ON THE FIGHT
Russia has stood up its version of Special Operations Command, in an aggressive push to put down unrest throughout the Caucasus as well as deal with any emergent threats in the former Soviet republics.
Special Marine Air Ground Task Force – Africa is a specialized organization for a specialized mission set: training Burundi nationals one day, defending the US diplomatic mission the next. The Marine Corps Times also reports that the Marines will expand their embassy security support in the coming years.
The Department of State has operated and/or attempted to open no fewer than six diplomatic security training facilities in the US, finally settling on a private facility it leases in Summit Point, W.Va.
Foreign Affairs magazine takes you inside a failed attack on a US embassy.
Officials studying the Tsarnaevs have, so far, “not been able to connect them to a foreign terrorist organization.”
ON THE FORCE
The Army is developing yet another camo pattern. Yes, another one.
The SEALs have given up (at least temporarily) on making their own mini-sub and will now simply purchase a commercial-off-the-shelf model.