This year we thought we'd ask Jack to give y'all a sampling of what he's giving to his buds, and hoping to find under is tree. He came back with a great list of items, many of which he's referenced in his articles here on SOFREP. Check it out, you may find some ideas for your friends and family. - Charlie The Company Knife A Christmas gift to myself this year, I put … [Read more...] about Jack’s SOFREP Christmas Wishlist
Jack Murphy Articles
As the Arctic becomes increasingly navigable, the spike in shipping and ecotourism through these Arctic transit corridors will require robust monitoring systems to improve maritime safety and security. The most significant threats involve nonstate actors such as drug smugglers, gunrunners, illegal immigrants or even terrorists who might take advantage of ice-free Arctic waters … [Read more...] about Arctic Security: Changing Paradigms for the 21st Century (Part Two)
Whether one’s environmental belief system maintains that the disappearance of the ice sheet of the Arctic Ocean is a normal cyclical occurrence in our planet’s extraordinarily complex weather patterns, or is due to the sun’s influence, or whether one believes the warming in the Arctic is being caused by human-generated carbon that inexorably leads to “climate change” or “global … [Read more...] about Arctic Security: Changing Paradigms for the 21st Century (Part One)
Special thanks to former Marine Richard Wojewnik for writing this article for SOFREP! -Jack In response to the deadly attack in September, 2012 on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Congress has called for 1,000 new Marine Security Guards (MSG) to provide additional protection for U.S. diplomatic facilities around the world. With 1,200 Marine security guards currently … [Read more...] about The Marine Security Guard Program
This is an excerpt from John Meyer's Vietnam memoir, Across the Fence As we approached the end of November 1968, the FOB 1 brass asked me to take ST Idaho south to assist FOB 6 at Ho Ngoc Tao, located north of Saigon. I gladly accepted the offer. The team needed a break and everyone was happy about heading south. Scuttlebutt in camp among the old veterans of SOG was that … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving in Cambodia
Special thanks to Ranger Douglas Hanks for writing this for SOFREP. -Jack I arrived at 2/75 on October 3rd 1993. For those of you in the know, or for those of you who pay attention, it was an auspicious day for the Regiment. Needless to say it was a long first couple days as we were palletizing for war. Despite my eagerness (and perhaps naiveté) I was disappointed when it … [Read more...] about Cuban Prison Riot Redux
There is a lot of talk in the media, and amongst soldiers, about how and why the Army has come off the rails in so many ways. Some of it is the same bitches, gripes, and complaints that have been around since the Romans sacked Gaul, but the use of statistics to measure job competency, online safety training, and e-mail (rather than human) based organizations are a relatively … [Read more...] about Where Did Special Operations Go Wrong?
With Rolling Stone magazine breaking a story today about alleged war crimes perpetrated by an ODA in 3rd Special Forces Group we now enter yet another SOF media frenzy, one that resembles a shark tank with everyone looking to get their pound of flesh. The allegation is that an Afghan interpreter named Zakrya Kandahari working with an ODA in Wardak Province had been executing … [Read more...] about The Allegations Against 3rd Special Forces Group
Now that you can pick up Season One of the Global War on Terror on DVD at Best Buy, we are rolling into Season Two, live and in HD, in dozens of countries around the world. Season One closed out the Mega-FOB and MRAP portion of the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. With it, the old arguments between Counter-Insurgency and Counter-Terrorism will also be largely a thing of the past … [Read more...] about Global War On Terror Season Two: The Obsolescence of Shooters
Once upon a time you had to be a member of one of two units in US Special Operations to be considered an operator. Those units were SEAL Team Six and Delta Force and only those who passed selection and training were entitled to call themselves that, not support personnel or those on the periphery. Today everyone is an Operator. When I was in Ranger Battalion, our … [Read more...] about What is an Operator?
Today we have for our readers a special interview with an aerospace engineer and friend of SOFREP, who we know as ColonelProp, who graciously allowed us to kill a few hours of his time with our questions. Because this individual works on some sensitive programs for the United States government, this interview had to be cleared with official offices. What you will read here is … [Read more...] about SOFREP Discusses Orbital Weapons in China & More With a Rocket Scientist
A Mass Casualty event is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. When a military unit sustains so many injuries that it can no longer support itself, it becomes what is known as a Mass-Cas event. This doesn't happen very often, thankfully, although we know of some other examples where casualties became overwhelming, such as Operation Gothic Serpent or the Extortion 17 … [Read more...] about Ranger Mass-Cas in Afghanistan: The Airborne Ranger in the Sky