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16 hours, 56 minutes ago on DoD report: US unable to account for 40% of weapons given Afghanistan


@Fred82 @KineticFury @JHR @genefarnsworth  Good point as well. Guess trying to force a simple answer can be akin to putting a square peg in a round hole...

5 days, 1 hour ago on A Look In The Mirror At Iran Air Flight 655 Shot Down By The USS Vincennes In 1988


@YankeePapa @KineticFury @Coriolanus  Just realized you are an actual good example though!

5 days, 1 hour ago on Three Ways the US Government Could Kill Edward Snowden


@YankeePapa @KineticFury @Coriolanus  With all the Americans fighting in other places before Pearl Harbor (England, China...others who deserted or went to Canada or France in WWI&II to enlist).

Something tells me such widespread involvement wouldn't go over too well these days...Where's AW with his "Lawfare" comments?

Not saying it couldn't happen, like if the other countries spoke English...but..."when snakes smoke."

5 days, 1 hour ago on Three Ways the US Government Could Kill Edward Snowden


@Coriolanus @KineticFury  From what Google tells me, most "denaturalized" Americans were immigrants who were complicit/active in war crimes during WWII. There was a former CIA agent who renounced it...but wasn't able to find any US military cases. Seems like it would be to much of a legal hassle for what I would assume would be a small percentage of problem people.

Did stumble on a few calls to revoke the citizenship of Dzhokar Tsarnaev, if possible. If you could get enough proof...or if he was caught lying...but I think you would have to be a pro bad guy for that to happen these days.

5 days, 14 hours ago on Three Ways the US Government Could Kill Edward Snowden


@JHR @Fred82 @genefarnsworth  I believe that's what Ollie North stated on his radio interview w/ Jack a few weeks ago.

6 days, 9 hours ago on A Look In The Mirror At Iran Air Flight 655 Shot Down By The USS Vincennes In 1988


Fascinating story! Admittedly I was in the group of Americans "that know nothing absolutely nothing" on the subject. I knew there was some support from Brazil, but nothing specific.

Would've been interesting to see the "what if" they decided to, uh, "influence" the government later on...or merely maintained a professional force in S. America...

_"A fair number of South American countries petitioning Washington not to employ larger numbers of Brazilians and not to turn them into a military juggernaut…  The Americans agreed."

Now we just train everybody...

6 days, 9 hours ago on “The Snakes Are Smoking” The Brazilian Expeditionary Force in WW2


Has anyone had their citizenship revoked because of a dishonorable military discharge?

6 days, 18 hours ago on Three Ways the US Government Could Kill Edward Snowden


At 2:15 was that the same kid the pistol the same with the shotgun clip right before it?

1 week ago on Ultimate Gun Fails


Interesting read! I learned something. I never thought about the gases around missiles while submerged. 

1 week ago on Precision Shooting in Rain, Sleet and Snow


Well I say, welcome! Never got into "Mil-Sim" myself but I'm all for fun, outdoor, team building, recreational activities. Anything resembling a weapon is also a +1 for me. I understand the "stigma" mentioned but I like to judge things on a case-by-case basis (read: I don't judge a sport or game by a couple extremists or posers).

Personally I'd rather see hear and see more "Mil-Sim" than "Call of Duty." 

And as Brandon Webb recently mentioned on Twitter...Quote: "Laugh all you want but the next Delta Operator is the 12 year old playing Airsoft Milsim right now."

1 week ago on What is Mil-Sim?


Glad SOFREP is reporting this.Saw the OSS Society on Twitter, been following it a while because they have cool historical stuff.

But the building subject hasn't garnered enough attention yet.

In the meantime; SOFREP vs. US State Department. Seriously, I vote we get SOFREP to take over state dpt. Begin infil, can't afford not to!

4 weeks ago on How You Can Save The OSS Headquarters From Demolition


Obviously the whole "Iraq" subject is still emotionally charged, but I'd like to mention that it seems to me there is a popular but inconsistent position to take on the subject of involvement in Iraq.

Seems like a popular position to take is "we shouldn't waste lives and money for the Iraqi's and their democracy,(but and screw Joseph Kony and other bad guys in Africa)."

Ok fine. But we didn't go to war just to let Iraqi's vote.

To me, I see an autonomous region of terrorists a bad thing. Lighting them up, if only w/ US air support, is not what I consider an act solely for "Iraqi Democracy." Or a "waste." Granted ISIS/ISIL doesn't have any real allies, but letting rogue terror groups do their thing is generally a bad idea.

"hey let's support rebels in Libya and Syria, and hunt down bad guys in Africa, but not one more dime for Iraq!"

Anyone else get that vibe? I can't quite put in words but in my eyes it's embedded in popular thought.

1 month ago on An Army Green Beret’s Open Letter to Glenn Beck On Iraq


Also, as a sidenote, I read Lhasa is now 2/3 ethinc Han Chinese....which is somewhat similar to the cultural complexity of Ukraine, where "whose country is it anyways" is at play.

From Wikipedia: "In 2006, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama declared that "Tibet wants autonomy, not independence."

From this article: "China insists that Tibet will never leave its control. Not now, not 1,000 years from now."

OT, and maybe I'm using my imagination too much, but you mentioned the similar political problems the Kurds had/have, and right now they seem to be  of the same mindset of autonomy rather than an outright independent state. The "Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraqi Kurdistan, Nirchivani Barzani, just met w/ J. Kerry and has spoken boldly but hasn't mentioned the word "independence" publicly. I'm not saying a Kurdish or Tibeten state will never exist, but right now they are plagued with problems, complications, and currentlack of a secure economy to start an independent state. I'd like to hear more on that if anyone's got more to say.

1 month ago on CIA Covert Operations in Tibet: Part 3


Reading up on the history of Tibet and their relations with China, their neighbors, and the British, and it seems like they never really got along with anybody real well. Didn't make enough friends early on, which demonstrates that just because you merely want autonomy doesn't mean others will leave you alone.

Anyways in early 1913 the Dalai Lama stated "We are a small, religious, and independent nation" after a couple hundred years of back and forth Chinese influence (good & bad). During that time and up to WWII Chinese had their hands full and largely ignored Tibet.

Wasn't until til 1950 Mao's PLA rolled through Tibet and strong-armed the signing of the "17 point agreement" which made Tibet "autonomous" (yeah right, as long as they obeyed the PRC).

Much of the unrest rapidly grew in 1956 when the (mostly) farming economy was overburdened with the Communist system, where all grain was de facto Communist grain and the farmers would be re-distributed some. The PLA was an ever-hungry machine that quite literally ate most of the grain that should've been for Tibetens.Land distribution and forced communal farming is a good way to get blood boiling...(of course Sun Tzu recc'd to support armies off of local population, which keeps the state treasury from emptying but can have catastrophic consequences on the local level, as seen throughout history via every rebellion ever)

Reminds me of pre-American revolution a major spark was heavy British military presence that lived off the locals and in their homes...and also Communism is bad and unsustainable.

By 1958 a growing guerilla force convinced the govt. in Lhasa (Note: ground-up, not top-down) of the cause.

This has been a good series, thanks for providing a lot of detail on a lesser-known subject!

1 month ago on CIA Covert Operations in Tibet: Part 3


Fascinating post! I am pretty familiar with the well known story of Nate Saint/Jim Elliot. and the Auca's, and I've always been rather intrigued at the "bucket drop" idea. Neat part of a great story. However, I never heard/realized it is the same principle at work that allows gunships to "clock in" so to speak.

1 month ago on The Missionary And The Gunship


Pretty cool guest! While there is always going to be controversy around somebody like the Lt. Col. North, I for one appreciate the work he's done throughout his (multiple) careers.

Would be great to get him back on, he's got a wealth of information stored up and I really like how he incorporates background history into his discussions.

1 month ago on Episode 98 – Oliver North On Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps


@YankeePapa  Even the "300" had over a thousand troops with them!

In regard to politics cleaning out military leaders...didn't Stalin and Saddam both do that? How'd that turn out for them? People who know history are doomed to watch those who don't know history repeat history, if you take my meaning.

1 month, 1 week ago on Current assessment of the state of the Iraqi Army


Very good series, I learned a lot. I admit, my knowledge of anything even remotely related to India's military and intelligence is quite dated, meaning I can talk about the Bengal Lancers and Punjab Sikh armies (thanks to the British), along with the British East India company in the Anglo-Mysore wars.

However, anything that is 21st century that I know I have learned from SOFREP. That's why I like all the work done here on foreign countries.

1 month, 1 week ago on India’s Secret Wars Part 5: Reforming the System


For the record, and since you also mentioned the U.S. Army in Poland, and being not long after D-Day, "June 14 in Poland is commemorated as the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of the Nazi Concentration Camps"

"On 14 June 1940 the arrival of 728 Polish political prisoners began the operation of the Auschwitz concentration camp."

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Happy Birthday US Army & Infantry


To put the date in perspective, Bunker Hill and Breed's Hill, happened on 17 June, 1775. Col. William Prescott began digging his men in the night of the 16th.

***WARNING*** Book Acquisition Alert:

"The First American Army" by Bruce Chadwick.

He follows eight men who served throughout the war, four of whom were enlisted men, rather than just high-ranking officers. It shows what everyday life was for them and what it was like to be in the Revolution. Opening chapter starts with the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Excerpt from the Author to Reader bit:

"There was no brilliant political theory in the diaries of the men in this book and no majestic lines about the republican government or the rights of man. The common soldiers left the oratory to Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry. But there was a constant call for independence and liberty. This is the story of the first American army, who fought hard every day for a cause they firmly believed in and three main goals: 1) stay alive, 2) end the war to get home as soon as possible, and 3) kick the despised British out of the United States.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Happy Birthday US Army & Infantry


@YankeePapa YP strikes gold again! Also I was not aware the Tarawa prisoners were Korean, do you know of that occurring elsewhere in the Pacific?

1 month, 2 weeks ago on D-Day 70 years ago


@TerrilSmoothboreHebert  For mechanical or legal reasons? Personally I think if someone isn't comfortable with their trigger or their sights on a CCW, they should replace them, as long as they are from proven, vetted companies that are known for quality.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Galloway Precision Trigger Kit for the Bodyguard 380


@ArcticWarrior @KineticFury @majrod  2000 dead at Omaha, the beach we decided to send two divisions over. Up against the 352nd Wehrmacht infantry division, which was one of the few (if any) around that operated at full force with 9 battalions.

For me it also puts in perspective how bloody battles were longer ago. Gettsyburg had over 50,000 casualties over a 3-day period.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on D-Day 70 years ago


@ArcticWarrior @KineticFury I really liked this bit from the first link. "As late as it was, Rommel's program of emplacing beach obstacles between high and low tide so alarmed Allied planners that they changed the timing of the landings from high to low tide, which considerably increased the vulnerability of those making the initial landing — especially on Omaha Beach. In dealing with the airborne threat, Rommel ordered telephone poles and concrete posts — nicknamed 'Rommel asparagus'."

And "Unlike other senior army leaders, Rommel had had experience with the air power the Anglo-American powers would bring to the battlefield, as well as with their immense logistical capabilities. For other German leaders, especially Hitler, American and British military capabilities simply did not appear nearly as threatening as they did to Rommel."


1 month, 3 weeks ago on D-Day 70 years ago


@ArcticWarrior "What if..."

I often think that in the context, "what if Hitler didn't waste so much on the Eastern Front?"

Rommel was left with the defenses, which is odd, considering he was more of a lightning-fast, smaller tactics kind of guy. Read the "Humanities 360" link below, Rommel wasn't given what he needed. Pride gave Hitler a crazy mixture of arrogance and ignorance. The German's could have easily really beefed up the French coast, but fortunately they failed to take it seriously enough. I mean lot's of German officers all over the place were on leave or partying on their comfortable French station. Apparently an allied deception caused them to think we would invade at Calais, to the North, closer to Dunkirk, which is a shorter distance across the channel.

Maps of the German side from

1 month, 3 weeks ago on D-Day 70 years ago


@ArcticWarrior @KineticFury  Just recently streamed a show called "Nazi Hunters." Where after the war they hunt down or discover what happened to some bad people under Hitler. Thank God they had film, lest we forget the horrors. The more I read, see, and hear about what went on, the more I appreciate those who fought against the Third Reich.

I'm not saying all the gunslingers were a white-hat or a black-hat, but there was a lot of evil stopped.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on D-Day 70 years ago


@ArcticWarrior  The second time in his life people couldn't keep him off the beach. That's one for the history books.

Had a great-uncle who was in the Korean War, always had the hat and everything. He just passed away this year, after which I found out he had been at Normandy, later in the day. Lots of us never knew about it.

There's no way of telling all the heroism that day, the individual courage of faceless men won that day.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on D-Day 70 years ago


Germans elsewhere were under the impression that the invasion was beat back, as the movement stalled at Omaha. What made the difference is a few men getting up of their own accord and doing what the could with what they had.

It is amazing what they were able to accomplish considering the state of disarray their units were, and with abysmal communications.

Here's an infographic I saw today that shows the sheer volume of men and machines in Operation Overlord. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>MT: D-Day Infographic from BBC Education. <a href="">#DDay70</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Royal Air Force (@RoyalAirForceUK) <a href="">June 6, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

1 month, 3 weeks ago on D-Day 70 years ago


As @LawyerHandle and @ArcticWarrior discussed below, one of my biggest questions is, why no rescue?

Granted State Department has been trying to get talks going for several years, which, I still think is stupid. Even Karzai didn't think it progress.

In an article shared by B. Webb and @majrod (, it's mentioned that people began to question all the effort behind the search for one guy who abandoned his post.

My guess is that nobody *really* wanted to dedicate or risk the assets to pull off a rescue. Petty Officer Nicolas Cheque (Navy SEAL) was killed in a rescue of an American doctor in December of 2012, and in another instance hostage Linda Norgrove was killed during her rescue attempt.

But I'm going to say the route taken was used as a "PR victory," where someone can claim progress is occurring while emptying Gitmo. Hint hint....POTUS.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Only US POW in Afghanistan Released


Using a percussion rifle is akin to time-travel. I'd highly recommend trying one out, it feels like history! It's been years since I've used one, and I have recently had the itch to get one.

Haven't yet fired a flintlock, but maybe one of these days, maybe from the Baker or Kentucky long rifle families.

The Napoleonic Wars, for better or worse, were of the flintlock era, but that was when civilian hunters and inventors began pioneering a more advanced way to shoot.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on How Do Caplock [Percussion] Firearms Work?


Outstanding interview! One of the most interesting I've seen here, excellent find. Especially since it's a rather rare subject.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on A Greater Share of Honour and the South African Recces


Was the dog tiger-striped? I admit it's pretty cool paint job on some breeds.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on MARSOC in Watan: The Ambush Patrol


Quite honestly I'm surprised we haven't seen more "Mumbai Style" attacks. Thanks for the book recommendation, I'm definitely picking this one up. It's only a matter of time before someone else tries to repeat or "rhyme" with history

Also great job putting, lot of info in such a small piece!

2 months ago on American Terrorist Operative David Headley & The Bloody Siege of Mumbai


@YankeePapa What'd they learn? USA's phone number..."Hey we got ourselves in a bit of a situation, and were wondering if you'd come over and give us a hand."


2 months, 1 week ago on Could NATO Station Troops in Eastern Europe?


@Recon6 @KineticFury You're more of an optimist than I am. If only half of eligible voters got us where we are now, who knows what unholy roads we'd go down if the rest decided to vote? Hahaha..he.. *sigh*

2 months, 1 week ago on Switzerland’s DRA-10 in Libya


@ArcticWarrior @KineticFury Front subtitle should be, "SAY YOUR PRAYERS."

Obviously the rig I mentioned is a lot of work and risk and luck are involved, and would only work if you can get the enemy in the right spot at the right time, but since I heard of it I imagine it's been done before.

I read in the book "SOG" by John L. Plaster that SOG guys would set up perimeter with their claymores only 15 feet(!) in front of them. Usually in front of a tree to minimize back blast. It says Army recommends placing them 50 feet in front of you, even if you're entrenched. Reason being was so that NVA searchers wouldn't pinpoint their location or simply turn it around.

2 months, 1 week ago on Claymore: World’s Most Famous Mine?


@czechinthepipes Fewer chances of hand to hand combat on todays "battlefields." Long-distance precision take downs are hard to beat! We're becoming good at staying as far away from the enemy as possible, and when we don't, we're good at overwhelming them!  And "high-capacity" pistols (6+) have only been around for a little over 150 years, but number of owners continues to grow. 

The Bowie knife made its debut before the Colt and S&W revolvers. You might get two shots off with a flintlock or percussion pistol, if you had two of them in your belt!

Ka-bars have opened a lot more C-rats than human enemies, if you take my meaning.

Back in the America revolution, many Americans who had bayonets had no use for them, having not been trained and/or lacking the need for them on the battlefield.

There are a lot of good folding knives out today, made of all kinds of materials, and easier and more legal to carry. There are lots of outdated laws and rules all over the place restricting fixed-blades.

That being said I do think there's a lot of people out there who give fixed blades an unfair amount of criticism. I do believe fixed blades are currently under-appreciated. I'd personally rather carry a fixed-blade and a small pocketknife, rather than a cross-over between the two. But then I'd be forced to pick between tanto blade, sgian-dubh, ka-bar, or fairbairn-sykes!

2 months, 1 week ago on Knife of the Elite


@ArcticWarrior I've seen a "claymore"  trailer hitch cover with the same...

Anybody know of any instances where they were used with electrical circuit gate , which is closed by a sniper shooting the "gate," thereby triggering the explosion? I've only heard of the tactic but never heard of it actually being used, presumably in Vietnam.

2 months, 1 week ago on Claymore: World’s Most Famous Mine?


I think those climbing rigs deserve a post of their own!

2 months, 1 week ago on Getting Active – What Are You Ready To Be?


"we totally nail that COIN thing"

"Except we weren’t. At all."


Thanks for putting that in there. Here's my take, as a civilian observer.

The "surge" and "COIN" were the buzz words, because finally the media and anyone they interviewed politicians or military, had something to attribute progress to and finally had some kind of answer (if only theoretical) as to strategy and goals in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I distinctly remember when the media began saying "the surge" in Iraq was a success, violence is down! Reason being is I went on vacation and while I was gone it had made total reversal. Since reading more and more about behind the scenes (in part due to SOFREP), you look at the "success of COIN" in Iraq and it's the same darn time night raids sky-rocketed in country. Our boys were busting doors and rolling back networks like Wal-Mart does prices.

I can't really seem to articulate what I'm thinking, but in short, buzz terms and concepts like COIN are an easy place to attribute success to, whether deserving or not.

Correlation is not causation, just because someone has a grand strategy in D.C. doesn't mean it works and/or boots on the ground are using it to success. Correct me if I'm wrong.

2 months, 1 week ago on The Invisible Kill: Snipers and Counterinsurgency Warfare


@majrod @ArcticWarrior Sweet! a book alert on one I already own! That's a relief to my wallet... Good read "Roughneck Nine-One" that is.

2 months, 1 week ago on Could NATO Station Troops in Eastern Europe?


Interactive NATO map I stumbled upon:

"Central and West European countries cut defense spending by 6.5 percent between 2004 and 2013 while Russian military spending doubled over that period, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, a defense think-tank, said last month."

"Nowadays, the US has been providing more than 70% of the total NATO budget."
Read more:

Posted this a while back, but it's relevant. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates rather scathing farewell speech to NATO.

2 months, 1 week ago on Could NATO Station Troops in Eastern Europe?


Really like reading about Special Operations of other nations! Just reading an article, and hostage rescue and special operations aren't Switzerland's only military security woes.

Back in February, there was an Ethiopian Airliner hijacked by the co-pilot, who diverted it to Geneva, in order to seek asylum. Apparently the Boeing 767-300 had to be escorted by French and Italian fighters, because it happened after "business hours."

Swiss just voted to reject buying Gripen fighters from Saab that would've helped cover security gaps and concerns.

2 months, 1 week ago on Switzerland’s DRA-10 in Libya


I read that out of the 10 men who were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions in Afghanistan, 5 earned it in Kunar province. Will be interesting to watch his career as he is an officer.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Medal of Honor Awardee CPT William Swenson returns to active duty


Stupid Charles and his stupid parasite buddies... great story! Haven't ever heard of anything like that happening before.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on When in Vietnam, Don’t Drink Rice Paddy Water


Good way of putting it.

The sheer volume of ignorant opinions on this subject is astounding.

Who is not helping?

- media (News Media and the Hollywood/Entertainment media)

- politicians stereotyping and victimizing the issue for their own benefit
- Academia

Now granted, there are sincere and well meaning individuals in each of those groups, but few take it seriously or are very knowledgeable of the subject. And those that are rarely hold the microphone.

Not to long ago I saw some comments on a SOFREP article that addressed Hollywood's faults, but I didn't see anything as to how veterans and "PTSD" are portrayed in the ".edu" world. I was going to comment there but here is good to.

My opinion is that the "knowledge to words ratio" is out of hand. the stereotype gets casually thrown around like a frisbee at the beach when it should be treated like golf-ball at whatever championship golf has (haha I don't play...) 

The stigma our culture has put on "PTSD" has made the issue a politically correct way to broad-stroke all vets as hapless victims or ticking time bombs. That only makes it difficult and or shaming for men and women who need help, for whatever reason,  to seek it out. It also hurts their ability to transition into the civilian world.

Much respect to SOFREP/Force12 for actually trying to help in practical ways.
Read these and thought I should share:

2 months, 2 weeks ago on The Stigma Of PTSD