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Command leadership flew half-way around the globe this week to see how Pacific-based Air Commandos provide specialized aviation for our nation’s no-fail mission.As a part of their first tour to the Pacific since taking command, Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command, and AFSOC Command Chief Master Sgt. Gregory Smith visited special operations forces in...

He said U.S. special operations forces are still advising the Philippines in counter-terrorism in the country's south, U.S. surveillance aircraft have continued rotational deployments at Clark Air Base, and plans for enhanced defense cooperation agreed by the previous Philippine administration remain on track."There are five Philippines bases that they have agreed to allow us to use. That hasn't changed...

Commando forces in the Ukraine were decimated during fighting in 2014 against pro-Russian insurgents and so-called "little green men" — masked Russian commandos in unmarked army uniforms.So when it came time to rebuild and adjust to modern warfare, Ukraine officials turned for help to the non-profit Global SOF Foundation, a Tampa-based special operations advocacy group.Today, the foundation is credited...

The Army’s new inflatable satellite terminal may look like a giant beach ball, but this unique versatile capability will soon be providing robust network communications and mission command to early entry and forward operations via the Army’s tactical communications network backbone, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T).The Army has been conducting multiple risk reduction exercises for both the jumpable lite and...

This year's competition was broken into three categories based on the Soldier's weapon of choice: the M-9 pistol, the M-4 carbine or the M-249 machine gun.The ideology behind a typical competition took on a new meaning these four days."It didn't become a cut-throat competition of everyone versus each other," said Sgt. Brent Brabant, a senior weapons instructor at the...

Harris Corporation has received Type-1 National Security Agency (NSA) certification for its Harris Falcon III AN/PRC-117G Multiband Networking Manpack Radio to run the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) waveform. The NSA Type-1 certification allows secure voice and data communications on the AN/PRC-117G using the MUOS waveform.MUOS is the next-generation U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) military communications system for delivering...

Clyde-based Royal Marines from 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group (43 Cdo FPGRM) have a new state-of-the-art facility with the opening of the Harvey VC Building at HM Naval Base Clyde.The new building, which has been purpose-built for use by Royal Marines from the Group’s O-Squadron, was officially opened on Friday, November 11, by General Sir Gordon Messenger RM (left...

A batch of Tigr armored cars in a special variant has been delivered to the Western Military District’s Special Forces large unit stationed in Pskov, according to Igor Muginov, the district’s press office chief."The production-standard Tigr has been modified to Special Forces standards and has passed its official tests. The new armored car is designed for reconnaissance, convoy escort...

Elbit Systems has released information on GroundEye, a line of systems for ground-based wide-area, focused and persistent surveillance. The GroundEye line comprises advanced systems and capabilities in the field of imagery intelligence gathering, which together provide a complete picture and large field of view (FOV), to a large number of users, in both real time and back-in-time, for forensic...

Polaris Defense, a division of Polaris Industries Inc., has received an order from the United States Marine Corps to deliver 144 four-seat diesel MRZR vehicles as part of the utility task vehicle (UTV) program, which will provide MRZR-D4s to each of the Marine Corps’ active-component infantry regiments. The contract also includes spare parts blocks in support of the vehicles.This...