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The Swedish defense firm Saab has signed a contract to provide U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) with $187 million in Carl Gustav recoilless rifles and ammunition. Special Forces operators believe that the weapon, which can hit targets from up to 900 meters away, is often an improvement over other shoulder-fired weapons.

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"Social media is another component of unconventional strategies, and the security environment in general, that is playing a central role in recruiting individuals to causes," Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, said Wednesday in prepared testimony to the House Armed Services Committee.

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In this May 20, 2014 photo, James Geurts, Deputy for Acquisition of the U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Airforce Base, looks at sketches of the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) during the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)

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The annual OSS Society Awards Dinner on Saturday will honor Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. (U.S. Navy)

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The annual OSS Society Awards Dinner on Saturday will honor Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command. (U.S. Navy)

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Marine Gen. James Mattis (left), commander of U.S. Central Command, and Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Marine Gen. James N. Mattis (left), commander of U.S. Central Command, and Adm. William H. McRaven (right), commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, talk together on Capital Hill in Washington on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, before testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on a review of the defense authorization request for fiscal 2014 and future years. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Marine Gen. James N. Mattis (left), commander of U.S. Central Command, and Adm. William H. McRaven (right), commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, arrive on Capital Hill in Washington on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on a review of the defense authorization request for fiscal 2014 and future years. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Marine Gen. James N. Mattis (left), commander of U.S. Central Command, and Adm. William H. McRaven (right), commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, arrive on Capital Hill in Washington on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on a review of the defense authorization request for fiscal 2014 and future years. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Marine Gen. James N. Mattis (left), commander of U.S. Central Command, and Adm. William H. McRaven (right), commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, talk together on Capital Hill in Washington on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, before testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on a review of the defense authorization request for fiscal 2014 and future years. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Navy Adm. Bill McRaven, commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, addresses the National Defense Industrial Association in Washington on Feb. 7, 2012. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Navy Adm. Bill McRaven, commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, addresses the National Defense Industrial Association in Washington on Feb. 7, 2012. (Associated Press)

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Navy Adm. Bill McRaven, commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, addresses the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) in Washington on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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DON'T USE THIS CAPTION XXXXX DON'T USE THIS CAPTION President Barack Obama returns a salute to Navy Adm. Eric T. Olson, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, as he steps off Air Force One at Campbell Army Airfield in Fort Campbell, Ky., Friday, May 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Sen. Carl Levin (left), Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, welcomes Navy Vice Adm. William H. McRaven (center), the nominee to become commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, and Marine Lt. Gen. John Allen, nominee to become commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, at the start of confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, June 28, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)