This is the time of year when the Selection courses are in full swing and the guys…and gals who want to be part of Special Operations units are deciding to get ready and give it their best shot at becoming members in the best fraternity in the world. The US military has embraced Special Operations Forces after many decades of hating on “elite units” and the services have a … [Read more...] about Preparing for Special Forces Selection: The right way is the only way
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Recently, Stars and Stripes and several other publications have posted pieces on a proposal for renaming Fort Hood in Texas for Roy Benavidez, the Medal of Honor (MOH) recipient from Lindenau, DeWitt County, Texas. Benavidez was awarded the MOH for extraordinary heroism while rescuing several Americans during the Vietnam War on May 2, 1968. Normally, when it comes to … [Read more...] about Will the military dare replace a Civil War general with a Special Forces legend?
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) has withdrawn from consideration for the soon-to-be-vacant Director of National Intelligence [DNI] post. Ratcliffe had been nominated by President Trump to replace the soon-leaving Dan Coats. This withdrawal by Ratcliffe is just the latest instance of a Trump administration nomination going south after the president moved to appoint a key official … [Read more...] about Trump nomination for next intelligence chief backfires
This is a film I was anxiously anticipating since it was based on an amazing – and true – story. Israeli Mossad agents operated a diving resort in Sudan for three years as a front operation while they whisked Ethiopian Jews out of danger and into Israel. “The Red Sea Diving Resort” is directed by Gideon Raff ("Homeland"), with a solid acting cast including Chris Evans … [Read more...] about ‘The Red Sea Diving Resort’: How Hollywood ruined a great spy story
Top negotiators from the United States and China met this week to see if they can find a way to end a trade war between the two nations. The U.S. delegation is led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer who are in Shanghai to meet with their Chinese counterparts. No agreements were reached, although a report from the Wall Street … [Read more...] about Trade War: Fresh trade negotiations with China bear no fruit
In a move many had been predicting for months, Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) will step down on August 15. In his stead, President Trump has selected U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, a Republican from Texas, as Coats’ replacement. Coats had been on the job for two years as the DNI, a relatively new post established by Congress in 2004 in the fallout of … [Read more...] about Is Trump jeopardizing national security by appointing supporter in key intelligence position?
Many hawks in Washington are wondering why the United States hasn’t already responded with military force against Iran in the Middle East. The Iranians are increasingly bellicose in Syria and in the Persian Gulf. They’ve seized oil tankers and sabotaged others with mines in international waters. Most importantly, they’ve openly violated the uranium enrichment and storage … [Read more...] about Invade Iran? Not any time soon
The 75th Ranger Regiment is working with the U.S. Army Operational Test Command’s (OTC) Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate (ABNSOTD) based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to put some new rucksacks through their paces during airborne operations. The Rangers are testing out three different rucksacks that are produced by Mystery Ranch Mountain Backpacks, a company … [Read more...] about Ranger regiment testing new rucksacks for Airborne Operations
Sometimes you read things in the news and are thoroughly amazed and awed by some of the fantastic things people think of and make happen. Other times you can read something and be thoroughly amazed and awed for the opposite reasons and wonder, “What the hell are they thinking?” Recently, the Pentagon has resolved to do a study on the women who are breaking down the barriers of … [Read more...] about Women and SOF selection, a former Special Forces instructor speaks out
On Saturday July 13th, the President of Argentina Mauricio Macri said his country is “moving forward” to declare the armed Lebanese group Hezbollah a terrorist organization. Macri announced this in an interview with CNN Español. Hezbollah is based in Lebanon but is an Iranian proxy, and is long suspected of carrying out two deadly terrorist acts in Argentina: the 1992 attack … [Read more...] about Argentina cracks down on Hezbollah, but its neighbors must do the same
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been 50 years since the first Moon landing and this week people from all over the world are celebrating the anniversary of “a giant leap for mankind.” More than 400,000 people worked behind the scenes at NASA to make it happen, culminating a decade of space exploration, full of success, heartbreak, and disaster. In one of the most turbulent … [Read more...] about Apollo 11: One of the most significant events of the 20th century
On the eve of the United States entering World War II, the U.S. was woefully unprepared—both militarily and in the realm of intelligence. The United States did not have a professional intelligence service, but that was about to change. President Franklin D. Roosevelt recognized the need for a professional global intelligence service. He was worried about the state of the … [Read more...] about The WWI hero that pioneered US global intelligence