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  1. Rape Jokes in the Military? How About No?

    [Trigger Warning] Brian Adam Jones is the editor-in-chief of Task & Purpose. He also happens to be a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

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  2. What Does the “D” in D-Day Actually Mean?

    This is what we think about.

    Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy. It was a turning point of WWII, and not a day the world will soon forget. On the anniversary, a lot of people might wondering what the "D" in "D-Day" stands for, so we looked into it.

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  3. The Air Force Thinks It Could Totally Take Godzilla, Because Guns?

    If only anyone had ever tried that plan before...

    The military sure likes to awkwardly shoehorn its way into conversations about pop culture, huh? Well, they're not missing a chance with the new Godzilla on the horizon, and the Air Force has all kinds of plans for how to deal with a Godzilla disaster. Here, let them tell you about what guns they'd use. On Godzilla.

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  4. Military Working on Real Iron Man Armor To Be Operational By 2018

    Assuming Direct Control

    Yep. That's right. The United States military is hard at work on their own version of an Iron Man-esque armor. They're currently calling it TALOS, or Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, and if things go well it will be up and running by 2018. The various features and abilities of the suit that the military is working on are, to put it simply, kind of intense.

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  5. The U.S. Armed Forces Are Going To Use Video Games To Teach Sailors Sexual Assault Prevention

    The Future Is Now!

    The United States are about to start utilizing a technology already being used by the Australian government to train and educate soldiers. While the interactive video game may be used for a wide variety of training, the Navy is thinking of using it to teach sailors about preventing sexual assault. I wonder if this gives gamers in the military an unfair advantage in passing their training?

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  6. UK Dropping Fitness Requirements For Cyberwarfare Specialists

    Cyberwarfare is important and taxing, but it's not the sort of thing you generally need to be in the best shape for.

    Like most major players on the world stage, the United Kingdom is stepping up recruiting efforts to bring more skilled computer specialists into its ranks. To that end, the Ministry of Defence has seemingly bowed to reality and decided that military reservists who specialize in cyber warfare won't be required to live up to the same physical fitness requirements as other military personell. 

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  7. DARPA’s Warrior Web Suit Aims To Lighten Loads For Soldiers In The Field

    The strength-enhancing suit could be worn beneath uniforms to reduce fatigue and help improve performance.

    It's not Iron Man armor quite yet, but the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has released video of the latest tests of their Warrior Web undersuit, which they hope will one day be worn under soldiers' uniforms and serve to improve their performance. The project is still in its early stages, but DARPA is working to develop solutions that will make soldiers lives easier by more intelligently distibuting the weight of their heavy packs and capturing wasted energy to help cushion footfalls and carry heavy gear.

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  8. Facebook Finally Pulls Page of Sexist, Violent Jokes About Female Marines… Three Years Late

    Today in things that make us scream incoherently

    After three years a Facebook page dedicated to making violent jokes targeted at female marines has finally been taken down. All it took was a state Representative writing a letter to the Defense Secretary and top military brass to say "Hey, this is really messed up and contributes to the culture of sexual abuse in the military, and you've known about it for years, but it's still there. Maybe you should do something about it?"

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  9. Disney’s Snow White Helps A Little Girl’s Wish To See Her Military Dad Come True [VIDEO]

    Aaaaaas Yooooou Wiiiiiiiiiiiish

    Break out the tissues. Four-year-old Alyssa Brown made a very important wish at Snow White's wishing well at Disneyland recently. She asked to have her father, a Marine serving in Afghanistan, back home with their family. It was a lovely idea but you know what they say, be careful what you wish for... (Video is autoplay so we've put it after the jump.)

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  10. Navy Ships Getting Laser Weapons In 2014 [Video]

    After years and billions of dollars spent in development, the Navy's Laser Weapon System (LaWS) has been deemed ready for primetime, meaning the directed-energy weapons will start making appearances on the decks of U.S. military ships beginning next year. The solid-state laser, which will make stage its coming out on the USS Ponce, is still in it prototype stage, and isn't yet capable of eliminating a missile or enemy jet, but Navy officials are confident that it could disable other ships, and as for drones...well, you can see it blasting one out of the air during a test in the video below.

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  11. After Protests, Military May Nix Proposed Cyber Warfare Medal

    A while back, we brought you the news that the Pentagon was considering awarding a new medal -- the Distinguished Warfare Medal -- to soldiers who may have never set foot on a battlefield. That idea didn't set well with some lawmakers and plenty of veterans, though. In the face of these protests, newly minted Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered a halt to the production of the medals pending a review of the new award.

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  12. Modern Warfare: New Medal Announced For Drone Pilots, Military Computer Wonks

    On Wednesday afternoon, outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced a new medal would be added to the roster of decorations for American soldiers -- the Distinguished Warfare Medal. Like most other medals, this one will be awarded to soldiers whose actions had a heroic impact on the battlefield. Unlike other medals, though, it won't require that the soldier have actually been on the battlefield, as the Distinguished Warfare Medal is meant to honor cyberwarriors, drone pilots, and others who serve their country remotely, sometimes without ever being involved in traditional combat. Learn more and get a look at the new medal below.

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  13. Alpha Dog Robot Hears, Obeys Commands From Humans… For Now [Video]

    A few months back, we brought you video of the DARPA-funded, Boston Dynamics-built Legged Squad Support System (LS3) robot, known more familiarly as Alpha Dog. It looks like it's time for another update, as yesterday saw the release of Alpha' Dog's newest trick -- the ability to follow spoken orders issued by a human commander. At this point, Alpha Dog is one magical cricket away from being a real dog, and one more obedient than I've ever had. You can get a load of the robot responding to his master's voice, and then following its human leader like a lovesick metal puppy in the video below.

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  14. First Female-Specific Body Armor Ships Out To Afghanistan

    Today in Boobs

    It's safe to say, having body armor that doesn't fit correctly is almost no armor at all. That's why we've been following the development of body armor for women in the armed forces so closely. Previously, the armor was in a prototype stage and being worn by the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. It turns out, the women of the 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division are being deployed to Afghanistan soon and when they do, they'll be wearing armor that fits.

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  15. Israel Announces Military Campaign on Twitter, Even Uses Hashtags

    Israel is conducting what appears to be a large-scale military operation inside the Gaza Strip, but that's nothing terribly new. Israel fighting with other folks happens fairly frequently. What is new, however, is the fact that they announced their campaign on Twitter before any kind of press conference was held. Suddenly, the traditional social media gossip seems even more irrelevant.

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  16. Good Job: Apple Maps Includes Surprisingly Accurate Images of Top Secret Radar Base

    The conversations had about Apple's Maps app offered in iOS 6 tend to center around just how terrible it is. This is especially true in countries outside the United States, but really nowhere is safe from Apple's horrifying cartography. Taiwan, however, is having the exact opposite problem. See, Apple Maps is a little too accurate when it comes to a top secret military radar base located in Hsinchu. Technically, this still falls under the "terrible" category.

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  17. First Look at the J-31, China’s Newest Stealth Jet

    Though there's currently some discussion ongoing about the prototype's official designation, what's certain is that China's definitely working on yet another stealth jet. Supposedly built by Shenyang, a rival aerospace company of the J-20 designer Chengdu, the jet features the number 31001 blazoned across it. It's for this reason it's most likely the J-31, not the J-21, though it's definitely called what translates to the Falcon Eagle.

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  18. Two Bohemia Interactive Employees Arrested for Espionage

    It shouldn't come as a surprise that wandering around a foreign island taking video and photographs of military installations can be seen as kind of suspicious in the eyes of that island's government. After all, any military is generally not going to be happy about such a situation. This is the unfortunate predicament that two Bohemia Interactive employees now find themselves in. The duo was arrested on Sunday on charges of espionage after conducting surveillance on the island of Lemnos for their company's newest video game: Arma 3.

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  19. Military Dad Surprises His Son With A Star Wars Homecoming

    Awwwwww

    When Colonel Rob Kiebler returned home from a 14 month stint on active duty, his homecoming happened to perfectly line up with his son Danny's birthday. Given that his son had very recently fallen in love with Star Wars, it was only natural for him to  dress up like a Jedi and march into his son's party alongside a bunch of Star Wars cosplay enthusiasts. We hope Danny had a very festive birthday, and we're glad to see folks continuing to use the Force for good, especially when that good consists of reuniting military parents with their children and putting smiles on the next generation of Star Wars fans' faces. (via i09.)

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  20. Update: First Lady Michelle Obama Sponsors Nuclear Submarine USS Illinois

    Meanwhile...

    UPDATE: The Hill has since updated its post to say that they were mistaken in reporting that the USS Illinois would be crewed only by women. The Hill left unclear whether this mistake was made completely erroneously or because the Illinois would have more than the usual opportunities for seawomen seeking posts on nuclear submarines. Please enjoy the rest of this post, which is still otherwise about factual gender opportunities or lack-thereof in the U.S. armed forces and Command Sgt. Maj. Jane Baldwin and Col. Ellen Haring's lawsuit against the mandates that restrict them. Nuclear submarines have been some of the last holdouts in co-ed military integration worldwide. Long deployments and superlatively cramped and mostly communal living spaces kept most navies from being comfortable with bunking men and women together. The strict economy of space has kept separate bathrooms and sleeping quarters low on the priority list of technological innovations for new submarine classes. However, in the past year or so, the United States increased the categories of women allowed to set foot on submarines from "female civilian technicians for a few days at most; women midshipmen on an overnight during summer training for both Navy ROTC and Naval Academy; [and] family members for one-day dependent cruises," to allow women to serve in certain cases. But yesterday, Memorial Day, First Lady Michelle Obama sponsored and announced the creation of the USS Illinois, a Virginia-class nuclear sub that will, when it enteres the Navy fleet in 2015, be crewed by women, exclusively.

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