Paul Szoldra is a journalist with past bylines at Business Insider and We Are The Mighty, and is the founder of Duffel Blog. He is a former Marine infantryman.

Paul Szoldra


Congress Is Giving The Navy 3 More Littoral Combat Ships Than It Wants Or Needs

September 19, 2018

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Lawmakers are giving the U.S. Navy three more littoral combat ships than the service actually wants or needs, because of course they would. Although the Navy set a requirement of 32 LCS’, lawmakers offered up funding for three more while cutting funding for modules that would make the current ships more useful, such as an anti-submarine … Read More

Hilarious Video Shows Navy Carrier Officers Having Way Too Much Fun Launching Aircraft

September 19, 2018

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You wouldn’t think listening to ‘Gangnam Style’ would make much sense during U.S. Navy carrier flight deck operations, but about a dozen catapult officers have proven us all wrong. Our friend Doctrine Man reposted a video to his Facebook page on Wednesday set to the K-pop hit showing various Navy lieutenants in action, dancing, hopping … Read More

Wikileaks’ Julian Assange Reportedly Tried To Get A Russian Visa

September 17, 2018

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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange reportedly tried to obtain a Russian visa in 2010, according to the Associated Press. In a letter to the Russian consulate in London obtained by AP dated Nov. 30, 2010, Assange wrote: “I, Julian Assange, hereby grant full authority to my friend, Israel Shamir, to both drop off and collect my … Read More

The Youngest And Oldest Living Marine Medal Of Honor Recipients Met, And This Epic Photo Is The Result

September 14, 2018

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The Medal of Honor Convention is currently taking place in Annapolis, Md., and it has brought together the youngest and oldest living Marine recipients of our nation’s highest award for battlefield heroism in a photograph of epic proportions. In a post on Twitter on Thursday, retired Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, 28, said that he was “beyond … Read More

Happy 17th Birthday To The Forever War

September 14, 2018

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It’s the 17th birthday of the post-9/11 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which gave President George W. Bush and every president since a blank check to deploy U.S. military personnel anywhere in the world in the name of going after terrorists. Passed on Sep. 14, 2001, and signed into law on Sep. 18, the … Read More

Retired Adm. William McRaven Quit Pentagon Board Days After Publishing Anti-Trump Op-Ed

September 14, 2018

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Retired Navy Adm. William McRaven resigned from the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Board four days after the publication of an op-ed he wrote criticizing  President Donald Trump. McRaven’s Aug. 20 resignation was first reported by Defense News on Thursday. On Aug. 16, The Washington Post published an op-ed written by McRaven with the headline ‘Revoke my … Read More

The Taliban Wants A Second Round Of Talks With The US

September 12, 2018

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The Taliban is ready for a second round of direct talks with the United States that may take place sometime this month, according to the Associated Press. Taliban officials met with Alice Wells, an American diplomat, in July. In that meeting, the Taliban asked for U.S. recognition of its political office in Qatar and an … Read More

Never Forget The Day After 9/11

September 12, 2018

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It’s the day after the 17th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Everyone remembers where they were when the attacks occurred and how they watched it unfold. The day recalls feelings of helplessness, fear, and anguish. It also saw incredible heroism. But I’ve been thinking about something else: Do you remember how you felt … Read More