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 […]

SOF Operator in Invincible Sentry 20

Invincible Sentry 20 – Uzbekistan

March 25, 2020 SOF News 0

U.S. Central Command conducted Invincible Sentry 20, a bilateral exercise hosted by the government of Uzbekistan in military training facilities within the Tashkent region from February 24 to March 2, 2020. Invincible Sentry 20 was a crisis response rehearsal designed […]

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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 […]

Army 2018 Russian Defense Exphibition

Army 2018 Defense Expo and Russia’s SOF

September 12, 2018 SOF News 0

Army 2018 – Russia has just held its largest arms fair and conference at Park Patriot, located to the west of Moscow and whilst members of their SOF were not very conspicuous, they could be seen if you knew where to […]

NATO news update - German frogmen training. Photo by Bundeswehr, August 4, 2017.

NATO News Update 20180801

August 1, 2018 SOF News 0

There are a lot of topics in this NATO news update – Russia reinforces western border, Exercise Sea Breeze 2018, Helsinki summit, UK defense review, Russia social media, Black Sea military competition, defense of the Baltic States, Russian hybrid warfare, […]

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 […]

NATO Brussels Summit 2018

Brussels Summit 2018 – NATO News Update

July 16, 2018 SOF News 0

NATO’s Brussels Summit 2018 was held July 11-12, 2018 and the event generated a bunch of news stories. Headlining the event were the antics of President Trump. However, a number of important issues were discussed and proclamations issued that have […]

Trojan Footprint UW in Baltic States. U.S. and Danish maritime special operations forces board a ship in the Baltic Sea. Photo by SOCEUR, June 4, 2018.

Trojan Footprint – UW in the Baltic States

June 15, 2018 John Friberg 0

A recent exercise in Eastern Europe – Trojan Footprint – provided the opportunity for U.S. and NATO special operations forces to simulate an operation to ‘clear the way’ for a counteroffensive by NATO’s conventional military forces to liberate the Baltic […]

Modern Political Warfare - RAND Corporation - April 2018

Modern Political Warfare – RAND (2018)

April 5, 2018 SOF News 0

RAND Corporation has published a 355-page paper entitled Modern Political Warfare : Current Practices and Possible Responses (April 2018). Those readers in the special operations community will recognized the names of many of the co-authors of this paper: Linda Robinson, Todd C. […]

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Special Operations News Update 20170301

March 1, 2018 SOF News 0

SOF News Update 20170301 – NVA Commandos in Vietnam War, SOLIC Symposium, Russia’s Delta Force, strategic CT failure, movie about Green Beret Bo Gritz, USMC’s new sniper rifle, National Geographic’s “Chain of Command” – 3rd SFGA in Niger, and SOF […]

Soldiers from GSB 10th SFGA Conduct Sling Load Training during battalion field training exercise at the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site. (Photo by CPT Benjamin F. Moe, Oct 20, 2017).

Special Operations News Update 20171026

October 26, 2017 SOF News 0

SOF News Update – McChrystal interview, Bolduc on SOF in Niger, US Navy SEAL rape case unjust, SOF tests new airborne navigation system, AAF gets more A-29s, Extortion 17, Afghan commandos doubling in size, countering Russian disinformation, Marine and SOCOM […]

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Middle East War News Update 20171022

October 22, 2017 SOF News 0

ME Update 20171022 – Russia helping the Kurds, Iranian proxies gain ground in northern Iraq, Syrian Kurds advance into oil fields, stabilizing Mosul, Raqqa and governance, Iranian influence in Yemen, Salafism in Gaza, British jihadists, and more. Iraq Iranian Proxies Advancing […]