Editor’s Note: This article by Matthew Cox originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

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In early November, Iranian-backed Yemeni rebels fired a ballistic missile at the far-off Saudi capital of Riyadh, retaliation for Saudi Arabia’s aerial intervention against them in Yemen’s civil war. Luckily, Saudi defense officials said, the missile was tracked and destroyed by their U.S.-made Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) kinetic interceptor before it reached its target, King Khalid International Airport — potentially preventing a worse outcome from what CNN described as “the first time the heart of the Saudi capital has been attacked and… a major escalation of the ongoing war in the region.”

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Back in July, U.S. Central Command tweeted a gnarly photo of Gen. Joseph Votel cruising aboard a Combatant Craft Assault boat, the stealthy multi-role watercraft designed to replace U.S. Special Operations Command’s smaller MkV Special Operations Craft and Naval Special Warfare Rigid Inflatable Boats for “inserting and extracting SOF in low-to-medium threat environment,” according to an unclassified SOCOM briefing. It’s a great shot of the CENTCOM chief rolling deep in the waters off the UAE coast doing his best impression of Col. William Guile's jet-black interceptor from the 1994 live-action disaster Street Fighter.

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