US Special Forces set up Social Warfare Task Force

Special Forces are generally the first units deployed in a theater of operations, and therefore the first to have to deal with the local perception of their intervention. This perception is now regularly manipulated by influence operations carried out by foreign powers or hostile groups via social networks. For Colonel Ed Croot, Corps Commander of the 1st Special Forces Command at Fort Bragg in Northern California, it is now necessary that these special forces also have the means to detect, identify and counter these digital mass manipulation operations. , thanks to what he describes as “…

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US Marines Corps wants light vagrant ammunition in infantry units

During the Second World War, all American infantry companies had a team of 60 mm mortars, intended to provide short-range artillery support when necessary. Improvements in communications technology and the range of its traditional artillery systems have gradually eliminated this practice. However, and despite the arrival of anti-tank infantry missiles, such as the Javelin, the General Staff of the Marine Corps today believes that its units need a boost in their own firepower. Rather than reverting to 60 mortars, and following the example of Israeli forces, the Corps today seeks to equip itself with…

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Airborne laser weapon: the US Special Operations Command aims for a demonstrator by 2022

After years of postponement and initially expected for the 2019 fiscal year, the prospect of integrating a laser weapon system into the vast array of armaments of the AC-130J Ghostrider gunship seems to be becoming clearer again and is now hoped for 2022. Unveiled last May by the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), this program is likely to provide new tactical capabilities but whose contours and scope of action nevertheless remain uncertain. To fully understand the operational issues underlying laser technology, which many say is revolutionary, it is necessary to identify its operation, its strengths and also its weaknesses. So-called laser weapons act by effect…

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South African Paramount Group Offers Bronco II Aircraft for US Special Forces

Decidedly, the program of acquisition of light attack aircraft for the US Air Force does not lack rebound. Thus, while it has canceled its LAAR (Light/Attack Armed Reconnaissance) program, the USAF should still receive a small number of AT-6 Texan IIs and A-29 Super Tucanos for testing in the coming months. At the same time, the project to acquire light attack aircraft was taken over by the US Special Forces Command (USSOCOM) as part of the Armed Overwatch program. And while the AT-6 and A-29 were considered the main candidates for this new program, which will require new tests in…

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US Light Armored Reconnaissance Program May Be Reborn Thanks To Special Forces

Since 2001, the air campaigns of Western forces have been articulated mainly around close air support (CAS) and counter-insurgency (COIN) missions, leading the air forces to increasingly neglect the top of the operational spectrum, which they lack today. Ironically, however, the costs of long-term military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq or Africa, combined with continuous reductions in military budgets since the 1990s, have not made it possible to develop new means really suited to the conduct of CAS/COIN transactions. In the United States as in Europe, the air forces are thus articulated around medium tactical planes modified little…

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US Special Forces put pressure on US Air Force

The US Special Forces Command is very unhappy with the announced postponement of the LAA[efn_note]Light Attack Aircraft[/efn_note] program by the US Air Force. In January 2019, following rapid changes in geopolitical situations around the world raising fears of a resurgence of high-intensity conflicts, the US Air Force Command announced that the LAA program was postponed without giving later dates, considering that the credits should be concentrated on the acquisition of more efficient aircraft, such as the F35. However, if the US Air Force is preparing today for the wars of tomorrow, the SOCOM[efn_note]Special Operation COmmandant[/efn_note] has an immediate need for the capabilities that this program should provide, in particular…

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