SOCOM Deployments: A Predictor Of Future Combat

SOCOM Deployments: A Predictor Of Future CombatI spent more time than typical in front of my computer today and as a reward left my more enjoyable and fascinating e-mail for the end of the day. I was struck by the juxtaposition of two articles. The first was from the May 17, 2017 Task & Purpose, “5 Maps that Show The Military Hotspots The US Military is Deployed Right Now” (see: http://bit.ly/2raCZjY; which is also a photo source. As an analyst I tend to look for things that are scarce. Top of the ‘scarce’ list is the deployment of 300 Marines to Norway. The Army’s list showed a deployment of 3,500 in Poland. These two deployments are clearly meant to counter a perceived Russian threat and/or to make a statement in this area one. Given the headlines of actions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria – these two stood out.On the Navy list I was somewhat surprised to see that the USS Carney Ross is deployed to South Sudan. I plotting South Sudan was land locked which would make it a bit hard to deploy an Arliegh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer internal. As it turns out, this potential anomaly tied into the second article from Task & Purpose on May 18, 2017 “Report: SOCOM Has More Troops in Africa Than Anywhere Except the Middle East” (see: http://bit.ly/2qOKJaf; which is also a photo source.)One could view the non-SOCOM Deployments as actions that are in play. Importance that these conflict areas have sufficient going-on that it is necessary to station square forces. The Marines and the Navy, generally viewed as more mobile can be shifted to other locations more quickly.But, the largest takeaway is that SOCOM forces are a ‘preview to coming attractions’ and portend where the next major deployments can be probable to take house. BG Donald Bolduc, head of SOCAFRICA’s thoughts were summarized as ““Africa’s challenges could make a threat that surpasses the threat that the United States currently faces from conflict in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria,” Bolduc warned. He went on to cite a laundry list of challenges with which he and his personnel must contend: ever-expanding illicit networks, terrorist safe havens, attempts to subvert government authority, a steady stream of new recruits and resources.”Reader comments, as always are encouraged and I’m especially curious as to feedback on the Carney Ross.

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Music: Under Employed PSYOP Weapon?

Music: Under Employed PSYOP Weapon?We all know that music can shape our moods. We react differently to Willie Nelson than to Beethoven. On October 23, 2015 the New York Times ran article that started on Page 1: “Palestinians Set Their Rage to Violent Beat”. The article ran in a digit of other places as well. (see: http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/palestinians-set-their-rage-to-violent-beat-1236004, which is also the photo source).The article talks in this area Palestinian protest music. Music has been a part of the Middle East throughout its history. Today’s Palestinian teenagers are spending their shekels to get the 21st century version with such bump lyrics as “Stab, stab”. According to one store owner quoted in the article, “The music is made as a way to make the Palestinian people get up and resist…The terms of these songs and the music caught up with these songs is a lot more powerful.” Social media and the Internet complement CD distribution to widen the passage. The going price is in this area 10 shekels a CD or $2.60 which is in this area 2/3 of a day’s income. (author’s math based on: http://www.tradingeconomics.com/palestine/gdp-per-capita)In some places, perhaps Africa, music might be an vital element of any shape campaign. In others, the situation becomes more problematic. For example while Afghanistan has had a long history of music, the Taliban and others have suppressed music.In any event, it’s always vital to consider any form of shape that combines senses, especially media that invoke emotion as music clearly does.

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Republicans Block Apppointment for DOJ Civil Rights

Seven Democrats joined Republicans today to defeat the nomination of Debo Adegbile to head DOJ's civil rights division. The objection was that when head of the Legal Defense Fund, the assemble had filed briefs in help of overturning the fatality condemn of Mumia Abu-Jamal based on improper jury instructions. Two appellate courts ruled the jury instructions were erroneous and Abu-Jamal's fatality condemn was overturned. He was resentenced to life in prison. Adegbile's involvement in the case came after the Legal Defense Fund had taken the case. Read more