For the past few years, select members of the U.S. Marine Corps travel to the U.K. to participate in Royal Marines Commando training. True to the U.S. Marines' institutional mentality to always adapt and improve, this provides them an opportunity to observe what works and how it can be implemented in the Corps’ physical regimen. Some U.S. Marines (USMC) were also sent … [Read more...] about Who’s more fit–US Marines or Royal Marines Commandos?
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The Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC) celebrated its 13th anniversary on February 21st with a ceremony at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Notables from across the Special Operations community and the United States Marine Corps attended the event, including Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Ronald … [Read more...] about Kicking ass and taking names: Marine Special Operations Command turns 13
The night of September 11, 2012, the U.S. diplomatic post and the nearby CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, were attacked by Islamic terrorists. The ensuing two-day battle left four Americans dead: U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, State Department employee Sean Smith, CIA contractor and former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, and CIA contractor and former Navy SEAL Glenn … [Read more...] about Never again: How the military prepares for a Benghazi terrorist scenario in Africa
Have you ever wondered what happens to the Army’s surplus firearms? They’re made available for civilian purchase through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). The transferring of surplus rifles and handguns from the Army’s arsenal to the CMP began in 1996. Since then, more than 700,000 guns have been offered to the CMP and found their way to civilian gun owners. The Army … [Read more...] about What the Army does with its surplus M1911s and M1 Garands
Squadron Leader Harry “Dick” Churchill, the last survivor of the famous "Great Escape" during World War II, died at the formidable age of 99. The former Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot was one of the 76 Allied prisoners of war (POW) who escaped from a high-security German Stalag Luft III POW camp in 1944. A 1963 film of the same name starring Steve McQueen immortalized their … [Read more...] about Dick Churchill, last survivor of “The Great Escape,” dies
"Big Mountain Heroes", a documentary film that follows a team of U.S. Special Operations veterans in their attempt to conquer the French, Swiss, and Italian Alps as a way to fight PTSD, won the 2019 Mammoth Film Festival category of "Best Action Sports Film (Short)". The team members were Brandon Webb, a former Navy SEAL; Leo Jenkins, a former Army Ranger; Isaiah Burkhart, a … [Read more...] about Special Operations veteran documentary “Big Mountain Heroes” wins 2019 Mammoth Film Festival award
The Army is edging closer to fielding its updated body protection system. The Soldier Protection System (SPS) has been in the works for years, and it promises to better protect soldiers. The best way to describe the SPS is to compare it to a medieval knight’s armor. Its different subsystems (it has four) cover and protect the pelvic region, torso, upper extremities, neck, head, … [Read more...] about Lifesaver: Army tests new body armor in search of lightness and better protection for soldiers
Two Special Air Service (SAS) operators were wounded by an IED during a recent clandestine operation inside Yemen. The two SAS troopers are part of a joint U.S-U.K. special operations team conducting reconnaissance for ideal drop-zones in case the West decided to provide much-needed humanitarian aid to the challenged Yemenis. However, the SAS operators weren’t from the 22 … [Read more...] about Special Air Service operators wounded during top-secret mission in Yemen
During the international defense exhibition known as IDEX 2019, the Kalashnikov Group, the famous rifle manufacturer, revealed a kamikaze-style drone. Judging from the limited information available, the KUB-BLA Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) is very small, with dimensions of 1210 х 950 х 165 mm. “This is an extremely precise and very effective weapon, incredibly hard to … [Read more...] about Kalashnikov unveils new kamikaze drone, already being used by Russian military
Three industrious civilian members of the U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) 30th Contracting Squadron (30 CONS), which is based at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, managed to save an astounding $1 billion over a seven-year period. From January 2012 to January 2019, Darlene Thompson, a contract specialist; Stephen Schultz, a property specialist; and Joseph Gagnon, the team … [Read more...] about How a team of three civilians saved the Air Force $1 billion
SIG Sauer, an American firearm manufacturer, won India’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) competition for the Indian Army’s next rifle with its SIG716 G2 rifle. The SIG716 G2 is chambered in the 7.62×51mm NATO cartridge and features a 16-inch barrel, an M-LOM-type handguard, and a six-position telescoping stock. It comes with a 20-round magazine. The India Army will purchase 72,400 … [Read more...] about SIG Sauer lands huge deal to supply Indian Army’s new rifle
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 Special Operations Rangers. Would it work?