Army Rangers, DELTA Force, Green Berets, Marine Recon, Navy SEALs, Politics, Special Ops, US, War

Who are the “best of the best” in US Special Ops?

We’ve all read about US Special Operations in the news and seen them popularized in movies like “Black Hawk Down” (2001), “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) and “Lone Survivor” (2013). I mean, the Navy SEALs have grown to legendary proportions in recent years.

But this bears the question: Which members of the US Special Operations community are the “best of the best”?

Here are eight of the most elite groups of Special Operators the United States has to offer…

Air Force Combat Controllers

“It takes an incredible amount of skill, physical fitness and courage to carry out some of the Air Force’s most difficult missions. As members of Air Force Special Operations, it’s the job of Combat Control (CCT) specialists to provide command and control and direct air traffic from remote and sometimes hostile areas. These highly specialized experts are trained in a wide range of skills, including scuba, parachuting, snowmobiling as well as being FAA-certified air traffic controllers in order to establish control and provide combat support on missions all over the globe.”

*Excerpt quoted from www.airforce.com.

75th Ranger Regiment

“To be a part of the 75th Ranger Regiment requires personal excellence across many Soldier and leader attributes. Rangers are more than just physically strong, Rangers are smart, tough, courageous, and disciplined. Rangers are self-starters, adventurers, and hard chargers. They internalize the mentality of a “more elite Soldier“, as the Ranger Creed states and as their intense mission requirements demand.

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Business, Economics, Politics, Trump, US

Trump Pulls U.S. Out of Trans-Pacific Partnership

On his first full weekday in office, President Trump formally withdrew the United States from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership – Obama’s signature trade deal.

The agreement was designed to deepen economic ties between twelve countries that border the Pacific Ocean – namely, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada and the US.

Combined these countries represent approximately 40% of the world’s economic output.

It was hoped that the pact would lead to lower tariffs, helping to foster trade between the countries and boost economic growth. This could have potentially lead to the creation of a new single market, similar to that of the European Union.

But all of that is history now, as Trump has now fulfilled his campaign pledge to end America’s involvement in the TPP and distance itself from its Asian allies.

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NATO, Poland, Politics, Russia, US, War

US troops arrive in Poland, viewed as threat by Russia

Since the start of the week approximately 1,000 of a promised 4,000 US troops have arrived in Poland, representing the largest deployment of US troops in Europe since the end of the cold war. The troops are to be accompanied by 87 tanks, and 144 armored vehicles.

The deployment, which is intended to address concerns of Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, represents the first time US troops have been permanently stationed along Russia’s western border.

The Kremlin views their arrival as a threat to Russia’s national security.

“We perceive it as a threat. These actions threaten our interests, our security. Especially as it concerns a third party building up its military presence near our borders. It’s [the US], not even a European state” said Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov.

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Obama, Politics, Trump, US

Obama advises Trump: US presidency is not a family business

President Obama spent some time with President-Elect Trump leading up to his inauguration day, which will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017 on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

Obama expressed a good relationship between Trump and himself, saying that their conversations have been “cordial” and that Trump has been open to his suggestions.

One thing Obama emphasized was the difference between governing and campaigning. “The main thing that I’ve tried to transmit is that there’s a difference between governing and campaigning, so that what he has to appreciate is as soon as you walk into this office after you’ve been sworn in, you’re now in charge of the largest organization on Earth,” Obama said.

“You can’t manage it the way you would manage a family business,” Obama said. “You have to have a strong team around you. You have to respect for institutions and the process to make good decisions because you are inherently reliant on other folks.”

See the full story at ABC News.

Kim Jong-in, North Korea, Nuclear Weapons, Politics, Trump, US, War

Trump Tweets: North Korea intercontinental missile ‘won’t happen’

North Korea’s Kim Jong-in said in a televised message this past Sunday that North Korea is close to testing long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

US President-Elect Donald Trump responded via Twitter saying, “North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S. It won’t happen!” BBC News has the full story.