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CHICOM War Plane Plays Chicken With U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon Patrol Aircraft

P-8 Has Near-Collision With ChiCom Fighter

A United States Navy P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft had a close call when a ChiCom fighter came within 30 feet of the aircraft while making aggressive maneuvers. The incident took place earlier this week in international airspace.

THE M18 Smoke Grenade is a Winner

Army Announces Three Million Have Been Produced With No Failures

It doesn’t go bang, but it is arguably one of the more important items that the troops can have. This system has a variety of options – even though they all do the same thing, for all intents and purposes. It is the M18 smoke grenade – and recently, the Army announced that Pine Bluff Arsenal's Directorate of Ammunition Operations produced its three millionth such grenade with no failures.

DOD, Ditch Your Wet Blankets and Join This SWAT Team's Ice Bucket Challenge

Did DOD Go Scrooge on Ice Bucket Challenge Charity?
By SOF (Video at bottom)

The Department of Defense’s Office of General Council is attempting to throw cold water on the viral “ice bucket challenge” – at least among troops. The report backfired big time. Outrage against the policy went viral on Facebook.
Former Boston College baseball captain Pete Frates, with Lou Gherig disease launched the Ice Bucket Challenge for raising funds for Lou Gehrig Disease in 2012 and the challenge has gone viral and international. The brutal disease leaves the victim unable to walk or talk and loose other motor skills.

Negotiation with Terrorists and Pirates?

James Foley courtesy of family

Terrorists, Kidnappings, Beheadings: When if Ever Do We Negotiate?

Who is the ISIS?


Questions About Accuracy Surround Rifle

It seems that the M4 carbine is not the only rifle that is now facing controversy over its performance in Afghanistan. The G36 carbine (pictured to the left), which is the standard-issue rifle for the German military, is also now facing question about its performance.


NRA Takes On Gun-Grabbing Billionaire!

Hey Prince, How About Sharing the Wealth?


Hey Prince, How About Sharing Your Obscene Wealth?

Eight armed masked robbers ambushed the envoy of the flamboyant 41-year-old playboy Prince Of Arabia Abdul Aziz, Bin Fahd, a favorite baby son of the deceased King Fahd Royal clan as he was heading in a motorcade to catch his private jet at a Paris airport to fly off to his next playground.

A Hill Too Far

by Kelly Bell

In the early summer of 1966, U.S. Marines had been established for about a year at a fire support base outside the Vietnamese hamlet of Chu Lai. The leathernecks' main mission there was to keep a close watch on the twisting valleys and rugged hill country 20 miles to the west, where Communist forces staged, trained and planned for their depredations against the coastal communities the Americans were trying to secure and protect. Remaining dispersed until just before their attacks, the Communists presented few targets of opportunity for the American or Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) forces to mount a counterattack. The frustrated Marines at the Chu Lai garrison waited eagerly for their foes to make a mistake that would leave them vulnerable.

At the beginning of June, U.S. intelligence sources indicated the massive buildup of a mixed force of Viet Cong (VC) and North Vietnamese Army (NVA) regulars in the highlands, but the enemy were not yet sufficiently concentrated to warrant a mass attack. Infiltrating through dense foliage in platoon­-size and smaller units, the Communist troops had little trouble evading any large forces sent after them. In an attempt to flush out the enemy, Marine Lt. Gen. Lewis W. Walt began dispatching patrols of from 8–20 men. Should these smaller units make contact with any substantial force, they were to radio for heliborne reinforcements, and then guide them to the objective. In the more likely case of the reconnaissance elements locating only small groups of enemy soldiers, they were to call down artillery and air strikes. Walt dubbed the project Operation Kansas.


Freelance Journalist James Wright Foley Was Taken in 2012

A freelance journalist taken captive by the Islamic State terrorist group has reportedly been executed by the group. James Wright Foley was kidnapped in 2012.

The Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast, Final Resting Place of 688 Navy Personnel Identified

Heavy Cruiser Sunk During World War II

The Heavy Cruiser USS Houston Wreckage Confirmed
The United States Navy, working with Indonesian Navy divers, has confirmed the final resting place of the heavy cruiser USS Houston (CA 30), which was sunk early in World War II.


From the October 2014 issue of SOF!
By James E. Parker

More than three million American served in Southeast Asia from the early 1960s to the mid-1970s. Most in Vietnam. Some off-shore. Some in Thailand and the Philippines. A very few in Laos. In northeast Laos, which had 600 miles (900-plus km) of frontage on North Vietnam, the only American presence on the ground at any one time was a dozen or so CIA paramilitary case officers working with local guerrillas. Some came to work this remote, dangerous job from the Montana smoke jumper corps, who had years of experience working with planes in mountains similar to those in this area. This group was, to the man, hardy, rugged no-nonsense cowboys. An individual known in the CIA as “Hog” came from this group. Others came from combat tours in Vietnam, including “Kayak.” Both were, for reasons you’ll soon read, among the most interesting and unique people I’ve ever met. Kayak first. Hog next time.

THE STATE OF THE NAVY: Was A Larger Fleet Better or Will A Streamlined Navy Fare As Well?

The Numbers Aren’t There, And It’s Getting Worse
By Harold Hutchison

The United States Navy is in a crisis. Its numbers are dwindling – at a time when several adversaries are strengthening. From a high of 594 ships on 30 September, 1987, it has declined to 290 ships, less than half the total.

The Navy has dropped from a high of 15 carriers on 30 September, 1991 to 10 today. Worse, in the last two years, three aircraft carriers have been either retired or sold for scrap. While the carriers were ancient (in some cases, pushing sixty years old), keep in mind it took just under five and a half years to build USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77), the newest carrier in commission. Her first deployment did not occur for two years and four months after her commissioning.


Islamic State Thugs Forced Away

Iraqi and Kurdish forces have driven terrorists from the Islamic State away from the Mosul Dam, the largest such structure in Iraq. The capture came after continued American airstrikes, including at least 15 on Monday.