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Armed militias were reported to be gathering in the Central African Republic (CAR) ahead of Monday's withdrawal of French troops of Operation Sangaris, which started three years ago to halt bloodletting that followed a sectarian civil war. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who told parliament that the operation had "been a success" earlier this month, flew to Bangui on...

An Airman of the 137th Special Operations Wing became the unit's first organically-grown MC-12W combat systems officer. Second Lt. Brent Webb graduated, Oct. 14, 2016, from the combat systems officer school at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, making him the first since the wing joined Air Force Special Operations Command. “I don’t really know what to think about being the first,”...

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch visited the Soldiers of the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine and toured the International Peacekeeping and Security Center at Yavoriv, Ukriaine, October 27. The visit began with a briefing from Col. Nick Ducich, commander of JMTG-U and Lt. Gen. Pavlo Tkachuk, commander of Ukraine’s Land Forces Academy. Following the briefing, the ambassador had a chance...

Why is Ethiopia bringing back some of the best-trained and best-equipped soldiers fighting al-Shabaab? This month has seen multiple withdrawals of Ethiopia National Defense Force (ENDF) units from Somalia. On 11 October, ENDF soldiers under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) unilaterally departed from two strategic towns in the Hiraan region of central Somalia. On 23 October, another contingent...

The 26th Special Tactics Squadron trained alongside 27th Special Operations Wing units while conducting a full mission profile at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M., earlier this month. The training tested the Air Commandos’ abilities to react to adverse conditions and complete a mission as a team in an unknown location. “The purpose of a FMP is to incorporate all our...

The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey, California, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year as the provider of culturally-based foreign language education, training and sustainment for the Department of Defense going back to 1941. “Time and time again, the Nation’s leadership – military or civilian – must make informed decisions that rely on insight provided...

The South Korea government has said that its military is ready to help Nigeria train its troops in the area of counterinsurgency and capacity building with a view to wiping out extremism in the country as well as the West African sub-region. The Asian country has also said it will explore other areas of bilateral cooperation like technology transfer which...

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday they had developed a "suicide drone" capable of delivering explosives to blow up targets at sea and on land. The new drone is primarily for maritime surveillance and "has not been designed to be armed with missiles," the Tasnim news agency, which is close to the Guards, reported. "(But) it can carry heavy payloads...

The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Directorate for Force Management and Development (FMD), Joint Collective Training Office (JCTO) has the responsibility for planning, designing, coordinating, synchronizing and executing collective training and exercises across the USSOCOM Enterprise (including Theater Special Operations Commands, SOF Battle Staffs, Special Operations Joint Task Forces, USSOCOM Components, and sub-unified commands). FMD JCTO ensures USSOF...

Laparoscopic surgery, also known as minimally invasive surgery, has been a mainstay of surgeons for a very long time, and as technology continues to improve, robotic surgeries are becoming increasingly common. These procedures require systems that are quite expensive and surgeons to undergo a whole new kind of training. Until recently, any time an Air Force surgeon wanted to perform...