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October 2010 Issue

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AMERICA AT WAR
RUSSIAN SPY RING CRACKED
A cracked Russian spy ring raises a lot of questions about just how secure we are from those who seek to do us harm. The scary part was just how Russian spies were able to stay hidden for so long – and whether America’s secrets are safe.
By Harold Hutchison

THE BAY OF PIGS FIASCO AND ITS AFTERMATH REVEALED
For over 50 years, Cuba has been a beautiful country suffering under a repressive Communist regime. One key turning point was the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion.
By Don Bohning

FIFTY YEARS OF FAILURE
American policy toward Cuba has been a constant failure over fifty years and multiple administrations – both Republican and Democrat. How did this happen? Why has the Castro regime held on? What is to be done?
By Jay Mallin, Sr. and Don Bohning

OPERATION PHANTOM FURY/AL-FAJR
It had been 36 years since the United States Marine Corps had faced major urban combat. Among those who took part was Jonathan Cuney, whose experiences would make him an instant expert in that field of combat.
By Jonathan Cuney

VICTORY OVER TERROR GROUPS A COMMUNITY EFFORT
The war on terror has been going on for a while in the Philippines. However, the fight going on there is alongside a capable ally in the Philippine military – but the people of the Philippines are also on board.
By Al Santoli

FEATURES
KILL THE FARC’S CANO
SOF takes a hard look at the all-out manhunt for FARC leader Alfonso Cano. Are there competing interests that may make this effort fail? It is not as simple as it seems
by Bruno Luis Moreno

BORDER PATROL CHIEF DYNASTY
Chief J.William Carter, United States Border Patrol, tells SOF readers of the adventures of his colorful family's legacy of service to the US Border Patrol and Customs and Border Patrol since the founding of the former in 1924. Incidents from the service of both Chief Horace Carter and Chief Harlon B. Carter as well as Chief J.William Carter provide an insiders view into the last 86 years on the U.S.-Mexico border.
By Chief J.William Carter, USCBP (Ret.)

NEW FROM REMINGTON
Remington has been manufacturing firearms since 1816, and has produced classics like the Model 700 rifle and their 870 shotgun. However, they have not been standing still, as Gary Paul Johnston reveals.
By Gary Paul Johnston

BUSHMASTER’S ACR A-TACS
What happens when Remington’s experience in producing firearms is combined with one of America’s classic AR-15 manufacturers? You get the ACR – a new semi-auto rifle that will take the market by storm!
By Gary Paul Johnston

THE AUG/A3
The concept of the bullpup rifle was very simple: shorten the rifle to make things easier for the grunt by moving the trigger forward. However, the design really did not take off the Austrian Army adopted Steyr’s AUG. Now, Gary Paul Johnston takes the newest version of the AUG out to the range.
By Gary Paul Johnston

COLUMNS
COMMAND GUIDANCE
RANDOM NOTES - John Brennan, Nobama's top counterterrorism expert, is "good at bureaucratic infighting but not good at fighting America's wars".
by Robert K. Brown

FLAK
Reinforcing The Stereotype?; “Bush Derangement Syndrome” at SOF?; Moronic Nonsense on Torture

BULLETIN BOARD
Correction; “Inspire” Magazine Recruiting for Jihad?; Border Security at the Expense of Handouts?; Chicago Gun Ban Tossed; Combat-Wounded Veterans Take a Tax Hit; Obama Silent While Burma Goes for Nukes; Iraq Timetable Means More Contractors; Surrendering the Border?; New Generation of Drug Subs?; Costa Rican Law Closer to Arizona’s; Van Brunt’s Namibian Zebra

ADVENTURE QUARTERMASTER
Rogue Warriors' four exciting new knives; Tactical International's new Rifleman's Tool; New Rescue One 'CDS' II and Big Boyz Full Body Harness from Mountaineer Sports; Desantis Gunhide's new S&W Bodyguard 38Cal. 2" W/Insight Laser; Altus Brands donates 1,000 Bughats to Louisiana Coastline cleanup effort; AN/PVS-7-3 Night Vision Device
from Playa Vista

ADVERTISER INDEX

TERRORISM SITREP
Bombing in Uganda; Chavez Supporting FARC and ELN?; Eritrea Warns of Chaos if Peacekeepers Reinforced; Lady Gaga CD Thief; New Black Panther Party Makes Threats; Rwandan Opposition Leader Decapitated; French Ban Burqa; Mexican Democracy At Risk; Hezbollah Kingpin Nabbed!
By Dr. Martin Brass

SWAT TALK
Hostage Cops!
By Gary Paul Johnston

COMMON SENSE
Unilateral Disarmament
By Lt. Col. Oliver North, USMC (Ret.)