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IS THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WHITEWASHING THE VA SCANDAL?

17 Criminal Referrals Declined
By SOF Editor

At least 17 criminal referrals to the Justice Department made by the Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs have been rejected by the Justice Department. Instead, administrative action is the course of action that is being recommended.

DEADLY DEFENSE CUTS? Scathing Report Questions Troopers' Deaths

Report Points Finger at Sequestration Cuts
By Harold Hutchison

Green Beret in Afghanistan
(Army photo)

Think that defense cuts don’t get troops killed? You might want to re-think those conclusions in light of the investigation stemming from the worst blue-on-blue incident in Operation Enduring Freedom, when a B-1B Lancer dropped bombs on a friendly position.

According to a report by the Washington Times, the deaths of five Soldiers in a 9 June “friendly fire” incident were caused by an inability of the Special Forces unit to properly train prior to deploying to Afghanistan due to “sequestration” – automatic spending cuts that hit the defense budget and entitlement spending. Special Forces units usually try to train for at least three weeks in terrain in the United States that resembles that in Afghanistan, but the Operational Detachment Alphas had those training deployments cancelled and had to make do with training at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

SAAB SCORES!!!. GRIPEN BEATS RAFALE AND SUPER HORNET

Brazilian Air Force Picks Saab
By SOF

The Brazilian Air Force shoes Saab’s new Gripen E/F to replace a dozen older fighters. The Gripen beat out competing designs from France and the United States.

THE STANFEX SOLUTION: The Danish Navy's Versatile Warships

Denmark’s Versatile Warships
By Harold Hutchison

MEET STANFLEX
As controversy swirls over the Littoral Combat Ship, which appears to be far more suitable for the Coast Guard, the Danish Navy is operating two classes of ship that might be an answer to America’s question. It is hard not to look at these ships and wonder what could have been.

One of the ways Denmark has made their naval vessels so potent and yet versatile lies in the StanFlex system. This system, first deployed in the 1980s on the small Flyvefisken class patrol vessels, enabled a small 320-ton vessel to fulfill roles from mine-countermeasures to a missile boat to combating pollution. Modules can be switched out in a couple of hours.

0 FOR 27

Marine Standards Targeted By Social Activists
By SOF Editor

The Marine Corps is now facing pressure to lower standards at the Infantry Officer’s Course from activists who want women in combat roles. The pressure comes as the number of women who have attempted, but failed the course reached 27.

USS NORTH DAKOTA TO JOIN FLEET

Submarine to Be Commissioned This Weekend
By SOF Editor

The Navy will be commissioning the submarine USS North Dakota, the second ship to carry that name, over the weekend. The boat will be the 11th Virginia-class submarine to join the fleet.

DID SWEDEN HAVE A READINESS GAP?

Scandinavian Country Retired ASW Choppers in 2008
By SOF

The hunt for the mystery submarines first sighted last Friday off the coast of Sweden may have been crippled by the decision to retire the country’s force of ASW choppers. That decision, which was carried out in 2008, has now come back to bite the Swedes.

Ordering the Selected Reserve and Certain Individual Ready Reserve Members of the Armed Forces to Active Duty

ORDERING THE SELECTED RESERVE AND CERTAIN INDIVIDUAL READY RESERVE MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES TO ACTIVE DUTY

THE UNDEFEATED VETERAN

The F-15 Eagle
By Harold Hutchison

Developed with lessons from the Vietnam War in mind, the F-15 Eagle was meant to take control of the skies. Since its introduction in 1976, it has done so, going undefeated in air-to-air combat.

During the Vietnam War, the inadequacy of America’s combat aircraft in the dogfight was brutally exposed – as North Vietnamese MiG-17 “Farmer” and MiG-21 “Fishbed” fighters were using ambush tactics on F-105 Thunderchief and F-4 Phantom fighters. For too many American pilots, these failures, combined with restrictive rules of engagement, meant either a stay in the Hanoi Hilton or death.

"Whiskey on the Rocks, Again?" RUSSIANS ON SWEDISH ROCKS AGAIN?

Mysterious Sightings Believed to be Crippled Sub
By SOF Editor

In something reminiscent of the infamous “Whiskey on the Rocks” incident in 1981, sightings of what is believed to have been a Russian submarine have triggered a lengthy hunt by Swedish naval forces.

DOOLEY TO TEACH AGAIN

Ousted NDU Instructor Headed to UK

By SOF Editor

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley, who was ousted from an instructor post at the Joint Forces Staff College of the National Defense University, will again be teaching – but not in the United States.

WAR CLOUDS OVER ASIA?

CHINA WATCH: China War Arsenal Buildup Accelerates
By Harold Hutchison

China's war arsenal grows as it builds up its air and naval forces while American naval forces have been declining in number.

According to a report by the Washington Free Beacon, a congressional commission is noting that by the year 2020, China will have almost 100 more missile-firing ships and submarines deployed than the United States. A possible result could be a so-called “security miscalculation” that could lead to conflict.

AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP USS AMERICA JOINS THE FLEET

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LHA 6 Commissioned
The amphibious assault ship USS America, the lead ship in a new class of amphibious assault vessels, entered the United States Navy on 11 October.

TWO YEAR SPACE MISSION ENDING

X-37B To Land This Week
By Harold Hutchison

The United States Air Force could end what could be one of the longest test flights in history this week, as the X-37B is slated to return to Earth.

USS AMERICA SEA TRIALS