As someone who has worked extensively with translators overseas, I know how important their role is and how critical they are to the mission. When I read Sibel Edmonds' story I was shocked but not necessarily surprised. I wasn't surprised at the lack of professionalism that she witnessed among the staff of translators at the FBI's counter-intelligence office, but I was shocked … [Read more...] about Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story
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In The Shadow: Chinese Special Forces Build a 21st Century Fighting Force by Scott J. Henderson In its effort to build a modern 21st Century fighting force, China has had its own revolution in military affairs that has touched almost every aspect of the armed forces. Chinese special-operations forces have been no exception. Major transformations in China’s elite special … [Read more...] about Chinese Special Operations Forces
Washington, D.C. - Department of Defense officials recently announced the limited deployment of the new Inverted Multi-Purpose Ballistic Tomahawk Bayonet, or IMBTB. The new piece of tactical equipment is being assigned to a select number of ‘specialty units’ currently fighting the war on terror in Afghanistan. “The IMBTB is a combination of military hardware in one sleek … [Read more...] about The Duffel Blog Owns Gizmodo
The Army is big on mandatory briefings. Generals want briefings of everything under the sun, demanding more information than he and his entire staff can even process. Some briefs are somewhat useful for new soldiers such as annual briefings on the Geneva Convention and Laws of Land Warfare. Others such as the Equal Opportunity brief are worthy of an eye roll but relatively … [Read more...] about Don’t Kill Yourself Briefs: The Army’s Cynical Approach to Skyrocketing Suicide Rates
Everyone knows about the polygraph. Funny enough, it was invented by William Moulton Marston who was also the mind that came up with the DC Comics character Wonder Woman. Now you know why she carries her “lasso of truth”! But familiarity with the polygraph also means that plenty of people know how to defeat or otherwise spoof the system. You can squeeze your butt cheeks … [Read more...] about Are fMRI Machines the CIA’s Unbeatable Lie Detector Test?
Four Thai soldiers were shot dead today in a brazen daylight attack carried out by suspected Muslim insurgents in Thailand’s violence-prone south. Two other soldiers were wounded. Video footage of the attack in Pattani province was captured by surveillance cameras that authorities have installed throughout Thailand’s three southernmost provinces, where an Islamist insurgency … [Read more...] about Thai Special Task Force Soldiers Killed in Insurgent Ambush
This picture has been online for a number of years as near as I can tell but it has not been widely circulated. I've had it brought to my attention as it may be the only picture of a suspected "Seaspray" helicopter that has been revealed to this day. You can see the Forward Looking Infrared System, "People Pods", and what looks like fuel bladders underneath them, but I'm … [Read more...] about First (And Only) Look at a Secret “Seaspray” Helicopter?
During the eight-year secret war in Vietnam, when Green Beret-led reconnaissance teams and company-sized elements ran top secret missions across the fence into Cambodia, Laos and N. Vietnam, many of those missions were compromised before the Military Assistance Command Vietnam-Studies and Observations Group units landed on the ground, Soldier of Fortune magazine has … [Read more...] about SOG Compromised
Washington, D.C.– In a highly-anticipated press conference held in the nation’s Capitol today, a leading women’s activist announced that she would be taking up the cause of having more female service-members killed in combat. U.S. Representative Judy Chu (D, CA) announced the creation of Femme Fatal, a movement specifically tasked with ensuring that women get the same … [Read more...] about Women’s Rights Activist Demands ‘Camouflage Ceiling’ Brought Down
In pre-dawn darkness, a Toyota Land Cruiser skidded off a bridge in North Africa in the spring, plunging into the Niger River. When rescuers arrived, they found the bodies of three U.S. Army commandos — alongside three dead women. What the men were doing in the impoverished country of Mali, and why they were still there a month after the United States suspended military … [Read more...] about Update: SOF presence in Mali
At SOFREP we make a concerted effort to get the best and most accurate information about the Special Operations community to our readers. Careful considerations are given to Operational Security as we have no interest in compromising operations or endangering soldier's lives, so balancing these two can be tricky at times. We also engage in some watchdog operations when we see … [Read more...] about A Critical Look at The Command by Marc Ambinder and D.B. Grady