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SOF Weekly Newsletter - 5 to 8 July, 2011

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MELSON KEPT DOJ IN DARK
Acting ATF Director Ken Melson kept the Justice Department in the dark about his testimony to Congress.
http://www.sofmag.com/melson-did-not-want-doj-know-about-meet-investigators

100 INSURGENTS WHACKED
A combined operation in late June killed over 100 insurgents.
http://www.sofmag.com/combined-operation-kills-100-insurgents-eastern-af...

SOUTH SUDAN PREPARES FOR INDEPENDENCE
South Sudan is preparing for its independence on 9 July.
http://www.sofmag.com/south-sudan-puts-dress-rehearsal-independence

CHARLIE-MIKE
A joint exercise was enhanced by thunderstorms on the drop zone.
http://www.sofmag.com/joint-training-benefits-real-world-difficulties

NEW FAST AND FURIOUS ALLEGATION
Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson spoke with Congressional investigators, and his testimony unearthed new allegations.
http://www.sofmag.com/explosive-fast-furious-allegation-taxpayer-money-m...

NEW SNIPER SYSTEM
Army personnel are working up on the new M110 semi-automatic sniper system.
http://www.sofmag.com/team-zeroes-new-sniper-system

HOLLOW PROMISE?
New Defense Secretary Leon Panetta promised that no "hollow force" would occur on his watch.
http://www.sofmag.com/panetta-pledges-no-hollow-force-his-watch

SOUTH SUDAN RICH IN OIL
The new nation of South Sudan has a lot of oil, but faces big problems.
http://www.sofmag.com/south-sudan-has-big-oil-reserves-big-problems

AIR FORCE PILOT AWARDED
An Air Force pilot who brought his F-15E back after a malfunction received the 2010 Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy.
http://www.sofmag.com/strike-eagle-pilot-honored-air-force-safety-award

HAQQANI LEADER CAPTURED
A Haqqani Network leader was captured during coalition operations in Paktiya province.
http://www.sofmag.com/isaf-joint-command-morning-operational-update-74

WOLVES IN WASHINGTON
Dave Workman discusses new development on wolves in the Pacific Northwest.
http://www.sofmag.com/wolves-washingtons-teanaway