Stephen Carlson

Stephen Carlson

Stephen Carlson is a Task & Purpose contributor. He served two tours in Afghanistan as an infantryman with the 10th Mountain Division. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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From left, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and the committee's ranking member, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., listen as Army Chief of Staff Gen Raymond Odierno, lower left, and Army Secretary John M. McHugh, update the committee about the deadly shooting rampage by a soldier yesterday at Fort Hood in Texas, Thursday, April 3, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness was the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide, in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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The Committees That Oversee Military And Veterans Affairs Will See Big Changes
Here is a rundown of the likely changes to come with the 114th Congress.
Photograph of a U.S. developed M-388 Davy Crockett nuclear weapon mounted to a recoilless rifle on a tripod, shown here at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland in March 1961. It used the smallest nuclear warhead ever developed by the United States.
Gear & Tech
The Man-Portable Rocket Launcher That Could Destroy A City Block
During the height of the Cold War, the U.S. Army deployed a nuclear-tipped rocket launcher that could be carried by a fire team.
Robert A. McDonald
Robert A. McDonald Confirmation Hearing before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, Washington DC, America - 22 Jul 2014
Robert A. McDonald, nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs, is sworn-in to testify during his confirmation hearing before the United States Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs
 (Rex Features via AP Images)
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So Far, The Big VA Reforms Have A Failing Grade
Has new VA Secretary Bob McDonald followed through with his promises of change? Here’s his report card.
U.S. Sen.-elect Joni Ernst speaks to supporters during an election night rally, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in West Des Moines, Iowa. Ernst defeated U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, in the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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Meet The 8 Post-9/11 Veterans Just Elected To Congress
These 8 veterans will be heating things up in Congress next year.
Recruits from Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, practice rear hand punches at the battalion’s physical training field July 21.
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Is The Pentagon’s New Survey On Sexual Assault Too Graphic?
A new sexual assault survey is raising concerns over the explicit nature of some of its questions, but the need for accurate data clashes with those complaints.
This Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Navy shows an Four unmanned remotely operated high-speed maneuvering surface targets as they  move to their blocking positions during an Office of Naval Research demonstration of autonomous swarmboat technology  on the James River in Newport News, Va. During the demonstration as many as 13 Navy boats, using an ONR-sponsored system operated autonomously or by remote control during escort, intercept and engage scenarios. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, John Paul Kotara)
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Automated Swarm Boats Are Next Up In Drone Warfare
The Navy has demonstrated a new system for securing its warships and facilities, and it is unlike anything that has been put to sea before.
U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno is briefed about the newest invitations from a Exelis Corporation representative at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Convention and exposition show in Washington, D.C., Oct. 14, 2014.  (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Mikki L. Sprenkle/Released)
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Despite DoD Budget Cuts, The Military-Industrial Complex Is Alive And Well
The military may be in the process of tightening its belt, but there are still billions of dollars to be made from the Department of Defense, and the Association of the United States Army’s annual three-day exposition proves it.
FILE - In this undated image posted on Monday, June 30, 2014, by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in Raqqa, north Syria. The Syrian foreign ministry said Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 that Washington informed Damascus' envoy to the United Nations before launching airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria, attacks that activists said inflicted casualties among jihadi fighters and civilians on the ground.(AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, File)
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The Psychology Of Why People Join Terror Movements
ISIS recruits come from all over the world, in both nationality and class — what draws them to such a radicalized and violent cause?
Beginning Jan. 1, Marines, sailors and civilian personnel will no longer be allowed to use tobacco products while on the Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital grounds or any other naval medical care facility aboard the Combat Center. The policy will also go into effect aboard Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Bridgeport, Calif., and Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif.
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Lawmakers Battle Over Tobacco Use In The Military
“Leave us the hell alone — we’re out here fighting for your freedom, and you’re taking away ours.”