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JULY 2011 TABLE OF CONTENTS

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COVER FEATURE
SOF AND AN ELITE ARGENTINE SWAT TEAM
SOF went to Argentina to look into reports that communism was on the march down in that region. There is more to this, as SOF also went to check out an Argentine SWAT team!
By Dr. Martin Brass

SPECIAL REPORT
AFTER THE BOMBSHELL, THE FALLOUT
At best, the BATFE’s Project Gunrunner went horribly wrong. At worst, it was a horrendous case of misconduct. But BATFE has been stonewalling the congressional investigations. Just what is emerging?
By Harold Hutchison

AMERICA AT WAR
KC-130J HARVEST HAWK
The KC-130 has had a long history of service with the Marine Corps. However, this old plane has been taught some new tricks with the Harvest Hawk package.
Article by Staff Sgt. Christopher Flurry, 2nd Marine Air Wing Public Affairs

SEAL TEAM SIX SNIPER KICKS BUTT, Part III
In this third part of an extract from his book, Howard Wasdin describes his involvement in the Battle of Mogadishu, including how the Clinton administration failed to follow up on the efforts of the troops.
By Howard Wasdin and Stephen Templin

JTACS DELIVER AIR POWER FOR GROUND FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN
Close air support for the ground troops is vital. However, those on the ground need people who can talk with the air crews above. A number of Air Force personnel have this training, and use it on the front lines of the War on Terror.
Article by Capt. Erick Saks, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

“DUDETTES” MAKE AIR FORCE HISTORY!
In Afghanistan, Air Force pilots have provided close-air support. However, one recent CAS mission was notable in that the entire flight was women. Look out, Taliban!
Article by Tech. Sgt. Michael Voss, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

IRAQI SOLDIERS DEVELOP URBAN FIGHTING SKILLS
The major focus of the American mission in Iraq now is to help the Iraqi military stand up and fight terrorism.
Article by Sgt. Coltin Heller, 109th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment U.S. Division–North

FEATURES
BASIC SURVIVAL PREPARATION
The first step of survival is to make the basic preparations. This also includes the basic decisions about whether to stay in place or to bug out.
By Robert Sundance

SPRINGFIELD’S XD(M) 3.8 COMPACT PISTOL
While Glock pioneered the polymer pistol, Springfield Armory has begun catching up to the pioneer, and its XD(M) 3.8 matches up well.
By Bob Pilgrim

MIDNIGHT VIGIL
Lynn Kartchner describes the situation on the U.S.–Mexico border in the wake of the murder of Robert Krentz.
By Lynn Kartchner

COLUMNS
COMMAND GUIDANCE
Libya War Fiasco
By Jack Kelly

FLAK
ATF Should Know, A Reader Sets the Record Straight, California National Guard, Vang Pao Didn’t Deserve Arlington, Which Is the Oldest? Responding to “Warrior,” Why Not Endorse Ermey?, Is This Our Future?, Father of Special Forces

BULLETIN BOARD
Correction, Irresponsible Satire, 120mm Precision-Guided Mortar to the Front, History at Risk, Sniper Picked for Top Post, Brady Campaign Gets Ghoulish?, BATFE Shotgun Ban in the Works?, Iranian Playground?, Chavez Backing Drug Trafficking?

TERRORISM SITREP
Troops Report From Afghanistan of Disasterous Koran Burning Aftermath, Extradition Tug-of-War, Violence in Nigeria, Gbagbo Captured, Chavez Involved In Drug Trade?, North Korean Attack in the
Works?, Mass Grave in Mexico?, Somali Pirate Snatched, Majority Favors DEA Return to Bolivia, Communist Insurgency Heats Up in Philippines
By Dr. Martin Brass

ADVENTURE QUARTERMASTER
News and gear from SOG Armory, Armalite, Springfield Armory, Maxpedition, Soldier’s Pocket Book, Militec-1, Maxsell, 5.11 Tactical!

COMMON SENSE
All Quiet on the Southern Front?
By Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, USMC (Ret.)