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Wife of accused Green Beret in line for Trump pardon says Army ‘riddled with corruption at the highest levels’ | Washington Examiner

The wife of Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, the former Green Beret accused of the 2010 murder of a Taliban bomb-maker, said that a pardon from President Trump “would end the eight year long nightmare” her husband has been living since being investigated. Julie Golsteyn was speaking to the Washington Examiner after reports Trump is reviewing several high-profile military criminal cases for potential pardons on ... Read More »

NEWS FROM SOFIC: Special Operations Tech Leaders List Their Top Requirements | National Defense

The national defense strategy, which emphasizes preparing for conflict with peer and near-peer adversaries, is causing Special Operations Command’s technology development leaders to rethink their priorities. “The national defense strategy is pushing us towards near-peer competition,” James Smith, SOCOM”s acquisition executive, said May 21 at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association. Lisa Sanders, ... Read More »

Memo reveals US Navy’s spying on Gallagher defense was much more than initially reported | The Daily Caller

A new memo reveals prosecutors in the case of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who was accused of war crimes, used malware to spy on a number of officials associated with Gallagher’s defense. Prosecutors originally claimed they sent an email loaded with malware that would determine who was leaking information to the Navy Times. The new memo shows that not only were they using the malware ... Read More »

Special forces launch operation in Arunachal | Deccan Herald

The army on Wednesday pressed its special forces and helicopters with night flying facilities into its operation launched along Myanmar border in Arunachal Pradesh for those involved in the killings of an MLA and 10 others. An official statement said army troops launched a massive search operation in the jungles of Tirap, Longding and Changlang districts in Arunachal Pradesh to ... Read More »

ANP Special Forces kill 7 key ISIS group members in Kunar province of Afghanistan | Tha Khaama Press News Agency [AF]

The Special Forces of the Afghan National Police (ANP) conducted a night operation in eastern Kunar province killing at least seven key group members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). A spokesman for the Ministry of Interior Nasrat Rahimi said the raid the Special Forces of ANP on Tuesday night conducted a raid in Chambel Village located ... Read More »

Florida cops wondering who left grenade in Goodwill donation bin | Military Times

Thrift stores are a great place to find clothing bargains, funky tchotchkes and souvenirs from family trips that nobody wanted. But every so often, you can find something really unique. Just ask the folks at the Goodwill thrift store at 1082 SW Gatlin Blvd. in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Port St. Lucie Police and St. Lucie ... Read More »

US special ops command at odds with Air Force over need for light-attack aircraft | Defense News

WASHINGTON — U.S. Special Operations Command is bullish at the prospect of buying a light-attack aircraft, according to the command’s top leaders — a marked contrast from the U.S. Air Force, which wants to expand the effort to other types of platforms. The Air Force this year postponed a competition to provide light-attack aircraft. The service had evaluated offerings in 2017 ... Read More »

Here’s the Real Story Behind the ‘Painted Rocks’ at Army’s NTC | Military.com

FORT IRWIN, California — Anyone who’s been here has seen it: the field of brightly painted boulders surrounding a small mountain of rocks that symbolizes unit pride at the Army’s National Training Center. For nearly four decades, combat units have painted their insignias on boulders near the road into this post. It’s known as Painted Rocks. “It’s a big tradition,” said ... Read More »

Why Chuck Norris went face to face with a tank at Fort Hood | Army Times

What happens when martial arts legend Chuck Norris explores an M1A2 Abrams main battle tank? You’ll have to wait until July to find out, since that’s when a documentary hosted by the “Walker, Texas Ranger” star will air. Norris was at Fort Hood, Texas, on Tuesday to film a documentary series, according to the Killeen Daily Herald. The 79-year-old actor and Air Force ... Read More »

Trump May Be Preparing Pardons for Servicemen Accused of War Crimes | New York Times

President Trump has indicated that he is considering pardons for several American military members accused or convicted of war crimes, including high-profile cases of murder, attempted murder and desecration of a corpse, according to two United States officials. The officials said that the Trump administration had made expedited requests this week for paperwork needed to pardon the troops on or ... Read More »