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The Pentagon is Reviewing the Special Operations Community After a Series of High-Profile Scandals

The Pentagon is Reviewing the Special Operations Community After a Series of High-Profile Scandals by Meghann Myers - Military Times

This fall has been rough for headlines involving special operations troops.

 

Two Navy SEALs and two Marine Raiders face murder charges in the death of a Green Beret last year in Mali. Meanwhile, a Navy SEAL is under investigation for murdering an Iraqi detainee, and a dozen of his colleagues could be called as witnesses.

 

Now, after U.S. Special Operations Command has been entrenched in the Global War on Terror for going on two decades, Congress is calling on a Defense Department review of the entire organization, from its operational load to ― notably ― the state of its professionalism and ethics programs.

 

The most recent National Defense Authorization Act points to “growing congressional concern with misconduct, ethics, and professionalism," according to a Congressional Research Service report published in late October…

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