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

An M4 Carbine is exposed to the sands and heat of the California desert during Decisive Action Rotation 14-09 at the National Training Center, Aug. 19, 2014.
News
Colt Defense’s Bankruptcy Marks A Changing Small Arms Industry
As Colt Defense rethinks itself yet again, the question remains whether it can be resurrected with the current state of the industry.
A U.S. Marine with a Marine special operations team assists with security during the construction of an Afghan Local Police checkpoint in Helmand province, Afghanistan, March 30, 2013.
Gear & Tech
Combat Helmets Have Moved Beyond Just Protection
Combat helmets have come a long way from their humble beginnings during World War I.
An artist rendering of the Zumwalt class destroyer DDG 1000, a new class of multi-mission U.S. Navy surface combatant ship designed to operate as part of a joint maritime fleet, assisting Marine strike forces ashore as well as performing littoral, air and sub-surface warfare.
Entertainment
The Next Great Military Techno Thriller Has Finally Arrived
The new novel, “Ghost Fleet,” tackles what the next big world war will look like based on key trends playing out today in the defense and policy arena.
A police officer stands guard Monday, April 27, 2015, after rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers.
Community
Banning Federal Weapons For Police Doesn’t Solve The Cultural Problem
The 1033 program, for all the potentially useful gear it could offer, does not provide a police agency with what is most important to policing.
New Russian military vehicles, including the new Russian T-14 Armata tank, foreground, make their way to Red Square during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade, in Moscow, Russia, Monday, May 4, 2015.
News
Why Russia’s New Tanks Are A Wake-Up Call For The US
Russia’s recently unveiled T-14 Armata main battle tank could mean big problems for the U.S. in future confrontations. Here’s why.
M16A2/M4 series weapons
News
The Army And Marine Corps’ Ammo Debate Is About More Than Bullets
The procurement clash over the Army’s M855A1 and and the Corps’ Mk318 ignores a fundamental truth about combat shooting.