An integral component of modern U.S. battlefield superiority is air power. More specifically, the ability to call in effective and timely close air support (CAS) provides ground troops with a crucial advantage over their opponents, whether these are Taliban fighters in the mountains of Afghanistan, ISIS terrorists in the deserts of Iraq, or Russian mercenaries in the plains of … [Read more...] about How an Android app is helping commandos call Close Air Support faster
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Members of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Operators and Australian Defense Force conduct training with their counterparts in the Armed Forces of the Philippines during Exercise Balikatan 2019. The annual U.S.-Philippine military training exercise demonstrates the commitment of the Philippines and the United States to our long-standing alliance by conducting maritime security … [Read more...] about The Pic of the Day: Navy SEALs saw their way through joint training
Are the U.S. government and military indirectly supporting war crimes? Yes, according to the non-profit Human Rights Watch (HRW). Recently, the HRW released a report documenting war crimes committed by the Egyptian military and the Islamic State (ISIS) in North Sinai. The report accuses both warring parties of committing crimes against humanity. Although this is something to … [Read more...] about Is the US military indirectly supporting war crimes?
U.S. Army Gen. Richard D. Clarke, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), is briefed on a medical procedure performed by Special Operations Surgical Teams (SOST) at Hurlburt Field, Florida, on May 7, 2019. SOST is an extremely lightweight, mobile and rapidly deployable element that is medically and tactically trained to provide trauma resuscitation and … [Read more...] about The Pic of the Day: Spec Ops chief visits Air Commandos
A U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey aircraft from the 20th Special Operations Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, is aerial refueled by a KC-10 Extender from the 6th Air Refueling Squadron, Travis AFB, California, during an aerial refueling training mission over New Mexico, on March 11, 2019. Travis airmen fly training missions regularly to stay current and be prepared for … [Read more...] about The Pic of the Day: Special Operations crews sharpen their mid-air refueling skills
In previous months, two New Zealand soldiers deployed to Malawi, Africa, to teach British Army units the secrets of bushcraft and anti-poaching. According to the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), one of the soldiers was from the New Zealand Special Air Service (NZSAS), and the other from the 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (RNZIR). New Zealand troops are … [Read more...] about Combat tracking: NZ Special Air Service operators showcase their bushcraft mastery
A new, reloadable flashbang with a digital fuse promises to give law enforcement officers and war-fighters a crucial tactical advantage when it comes to close-quarters combat (CQC). Liberty Dynamic has been working on the Enhanced Diversionary Device (EDD) for more than four years. According to the manufacturer, their flashbangs are superior to current products for a number … [Read more...] about Spec ops technology: Could a digital flashbang make the difference in close-quarters combat?
Scat VII, a P-51 Mustang once flown by triple-ace fighter pilot Robin Olds, flies along an F-16C Fighting Falcon assigned to the 480th Fighter Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, on May 28, 2019. The plane is the last one Olds flew before the end of WWII and is a rare flying example of the iconic aircraft. Olds, who retired as a brigadier general, flew in both WWII and the … [Read more...] about The Pic of the Day: An old timer teaches a young buck the ropes
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Carl Lawrence, a scout sniper with Weapons Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), sights in behind a .50-caliber Special Applications Scoped Rifle aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26). The Marines and sailors of the 11th MEU are … [Read more...] about The Pic of the Day: On target, Marine scout snipers prepare for the worst
Snipers are force multipliers. A well-placed shot can decapitate an enemy’s leadership and crumple morale. A well-taken photograph can pinpoint a high-value target and enable a direct-action operation. A well-hidden sniper can provide critical on-the-ground intelligence to commanders and save lives. To be in a position to achieve the above, a war-fighter must first earn the … [Read more...] about Marine Corps experiments with new scout sniper job
The responsibilities of a superpower are many, as are the potential hotspots where American war-fighters might need to fight in the future. Consequently, in the modern multi-domain battlefield, allies and partners are essential to achieve mission success. Be it in the mountains of Afghanistan, the deserts of the Sahel, or the fjords of Scandinavia, American units will always … [Read more...] about How Recon Marines prepare for a conflict with Russia
International students training at the Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School (NAVSCIATTS) participate in a field training exercise near John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi on May 8, 2019. NAVSCIATTS' Special Operations Forces Tactical Patrol Leader course is a seven-week course designed for company-level junior officers and senior enlisted … [Read more...] about The Pic of the Day: The unknown value of Naval Special Warfare Command