Science & Tech

Special Operations Forces Are Changing Combat Medicine With Jury-Rigged Hospitals and Freeze-Dried Blood

Fighting that takes place far from friendly hospitals is driving experimental techniques that may one day see wide adoption by the Pentagon.

Policy

No Joke: Top Special Ops Commander Says No Offense Intended, Lauds Press

‘I don’t condone that kind of violence’ Gen. Raymond 'Tony' Thomas said in an exclusive interview, one day after joking about pretending to shoot at the press.

Ideas

Ep. 3: Bye-bye, Iran deal; Hello, North Korea; Future of special ops in Niger and more.

Welcome to episode three of our weekly podcast about the news, strategy, tech, and business trends defining the future of national security.

Threats

Special Operators Are Getting a Bit More Much-Needed Rest

At least two SOF components are on a ‘glide path’ to the Pentagon’s desired optempo.

Business

Could a New Cessna Find Its Way to the Battlefield?

FedEx will be the first to operate the new twin-engine turboprop, but military sales may not be far behind.

Threats

Trump’s Policy on Terrorism Suspects Looks Like Obama’s

A captured Benghazi suspect is reportedly being brought to the U.S., which means he will be tried in a civilian court.

Ideas

Don’t Think of Syrian Opposition Groups as ‘Moderates’ vs. ‘Extremists’

The United States and its allies ought to think in terms of 'viable partners,’ ‘irreconcilables,’ and ‘unknowns.’

Threats

‘I Want to Finish This’: US Special Ops Leaders Urge Washington to Stick by the Syrian Kurds

Commanders inside Syria say rebels are doing all they hoped for — and are the best shot to break the region's cycle of terrorism.

Threats

The US Must Rethink How It Uses Special Operators, Says Incoming SOLIC Secretary

Strained by war, the military’s elite units can’t grow any faster nor deploy slower. Something in their mission set must give.

Ideas

I Could Kill You with a Consumer Drone

As a former intelligence soldier who now sells drones for a living, I can tell you that this problem is bigger than almost anyone realizes.

Threats

The US Joins the Philippines in a Battle Against ISIS

The news of the cooperation is significant, because the country’s president had previously threatened to kick out U.S. troops.

Ideas

How American Special Operators Gradually Returned to Somalia

A U.S. soldier was killed in the country this month for the first time in more than two decades. What was he doing there?

Science & Tech

Air Force Wants to Test a Laser on an Attack Plane Within A Year

But the U.S. Special Operations Command still needs money for the test and policymakers need to figure out the rules of engagement.

Science & Tech

Counter-Terror Chief: Expect Terrorist Drone Swarms 'Soon'

An upcoming competition will spotlight systems for downing enemy UAVs attacking solo or in groups.

Science & Tech

The Man who led the Syrian Train-and-Equip Effort Wants A Cultural Translation App

The complex, delicate missions of today and tomorrow need a better way to bring fused intelligence to operators.

Ideas

SOCOM Will Soon Lead the Pentagon’s Anti-WMD Efforts. Here’s What It Still Needs.

America’s special operators know how to catch bomb-makers, but need new expertise on other areas of the fight.

Ideas

The Right — and Wrong — Lessons of Trump’s Yemen Raid

Americans have to allow its elite men and women to be aggressive, to take risks, and to, on occasion, fall short.

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