SOF News Update for 20160918

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AF Special Tactics students swim length of pool w/ feet & hands bound. Photo by Sr Airman Ryan Convoy.

SOF News Weekly Update for 20160918 – The birth of the Special Air Service (SAS), USSOCOM’s Tip of the Spear, Special Operations Research Association (SORA) annual symposium, CRS report on NSW and CT operations, Ugandan Special Forces quit fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), firm wins contract to support USSOCOM J-5, and more.

Tip of the Spear by USSOCOM. The August 2016 issue of Tip of the Spear has been posted online by the United States Special Operations Command. Topics include Warrior Games, Silver Star award for Green Beret, Ranger Hall of Fame 2016 inductees, changes of command for Naval Special Warfare and MARSOC, profile of recent Fallen Heroes, special ops medics, NAVSCIATTS global network, and Exercise Teak Net in New Zealand.

Birth of SAS. The Brits are working on reconstructing the early history of the Special Air Service during World War II. Read more in “Exhausted, filthy but unbowed, the birth of the SAS”The Telegraph, August 27, 2016.

SORA 2016 Annual Symposium. The Special Operations Research Association will be holding its annual symposium on October 28-29, 2016 in Alexandria, Virginia. The theme of this year’s conference is “Special Operations at the Crossroads”. The topics to be presented are interesting and current. Learn more about the symposium at the following link.

Firm to Support USSOCOM J-5. MacAulay-Brown, Inc. has been awarded a contract spanning multiple years to support the Strategic Planning and Policy Directorate of the United States Special Operations Command.  Read more in a news report by Washington Exec, August 30, 2016.

CRS Report on NSW & CT Operations. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has published a report entitled Navy Irregular Warfare and Counterterrorism Operations: Background and Issues for Congress, August 19, 2016. Posted on the website of the Federation of American Scientists.

Ugandan SF Halting LRA Fight. The Ugandan Special Forces are quitting the African Union (AU) mission of fighting the Lord’s Resistance Army. The Ugandans feel that the LRA no longer poses a direct threat to Uganda as it now operates in the Central African Republic (CAR) or Southern Sudan. A few hundred U.S. Special Forces have been involved in the fight against the LRA for the past few years. Read more in “Ugandan special forces to halt operations against Lord’s Resistance Army”Deutsche Welle, August 30, 2016.

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