National Airborne Day 2020

National Airborne Day – August 16, 2020

August 16, 2020 SOF News 1

By Franklin Fisher, Fort Benning PAO. FORT BENNING, Ga. – Eighty years ago here, on August 16, 1940, while World War II was raging but before the United States had entered the war, a platoon of Soldiers completed four days […]

Quarterly Report to Congress OIR Summer 2020

DoD IG Report On OIR – Aug 2020

August 13, 2020 SOF News 0

A report to Congress by the Lead Inspector General for Operation Inherent Resolve has been published online. The 136-page PDF covers the period of April 1 to June 30, 2020. The publication summarizes the quarter’s key events in the fight […]

ARSOF attributes

Developing Army SOF Leadership Attributes is Your Responsibility

August 12, 2020 SOF News 0

By SFC David Hargett (US Army) and MAJ Eliann Carr (US Army). Traditional Army Special Operations Forces academia requires rote memorization of the eight SOF leadership attributes: integrity, courage, perseverance, personal responsibility, professionalism, adaptability, team player, and capability. Standard SOF […]

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Special Operations News Update – Monday, August 10, 2020

August 10, 2020 SOF News 0

Curated news, analysis, and commentary about special operations, national security, and conflicts around the world. SOF News Nominee for ASD SO/LIC Questioned by Congress. The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict position has been vacant […]

SEALs in Space

SEALs in Space

August 9, 2020 SOF News 0

By Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexander Perlman. It is no secret that Navy SEALs, the special operations force of the U.S. Navy, are constantly striving to out-perform themselves and each other, but how far can they go? In 1984, one […]

Col John Litchfield JTF-B Special Forces

SF Officer is New Commander of JTF-B

August 8, 2020 SOF News 0

Joint Task Force – Bravo (JTF-B) has a new commander – Colonel John Litchfield. A change of command ceremony took place at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. Army Colonel Colonel Steven Barry passed the reigns to Litchfield on August 5, […]

The Tour - SWCC Hell Week

The Tour – SWCC’s Hell Week

August 7, 2020 SOF News 0

By Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Weir. Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) operators complete demanding tactical training throughout their careers, but before becoming a SWCC operator they must first pass a 72-hour crucible during the fifth week of the SWCC […]

American Way of Irregular Warfare

Review – The American Way of Irregular War

August 4, 2020 John Friberg 0

LTG (Retired) Charles Cleveland has provided an interesting look at the past 40 years of the history of U.S. special operations. He combines his personal observations – tracing his career in U.S. Army Special Forces – with an analytical approach […]

Surf Passage Training

Special Operations News Update – Monday, August 3, 2020

August 3, 2020 SOF News 0

Curated news, analysis, and commentary about special operations, national security, and conflicts around the world. Topics include change needed to U.S. SOF community, USAF SOF selection process, modernization at USSOCOM, Russia’s Vagner Group policed up in Belarus, UK SF war […]

Plato's Fear by Ajit Maan

Book Review – Plato’s Fear

August 1, 2020 SOF News 0

Dr. Ajit Maan has provided a short book that helps us understand how information can be weaponized to spread fake news, hoaxes, and propaganda. Her explanation of the ‘narrative’ informs us how humans observe and process information at the unconscious […]