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Owen West Confirmed as DoD Special Ops Head

The Senate voted 74-23 Monday to approve Owen West, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and former Goldman Sachs partner, as assistant defense secretary for special operations and low intensity conflict, Defense News reported Tuesday. West was nominated by President Donald Trump in June and recommended by the Senate Armed Services Committee for the …

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Air Force Tests C-130J Hardware, Software Upgrades

U.S. Air Force airmen have performed a training flight using an updated version of the Lockheed Martin-built C-130J Super Hercules at Little Rock Air Force Base in an effort to test the operability of the aircraft’s new hardware and software features. The Air Force said Tuesday airmen from the 19th and …

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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus Unveils 3 New Vessel Names

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has announced the names of three vessels that include the first ship of a new fleet of ballistic missile submarines, a John Lewis-class fleet replenishment oiler and a commercial-based catamaran. The Defense Department said Wednesday the first SSBN vessel will be dubbed as USS Columbia while the John Lewis-class …

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Special Ops Leaders Outline Troop Requirements for Intell Gathering

U.S. special operations officials have laid out intelligence gathering requirements for troops involved in future missions in both the Arctic and Africa, Defense News reported Tuesday. Paul McLeary writes Maj. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of US special operations in Europe, told an industry audience that special forces are faced with …

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Chuck Hagel Asks NATO Allies to Invest in Cybersecurity, Special Ops

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has urged NATO counterparts to invest in capabilities such as cybersecurity and special operations as well as reconsider their spending strategies amid tight budgets, Fedscoop reported Monday. Dan Verton writes Hagel met with NATO defense ministers during a two-day conference in Brussels on Thursday. “I made …

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William McRaven: Special Operations Command Seeks Global Teams

Navy Adm. William McRaven, U.S. Special Operations Command chief, said Tuesday the command wants to forge global partnerships as part of a strategy to help train foreign warfighters, Military.com reported Wednesday. Kris Osborn writes McRaven told special operators and defense industry leaders during a conference in Tampa, Fla. that forces …

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NATO, Afghanistan Govt Agree To Partial Drawdown

NATO and Afghanistan’s government reached an agreement Wednesday on a limited and phased drawdown of NATO forces deployed in one district, Reuters reports. Afghan President Hamid Karzai set a March 10 deadline for U.S. special operations forces to leave the Wardak province and this new agreement is limited to one …

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