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Check this page regularly for the latests news, events, and resources related to the U.S. Special Operations Forces. From recent articles to Congressional hearings, we do our best to keep this page updated for anyone looking for a one-stop-shop for information about our Green Berets, Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, Marine Raiders, AFSOC, SWCC, and fellow warriors.

01. SOCOM NEWS

For SOCOM news, check out the official Special Operations Command website here

02. SOCOM ARTICLES

2017

Special Ops Forces: How Elite Forces Became Military Muscle – When it comes to just about every policy set by …

Thousands of Yemeni Forces Target Qaeda Stronghold – Troops descended on Shabwa Province to secure oil and gas facilities in the largest military operation against Qaeda fighters in Yemen since April 2016.

Marine Corps Plane Crash: The 16 Victims – The military on Friday publicly identified the American service members who died on Monday when their plane crashed in rural Mississippi …

At Crash Site of Marine Corps Plane, Bodies ‘Were Everywhere’ – Sixteen service members aboard a plane belonging to a Marine Reserve unit in New York were killed when it crashed in the Mississippi Delta …

Commando Raids on ISIS Yield Vital Data in Shadowy War – Risky Special Operations missions targeting midlevel figures can prove valuable for unearthing information about the Islamic State’s inner circle …

Inside the Air War Over Syria: A High Altitude ‘Poker Game’ – A recent visit to the American-run air command center in Qatar shows the complexities of fighting against the Islamic State in the aftermath of a missile strike against a Syrian Airfield …

America’s Dangerous Love for Special Ops – They can take out terrorists and train armies. But they can’t win wars …

U.S.-Led Force Reduces Attacks on ISIS in Syria After Airstrike – The precautionary move comes as commanders assess how Syria and Russia will respond to last week’s American missile strike on a Syrian airbase …

Using Special Forces Against Terrorism, Trump Seeks to Avoid Big Ground Wars – President Trump has so far maintained the strategy of training and supporting indigenous forces to fight their own wars instead of deploying large American forces to far-flung hot spots …

Yemen Backtracks on Suspending U.S. Raids After Civilian Casualties – Yemeni officials are caught between the public outrage at home over civilian deaths and fear of losing American counterterrorism assistance …

Yemen Withdraws Permission for U.S. Antiterror Ground Missions – The suspension of commando operations in Yemen is a setback for President Trump, who says he wants to take a more aggressive approach against Islamic militants …

2016

Obama’s spending plan calls for allocating $10.8 billion to SOCOM – President Barack Obama, who has relied heavily .

Special Operations Command believes can help lift the fog of war – Mobile App Funded by SOCOM Gives Command …

SOCOM requests LMAMS funding – The Pentagon has sent Congress an urgent request to transfer funds for US …

Clash over requiring the secretary of defense to create nimbler organizations – As the House and Senate begin the …

The mythos of Special Operations has seized our nation’s popular imagination – A FEW Months ago, my wife and I …

SOCOM Acquisition Chief Embraces Change, Adaptability – As US Special Operations Command deploys in more …

Special Operators’ Challenges Call for New Priorities, Officials Say – Expanding global conflicts require new priorities …

Demands the Pentagon stop talking about what SOF is up to – The general overseeing U.S. special forces has …

SOCOM use of Social Media – The Navy SEALs’ next mission could be on Twitter. The head of U.S. Special …

Special Ops Rule in War on Terror  – Never before has a war so big been fought by so few: a global conflict waged …

SOCOM wants US made Ak47’s  – Many U.S. allies rely on the AK-47, the Russian-designed selective-fire rifle, with  …

Head of SOCom lays out vision at MacDill conference – Just 53 days into his new job as commander of U.S. Special …

USSOCOM: ‘Transregional’ Approach Needed To Combat ISIS –  In order to defeat terrorist organizations, special  …

Secretary of Defense Speech Remarks at SOCOM Change of Command  –  Good morning.  Ladies and elected  …

Research on Integrating Women into SOCOM –  This report documents the findings of the task “Analytical support  …

New Socom Commander Excited, Humbled to Lead Force  – Army Gen. Raymond A. “Tony” Thomas today assumed …

Socom gets boost in Obama budget  – President Barack Obama, who has relied heavily on Special Operations …

Thomas is picked to lead US Special Operations Command –  Lt. Gen. Raymond “Tony” Thomas has been  …

Memorandum on Integrating Women into SOCOM  –  US Special Operations Command Implementation Plan for  …

Special Operations Head Next CENTCOM Chief – President Barack Obama plans to tap Special Operations …

2015

Gray Zone’ conflicts far more complex to combat, says Socom Chief Votel  – Between peace and all-out war exists  …

Socom Commander: Success Depends on Total Force Readiness   –  The commander of U.S. Special Operations  …

US SOCOM and The Special Forces to Scrutinize Social media – Exactly two years ago I wrote about the use of  …

Care Coalition Supports Wounded, Ill Special Ops Troops – It’s an ethos burned into the minds of generations of …

2014

Congress Wants More Control of Special Ops Iron Man Suit – Lawmakers today moved to tighten congressional  …

Congressional scrutiny puts propaganda plan on hold – Increased scrutiny by Congress has led the Pentagon’s …

03. SOF VIDEOS

For SOCOM videos, check out the footage from the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service here

04. SOF – Special Interest

05. Congressional News

06. Congressional Reports

07. Congressional Hearings

08. Gray Zone

War by Other Means – Russia’s Use of Private Military Contractors

Russia Positioning Itself in Libya to Unleash Migrant Crisis Into Europe

The Future of Conflict is Proxy Warfare, Again

​​With an eye to Russia, Europe focuses on hybrid warfare response

​​Russia’s Special Operations Forces Command and the Strategy of Limited Actions

The United States Needs a Gray-Zone Strategy Against North Korea

Does your combat experience even matter against Chinese and Russian troops?

Countering Gray-Zone Hybrid Threats

Horns of a Dilemma: How the Big Bear Used Hybrid Warfare in its Back Yard

Deterring Russian Aggression in the Baltic States Through Resilience and Resistance

The Kremlin’s little green duds

The Russian State’s Use of Irregular Forces and Private Military Groups

Moving Beyond the Post – 9/11 Manhunt: Translating Tactical Wins into Strategic Success

Imperfect Proxies: The Pros and Perils of Partnering with Non-State Actors for CT

Understanding Russian “Hybrid Warfare” And What Can Be Done About It .

Army Multi-Domain Update: New HQs, Grey Zones, & The Art of The Unfeasible

Countering ‘little green men’: Pentagon special ops studies Russia ‘gray zone’ conflict

SOCOM White Paper on THE GRAY ZONE – Gray zone security challenges, existing short of a formal …

Unconventional Warfare in the Gray Zone – In the months immediately following the terrorist attacks on …

Protracted, Gray Zone, Ambiguous, and Hybrid Modes of War – Hew Strachan, the preeminent military …

Mastering the Gray Zone- US Army – In the remote reaches of the South China Sea in the Spratly Island …

Paradoxes of the Gray Zone – Gray, it seems, is the new black. The concept of “gray zone” conflict has …

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