Thursday, July 29

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Afghan air force, Afghanistan, International, Mildef freelance, Military & Defense, News Contributor, Taliban, US Air Force

With the US gone, Afghanistan’s air force has to rely on Zoom calls to learn how to fix its aircraft

The US is reducing its presence in Afghanistan, withdrawing its troops and contractors. The US military has been training Afghanistan's air force, which will be key to fighting the Taliban. Without US support, that air force will struggle to maintain its aircraft and its operations. LoadingSomething is loading. As the US pullout of Afghanistan ...
Aircraft Carrier, Alaska, Arctic, International, Mildef freelance, Military & Defense, News Contributor, Nordic, Northern Edge, Pacific Ocean, U.S. Navy, USS Theodore Roosevelt

The Navy sent another carrier on a rare trip to the high north. Here’s how sailors kept it going in harsh conditions around Alaska

US Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt sailed to Alaska in May for exercise Northern Edge. The carrier took part in the exercise in 2019, when it became the first carrier to do so in 10 years. The trips reflect the Navy's increasing focus on the Arctic and its efforts to get used to operating up there again. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
Drug trafficking, El Chapo, El Chapo Guzman, Emma Coronel, Emma Coronel Aispuro, International, Mexican Drug Cartels, Mildef freelance, Military & Defense, narco wives, News Contributor, Sinaloa Cartel

Recent arrests reveal more about how cartel wives help run operations for Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa cartel

In recent months, US authorities have arrested the wives of three Sinaloa Cartel figures, including "El Chapo" Guzmán. The arrests shed light on what cartel operatives and security experts say is the overlooked but important role wives play in Mexican organized crime. LoadingSomething is loading. Ciudad Juarez, MEXICO-The infamous Sinaloa Cartel is relying on its wiv...
Aegis, hwasong-12, ICBM, InsiderAsia, intermediate-range missle, International, Japan, Mildef freelance, Military & Defense, Missile Defense, News Contributor, North Korea, South Korea

What dodging North Korean missiles taught me about shooting down Kim Jong Un’s growing arsenal

A North Korean missile launch in August 2017 sent people in South Korea and Japan scrambling to bunkers. The missile broke up and fell into the Pacific, but North Korea's growing missile arsenal remains a concern. The US, South Korea, and Japan all have missile defenses, but stopping an incoming missile is no easy feat. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
Basra, British SAS, hostage rescue, International, Iraq, Iraq War, Mildef freelance, Military & Defense, News Contributor

How British special operators defied their bosses to rescue 2 comrades captured on a secretive mission in Iraq

In September 2005, British special-operations forces in Basra faced a problem. Two of their own had been captured during an undercover operation, and their lives were in peril. In addition to hostile Iraqis, British SAS troops had to overcome reluctant commanders in order to save their comrades. LoadingSomething is loading. In September 2005, B...
Air Force Special Operations Command, International, MC-130, Mildef freelance, Military & Defense, News Contributor, US Air Force, US special operations, US Special Operations Command

One of the Air Force’s biggest planes has helped pull off every major special ops mission since Vietnam

Since the mid-1960s, the Air Force has used the MC-130 to support special-operations missions all over the world. The Air Force is now rolling out the MC-130J model, and it will remain important as special operators adapt to new challenges. "The MC-130 is a very versatile and flexible aircraft," a former Air Force officer and Combat Talon pilot told Insider. See more stories on Insider's business page. The US military has thousands of aircraft that can launch attacks and support conventional operations, from the futuristic F-35 and F-22 fighters to the venerable A-10 and AC-130 close air support planes.When it comes to supporting s...
Air Commando, great power competition, International, Mildef freelance, Military & Defense, News Contributor, Special Operations, US Air Force, US Air Force Special Operations Command

Air Force special operators face a ‘particularly hard’ transition after Middle East wars, top general says

Air Force Special Operations Command is has had two decades of success against terrorist groups. That has set AFSOC up for a "particularly hard" transition to a new era of competition, its commander says. "If it were easy, somebody else would would be able to do it," Lt. Gen. James Slife, AFSOC commander, said in February. See more stories on Insider's business page. In February, Lt. Gen. James Slife, the commander of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), outlined the state of Air Force special operations and described how Air Commandos need to adapt in order to remain relevant and effective.The top Air Commando said his fo...
Guam, InsiderAsia, International, Mildef freelance, Military & Defense, News Contributor, Pacific Islands, Pacific Ocean, Philippines, Spanish American War, U.S. Navy

The US captured one of its most important military outposts from an enemy who didn’t even know it was at war

In June 1898, the US Navy sailed to Guam to capture the island from the Spanish. The Spanish, who didn't know they were fighting the US, surrendered the island without a fight. Guam is still a US territory, and it now hosts some of the US's most important military bases. See more stories on Insider's business page. In eight months of fighting in 1898, the US secured its status as a global power by defeating Spain in the Spanish-American War.Fought on two continents, the war had a number of important moments for the US military. It led to the independence of Cuba (with the US as the dominant power there) and to US control of Puerto ...
Aircraft Carrier, Mildef freelance, Military & Defense, News Contributor, shock trial, U.S. Navy, uss enterprise, USS Gerald R Ford, USS John F. Kennedy

The US Navy practiced blasting an aircraft carrier for the first time in 34 years. Here’s what it’s testing.

The Navy's newest aircraft carrier, USS Gerald R. Ford, went through shock trials on June 18. Shock trials are meant to test how a warship's systems handle the stresses of combat. It's the first time a US carrier has undergone these tests since the USS Theodore Roosevelt in 1987. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
British Army, British SAS, E Squadron, International, Mildef freelance, Military & Defense, News Contributor, Nordic, Special Air Service, Special Boat Service, Special Operations

A British army email mishap publicly mentioned a military intel unit so secretive its members are banned from social media

A recent email error publicly revealed the names of British commandos, including members of the SAS's E Squadron. E Squadron is a secretive unit in the secretive world of British special operations, tasked with high-risk operations overseas. See more stories on Insider's business page. The British Ministry of Defense had an unusual security breach recently when an email containing the promotions of non-commissioned officers, some of whom serve in special-missions units, was accidentally distributed across the government.Among the regular promotions of conventional troops were the names of commandos with the Special Air Service (SAS), Special Boat Service ...