In launching Task & Purpose, the Hirepurpose team hoped to create a new digital platform that could capture the voices of America’s veterans and broader military community in order to generate awareness of the multi-faceted narrative surrounding veteran affairs that is dominating the mainstream media.
In the last few months, we have seen the coverage of veterans-related events distorted, dumbed down, and misrepresented by news outlets that fail to explore the veteran and military communities they cover.
This narrative has led to three things: a greater divide between the military and civilian populations, a response from veterans and civilians alike demanding a greater accountability by the media, and a call for veterans to take charge of their own narrative through the might of the pen.
That’s what drives the mission behind Task & Purpose: the need for well-written analysis and commentary on veterans and greater military affairs.
We’re looking for strong writers to share their voice on a variety of issues; from breaking news, to personal stories, to analysis of trends and issues in the armed services. Whether you’re a well-published author, a novice writer, a veteran, or even a military spouse, we’re interested in sharing your voice with our audience.
There’s a Benjamin Franklin quote that we love: “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.”
Our question for you is this: why not both?
If you’re interested in being considered for our growing network of talented and passionate contributors, fill out thisapplication, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, to give us an idea of your background and interests. Once we review your details, someone from our editorial board will contact you to take the next steps.
As a member of the modern military community, you have experiences and skills that the rest of your generation can only begin to imagine. The narrative that follows promises to be a formative chapter of the American story. Help us write that narrative and make it our own.
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.
Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces control the monitor of their drone at their advanced position, during the fighting with Islamic State's fighters in Nazlat Shahada, a district of Raqqa. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.
Long before Tony Stark took a load of shrapnel to the chest in a distant war zone, science fiction legend Robert Heinlein gave America the most visceral description of powered armor for the warfighter of the future. Forget the spines of extra-lethal weaponry, the heads-up display, and even the augmented strength of an Iron Man suit — the real genius, Heinlein wrote in Starship Troopers, "is that you don't have to control the suit; you just wear it, like your clothes, like skin."
"Any sort of ship you have to learn to pilot; it takes a long time, a new full set of reflexes, a different and artificial way of thinking," explains Johnny Rico. "Spaceships are for acrobats who are also mathematicians. But a suit, you just wear."
First introduced in 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) purported to offer this capability as America's first stab at militarized powered armor. And while SOCOM initially promised a veritable Iron Man-style tactical armor by 2018, a Navy spokesman told Task & Purpose the much-hyped exoskeleton will likely never get off the launch pad.
"The prototype itself is not currently suitable for operation in a close combat environment," SOCOM spokesman Navy Lt. Phillip Chitty told Task & Purpose, adding that JATF-TALOS has no plans for an external demonstration this year. "There is still no intent to field the TALOS Mk 5 combat suit prototype."