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Guess What Special Operations Unit CBS’s New Military TV Show Focuses On?
There’s a new televised military drama coming out this fall, and surprise, surprise, it centers around a bunch of Navy SEALs.
Called Seal Team, the upcoming series from CBS stars David Boreanaz of Bones and Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame, and it follows “the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions our country can ask of them,” according to a statement from CBS.
The first look, which dropped in May, hits all the typical pressure points of military life — grueling deployment tempos, marriage and family strain, combat-related stress, etc — doubly true among elite warriors like SEALs… and Army Rangers, Green Berets, MARSOC Marines, Air Force PJs, and whatever other special operators TV executives forget when they’re fixating on SEALs.
The series, similar to History Channel’s SIX, focuses on an elite team within the elite SEALs. But CBS’ SEAL-heavy spec-ops series is different, in that its producers didn’t consult the Department of Defense, Task & Purpose previously reported. It’s one of several military-operator dramas hitting networks this fall that haven’t worked with the Pentagon’s TV team.
But going at it alone doesn’t mean it won’t work out — after all, plenty of books on military bravado and derring-do have been published without official approval, and they’re usually well-received, kinda. Guess we’ll find out when it premieres Sept. 27.
Kade Kurita, the 20-year-old West Point cadet who had been missing since Friday evening, was found dead on Tuesday night, the U.S. Military Academy announced early Wednesday morning.
"We are grieving this loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to Cadet Kurita's family and friends," Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, superintendent of West Point, said in the release.
The Air Force is investigating whether an airman smoked weed at a missile alert facility for nuclear Minuteman ICBMs
The Air Force is investigating reports that an airman consumed marijuana while assigned to one of the highly-sensitive missile alert facility (MAF) responsible for overseeing 400 nuclear GM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.
Mark Mitchell is stepping down as the acting assistant defense secretary for special operations and low-intensity conflict, a position he has held since late June, a defense official confirmed on Tuesday.
No information was immediately available about why Mitchell decided to resign. His last day will be Nov. 1 and he will be replaced by Thomas Alexander, who is currently leading the Defense Department's counternarcotics efforts, the defense official told Task & Purpose.
The U.S. Army's Next Generation Squad Weapon effort looked a lot more possible this week as the three competing weapons firms displayed their prototype 6.8mm rifles and automatic rifles at the 2019 Association of the United States Army's annual meeting.
Just two months ago, the Army selected General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems inc., Textron Systems and Sig Sauer Inc. for the final phase of the NGSW effort — one of the service's top modernization priorities to replace the 5.56mm M4A1 carbine and the M249 squad automatic weapon in infantry and other close-combat units.
Army officials, as well as the companies in competition, have been guarded about specific details, but the end result will equip combat squads with weapons that fire a specially designed 6.8mm projectile, capable of penetrating enemy body armor at ranges well beyond the current M855A1 5.56mm round.
There have previously been glimpses of weapons from two firms, but this year's AUSA was the first time all three competitors displayed their prototype weapons, which are distinctly different from one another.
US troops withdrawing to Iraq from Syria can't redeploy there and have to leave in 4 weeks, Baghdad says
The 1,000 U.S. troops leaving Syria will be allowed to stay in Iraq for at most four weeks, Iraq's defense minister said Wednesday, in an embarrassing rebuff to President Donald Trump's plans for withdrawing from Syria.
Najah al-Shammari's comments to the Associated Press came shortly after his meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who went to Baghdad to negotiate the redeployment of U.S. troops in Iraq after they withdrew from Syria.