I’ll just leave this here:
I’ll just leave this here:
I read in this recent article that several members on an unnamed US Special Operations unit landed at the Wattiya airbase in Libya. According to the article, the US military members posed for pictures, were seen with various weapons and equipment and after being denied access to the airbase, returned to their aircraft and departed.
The Libyan Air Force took several photos of the event and released them to the world press.
I am not a Special Forces trooper but I am trained in OPSEC, by both DA and DoD (NSA). This operation looks a little odd from my perspective. Some things I noticed:
* Was OPSEC considered at all? There are many possible bits of Essential Elements of Friendly Information (EEFI) that can be gleaned from this incident. It does not appear if any effort was made to protect the identity of these troops, equipment and presence in Libya.
* One photograph shows what appears to be a M4 with a metal magazine and an Eotech SU 231. This raises a few questions: would a SOF troop be still using metal magazines and being that SOCOM had released a Safety of Use Message on the Eotechs, would the sight still be in use in such a high profile and dangerous mission?
* The troops almost seem to be purposely posing and making sure their images are captured and no effort is made to blend in. The plaid shirts are a nice touch.
* Likewise their Polaris MRZR 4 and their ammunition crates are left in the open for anyone and everyone to see and photograph. The ammo crates are even plainly marked “Cartridges for Weapons”.
Like I said I am not a Special Operations soldier but I do know how I would have developed an OPSEC plan for this type of deployment and this isn’t it. Heck, when we landed in Kuwait on the way to Afghanistan our buses were blacked out and unmarked to travel from KCIA to Ali Alsaleem.
DoD confirmed that these were US troops at the Wattiya airbase on 14 December 2015.
I submit we are seeing a DoD head fake, an example of Deception Management. These troops were possibly meant to be seen arriving and meant to be seen publicly booted out of the country with their well-documented equipment. This may be a diversion from what is really happening elsewhere which is yet to be determined.
This is all theory and I could be completely wrong but this looks like a somewhat clever ruse for dangerous times.
Please feel free to comment below.
Draw from concealment, shoot, hit target, move, reload. Repeat, repeat, repeat…
Daesh has made giant strides in the several areas both physically and in the Information Operations arena. They have been masters at dominating the IO battle space and leveraging PSYOPS to their advantage. Fourth Generation (4GW) concepts such as these are critical in the modern asymmetrical battle field. However, Daesh has been bogged down with taking and holding real estate and all those nasty third generation warfare (3GW) pains that have plagued modern militaries. Ground Lines of Communications (GLOC) has been the bane of many armies operating in the Middle East. Remember how the Desert Fox started to out run his GLOC for fuel and supplies. Is it possible that a lack of old skills such as a professional Logistics Corp is starting to bring down the 21st centuries biggest boogeyman?
Everyone at The Jolly Landsknecht wishes you all a Merry Christmas!
The 21st century has brought many changes to our country, culture and society. Much of the social bedrock that held our common culture together has been shattered or seriously eroded. Examples of these are the traditional nuclear family, job security, nationalism, the instruction of rhetoric and critical thought in our schools, sense of local community, respect for self, family and others, acceptance of different viewpoints (see critical thought above), and the American Dream.
This erosion has led to a fracturing of the tectonic plates of our common identity as “Americans”. The natural progression of this can take several forms; Authoritarianism, Fascism, Civil War, Balkanization, Anarchy and several others I have not thought of. See these several articles on these possibilities.
What will be the knowledge base necessary to survive these possibilities?
We at the Jolly Landsknecht feel that these can be broken down into several areas:
Low Intensity Conflict (LIC):
This skills model will be based on the IRA example of Michael Collins, the British Auxiliaries, No. 1 Demolition Squadron, PPA, LRDG, and Operation Gladio etc.
Dead drops, surveillance/counter-surveillance, caches, ciphers (OTPs, book codes, etc.) running sources, urban/rural E&E etc.
The INTs (COMINT, HUMINT, TECHINT, OSINT), the SECs (COMSEC, OPSEC, INFOSEC, PERSEC, PHYSEC), analysis, counterintelligence, reconnaissance, etc.
Written, radio (HF, UHF, VHF), visual, etc.
Small Unit Tactics (SUT), weapons, gear, MOUT, static defense, convoys etc.
CLS, first aid, hygiene, dental, first responder etc
General situational awareness both micro and macro.
These skills may be needed in a local scale, county, and regional like hurricane Katrina or national like Bosnia.
There several groups or movements that feel that several of all of these skills are needed and should be master, the Oath keepers and III% movement come to mind.
We will explore these and other concepts in the future.
I am glad you all are along for the journey!
Mason Dixon Tactical has a very good article about the much maligned shoulder holster. We at The Jolly Landsknecht dig the tanker holster. Enjoy!
The lighthouse keeper left the warmth of his hearth and kin and ventured out into the small causeway between the house and the light. He stopped half way and peered into the red sky. The weather was unseasonably warm and the sea like glass.
All was calm and still.
He knew from his years on the coast tending some of the most remote likes that the Atlantic could hide her intents before striking a deadly blow. He smelt the air and observed the petrels circling above, a storm was indeed coming, a bad one. He hurried inside to warm his family…
A storm is indeed coming. People I talk to day-to-day all have a palatable unease. Many cannot put their finger on it but nevertheless they feel a storm is brewing in this country. The more dialed in have been tracking the storm for a generation. You’ll hear phrases like “Overton Window”, Cloward–Piven, ethnocentrism, learned helplessness” and many others.
What will this storm look like, what are the indicators, what are the skill I will need and how will we survive are first and foremost on the minds of many citizens.
The Jolly Landsknecht is here to look at these issues and hopefully to get my fellow citizens engaged in the hard work to hopefully avoid the storm, be aware and enlightened or at worst case to weather the cyclone. I am not an expert on many of the topics we will be discussing, so polite and constructive input is not only encouraged, but necessary.
So, put on your slicker, grab your storm lantern and let’s step into the maelstrom…