Just before 3 pm on a sunny Thursday afternoon, the 21-year-old cashier at the “Kinopolis” cinema complex in Viernheim, Germany triggered a silent alarm as he was staring down the barrel of what he described as a ‘long gun.’ Before him stood a masked assailant, seemingly confused, but nonetheless commanding him to lockdown the cinema. The young cashier complied and was later … [Read more...] about Gunman at cinema complex shot dead
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The NYT article about SEAL Team 6 a few weeks ago sparked yet another media frenzy on the military’s accountability and their involvement in shadow wars around the globe. For obvious reasons, writing about sexy spy missions or covert military operations behind enemy lines always attracts a lot of attention. However, just as Frumentarius suggested in his recent article, don’t … [Read more...] about The Legality of Joint CIA/JSOC Renditions and Targeted Killings
Note: This is part of a series. You can read part one and part two here. The Armed Forces Reconnaissance Detachment 10 (ARD 10) is Switzerland’s only professional Special Forces unit. Despite serving a neutral country, the unit can hold its own compared to many of its European counterparts, such as Germany’s KSK, Denmark’s Jaegerkorps, Holland’s KCT, Norway’s FSK, or … [Read more...] about Swiss SOF (Pt. 3): Neutral Assaulters
In part one of this series, we established that the majority of the Swiss SOF community is made up of militia personnel. This means those soldiers are actually civilian professionals such as doctors, bankers, or farmers, and serve their country for a limited amount of time each year. The militia system In Switzerland, male citizens between the ages 17-26 are required to serve … [Read more...] about Swiss SOF (Pt. 2): Train As You (Would) Fight
“Do you even operate?” To answer this recurring Internet meme amid the SOF community’s SOCMINT (social media intelligence) chatter, I’ve decided to write about the controversial SOF capability of a neutral country. When talking about Switzerland as a nation that employs a modern military force, most get hung up on the notion that a neutral country would even have an army (let … [Read more...] about Swiss SOF (Pt. 1): A Not-So-Neutral Pedigree
The terrorist attacks in Paris, Copenhagen, and most recently in Tunis have compelled the German Federal Minister of the Interior, Thomas De Maizière, to promote the idea of a new counter terrorist unit as part of the federal police. Simultaneous attacks across different locations often overwhelmed police officers and the German Police Union find that they are ill equipped … [Read more...] about Germany to form Jack Bauer’s CTU?