There I was, on Christmas Morning, armed with a single weapons platform that had the ability to fire grenades, rounds of multiple sizes and varieties. I acquired my targets through my long-range optical scope. I controlled my breathing and squeezed the trigger. One enemy down. As his brother moved toward my position, I fired a grenade in his vicinity. It missed. As he moved … [Read more...] about Will military weapons manufacturers play with toys for design innovations?
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In the 1960’s, the United States was forced to deal with a communist regime 90 miles away from its shores. Due to the threat of mutually assured destruction with a direct war with the Soviet Union, Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson had to tread carefully concerning Fidel Castro and Cuba. Neither administration wanted war so close to its territory, but on the other … [Read more...] about Fidel Castro and his unique history with US Special Operations Forces
This year’s presidential election is shaping up to be a historic one, but not for reasons you may think. Voters on the left have serious issues with both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Republican voters have qualms about real-estate magnate Donald Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and Ohio Governor John Kasich. There is a very real … [Read more...] about 2016 election has the potential to be singularly messy
On June 14, 2015, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the P5+1 (The United States, The United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, plus Germany) reached a negotiated agreement that limits Iran’s nuclear capabilities. Under the terms of the agreement, Iran can no longer produce weapons-grade nuclear power. In exchange for this, economic sanctions will be lifted. Of course, the details … [Read more...] about The Iran Nuclear Deal: Not Perfect, But a Start
Warning: satire ahead. In a stunning development, SOFREP’s own Jeff Danovich landed an exclusive interview with former Republic of Pineland strongman Jose Cuervo. Since the United-States-led invasion resulted in the overthrow of Cuervo, the former Pineland leader has since become a recluse. He has refused dozens of requests for interviews. Here is Jeff’s story. Upon … [Read more...] about Q&A with Former Pineland Strongman (Satire)
With more and more emphasis on Special Operations throughout the military community, there is a need to fill these positions with capable soldiers. The U.S. Army alone is calling for approximately 5,000 soldiers to volunteer for USASOC slots. Some politicians and officials in the Pentagon would like to see a previously underutilized resource play an even larger role in filling … [Read more...] about Will Women Help Meet Special Operations Recruiting Goals?
From a foreign policy and national security perspective, State of the Union addresses are terrible. They rarely focus on these two topics and, when they do, they tend not to engage the topic with the seriousness and rigor that it demands. This year's address contained 6493 words, but only 855 of those words were dedicated to foreign policy and national security. Part of it … [Read more...] about State of the Union Oversight: National Security and Foreign Policy Ignored
Before recruits were sent home on Christmas Exodus, they were instructed not to shave or get haircuts, and to thoroughly scrub their social media profiles. A few weeks before, on November 30, 2014, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security warned members of the military and their families that ISIS sympathizers here in the U.S. could target them based on what information … [Read more...] about Je Suis Charlie Company
The last official combat jump occurred when a small team from the 75th Ranger Regiment jumped into an area in southeastern Afghanistan in July, 2004. It has been 11 years since a large-scale Airborne operation was conducted, when the 173rd Airborne Brigade jumped into Northern Iraq. The last large-scale Airborne operation where paratroopers had to jump into hostile territory … [Read more...] about Airborne Obsolescence: What Happened to the Mustard Stains?
Today, the 114th Congress opens. This year’s class features three new senators who are post-9/11 veterans, and five members of the House of Representatives who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Veterans bring a unique perspective to the national security debate. With the number of members of Congress who have actually served in the military at its lowest point in 25 years, … [Read more...] about Newcomer Veterans Highlight 114th Congress
The Saudi Arabian government has officially thrown in the towel on the hopes that the United States will take the lead in toppling the Assad regime in Syria. The House of Saud is now training its own fighters to stabilize the situation in Syria. They envision a force of 40,000 to 50,000 Sunni fighters capable of defeating the regime of President Assad and counterbalancing … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia Enlists Pakistan and Others To Fight Alongside Syrian Rebels
On October 1, 2013, the President of the United States ordered the Office of Management and Budget to shut down the Federal Government. In addition to hundreds of government employees being furloughed and the Panda Cam being shut down (gasp!), our national security and intelligence apparatus is affected in ways that could hurt us both in the present and down the road. The … [Read more...] about How The Government Shutdown Creates Opportunities To Recruit US Spies