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Not far from Latvia's border with Russia, members of four Special Operations agencies added a new twist to Operation Atlantic Resolve's quest for interoperability. From April 11 through 15, the four agencies representing two North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies spent their week learning from one another while building friendships during a Tactical Combat Casualty Care Train the Trainer course at...

Commander, Task Force 70 units, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 units, Army and Air Force assets and units from the Australian Defence Forces participated in a Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint exercise 16-72, April 29. FST-J is a computer-based synthetic training that allows geographically separated units to integrate in a tactically and operationally demanding virtual environment. "This FST-J exercise is conducted according to 7th...

Hackers stole the passwords of staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with which they used to steal data from the ministry's communication system, the government revealed on Thursday . Information, Communication and Technology Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru told Nation.co.ke that some junior staff at the ministry received a random email from hackers asking them to change their passwords. "The said...

At the invitation of the governments of Ghana and Cabo Verde, U.S. Africa Command and its Special Operations component, Special Operations Command Africa, kicked off the 10-day Epic Guardian 2016 (EG16) exercise on April 26. Epic Guardian is an annual, joint exercise designed to promote cooperation, understanding and interoperability between African partner nations and the United States. Approximately 900 U.S....

It’s a little after 7:30 a.m. and the stampede has finally cleared the hallways. Finally, a moment of silence, the first since arriving to work three hours prior. The five-story building is nearly desolate now, but a multitude of paperwork and tasks remain to be done before the 800-plus military students return from class in the afternoon. Such is the...

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has successfully partnered with the Foundation for Strategic Research (FRS) to promote the Hague Code of Conduct (HCoC) against Ballistic Missile Proliferation on the African continent. The Hague Code of Conduct is the only multilateral instrument that deals specifically with the spread of ballistic missiles. Signed in November 2002, it is only becoming more relevant...

In an op-ed piece in the Tampa Tribune on April 24, former USSOCOM commander Admiral William McRaven takes US politicians to task for disrespect and self-serving interests   When I was a young boy my father, a veteran of World War II and Korea, schooled me on the downfall of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. MacArthur, he explained, had overstepped his authority and...

History was made March 9 to 11, 2016, when the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre, at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, and the Canadian Forces Naval Operations School at Canadian Forces Base Halifax, Nova Scotia, united in the virtual battlespace to provide students on the Royal Canadian Navy’s Anti-Air Warfare Controller Course with realistic training. The training was assisted by maritime...

IT IS almost two decades since the launch of the arms deal — officially dubbed the Strategic Defence Procurement Programme — and 15 years since the primary contracts were awarded. But the manoeuvring that went with the arms deal caused huge damage to South Africa’s political fabric, and the questions around waste and improper dealings remain. The Seriti commission on the...

U.S. and Nigerian military officials said an increase in collaboration between the Islamic State and the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram is "cause for alarm" for a wide swath of north and central Africa. Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc, commander of the United States military's Special Operations Command in Africa, said an IS weapons convoy from Libya, intercepted while traveling to...