I'm sure you are all familiar with the Stuxnet computer virus, but for those who are not clear on how it works, it was essentially a virus that was designed to mess up Iran's nuclear weapons/energy infrastructure. Once it got into the computers at Iranian nuclear facilities, it tweaked the rotation speed on Uranium enrichment centrifuges. By speeding up or slowing down the … [Read more...] about Covert Ops: Is Duqu Preparing for the Next Stuxnet?
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Please introduce us to your background, where did you grow up, what were your aspirations as a young man? I grew up in Singapore, and was fed a steady diet of twigs and leaves, with the odd serving of milk and steroids. This allowed me to reach adult proportions faster than some of my other peers. But seriously, my parents were both graphic designers, and well respected in … [Read more...] about Interview with a Singaporean Recce Trooper
Chris Schulenburg, a legend of the Rhodesian Bush War. As a Selous Scout he conducted solo recce missions of terrorist training camps deep in enemy territory. He did what no other man could, or would, do. Chris is still around, although he prefers to keep himself out of the spot light. As I understand it, he is a man of quiet confidence. … [Read more...] about Chris Schulenburg, The World’s Greatest Recon Specialist
I thought you guys might enjoy this video I discovered the other day, it gives a nice peek into the world of our Vietnam-era Special Operations units: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk57BxEiXbk Before SOCOM: LRRPs, Rangers, UDT/SEALs, Special Forces, MACV-SOG, Force Recon... … [Read more...] about Before SOCOM: LRRPs, Rangers, UDT/SEALs, Special Forces, MACV-SOG, Force Recon…
The Best Ranger competition is being held this year from April 13th to the 14th at its usual location, Ft. Benning, Georgia, home to the Ranger Training Brigade and the 75th Ranger Regiment. The above picture shows previous winners from a few years ago, in this case Sergeant Nash who was one of my intructors when I went through the Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP) in 2003. … [Read more...] about Best Ranger!
Lasting from the mid-1960's to 1980, the bush war in Rhodesia saw this tiny land locked nation surrounded by communist backed insurgents operating from the adjacent nations of Mozambique, Zambia, and Botswana. Robert Mugabe's ZANU was supported by Red China while Joshua Nkomo's ZAPU was primarily a Soviet sponsored insurgency. With guerrilla fighters pouring across the … [Read more...] about The Selous Scouts, a uniquely Rhodesian solution to counter-insurgency
"Spanish Naval Special Warfare in the Horn of Africa, the same guys who rescued a French hostage during an in-extremis operation some months ago." The task force is made up of Navy UDTs and Marines who have received maritime commando training like US Navy SEALs. Kit seen in the pictures: G36E, KVE and C, some of them with AG36 grenade launchers. EOTech, EOLAD, and ACOG … [Read more...] about Spanish Naval Special Warfare, Horn of Africa
"Across The Fence" by John Stryker Meyer is one of the very few memoirs written by and about the highly classified Studies and Observations Group or SOG. Running cross border operations during the Vietnam war, small teams of Special Forces soldiers partnered with indigenous team members launched missions into Laos, Cambodia, and North Vietnam. These missions were so secret that … [Read more...] about Book Review: Across the Fence by John Stryker Meyer
I just recently heard about these guys myself. Rumor has it that "The Increment" as it was known was a small, loosely organized team of active duty British SAS soldiers who worked with and supported MI6 intelligence operations. Today, it seems that they have been more formally organized as E-Squadron of the SAS. More than likely they provide low visibility operations and … [Read more...] about The Special Air Service’s E-Squadron, “The Increment”
A treatise on the supremacy of Weapons over all the other specialties on an Operational Detachment- Alpha By Uncle Jimbo There is a profound distinction between the importance of the Weapons Sergeant and all the other personnel on a Special Forces Team. There are 12 members with a number of different specialties, but aside from the Weapons Sergeants, all the rest are … [Read more...] about The A-team in support of the Special Forces Weapons Sergeant
My former medic, now an officer and friend, describes it thus, “The death of us has been the creation of a full blown Command, with concomitant layers of official bureaucracy, which has killed a lot of initiative. There is an overbearing burden of risk assessments and pre-approval requirements, by everyone, before anything can get done. This snuffs even the simplest of training … [Read more...] about Special Forces: Then and Now, part 3
Gents, please consider supporting this fundraiser for the Cantrell family. CW2 Eddie Cantrell was a Warrant Officer at 3rd Special Forces Group. He died while charging back into his home that had caught on fire in order to rescue his daughters. All three perished in the fire. Chief Cantrell died a hero by any standard. He was recently laid to rest at Arlington cemetery, buried … [Read more...] about Chief Cantrell Fundraiser