Short Break

February 3, 2019 SOF News 0

The small staff at SOF News will be taking a break for a couple of months. A short-term contract requiring travel and other writing projects are upcoming. We will resume posting articles and publishing the newsletter in the spring.

Jim Mattis letter of resignation

SEC DEF Mattis Letter of Resignation

December 20, 2018 SOF News 0

Secretary of Defense James Mattis submitted his letter of resignation to President Trump on Thursday, December 20, 2018. In his letter he stated . . . “Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are […]

General Milley

General Milley – Next Chairman of JCS

December 8, 2018 John Friberg 0

President Trump announced on Saturday, December 8, 2018 that General Mark Milley will be the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. General Milley will replace General Joe Dunford at some point in the fall of 2019.  General Milley […]

Winter Parachute Jump March 2018. Photo by SOCEUR.

Military and National Security News – 20181208

December 8, 2018 SOF News 0

Middle East ISIS in Iraq. Attacks by the Islamic State have increased significantly in Kirkuk and Salah ad-Dine provinces. Apparently there are some ‘security gaps’ between Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Peshmerga units in some areas of these two provinces. […]

Pentagon Press Conference August 28, 2018

Pentagon Press Conference on August 28, 2018

August 28, 2018 SOF News 0

Defense Secretary Mattis and General Dunford held a joint press conference at the Pentagon on Tuesday, August 28, 2018.  Each provided an opening statement and then the Pentagon press corps asked questions. Topics covered almost all the conflicts the U.S. […]

Civil Affairs Branch birthday

Birthday – Civil Affairs Branch

August 17, 2018 SOF News 0

The U.S. Army Civil Affairs Branch is having a birthday today – Friday, August 17, 2018. It is 63 years old – having been established on August 17, 1955. The branch had its origins in World War II when the […]

Helsinki Summit 2018 Putin and Trump meet in Finland on July 16, 2018

Helsinki Summit – Trump and Putin

July 17, 2018 SOF News 0

The Helsinki Summit between President Trump and President Putin took place on Monday, July 16, 2018. The meeting between the leader of the United States and the leader of Russia followed the tumultuous Brussels Summit held just a few days […]

MG James Jarrad

Special Operations News Update 20180514

May 14, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20180514 – SOCOM and biotechnology, align CSAR under AFSOC, MoH controversy, al Qaeda – still a threat, Iran’s strategy, hope in Somalia, death of terrorist groups, Marine Raiders ‘getting some’, more troubled news about SEALs, UAE in […]

newsletter experimentation

Newsletter Changes Coming . . .

April 2, 2018 SOF News 0

The staff at SOF News will be doing some experimentation with its WordPress and MailChimp applications over the next few weeks. You will see some small changes in how the newsletter is published. We will likely move from a once a […]

Holiday Break

December 11, 2017 SOF News 0

The Staff at SOF News will be taking a break in posting articles on its website and sending out the weekly newsletter. Holiday activities, vacations, and other work and writing projects will be putting a crunch in the schedule. SOF […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News wishes all deployed Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, Sailors, DoD Civilians, DoD Contractors, humanitarian aid workers, security professionals, expats, and that occasional OGA dude a Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy a day of rest, watch some (real) football, and eat some turkey! […]

Paratroopers descending under canopy. (Photo source Fort Bragg, North Carolina, June 6, 2017)

Defense News Update – October 15, 2017

October 15, 2017 SOF News 0

Defense News Update 20171015 – U.S. in Yemen conflict, why Soviets lost in Afghanistan, conflict over Kirkuk, Gen Nicholson interview, American – Canadian family released from captivity, Afghanistan – and the lessons of Vietnam, more advisors for Afghanistan, a Soldier’s rucksack, […]