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January 2010 printed back issue

AMERICA AT WAR
ON BEING AN OVERSEAS ARMS CONTRACTOR
What is being an overseas contractor really like? The truth: The pay is not the riches promised, the work is overwhelming – and forget about the glory. Worse, some companies may be helping the taxpayer take a bath.
By Battlestations

3-71 MORTARMEN HAVE A BLAST
When grunts in Afghanistan get in trouble, the quickest support is often troopers from the same battalion – using mortars. These assets can deliver quite a punch – as one such crew shows.
By Combined Joint Task Force 82 PAO

BORDER TRANSITION TEAMS IN IRAQ
While the fight against the insurgency has drawn the headlines, another effort no less important has been going on—the effort to help Iraq secure its borders. American Border Transition Teams help the Iraqis secure the Iranian border,
with all the hazards involved.
By Michael J. Boykin

AMERICANSNIPERS.ORG IN THEIR OWN WORDS
One organization has been particularly superb in its support to America’s combat marksmen: AmericanSnipers.org. Here, they discuss their efforts with SOF – and readers can hear about the results from their own words.
By Robert K. Brown

IS AMERICA FACING A FIGHTER GAP?
Will the Navy and Marine Corps have enough fighters to support the troops on the ground? Recent reports indicate the answer may be no. How did this situation come about?
By Harold Hutchison

COMMENTARY: MONEY IS NOT AN EXCUSE
Of all the excuses for a shortfall, one of the most common is the lack of money. However, this excuse falls flat when
one looks at where tax dollars go. What should shock and appall any American who supports the troops.
By Harold Hutchison

FEATURES
NORWEGIAN MERCS ON TRIAL
In the Congo, a long-time mercenary stomping ground, two Norwegian mercs have found themselves in some legal hot water. They have been sentenced to death – so will they find a way home, or will they be pining for the fjords?
By Harold Hutchison

TANIA… FROM RUSSIA WITHOUT LOVE
While Mata Hari got all the hype, there was another female spy who had a far greater impact – and she worked for the Soviets. However, like Mata Hari, she would eventually meet a not-so-happy end.
By J.D. Truby

THE VANISHING OF THE ARCTIC SEA
After being boarded by pirates in the summer of 2009, the Arctic Sea vanished for weeks. When the vessel was finally located, there were more questions than answers. Just what happened to the ship, and what was going on?
By Dr. Martin Brass

THE ARMY NEEDS TO GET A GRIP ON THE NEW GENERATION
Is the Army missing an opportunity to connect with a new generation? Is the Army brass capable of reaching them? The sport of mixed martial arts may be that chance.
By Kelly Crigger

CANADA’S COIN WARRIORS: OPERATION KALAY
While some NATO nations have copped out, Canada has been on the front lines of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Canadian troops have been in the forefront of the International Security Assistance Force’s counterinsurgency (COIN) efforts in village of Deh-e-Bagh.
By Matthew DuPee

AIMPOINT SIGHTS SET ON BAD GUYS
Since 1997, Aimpoint has supplied over 750,000 sights to the United States military. SOF talks with Aimpoint's Lennart Ljungfelt.
By Dr. Martin Brass

PERIMETERS – THE INS AND OUTS
It can be a protest, a drug raid, or a bunch of bad guys holding hostages. Keeping such a situation contained is crucial. Gary Paul Johnston discusses how to set up perimeters.
By Gary Paul Johnston

LASER DEVICES BEAMS IN ON ENEMY TARGETS
For thirty years, from Vietnam to the war on terror, Laser Devices has been developing sights for military and law enforcement.
By Dr. Martin Brass

THE AR-15 GOES HUNTING IN AFRICA
DPMS' Randy Luth went hunting in Africa - his firearm of choice: One of the AR-15s from his company.
By Randy Luth

COLUMNS
COMMAND GUIDANCE
Smoke and Mirrors—the Assault Rifle Ban
By Bob Sanders

FLAK
Report from El Salvador; Feeling Better; Remember the Hmong; Bad News from Across the Pond

BULLETIN BOARD
Clarification; Charges Dismissed; Wanat Updates; $184 Million in Drugs Stopped; F-16s Collide; New Pro-Troop Novel; New Terror Tactic; Unpublished Vietnam War Photo; USS Freedom Deploying Early

TERRORISM SITREP
“Rehabilitated” Terrorists Released; Honduran Deadlock; Brazil, Nigeria Wins Security Council Seats; More North Korean Missile Tests; Australia Convicts Five Terrorists; “Soldiers of God” Blow Up Iranian Revolutionary Guards;
Deadliest Year in Mexico; 150 Unarmed Protestors Slaughtered in Guinea; M15 Refuses Court Order to Produce C.I.A. Torture Documents; Rioters to Die under Chinese Tyranny; India Tests Prithvi Missiles
By Dr. Martin Brass

COMMON SENSE
Quiet, Please
By Lt. Col. Oliver North, USMC (Ret.)

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