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Review ordered into US Special Forces after calls to ‘rein in‘ troops | Felton Business News

A congressional review has been ordered into the future of US Special Forces after alleged “non-sanctioned military combat operations in Africa” and unprofessional conduct elsewhere suggests the elite troops are “beyond the ability to handle them”. Policymakers and defence officials “are questioning the future role” of America‘s elite fighters amid concern that the size of the US Special Operations Forces ... Read More »

DNA dispute delays hearing for former U.S. airman charged in crash that killed Lompoc couple | Santa Marie Times

Prosecutors in the case against Shaquille Lindsey, the former U.S. airman they claim struck and killed a Lompoc couple in 2016 while intoxicated, are seeking a court-ordered DNA test amid questions from the defense regarding the accuracy and reliability of blood samples attributed to the 25-year-old Georgia man. During a brief appearance Friday in Lompoc Superior Court, Judge Raimundo Montes ... Read More »

Special Operations Leaders Testify Before Senate on SOF Global Posture | US Department of Defense

Calling the breadth and capability of the U.S. Special Operations Forces “astonishing,” the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low- intensity conflict discussed the global posture of the nation’s special operations enterprise during a hearing today on Capitol Hill. Owen O. West appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee with Army Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III, the commander ... Read More »

Green Beret Matt Golsteyn wants charges in suspected Taliban bombmaker’s death dropped because of investigator’s ‘stolen valor’ | Fox News

A decorated former Green Beret who has been charged in the death of a suspected Taliban bomber wants the charges dropped, because an investigator in the case is reportedly facing charges of “stolen valor.” In a memo his lawyer, Phil Stackhouse, filed Wednesday with the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC), Maj. Matt Golsteyn demanded his murder case go straight ... Read More »

Top Pentagon Official: ‘Moral Failings’ Among U.S. Special Forces Impacting Readiness | Breitbart

“Serious ethical” and “moral failings” by some members of the U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) are impacting “large scale missions” by eroding the morale and confidence of America’s allies, a top Pentagon official declared on Thursday. His comments came after Rear Adm. Collin Green, the chief of Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC), conceded to the U.S. military-centric media outlet Task ... Read More »

US charges former Air Force intelligence specialist with spying for Iran | CNN

The US has charged a former Air Force intelligence specialist with spying for Iran, according to an indictment unsealed in federal court Wednesday. Monica Witt, who was also a former counterintelligence officer for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, defected to Iran in 2013, according to the indictment, and remains at large. DOJ alleges that Witt was targeted and ... Read More »

Special operations launches ‘secret surrogate’ missions in new counter-terrorism strategy | Military Times

U.S. counter-terrorism missions will soon place more emphasis on a little-known Pentagon program designed to help “surrogate forces,” rather than traditional allied units that are dependent on U.S. training, advice and assistance. The shift comes as the Defense Department implements the 2018 National Defense Strategy, which prioritizes near-peer adversaries like China and Russia ahead of violent extremist organizations like the ... Read More »

Army Major Mathew Golsteyn defends himself after US charges him in suspected Taliban bomb maker’s death | Fox News

Army Major Mathew Golsteyn, a decorated former Green Beret who has been charged in the death of a suspected Taliban bomber, defended his actions on Sunday ahead of an Article 32 hearing next month. During an interview on “Fox & Friends,” Golsteyn said he is facing a minimum of life in prison or the death penalty if he is found ... Read More »

Army Issues New Reprimand to Leader of Green Beret Team Ambushed in Niger | New York Times

The Army has issued a new reprimand to the leader of the Green Beret team that was ambushed in 2017 in Niger. Capt. Michael Perozeni was cited in a letter dated Jan. 16 for not performing proper pre-mission training before the mission that led to the ambush, according to military officials. The reprimand, issued by Lt. Gen. Francis M. Beaudette, ... Read More »

NEWS FROM SO/LIC: ‘Iron Man’ Suit to Fall Short of its Goals | National Defense Magazine

After six years of work, Special Operations Command’s goal to develop an “Iron Man suit” to protect commandos during raids has fallen short and won’t be fielded as envisioned, SOCOM’s senior acquisition official said Feb. 6. The idea for the tactical assault light operator suit (TALOS) sprung from former SOCOM Commander Adm. William McRaven, who announced the campaign at the ... Read More »