Christian Beekman

Christian Beekman

Christian Beekman is a columnist for Task & Purpose. His main focus is on defense and national security topics, particularly in regard to individual warfighter equipment and training. In his free time, he plays and writes about games, and tries to stay active by playing airsoft.

Recent articles from Christian Beekman

A. U.S. Marine assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment takes a nap on Forward Operating Base Now Zad, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Dec. 17, 2012.
Gear & Tech
Why The Military Is Moving On From The M16
The Marine Corps is replacing the M16 with the M4 carbine as the primary weapon for the infantry. Here's why.
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History
How Joint Special Operations Command Became America’s ‘Perfect Hammer’
The new book, "Relentless Strike," sheds light on one of the military’s most secretive commands.
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News
The Army’s Humvee Replacement Marks The End Of An Era
Oshkosh's new tactical truck represents a sea change in battlefield transport.
A U.S. Air Force Boeing B-52H Stratofortress of the 2d Bomb Wing static display with weapons, at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, in 2006.
Gear & Tech
Old Weapon Systems Still Serve The Military Well
Sorry Mike Huckabee, but some old workhorses don’t need replacing.
U.S. Army Rangers from E Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, fire 9mm Beretta M9 Pistols at a range in Fort Hunter Liggett, California, Jan. 24, 2014.
Gear & Tech
These Firearms Manufacturers Represent The Top Competition For The Army’s New Handgun
These likely contenders could create some fierce competition for the Army’s XM17 Modular Handgun System.
U.S. Army Rangers resting in the vicinity of Pointe du Hoc, which they assaulted in support of "Omaha" Beach landings on "D-Day,"  June 6, 1944.
History
How The Rangers Became The Badass Fighting Force They Are Today
During World War II, Darby’s Rangers embodied the spirit of today’s forces: Rangers lead the way.