Tag: special operations command

SOCOM is eyeing a fleet of light attack aircraft for ‘armed overwatch’

U.S. Special Operations Command is looking to pick up 75 light attack aircraft to conduct “armed overwatch” missions in conjunction with ground forces, according to new solicitation. SOCOM plans on holding several industry days with defense contractors in March for the new Armed Overwatch program which is intended to provide U.S. special operations forces with […]

Japan accuses ex-Army Green Beret of helping smuggle former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn out of the country

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese authorities on Thursday issued arrest warrants for a former U.S. special forces soldier and two other men on suspicion of smuggling former Nissan Motor Co boss Carlos Ghosn out of Japan. Warrants were issued for former U.S. Green Beret Michael Taylor and two other men, George-Antoine Zayek and Peter Taylor, prosecutors […]

‘I made promises to the people that I lost’— How the Iraq war forged a Navy SEAL’s path to Harvard Medical School and NASA

Newly-minted astronaut and decorated Navy SEAL Lt. Jonny Kim shared with Task & Purpose that his motivation for living life the way he has stems not so much from starry-eyed ambition, but from the pain and loss he suffered both on the battlefields of Iraq and from childhood instability.

SOCOM just picked up a new lightweight machine gun

U.S. Special Operations Command has officially taken delivery of Sig Sauer’s MG 338 machine gun, the companyannounced on Wednesday. According to Sig Sauer, SOCOM has completed its official safety certification for the MG 338 and taken delivery of “multiple systems” comprised of the machine gun, .338 Norma Magnum ammunition, and suppressors, a first for the […]

SEAL, Doctor, Astronaut — Navy Lt. Jonny Kim achieves your childhood dreams so you don’t have to

The Declaration of Independence says that all men are created equal … but some guys seem to really push the envelope on that notion. Jonny Kim is not only one of NASA's newest astronauts, but is also a graduate of Harvard Medical School and an active-duty Navy Lieutenant with a distinguished combat record after serving with SEAL Team Three.

Top White House national security official: ‘Many’ Navy SEALs have Eddie Gallagher’s back

The White House’s top national security official defended President Donald Trump’s decision to intervene in the case of Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher on Sunday following the publication of video interviews from Gallagher’s fellow sailors decrying him as “evil.” In an episode of ‘The Weekly,’ the New York Times aired intense interviews from several SEAL […]

SecDef Esper ‘flabbergasted’ by Navy Secretary making secret deal with White House on Gallagher case

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday he fired Richard Spencer after learning the Navy secretary had secretly tried to broker a deal with the White House allowing Navy Chief Eddie Gallagher to retire and keep his SEAL Trident so long as President Trump did not intervene. In a briefing with reporters at the Pentagon, […]

The Navy secretary and admiral in charge of SEALs could resign or be fired for trying to revoke Eddie Gallagher’s trident

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and Rear Adm. Collin Green, the head of Naval Special Warfare Command, have both reportedly vowed that they will either resign or be be fired rather than following President Donald Trump's instructions to stop all efforts to revoke Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher's trident.

Your best (and worst) jokes about SOCOM’s new ‘third arm’ exoskeleton

Earlier this week, I reported that U.S. Special Operations Command was working on an articulated, gyrostabilized “third arm” to help enhance operator’s accuracy downrange. Naturally, Task & Purpose readers responded with a barrage of dick jokes. This isn’t the first time this has happened: after all, anything called a “third arm” is going to evoke […]