Category Archives: Special Forces

An Empire of Bases and Special Forces: Garrisoning the Globe

In what follows, I explore the U.S. military’s global basing and Special Forces strategy. The article updates a lot of my own previous writing on the U.S. military’s “Baseworld” or “Droneworld,” and gives fresh statistics on the number of U.S. … Continue reading

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The U.S. Military’s Ongoing Securitization of Africa

U.S. Marines simulate a riot during a crowd control training exercise with soldiers from Burkina Faso. Source. In what follows, I want to explore, and summarize, four articles–written by Nick Turse–that were released in 2015 about the U.S. military’s presence … Continue reading

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U.S. Special Command outsourced $13 billion in contracts since 2009

A report by The Remote Control Project explores the billions of dollars’ worth of procurements by the U.S. military’s Special Operations Command. Unsurprisingly, the military-industrial complex is fully integrated in “off-the-radar” missions. Corporations are integrated into some of the most … Continue reading

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The Dronification of State Violence, Part IV: The Predator

Previous section: The Dronification of State Violence, Part III: The Drone War Paper Trail The Predator “The bar for war had been lowered, the remote-controlled age had begun, and the killer drones became an object of fascination inside the CIA.”—Mark Mazzetti[1] … Continue reading

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Obama escalates hunt for Joseph Kony

The Washington Post reports that Obama is ramping up Special Forces in Central Africa in the hunt for Joseph Kony of the Lord’s Resistance Army, taking the number of troops in the region up to 300. Graphic credit  

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The U.S. military’s rush to secure Africa

David Cloud of the LA Times writes an interesting piece on the growing involvement of U.S. Special Forces in North Africa. Typically, small teams have worked in remote and skeletal outposts to train native armed forces across “an arc of … Continue reading

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Highlights from Special Operations meeting

Micah Zenko has posted highlights from the “U.S. Special Operations Command in Review of the Defense Authorization Request for FY2015 and the Future Years Defense Program,” Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, on March 11, 2014. … Continue reading

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