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The Global Special Operations Forces (SOF) Foundation is a non-profit focused on building a global SOF community-- and SOFspot is our podcast! Join GSF Director of Marketing Chelsea Hamashin, with President Stu Bradin, COO Meaghan Keeler-Pettigrew, and the team as we talk to SOF legends, discuss relevant technologies, and look at the ever-changing battlefield. Don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss an episode.
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5 Airmen & 3 Marines

5 Airmen & 3 Marines

2020-11-1842:08

In this episode of the podcast we share our November 2020 "SOF Story: Live!" on Operation EAGLE CLAW. It features CSM (RET) Rick Lamb and CMSgt (RET) Taco Sanchez, both of whom were involved in EAGLE CLAW and it's follow-on Operation HONEY BADGER.They discuss prepping for the mission, the many challenges that it presented, and why it's important to keep the skills of Special Operations honed. Plus how they work to honor the five Airmen and 3 Marines who were killed on April 25, 1980.Recommended Reading:- Victory on the Potomac by James Locher- Phoenix Rising by Keith NightingaleCorporate Partner Highlight: Ntrepid:https://ntrepidcorp.com/academy/Support the show (https://gsof.org/individual-membership/)
Task Force Ranger

Task Force Ranger

2020-11-0553:12

This episode of SOFspot is an excerpt from our SOF Story: Live event on Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu in October 1993, which was made famous by the book and movie, Black Hawk Down. In this episode, we highlight four men who were really there, and their personal recollections from that day and night. Our speakers are:- CSM (Ret) Rick Lamb- MAJ (Ret) Mike Moser- SGM (Ret) Bart Wiggins- MSG (Ret) Mark StephensWe're honored to have them all with us to share their perspectives, the stories behind their injuries, and the impact that the losses of the day have had on their lives. Watch Full Episodes:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0iFK6ZpwQ4Partner Highlight: CTL-Systemware:https://www.ctl-systemware.com/Support the show (https://gsof.org/individual-membership/)
The Army of the Party

The Army of the Party

2020-10-3051:36

Chelsea and Stu met with Dennis Blasko, a "walking encyclopedia"" on the Chinese Military. Dennis has studied the Chinese language, military, and people since the 1970s through roles with the U.S. Army, traditional schooling, and years of in-country experiences. In this episode we talk about what you can learn from consuming Chinese news media (even if it is propaganda), how their conscription process works, and how China is using more than it's military in the Great Power Competition. Plus–can Stu break a brick over his head??Links to Chinese Sources: - http://english.chinamil.com.cn (English)- http://81.cn (Chinese)Corporate Partner Highlight: Contingent Globalhttps://www.contingentglobal.comSupport the show (https://gsof.org/individual-membership/)
Explosion of Data

Explosion of Data

2020-10-0252:44

In episode 45 we talk about Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI & ML) with three experts on the subject:- Brian Raymond at Primer.ai- Tim Kelton at Descartes Labs- Abe Usher at Black CapeWe talk about how the DoD is handling this "explosion of data," what capabilities they're most excited about developing in the future, and how they see the DoD workforce being trained in these areas. And of course: the impact of COVID19.Visit the National Security Commission on AI:https://www.nscai.gov/homeCorporate Partner Highlight: TACG Solutions:https://www.tacgsolutions.com/Support the show (https://gsof.org/individual-membership/)
Global SOF has launched "SOF Stories: Live!" These are monthly events with current and former SOF operators focused on different topics, and as the name implies, they occur LIVE. But we also record them so if you miss the live event, the stories can continue to be shared and spread on our other platforms.This episode's topic was "The Immediate Aftermath of 9/11," which focused on the chaos after the attacks through several current and former AFSOC operators:- Col. (Ret) Matthew Atkins- Maj. Gen. (Ret) Michael Kingsley- Command CCM Greg Smith- Moderator: CMSgt (Ret) Randy AndersonWatch the Event Video:https://youtu.be/UZeH2hSSmckGlobal SOF Partner Highlight: Comtech Systemshttps://comtechsystems.com/Support the show (https://gsof.org/individual-membership/)
A Critical Gap for SOF

A Critical Gap for SOF

2020-09-0448:58

Chelsea and Stu spoke with Army SF COL (Ret) Bob Wilson, who commanded special operations forces in combat in Afghanistan and in complex missions across Africa, Central Asia, and Latin America. In his final assignment as an Army officer, Bob served in the White House as a director for counterterrorism in the National Security Council.They discuss being in 7th Group in the 90s, the challenges presented by the austere environments of Africa, and why a light aviation capability like "Armed Overwatch" is important to current and future SOF.Read COL Wilson's Op/Ed:https://www.militarytimes.com/opinion/commentary/2020/08/23/armed-overwatch-a-critical-special-operations-forces-requirement/Ntrepid Academy:https://ntrepidcorp.com/academy/Crisis Response Company:https://crisisresponsecompany.com/Support the show (https://gsof.org/individual-membership/)
Chelsea and Global SOF President Stu Bradin talk to Dr. Seth Jones from the Center for Strategic and International Studies about the Great Power Competition with China, Russia, and Iran. We discuss the way that the US has taken a more conventional approach to the fight while its adversaries have adapted their strategies to meet the challenges of irregular warfare. Dr. Jones talks about what needs to change for the US to "turn the ship around" and posture itself and its partners to better face the realities of this Great Power Competition. Oh, and of course, we talked about Tik Tok.Corporate Partner Highlight - Wickr:https://wickr.com/ram/Support the show (https://gsof.org/individual-membership/)
SOFspot is back with episode 41! Chelsea and Rick Lamb interview Jerry, a longtime Operator with Polish SOF Unit "GROM." They discuss how Polish SOF train and recruit, being a "Robocop" after Selection, and the unpredictable threats from their "Eastern Neighbors." Learn More about our 2020 (or 2021) Polish Symposium:https://www.gsofeurope.org/Corporate Partner Spotlight: C2 Essentialshttps://www.c2essentials.com/Support the show (https://gsof.org/individual-membership/)
This episode of SOFspot focuses on Operation JUST CAUSE in Panama, and more specifically, the first MaBell Panamanian Surrender Operation at Penonome. Our guests were three men who were in Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), there on the ground in Panama:COL (Retired) David McCracken, who was a Major in 1989 and commanded Charlie CompanyCOL (Retired) Stephen Boston, who was a Captain in 1989 and the Executive Officer of Charlie CompanyCSM (Retired) Rick Lamb, who was a Sergeant First Class in 1989 and performed the duties of a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant in Charlie CompanyWe talk about the logistics of the surrender plus what brought them into the operation at Penonome, why they wore "Mickey Mouse Ears," and how they spent that Christmas in Panama.Just Cause Photo Album:https://www.flickr.com/photos/184952949@N08/albums/72157714476005688/with/49941328773/Partner Spotlight - ByLight:https://bylight.com/Support the show (https://gsof.org/individual-membership/)
No Vaporware Allowed

No Vaporware Allowed

2020-05-2646:26

In this episode, Global SOF COO Meaghan Keeler-Pettigrew interviews Mr. Peter Singer, the co-author of recently released novel: "Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution."They discuss the book, which centers around a terrorist attack in Washington, DC just 10 years in the future, and more specifically the technologies and scenarios that are featured. Everything is thoroughly researched and referenced, so that only technologies that are currently plausible in the next decade are realistically featured. #NoVaporwareListen on to learn why we can get mad at Alexa, how FIC-INT (Fictional Intelligence) could help educate warfighters and policymakers, and what the AI/Human relationships of the future may look like...Buy "Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution":Burn-In.com: https://www.burninbook.com/Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Burn-Novel-Real-Robotic-Revolution/dp/1328637239Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/burn-in-p-w-singer/1132050970IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781328637239Partner Spotlight: Bren-Tronicshttps://www.bren-tronics.com/Support the show (https://gsof.org/individual-membership/)
Chelsea Zooms with CSM (Ret) Rick Lamb about Operation EAGLE CLAW, the failed attempt to rescue hostages at the US Embassy in Iran in April 1980. They talk about what it was like to be a Ranger in the 70s, prepping for the mission, and what led to its eventual failure. Plus we talk about the outcomes of the mission and what changes it led to in the US DoD. Watch the SOF Story from Quarantine Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rnDPvv1tPECorporate Partner Highlight: Blue Light, LLChttps://bluelightllc.com/Support the show (https://gsof.org/individual-membership/)
Chelsea and Steve sit down (virtually) with MSgt (Ret) Wes Bryant, a former JTAC and TACP with 20 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. He talks about the important role that a JTAC plays in combat operations, the importance of airstrikes in the fight against ISIS, and how that fight had to morph in different areas of the Middle East. Get the Book! "Hunting the Caliphate"https://www.amazon.com/Hunting-Caliphate-Americas-ISIS-Strike-ebook/dp/B07TLG7DDJCorporate Partner Highlight: goTenna:https://gotenna.com/Support the show (https://gsof.org/individual-membership/)
The Colombian Umbrella

The Colombian Umbrella

2020-04-1752:14

Chelsea and Stu have their first virtual podcast with US Army Special Forces COL (Ret) Kevin Higgins--from his home in El Salvador. He's had a lifelong career in South and Central America, with over a decade in Colombia. We talk about establishing the SF presence in the region, the development and strategies of Plan Colombia, and why the "war on drugs" may not have a true victory. Stay tuned to the end for a bonus story on boxing for the Golden Gloves.Corporate Partner Highlight: Barbaricumhttps://barbaricum.com/Corporate Partner Highlight: Al Waha Security Solutionshttps://wss.com.jo/Support the show (https://gsof.org/individual-membership/)
This special episode of the podcast includes an update from Stu and Chelsea on the Global SOF focus during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Then we launch into two SOF Stories from Quarantine: one from Rick Lamb on Armed Overwatch and his relevant experiences in Somalia, followed by Stu's take on the Power of Partnerships and standing up the NATO SOF Headquarters in Europe.Video Editions of SOF Stories:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUHPc9_rm4QmoSqaKSpKL7AGlobal SOF Areas of Focus:http://gsof.org/mission/Corporate Partner Highlight: Black Capehttps://blackcape.io/Support the show (https://gsof.org/individual-membership/)
The History of BELSOF

The History of BELSOF

2020-03-2023:12

Two Belgian SOF Operators tell the story behind their Special Forces Group and Special Operations Regiment, diving deep into their roots in WWII. From the Battle of the Bulge to the Beaches of Normandy, learn about how Belgium's most elite soldiers earned their berets, impacted the war, and became the units they are today.Belgium Museum Recommendation from Rick Lamb (After Corona):http://www.pegasus-museum.be/Belgium CDO Museum Recommendation from BELSOF Operator:http://www.cdomuseum.be/Corporate Partner Highlight: Huntington Ingalls Industries:https://www.huntingtoningalls.com/Support the show (https://gsof.org/individual-membership/)
A Seat at the Table

A Seat at the Table

2020-03-0937:32

Get an inside look at our February SOF Imperatives Forum--specifically the panel on the Role of the Assistant SECDEF for Special Operations / Low-Intensity Conflict (ASD SO/LIC). Moderated by Catherine Herridge of CBS News, she spoke with three former ASD SO/LICs:Michael LumpkinBrian SheridanMark MitchellSee what they had to say about the need to elevate the ASD SO/LIC to an Undersecretary position based on their own experiences with the role.See our Op/Ed on the topic:https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/469111-americas-avengers-deserve-an-advocateCorporate Partner Highlight: Allies, Inc.https://www.linkedin.com/company/allies-inc-/Support the show (https://gsof.org/individual-membership/)
Jim Hake, the CEO and Founder of non-profit Spirit of America, joins Chelsea and Steve to talk about his organization. Inspired by the events of 9/11, Jim founded SoA to help support the American mission in countries around the globe. He calls himself an "ordinary citizen," but we think you'll agree he's much more than that!From baseball equipment to veterinary training, SoA uses its "venture capital model" to take actions that build global relationships with agility and flexibility.Learn More About Spirit of America:https://spiritofamerica.org/Corporate Partner Highlight:https://www.sosi.com/Support the show (https://gsof.org/individual-membership/)
This episode features the "Future of Terrorism: A New America Assessment" panel from the September 2019 SOF Policy Forum in Washington, DC. Panelists Melissa Salyk-Virk and David Sterman talk about their findings around the increase in drone attacks, issues in the Horn of Africa and Yemen, and the impact of different ideologies both within and outside of the U.S.To learn more, make sure you check out their full assessment:https://www.newamerica.org/international-security/reports/terrorism-america-18-years-after-911/And don't miss our upcoming SOF Imperatives Forum in DC:https://gsofimperatives.org/dc-program/Plus, our Corporate Partner Highlight, Peraton:https://www.peraton.com/Support the show (https://gsof.org/individual-membership/)
Chelsea and Steve sat down with six active duty soldiers at U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) from Special Forces (SF), Civil Affairs (CA), and Psychological Operations (PSYOP). We discussed joining the Army, differences between conventional and SOF service, and what opportunities ARSOF holds for female soldiers. Thanks to our participants: Ben, Garrett, Rihanna, Kiel, Doug, and Angela!Learn more about USASOC:https://www.soc.mil/Global SOF Partner Highlight: BlackFishhttp://blackfishsolutions.com/Support the show (https://gsof.org/individual-membership/)
Chelsea is joined by GSF President Stu Bradin to talk with LTC (Ret) Jimmy Reese. Reese talks about his unconventional path in the Army that ultimately led him to Delta Force, Operation Anaconda, and becoming an entrepreneur after retiring from Active Duty.Partner Highlight: The Range Complexhttps://www.therangecomplex.com/Learn More... Stu references Peter Blaber's Book on Operation Anaconda (and more), which is called, "The Mission, The Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander":https://www.amazon.com/Mission-Men-Me-Lessons-Commander/dp/0425223728Support the show (https://gsof.org/individual-membership/)
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