Book Review – Resistance Operating Concept (ROC)

April 3, 2020 John Friberg 0

In 2014 the Resistance Operating Concept (ROC) began its early stages of development. The Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR), commanded by Major General (MG) Mike Repass, began this academic effort. Subsequent SOCEUR commanders and their staffs along with other members […]

US Counterterrorism in Africa

U.S. Counterterrorism in Africa

March 18, 2020 John Friberg 0

Since 9/11 the United States has significantly scaled up its counterterrorism (CT) activities in Africa. The U.S. has conducted unilateral CT operations as well as extensive training for African partner forces involved in the CT fight. Despite this long counterterrorism […]

ASD SO/LIC

ASD SO/LIC – Reform Needed Within DoD?

March 17, 2020 John Friberg 0

The Special Operations / Low Intensity Conflict (SO/LIC) office within the Department of Defense provides civilian advocacy and oversight over the U.S. special operations community. However, there are some in the SOF community that feel the Assistant Secretary of Defense […]

Imperatives 2020 – Global SOF Foundation

March 15, 2020 John Friberg 0

The Global SOF Foundation recently held its SOF Imperatives Forum in Washington, D.C. in February 2020 and released its annual SOF Imperatives Document. The SOF Imperatives Forum featured a number of discussions and presentations by members of the Senate and […]

DEFENDER-Europe-20

DEFENDER-Europe 20

March 12, 2020 John Friberg 0

The ability for the United States to reinforce NATO in Europe in the event of a conventional war with Russia will be the centerpiece of DEFENDER-Europe 20. This months-long exercise will take place from February to April this year. Editorial […]

Military Freefall Association (MFFA)

February 16, 2020 John Friberg 0

The US Military Freefall Association is a collective of freefall parachutists, jumpmasters, and military freefall instructors bound by their common training, experience, and passion for military parachuting. The association seeks to promote an understanding of military freefall and to maintain […]

K2 Vets have high rates of cancer. VA no help.

K2 Vets, Cancer, and the VA

February 15, 2020 John Friberg 0

The U.S. military occupied a base known as “K2” (Karshi-Khanabad Airbase) in southern Uzbekistan from 2001 to 2005. This was a former Soviet base where chemical weapons and hazardous materials were stored and hazardous waste buried. There is increasing evidence […]

USSOCOM Culture and Ethics Comprehensive Review January 2020

USSOCOM Report on SOF Culture and Ethics

January 29, 2020 John Friberg 0

The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has released a 69-page report entitled United States Special Operations Command Comprehensive Review. USSOCOM was directed by Congress to conduct a review of its culture and report back to it with its findings. […]

Army Special Operations Forces Museum

January 25, 2020 John Friberg 0

Old time Special Forces Soldiers may be forgiven if they feel a little bit of history is slipping away. The John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Museum located on Ardennes Street on Fort Bragg, North Carolina is no more. It has […]