You can always count on John Oliver's Last Week Tonight to provide a thoughtful breakdown of any particular week's goings-on, and last week was no different, with the biggest story, of course, being Trump authorizing an air strike against a military target in Syria in response to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons against his own people. Check out Part One of the segment above, and Part Two below.Read More
To subvert your Military Woman trope, you’ve got to subvert your Military trope. Which means subverting your Military Man trope, and probably your Man Trope in general.Read More
A news story about a Taiwanese McDonald's branch wearing Taiwanese military uniforms as part of a new years campaign (other branches has Minion themes, zombie themes, etc.) made national news a few weeks ago.Read More
The US military has been testing the use of this pack mule robot by Boston Dynamics, presumably with the hope that it would help share the load of all the heavy equipment that our armed forces carry with them in the field. Unfortunately, these robots are way too loud to use.Read More
Following close on the heels of the announcement that two women just passed US Army Ranger training, the US NAVY Seal program announced that they'll now allow women a shot at making the grade as well.Read More
An estimated 15,000 transgender people are currently serving in the military. There's no current information on how many transgender personnel have been discharged for being trans.Read More
[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.Read More
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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.Read More
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.Read More
Assuming Direct Control
The Future Is Now!
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.Read More
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.Read More
Today in things that make us scream incoherently
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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.Read More