Her name and picture were classified until President Trump declassified the photo. Her name remains classified. She appears to be a Belgium Malinois. I hope I haven’t crossed the line by revealing her sex. I guess she could be trans.
Most people probably won’t understand why a military working dog would be classified. It isn’t the dog so much as the overall program of which she is a part. The military regards her as a piece of equipment whose capabilities and deployment are secret. The identity of the dog and her handler are both classified.
There is a perfectly valid reason for this. The dog responds to verbal commands, and hand signals. She probably has a certain degree of autonomy in regards to protecting her handler. That means if she feels her handler is being threatened, she is going to intervene.
Here is a scenario. Let’s give her a name, “Jack.” Now let’s put her and her handler in a hostile environment. Jack responds to a threat and attacks a terrorist. The team moves in to effect an arrest. The handler gives her the command to release, “Jack, Off,” he shouts. Uninformed bystanders may wonder why this guy is ordering a circle jerk, in such a situation.
Somebody tuned in can put two and two together. Jack, her handler and his support are Delta Force Operators. This could compromise the mission.
We had Belgian Malinois when I worked a the task force. They are intelligent, mission focused dogs. Noeska, a Malinois, had a female handler. We used to say, when they were in the G-ride together, Noeska was the brains of the outfit.
According to the Babylonbee, CNN is hard at work trying to find dirt on this hero dog.