Holloman MQ-9 Crashes During Training Mission

An MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft assigned to Holloman AFB, N.M., crashed around 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, “seven miles south of Highway 70,” according to a base press release. A spokesperson told the Alamogordo Daily News that the Reaper was on...

Senate to Vote on New SECAF Monday

The full Senate will consider the nomination of Heather Wilson to be Secretary of the Air Force on Monday, May 8. The Senate will hold “four hours of debate equally divided on both sides” and then vote on the nomination,...

SOCOM to Deliver Afghanistan Recommendations to President

US Special Operations Command will soon deliver recommendations on the war in Afghanistan to President Donald Trump, SOCOM leadership told Congress Thursday. “We are actively looking at adjustments to the approach in Afghanistan right now,” Theresa Whelan, Acting Assistant Secretary...

SOCOM Prepared for New WMD Mission

Despite a very demanding pace of operations, US Special Operations Command is prepared to handle its new responsibility as the leading US military authority for countering weapons of mass destruction, SOCOM boss Army Gen. Raymond Thomas said Thursday. SOCOM received...

Less OCO, More Predictability

Army Gen. Raymond Thomas, chief of US Special Operations Command, wants his funding sources to look more like the rest of the Department of Defense. Currently, 28-30 percent of SOCOM funding comes from the overseas contingency operations budget, compared to...

Unsustainable Op Tempo

Some special operations forces are currently experiencing a one-to-one deployment-to-dwell ratio, US Special Operations Command chief Army Gen. Raymond Thomas told Congress Thursday. That means some special operators spend “six months or so deployed, six months back,” he told the...