For most, winter is the most demanding environment to operate in.

For the unprepared and inexperienced, it can be a nightmare of cold, of struggle against the elements, immobility, misery, even death. And only from the elements.  For the experienced, it provides the exact opposite – mobility, access to water anywhere, a time where working with the elements offers a greater edge in using them to your advantage against your opponents, something known to any guerilla warrior, and a time of beauty and awareness, but also highly skill demanding.  If you are an amateur, even only slightly trained – you are screwed against even moderate experts.  In the following editions of Tactical News Magazine I will write three articles on winter survival, the next will cover WHY you need to know about snow types, shelter techniques that work and which that refrain you from getting wet when building, fires that will make you comfortable instead of just smoke and shivering over a small miserable fire, how to protect your kit and weapon from getting wet or frozen, how to dry equipment in winter, and how to gain the initiative in winter conditions, and ten small secrets sooo essential to winter survival.

If you want to operate in winter, you had better learn to be comfortable first. Or the enemy will simple let you get miserable before anything else.

In all three articles we will emphasize the need to  THINK and to be AHEAD of developing situations by building MARGINS.  PREVENTION is critical in winter as it takes forever to recover back to the outset when you make mistakes.  What is winter?


For some winter is rain. When we talk about winter – we mean snow and freezing temperatures. Oh yes, even way above the Arctic circle coastal conditions can mean rain in winter– and temperatures jumping from minus 25 to rain in day and back – with disastrous consequences if unprepared. And it can be -40° C and a strong breeze on top (not talking minus 40° windchill – I am talking -40° C read on the thermometer and wind on top. Coldest I have had? Around

·      56° C and a light breeze on top. People say high air humidity and wind at milder temperatures is the coldest

·      but only because they were not dressed right. -56 C and a light breeze is amazingly cold, trust me. But you can still do well.

How to stay WARM…

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Primo a Gibuti un incursore della Marina a una competizione per sniper

Primo a Gibuti un incursore della Marina a una competizione per sniper

15/01/2015 – Un sottufficiale del Gruppo Operativo Incursori (G.O.I.) del Raggruppamento Subacquei ed Incursori della Marina Militare si è classificato al primo posto alla competizione ICASD (International Concentration for Advanced Sniping), tenutasi nello scorso mese di ottobre nella città di Artà (Djibouti).

L’attività, organizzata dal C.O.F.S. (Comando interforze per le Operazioni delle Forze Speciali) di concerto con le forze armate francesi di stanza a Djibouti, nasce come una esercitazione volta a testare le capacità degli sniper delle diverse forze speciali invitate (Commando Hubert, Commando Mont Fort, CPA 10, 1° RPIMA, GIGN, Navy Seals, G.O.I. e 9^ Rgt. Col Moschin), ma, dato il contesto internazionale in cui si sviluppa, si trasforma fin dai primi istanti in una competizione di altissimo livello, con una vera e propria graduatoria finale.

Nello scenario desertico e roccioso della città di Artà, i 26 operatori sniper, suddivisi in 13 coppie, hanno avuto la possibilità di misurarsi per 15 giorni, con ritmi molto serrati (dall’alba fino a notte inoltrata), in molteplici attività: tiri di interdizione, tiri di soppressione su lunghe distanze, tiri da elicottero, percorso di assalto, tiro a distanze sconosciute (unknown distance game), tiro angolato a lunga distanza con tutti i calibri dotazione (5,56 ; 308; 338; 50BMG; 9mm).

Tutto ciò rispecchia esattamente le situazioni operative in cui gli sniper sono chiamati ad intervenire, senza contare le condizioni spartane in cui hanno operato ed il caldo torrido che contribuivano ad elevare il livello di stress.

Al termine della competizione sono state redatte due classifiche, una di squadra (ovvero di coppia) e una individuale. Nella classifica di squadra per gli italiani il miglior risultato è stato ottenuto dal Gruppo Operativo Incursori con il 7° posto, mentre nella classifica individuale il gradino più alto del podio è stato calcato da un sottufficiale del G.O.I. arrivato davanti ai Navy Seals (2° posto) e al GIGN (3° posto).

Tale risultato, frutto dell’altissimo livello addestrativo a cui si sottopongono gli Arditi Incursori di Comsubin, inorgoglisce la Marina Militare e porta l’eccellenza italiana a livello internazionale anche in questo ambito.

via Primo a Gibuti un incursore della Marina a una competizione per sniper.

Primo a Gibuti un incursore della Marina a una competizione per sniper


15 January 2015 – A warrant Officer from the Italian SPECOPs NAVY (GOI) ranked the first place in the competition ICASD (International Concentration for Advanced Sniping) held in the town of Artà (Djibouti).

The event, organised by the COFS (Italian JSOC) in cooperation with the French Forces based in Djibouti, was primary organised in order to test the effectiveness and abilities of all invited Special Forces (Commando Hubert, Commando Mont Fort, CPA 10, 1° RPIMA, GIGN, Navy Seals, G.O.I. e 9^ Rgt. Col Moschin).

Given the international context in which it develops, the event becomes at the very early stage a high level competition, ending with a real final ranking.

The 26 Sniper operator, divided in 13 sniper teams, have been challenged in harsh conditions similar to those that they would face in any real operation, therefore competing in a demanding deserted and rocky environment, and with a very tight schedule (from dawn until late at night).

During the exercise/competition, the sniper teams have been challenged in several activities such us Interdiction fire, long distance suppression fire, Heli-sniping, unknown distance shooting, assault path, and long distance high angle shooting, using all diverse supplied calibers (5,56; 308; 338; 50BMG; 9mm).

The competition ended with two separate ranking:

Team ranking, where the Italian best result was the 7th place ranked by the GOI.

Individual Ranking, where the Italian Navy SPECOP warrant officer ranked 1st (Navy Seal 2nd and CIGN 3rd)

Such result is not only reason for pride for the Italian Navy, but also for all Italian armed forces.




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Pentagon tests

first network hub

WASHINGTON — Tests of the first hub in the Pentagon’s network consolidation effort, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, have thus far been successful, Acting DoD Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen said. This amounts to a step forward as the Pentagon collapses its sprawling, disparate networks into a more streamlined, standardized, defendable and cost-effective structure. Each network hub, called a joint regional security stack (JRSS), is essentially a collection of servers, switches and software tools to provide better network traffic visibility and analysis. “It has some sensors, which will give us a better tip-off to what’s going on on the network, so we can take more responsive action [against anomalous activity],” Halvorsen said in a call with reporters. Citing security concerns, he declined to discuss the specifics of the test or the protective software — and declined to discuss costs ahead of Congress approving the Defense Department’s budget. The consolidated structure would also be visible to the National Security Agency, for intelligence sharing and collaborating on network defense, officials say.  Starting next year and culminating in 2016 and 2017, the rolling effort will see 11 JRSS nodes in the continental U.S., and 23 locations around the world. The first JRSS is at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland has been set up to handle both Army and Air Force network traffic. “There’s an enormous push behind the thing, this is happening now, it’s not some future pipe dream type stuff,” Hari Bezwada, the chief information officer for the Army’s Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems. An Army battalion, which has been installing bulk buys of networking gear, has completed work at nine bases, Bezwada said. The Army and Air Force are converting to JRSS nodes, ahead of the Navy and Marine Corps. The consolidation is meant to reduce the attack surface for hackers, and DoD’s finite number of defenders, Rezwada said. DoD plans to wrap the whole thing in “best-of-breed” security software.  “You don’t want people to come in through the back door and attack, now we can defend these locations a lot better, with sophisticated, trained people,” Bezwada said. The Army and the NSA’s Information Assurance Directorate are also collaborating on a laboratory that allows experimentation with new cybersecurity technology. Among other cloud-based applications, the consolidated networks will host “big data” analytics apps that would sniff out intrusions in real time, Bezwada said. What’s more, network overseers will be able to “see” 4 million users simultaneously, Rezwada said.  The transition will also enable the Army to seek cloud-based “unified capabilities,” a package of IP-based services including chat, video and voice communications. The Pentagon plans to issue a request for proposals in early 2015.