In one of his more important undertakings as Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis had launched a project to review and improve the lethality of the military’s close-combat units. The Close Combat Lethality Task Force (CCLTF) is examining how it can increase the combat effectiveness of troops engaged in close combat. In an interview with Military.com, retired Army Major … [Read more...] about US military wants to turn all infantrymen into Army Rangers. Would it work?
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In a feat of extreme endurance, 20 operators from throughout the Air Force Special Operation Command (AFSOC) Special Tactics community will ruck an astounding 830 miles to honor their 20 Special Tactics brothers who have made the ultimate sacrifice since the War on Terror began in September 2001. The airmen will march from the Medina Annex, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, to … [Read more...] about Honoring the fallen: Air Force special operators to ruck 830 miles
As the fight against the Islamic State in Syria (ISIS) draws to a bloody conclusion, the question of what will happen to the ISIS prisoners of war (POWs) who were captured by the U.S.-led international coalition or its local partners becomes increasingly pressing. During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, General Raymond Thomas, the head of the U.S. Special … [Read more...] about With Islamic State destroyed, what will happen to the more than 1,000 ISIS prisoners?
In response to the torrent of scandals that have been hitting the Navy SEAL community of late, the top Navy SEAL has decided to take a knee and reflect on the force’s ethos and future. Rear Admiral Collin Green, commanding officer of the Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC), has commissioned an internal investigation to determine why the Navy SEAL community has been repeatedly … [Read more...] about Naval Special Warfare Command addresses war crimes and other issues in SEAL community
In an unexpected development to the war crimes case of Major Matthew Golsteyn, a Special Forces officer accused of murdering a Taliban prisoner, the lead investigator has been accused of stolen valor. In late January, Sergeant First Class Mark A. Delacruz was charged with fabricating his promotion files and other administrative records to indicate that he had earned the … [Read more...] about Lead investigator in Special Forces officer’s war crimes case accused of stolen valor
A Marine Raider has been awarded the Silver Star after braving intense enemy fire and destroying an incoming vehicle-born improvised explosive device (VBIED) in Iraq. The Raider, whose name has been withheld for operational security (OPSEC) reasons (he is still on active duty), was assigned to the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion (MRB), Marine Special Operations Command … [Read more...] about Marine Raider receives Silver Star after single-handedly stopping an ISIS suicide vehicle
After a rigorous assessment and selection process that lasted two days, the Army Warrior Fitness Team has filled its ranks with 15 members. The eight men and seven women come from across the Army and ranks. The primary objective of the team will be recruiting, while helping soldiers who are currently serving to improve their physical conditioning as a secondary … [Read more...] about The Army has a new physical training test, and these are the fittest soldiers
In the near future, the Royal Marines Commandos and the United Kingdom Special Forces (UKSF) will be getting a new amphibious platform from which to operate, significantly increasing their reach and operational capabilities. The Future Littoral Strike Ship (FLSS), which is being designed specifically for the new Littoral Strike Groups, will be the main workhorse of the … [Read more...] about British Commandos and UK Special Forces get new special operations ships similar to Navy SEALs’
Proxy warfare isn’t a new concept. It has been used since ancient times. More recently, the British used it quite successfully during the Dhofar War in Oman in the early 1970s. Special Air Service (SAS) operators trained, advised, and, perhaps, accompanied Yemeni dissenters in cross-border operations deep inside Yemen. Another example—this time of active proxy warfare—can … [Read more...] about Proxy warfare: The strategic dilemma of relying on proxy counterterrorism forces
Each passing day in the war crimes trial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher reveals additional shocking evidence. Fellow Navy SEALs testifying against Chief Gallagher have stated that, during their deployment in Iraq, he attempted to level a mosque by calling in false target coordinates for an airstrike. Thus far, Chief Gallagher has been charged with stabbing to … [Read more...] about ‘Destroy that mosque:’ Navy SEAL facing charges of war crimes allegedly called in false airstrike coordinates during deployment
Since the Iranian Revolution began in 1978, the United States is known among protestors as the “Great Satan.” “Death to America” is the favorite chant of pretty much anyone who wishes to display his or her anti-American credentials, whether it's an al-Qaeda terrorist or an Iranian politician. Now, the Iranian supreme leader finally offers some clarification behind the … [Read more...] about “Death to America:” We finally know what Iran means by it
The Islamic State’s (ISIS) reign of terror is about to end. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), primarily comprised of Kurdish forces, have cornered the last remnants of the terrorist organization in a small enclave. Baghouz, which is situated close to the eastern bank of the Euphrates River, is the last remnant of territory under the ISIS flag. Coalition forces had halted … [Read more...] about Last of ISIS forces cornered in Syria, coalition’s final assault underway