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Modern War Institute Podcast: Special Operations Forces in the High North

Fri, 04/02/2021 - 9:54pm

A conversation with Col. Brian Rauen and Capt. Barrett Martin from 10th Special Forces Group and Dr. Ryan Burke of Project 6633


"The US Army’s Special Forces groups are largely oriented toward specific regions, and 10th Group has a particular focus on Europe—which means they have a natural organizational interest in the Arctic region. Last year, Capt. Martin led a team that went to the high northern latitudes in Europe to train alongside Norwegian and Swedish forces. He shares some of what his team learned during that experience, and Col. Rauen talks about why the Arctic is an area of growing importance for 10th Group. They also discuss some of the especially unique challenges posed to special operations forces working in such an extreme environment.

10th Group and Project 6633 have also partnered to host an essay contest, inviting submissions that address the question of how American special operations forces can compete with near-peer adversaries in the polar regions. If you’re interested in entering the contest, you can find more details here."

JSOU Quick Look: Cyber Fundamentals for SOF

Sat, 03/20/2021 - 1:21pm



"Cyberspace operations extend the reach, agility, pace and effectiveness of SOF when fully integrated into doc-trine, training, planning and execution. For example, foreign internal defense requires cyber-enabled opera-tion off the grid and detection of adversary activity to enable partner response. In contrast, unconventional warfare needs ways for resistance movements to make its own equipment and that can happen with cyber-en-abled 3-D printing.All SOF core activities can be cyber enabled. However, for each core activity SOF needs different cyber-enabled capabilities to secure these benefits."

SOF News: Special Operations News Update – Monday, March 8, 2021

Tue, 03/09/2021 - 6:18pm



A roundup of news stories related to Special Operations from the past week.

Topics include:

-SOCOM as a service?

-House Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations

-Afghan Special Security Forces

-U.S.-Proxy Relations

-Airstrike Oversight

SOF News: Special Operations News Update – Tuesday February 16, 2021

Full Post:

Topics Include:

-Possible retirement of the Navy's Mk VI Small Boats

-Belgian SF gender mixed unit capabilities

-SOF History

-Ireland looking at a Resistance Operating Concept

-The Small Wars Journal Article "Building Partner Capacity is Great Power Competition"


-And much more

Riley.C.Murray Wed, 02/17/2021 - 7:19pm

SOF News: House Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations

Thu, 02/04/2021 - 1:53pm

A new subcommittee under the U.S. House Armed Services Committee has been formed. The Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations will focus on specific activity areas of the Department of Defense. The new subcommittee with be chaired by Representative Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) He is a Marine Corps combat veteran who deployed to Iraq in 2005 for an eight month long deployment.

The Subcommittee on Intelligence and Special Operations (ISO) will have the following jurisdiction:

  • military intelligence
  • national intelligence
  • countering CBR weapons of mass destruction, counterterrorism
  • special operations forces
  • counter-proliferation
  • counterterrorism
  • sensitive military operations

There are currently seven permanent subcommittees of the U.S. House Armed Services:

  • Tactical Air and Land Forces
  • Military Personnel
  • Readiness Committee
  • Seapower and Projection Forces
  • Strategic Forces
  • Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems
  • Intelligence and Special Operations

It appears that the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee has been replaced by two new subcommittees: Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems and the Intelligence and Special Operations Subcommittees.

SOF News: Special Operations News Update – Monday, January 25, 2021

Mon, 01/25/2021 - 8:23pm


Topics Include: 

Chris Miller's Last Days in the Pentagon

SEAL sentenced to prison

Training Updates

Joint Concepts with Marine Reconnaissance units and Air Force Special Tactics

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