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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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