SOF News Update 20161023

Pool Training - Air Force special operations. (Photo AF Recruiting Video)
Pool Training - Air Force special operations. (Photo AF Recruiting Video)

SOF News Update 20161023 – Concealable Spec Ops sniper rifle, MARSOC’s Blackjack drone, Indonesia’s counter-terrorism strategy, SWMS contract award, virtual reality of USAF special operations, and more.

Virtual Reality and USAF Special Operations. A VR application provides you the ability to experience the life of an Air Force special operator. Read more in “New VR App Lets You Train Like Air Force Special Ops”Popular Mechanics, October 4, 2016.

Remington Defense CSR. SOF operators use a variety of weapons to include sniper rifles. Some are very heavy and long . . . and others, like the Remington Defense CSR, are easily hidden. Read more about the ‘Concealable Sniper Rifle’ in “This spec ops sniper rifle fits inside a ‘granola-eater’ backpack”We Are the Mighty, September 28, 2016.

Indonesia’s CT Strategy. The serious threat posed by the Islamic State in Indonesia has prompted the country to revamp its counter-terrorism strategy and structure. It has established the Joint Special Operations Command and launched several successful CT operations. Read more in “Operation Tinombala: Indonesia’s New Counter-Terrorism Strategy – Analysis”Eurasia Review, October 8, 2016.

GDIT Awarded SWMS Contract. General Dynamics Information Technology has been awarded a SOCOM Wide Mission Support (SWMS) contract by the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Read more in “GD Award for US Special Ops SWMS”American Security Today, October 8, 2016.

MARSOC’s Blackjack Drone. The Raiders of the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command have deployed with a new drone. The RQ-21A Blackjack reached initial operational capability (IOC) in January 2016. Read more in “Marine Special Operators Fly New Surveillance Drone in Iraq”, October 8, 2016.

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