Special Operations News Update 20161216

Navy SEALs (image from USSOCOM 2016 Fact Book)
Navy SEALs (image from USSOCOM 2016 Fact Book)

SOF News Update 20161216 – Australian Special Operations Command, US SOF in Iraq, De Oppresso Liber, sniper rifles for India, ratings for VA medical facilities, 6 differences b/t Delta and SEAL Team 6, CANSOF, USSOCOM and sensitive equipment accountability, and more.

Australian SOC. The Special Operations Command for Australia provides “ready and relevant forces to conduct special operations across the operational domain in a joint, combined or interagency environment, in support of Australia’s national interests.” Read more on the official webpage for Australian SOC.

US SOF Assisting Iraq Military. A Fox News report tells us how U.S. special operations forces are advising and assisting the government of Iraq’s military in fighting the Islamic State. Read (and listen) to this report by Mike Furlong, Fox News, December 14, 2016.

India Seeking Sniper Rifles. India is seeking for a manufacturing to provide 5,000 sniper rifles for its conventional and special operations forces. The aim is to have the rifles made in India under a technology transfer agreement. Read more in “India Hunts Overseas for Sniper Rifles”Defense News, December 2016.

Paper on Future of CANSOF. The Government of Canada is conducting a review of its defense establishment. Part of that review will take a look at Canadian special operations forces. Read “Mapping out a future for Canada’s special operations forces”Exchange Magazine, December 15, 2016.

Ratings for VA Medical Facilities. The Special Forces Association chapter located in El Paso, Texas has posted information about the Veterans Administration rating system for its 146 facilities.

De Oppresso Liber? Hank Voight explains the U.S. Army Special Forces motto that is found on the SF insignia. Spec Ops Magazine, December 14, 2016.

USSOCOM and Sensitive Equipment Accountability. The DoD Office of Inspector General (DoDIG) conducted an investigation of the United States Special Operations Command’s ability to manage sensitive equipment. Read more in a report by DoDIG, December 12, 2016.

Six Key Differences b/t SEAL Tm 6 and Delta. Sarah Pruitt of History.com provides a short 2 min online video that explains the differences between the Navy and Army CT forces.

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