Flintlock 2023

Tip of the Spear – April 2023

April 28, 2023 John Friberg 0

United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has published the April 2023 issue of Tip of the Spear. This 40-page pub (PDF) has a number of interesting stories. The highlight of the issue is the award of the Medal of Honor […]

The CIA war in Kurdistan

Book Review – The CIA War in Kurdistan

March 19, 2023 John Friberg 0

A recent book, The CIA War in Kurdistan, details the activities of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in northern Iraq before and during the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in early 2003. The main ground effort of OIF would […]

Special Operations Winter Mountain Operator Course

SOF and Arctic Security and Strategy

October 7, 2022 John Friberg 0

The September-October 2022 issue of the Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs has published a series of articles (15) on Arctic strategy and security. Three of these articles are focused on special operations forces activities in the high north. “Special Operations Command […]

Pallets Heading to Ukraine - Spirit of America

Spirit of America – Helping Ukraine Win

May 3, 2022 John Friberg 0

The editor of SOF News had the opportunity to speak with the founder and CEO of Spirit of America about the organization’s efforts to assist the Ukrainian military and people of Ukraine. Jim Hake provided an enlightening look at the […]

SOF Vision and Strategy 2022

U.S. SOF Vision and Strategy

April 12, 2022 John Friberg 0

U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations / Low Intensity Conflict (ASD SO/LIC) have released its Special Operations Forces Vision & Strategy document (April 11, 2022). Vision Statement. The document leads off with […]

Exercise Raven Spring 2021


July 16, 2021 John Friberg 0

Marine Raiders recently completed a series of pre-deployment training exercises in Tennessee in the spring of 2021. The RAVEN exercises are used by Marine Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) to train and evaluate Marine Special Operations Companies (MSOC) and Marine […]

Book review - No Moon as Witness by James Stejskal

Book Review – No Moon As Witness

July 15, 2021 John Friberg 0

A recent book by James Stejskal, No Moon as Witness, describes the training and the missions of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II. The book is a compact and concise history […]

Exercise Sea Breeze 2021

Sea Breeze 2021 – Exercise in the Black Sea

July 8, 2021 John Friberg 0

The United States and other NATO countries participated in an extensive military exercise in the Black Sea region entitled Exercise Sea Breeze 2021. The two-week long exercise is a joint, multi-national event with 5,000 personnel, 30 ships, and 40 aircraft […]