Almost Diplomatic: EP11 – Space Pt 2: Revenge of the Satellites – Anti-Satellite Systems and the Commercial Space Sector

Join the Almost Diplomatic crew to discuss geopolitics, national security and nonsense over a couple beers. Episode Eleven we return to space with a special guest to make us look better. We focus on Anti-Satellite Systems (ASAT) and their dynamics along with the future of the commercial sector of space...

Afghan Air Force Makes Headway as Tactical Air Controllers Get More Extensive Training

  An article in Military Times describes the strides made in recent operations by Afghanistan’s own tactical air controllers: During recent operations around ­Marjah, Afghan troops used small ­ScanEagle drones to identify targets, which were then destroyed by Afghan A-29 Super Tucano turboprop aircraft, said Marine Maj. Kendra Motz, a...

1st Security Force Assistance Brigade is headed for Afghanistan

According to Army Times, the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, based out of Fort Benning, Georgia, will be making its inaugural deployment to Afghanistan in early 2018, following predeployment training at Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, in January. Astonishingly, this comes less than one year after the Army unveiled...

Almost Diplomatic: EP09 – The Gulf Between Us – The competition for regional hegemony in the Middle East

Join the Almost Diplomatic crew to discuss geopolitics, national security and nonsense over a couple beers. Episode Nine has us discussing the competition for regional hegemony in the Middle East between Iran and Saudi Arabia. We talk about purges, missiles and proxy forces, all the fun things. Follow us...

Special Operators are Everywhere – Why it shouldn’t be a surprise that U.S. Special Operations Forces were operating in Niger

In the wake of the deaths of four soldiers in Niger on October 4th, many politicians, pundits, and commentators expressed surprise that the US had special operations forces in Niger. But none of them should have. At the risk of hyperbole, U.S. Special Operations Forces are everywhere. This is...