subject came up for a second time in the show when a regular listener said she liked the fact that he covered subjects no one else on talk-radio seemed to be talking about. “They were killed. They were assassinated. They were executed. Or it was done because...
  • Seal Commander Says Special Operations Assault On Obama Has Begun!

    12/30/2013 8:00:01 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 43 replies
    Conservative Infidel (Blog) ^ | December 29, 2013 | William Wallace Posted by Benjamin Franklin
    By William Wallace Posted by Benjamin Franklin Liberty Digest Last week saw US Military Special Forces be raised to the forefront of the political picture. Retired Navy Seal Commander Ryan Zinke stepped up and says that the Special Operations Assault on President Obama has just begun. Last week it seemed like your typical week in the saga of President Obama accusing Republicans of unfairly criticizing him over the Benghazi situation and leaked classified information. Trouble is, it wasn’t the pesky Republicans he should have been blaming for the attack on his presidency. It is not an unfair assessment either, considering...
  • The Case for Female SEALs (More PC Insanity)

    12/28/2013 7:27:24 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 58 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 24, 2013 | Elliot Ackerman
    Last month, three women became the first of their sex to graduate from the Marine Corps’ famously grueling Advanced Infantry Training Course. The Marine Corps was asking a simple question by running small groups through these courses in experimental test batches, two to five women at a time: Can the female body withstand the rigors of infantry training? The answer, these women showed, is that it can. So far much of the debate surrounding integration has focused on the physical capabilities of women, as if this were the singular issue. Admittedly the strain of infantry training, or even combat, is...
  • Gene-Doping and the Birth of the Super-Operator (Chinese Super Soldiers)

    12/15/2013 1:14:16 AM PST · by spetznaz · 9 replies
    SOFREP ^ | Dec 13, 2013 | Jack Murphy
    The world is changing. The question is whether or not we will realize it soon enough for any of us to make a single bit of difference. Behind the scenes, a debate has taken place about to what extent the People’s Republic of China has engaged in a controversial practice called gene-doping. Gene-doping is a series of techniques for genetic manipulation and modification. You may have heard of it in the past as being called gene-therepy, a practice which manipulates genetics in order to help sick people. Whether you call it gene-doping or gene-therepy depends if you are using the...
  • Commander of 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit relieved of command

    07/19/2013 7:08:13 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 87 replies
    Marinecorpstimes | 07.19.13 | Dan Lamothe
    Go read the url
  • 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."
  • 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...
  • Review: Spec Ops: The Line

    03/17/2013 9:05:30 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 1 replies
    Plugged In ^ | 06/2012 | Plugged In Online
    At first glance, Spec Ops: The Line looks like nothing more than a straight-ahead military shooter. Its story tells of some future date when the desert-bound high-tech city of Dubai is being blasted by incredibly deadly sandstorms. These biblically proportioned tempests are leaving luxury hotels and skyscrapers buried beneath shifting dunes and swirling debris. Dubai's wealthy elite initially downplay the situation before evacuating in secret, leaving countless "lesser" citizens behind. And so, the United States steps up to help evacuate the populace with an infantry battalion led by American hero Col. John Konrad. By the time gamers are inserted into...
  • Former Navy SEAL Team Six Commander Says Special Ops Assault on Obama Is Just Beginning

    08/17/2012 5:20:54 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 64 replies
    Politicker ^ | 8-17-12 | Hunter Walker
    Earlier this week, Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Inc., a group of former U.S. intelligence and Special Forces personnel, launched a campaign criticizing President Barack Obama for unfairly taking credit for killing Osama bin Laden and leaking national security information for political gain. This is the second high-profile attack on the president from ex-elite military operatives. Last month, Ryan Zinke, a Montana State Senator and former commander of Navy SEAL Team Six, started a super PAC, Special Operations for America, which is dedicated to supporting Mitt Romney and hitting President Obama on leaks and on politicizing Bin Laden’s death. According...
  • Free speech vs. lying? Supreme Court to rule on Stolen Valor Act

    10/17/2011 9:58:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 74 replies
    LA Times ^ | October 17, 2011 | David D. Savage
    The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear an important First Amendment case to decide whether the freedom of speech includes a right to lie about military honors. The justices voted to hear the government’s defense of the Stolen Valor Act, a 5-year-old law that makes it a crime to falsely claim to have earned medals for service in the U.S. armed forces. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last year struck down the law on free-speech grounds and said the government cannot act as the “truth police” to punish lies that cause no direct harm. “The sad fact is,...
  • French Government Honors Special Forces Soldiers

    07/27/2011 6:36:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Army Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill
    WASHINGTON, July 26, 2011 – They are used to their deeds pass as unnoticed as their battlefield movements, but six Special Forces soldiers took the limelight here last night to receive a French military award roughly equivalent to the Silver Star. Special Forces soldiers from the 10th Special Forces Group and the 20th Special Forces Group received the French Croix de la Valeur Militaire, roughly analagous to the Silver Star, during a private ceremony at the French ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C., July 25, 2011. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Five...
  • Spec Ops Command Cancels New Rifle

    06/25/2010 4:39:42 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 86 replies ^ | 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 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...
  • US expands secret military operations: report(Petraeus gives free hand)

    05/25/2010 9:31:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies · 833+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 05/25/10 | Nico Hines
    May 25, 2010 US expands secret military operations: report General David Petraeus, the Commander of US Central Command Nico Hines, Washington The United States has sanctioned a major expansion of clandestine military operations in both hostile and friendly countries, according to classified documents which emerged today. General David Petraeus, commander of US Central Command, issued the secret orders in September allowing the Pentagon to engage in espionage and reconnaissance across the Middle East and the Horn of Africa without regular congressional oversight or prior approval from the White House. Some Pentagon officials told the New York Times they were worried...
  • Afghan National Army Graduates First Elite Special Forces Unit

    05/13/2010 8:28:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 258+ views
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | MC3 Kirk Putnam, USN
    KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan National Army Commandos chosen to be a part of Afghanistan’s first Special Forces team graduated during a ceremony at Camp Moorehead May 12, 2010. The students were hand-selected from the ranks of the Commandos, soldiers trained to handle any combat situation and represent the ANA’s most highly skilled and versatile fighters. “This begins a new chapter in the history of the ANA as they are the first and will serve as the model for the future of the ANA Special Forces,” said Afghan Brig. Gen. Dadon Lawang, brigade commander for the new team. As Commandos, the...
  • N. Korea has deployed 50,000 special forces along frontlines: source

    05/04/2010 9:14:56 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 77 replies · 1,440+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/05/10
    N. Korea has deployed 50,000 special forces along frontlines: source SEOUL, May 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has recently deployed about 50,000 special forces along its border with South Korea, a source here said Wednesday, as tension rises on the divided peninsula over a suspected deadly North Korean attack on a South Korean warship. "North Korea recently completed the frontline deployment of seven light infantry divisions, which is something it had been pushing for since two to three years ago," the high-level source said, adding each division consists of about 7,000 troops. North Korea has in recent years increased the...
  • Weathermen enable special operations forces in Afghanistan

    05/04/2010 6:30:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 297+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Senior Airman Elliott Sprehe, USAF
    5/4/2010 - BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- "We're being engaged by effective small-arms and RPG fire," yelled a special forces team leader in his radio back to the operations center. "Requesting close-air support at this time," he continued. But the dark sky above, laced with the promise of an impending storm, hooded the hostile territory and threatened the possibility of air support. The special operations weatherman embedded with the team carefully analyzed the weather data he collected and advised the commander and the combat controller: there would be a small weather window of opportunity where close-air support and airborne intelligence,...
  • New Threat from N.Korea's 'Asymmetrical' Warfare

    04/28/2010 10:48:06 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 583+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 04/29/10
    New Threat from N.Korea's 'Asymmetrical' Warfare North Korea has over the last 10 to 20 years been developing what is called an "asymmetric strategy," which involves focusing on areas, however small, where South Korea is inferior to the North or lacking altogether. One part of this strategy is submarines. The North is believed to have a fleet of around 70 submarines, including some 20 1,830-t Romeo-class subs and 20 330-t Shark-class subs. The subs had been considered only a minor threat, due to their age, noisy engines and inability to operate in the shallow coastal waters of the West Sea....
  • Special Ops Commander Supports Strategy's Focus on al-Qaida

    04/01/2009 4:52:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 200+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 1, 2009 – The situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan is becoming “increasingly dire,” but President Barack Obama’s strategy for dealing with the threat in the region is the right one, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said here today. Navy Adm. Eric T. Olson testified at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy review. Special Operations Command participated in the strategic review, and the admiral said he is pleased that the strategy “includes a clear focus on al-Qaida as the enemy, and that a whole-of-government approach is directed.” How special operations forces operate...
  • U.S., Poland Sign Special Ops Memo of Understanding

    02/19/2009 3:23:18 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 301+ views
    KRAKOW, Poland, Feb. 19, 2009 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Polish Defense Minister Bogdan Klich signed a memorandum of understanding today that will increase cooperation between the two countries’ special operations forces. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, right, signs a memorandum of understanding with Polish Defense Minister Bogdan Klich at Poland's II Mechanized Corps Headquarters in Krakow, Poland Feb. 19, 2009. Gates was in Poland to attend to Krakow Defense Ministry Conference. DoD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jerry Morrison  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The two men signed the document during a ceremony before...
  • Hillary Clinton: Bosun's Mate 3rd SOG 1967

    04/02/2008 10:14:22 AM PDT · by cardinal4 · 11 replies · 287+ views
    Artorius Castus Blog ^ | 2 April 08 | Artorius Editorial Staff
    The mouth of the [REDACTED] River, 1967 It was the toughest mission to date, thought Bosun's mate Hillary Clinton, as she donned her diving gear and checked her weapons. Swim upriver underwater for 10 klicks and retrieve a fallen flier, who just happened to be the son of a US Congressman. She checked her gauges one more time and quietly slipped into the stinking Vietnamese river. She recalled how one of her team was invalided out because of an infection from this very river. She fired up the "scooter" and began the slow trek upstream.
  • Special Operations Firefight in Iraq ( Special Forces )

    03/31/2008 5:11:15 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 17 replies · 1,066+ views
    Youtube, via Mark Levin ^ | March 25, 2008 | CombatCamera12
    Saith Mark, "Watch us kick the crap out of the enemy..."
  • Special Ops Marines deliver in southern Afghanistan

    03/14/2008 4:43:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 18 replies · 945+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Staff Sgt. Luis P. Valdespino Jr., USMC
    Marines with a Marine Special Operations Company secure an area of a Helmand Province village in which they were under attack by Taliban fighters, while a Chinook CH-47 pulls in to provide support for the Marines. Afghan National Army soldiers and MSOC Marines were visiting the southern Afghanistan village when they were attacked by Taliban fighters in late February. A Marine Special Operations Company’s leatherneck examines a poppy plant handed to him by an Afghan National Army soldier (right) during a late February patrol through a Helmand Province village in which they were looking for Taliban fighters. An Afghan...
  • U.S. Special Forces Train Iraqi Security Forces Unit

    02/11/2008 5:07:15 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 90+ views
    BAGHDAD — Twenty-five Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) troops recently graduated from a three-week training course taught by U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF). The ISF will work closely with the SOF during the transition of Al Anbar’s security back to the Iraqi Government. This graduating class, one of the first such units in the area, consists of people from all local tribes. The SOF unit instructed ISF recruits on the importance of physical training, how to secure a building and how to conduct searches once an area is secure. The unit was developed to fight terrorism in Ramadi.
  • Program Molds Elite Iraqi Warfighters

    10/09/2007 4:31:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 384+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Master Sgt. Melissa Phillips
    Program Molds Elite Iraqi Warfighters An Iraqi operator training course modeled after the U.S. Army Special Forces course has turned out its 10th graduating class. By Master Sgt. Melissa Phillips Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force- Arabian Peninsula BAGHDAD, Iraq, Oct. 9, 2007 — For one Iraqi general, the key to building a united, non-sectarian army lies in fostering a mindset of religious and cultural tolerance among soldiers. "I will never forget the American and coalition men and women … who provided the first stepping stones for us to make our country better." Iraqi Brig. Gen. Fadhil Jameel Jameel Barwari...
  • Bin Laden may have just escaped U.S. forces

    09/27/2007 6:09:14 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 47 replies · 372+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 9-26-2007 | Justin Balding, Adam Ciralsky, and Robert Windrem
    A little more than a month ago...some U.S. intelligence and military analysts thought they had found one of the world’s two most wanted men just where they last saw them six years ago. For three days and nights — between Aug. 14 and 16 — U.S. and Afghanistan forces pounded the mountain caves in Tora Bora... (snip) The military operation included "several hundred" U.S. and Afghan ground forces... Elements from the 82nd Airborne blocked off escape routes through the mountains on the Afghanistan side of the border, while helicopters inserted U.S. Navy Seals at night. The Seals pinpointed enemy positions...
  • 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - Delta(You decide)

    07/22/2007 6:26:26 AM PDT · by mad_as_he$$ · 3 replies · 294+ views
    Youtube ^ | unknown | unknown
    The Delta Force has a recruiting video? Interesting for a unit that the Military will not even say exists. The local on Bragg appears to be real. Some of the techniques are common in all SF operations. The faces being shown I question. Have fun watching. I have never seen the "emblem" in the video anywhere. The only one I have seen for Delta looks close to the one in the video but not exactly. It is common knowledge that the Delta force shows up 2 or 3 times a year in Ranger units for recruiting purposes. It is even...
  • U.S. Should Use Counterinsurgency Methods in War on Terror, General Says

    03/01/2007 3:56:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 19 replies · 815+ views
    ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 28, 2007 – The United States should approach the global war on terrorism as it would an insurgency, a senior military official said today at the 18th annual Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict Symposium here. “If we look at is as terrorism, we have a tendency to think that the solution is to kill or capture all the terrorists. That’s a never-ending process,” Army Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, undersecretary of defense for intelligence and warfighting support, said. “We’ll never be successful, we’ll never get there, if we think that’s the primary solution,” he said. “But...
  • More Special Ops Troops Will Better Answer Global Needs, Official Says

    02/27/2007 4:45:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies · 291+ views
    ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 27, 2007 – Special Operations forces will grow by 17,000 active-duty members over the next six years, a senior military official said today at the 18th annual Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict Symposium here. “We are fielding … the largest growth in special operations history without sacrificing quality along the way,” Navy Vice Adm. Eric T. Olson, deputy commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, said. The admiral said SOCOM’s role has been enlarged since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. In 2003, “the secretary of defense said, ‘I hereby designate special operations the lead combatant commander for...
  • Army Awards Bronze Star to Canadian ‘Devil’s Brigade’ Vets

    08/18/2006 6:37:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 20 replies · 1,944+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2006 – The Army has authorized award of the Bronze Star Medal for Service to the living Canadian veterans of the 1st Special Services Force for their service to the U.S. Army during World War II. The unit was known as “the Devil’s Brigade” during the war and was one of the first U.S. special operations forces units in the war. The unit included U.S. Army soldiers and soldiers of the 2nd Canadian Parachute Battalion and 2nd Canadian Special Service Battalion of the Special Operations Group. From 1942 to 1944, about 2,500 soldiers served in the unit...