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


We’re Loving This Official DoD Video Of Cartoon Soldiers Killing Stuff

October 3, 2018

The Pentagon has revamped its official website of with better-looking graphics, improved experience, and snazzy videos of cartoon soldiers protecting our way of life. “This change was long overdue,” White said. “Drawing on lessons learned from our successful #KnowYourMil campaign and best practices from across the web, we are making the necessary reforms to … Read More

Someone Sent Poisoned Envelopes Addressed To Mattis At The Pentagon

October 2, 2018

Envelopes sent to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson at the Pentagon have initially tested positive for ricin, a defense official told CNN. Neither men were exposed to the toxin, since all mail to the Pentagon is routed through a mail screening facility that is nearby but separate from … Read More

The Air Force Used VR To Train Pilots In Half The Time At A Fraction Of The Cost

October 2, 2018

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The U.S. Air Force trained and certified 13 pilots with virtual reality headsets in less than half the normal training time and at a fraction of the cost, according to Stephen Losey of Air Force Times. The service’s inaugural class of Pilot Training Next began in April with 30 students. After four months of training … Read More

You Can Now Grow A Beard And Get Stoned AF In The Canadian Military

September 28, 2018

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The U.S. military dangles cash bonuses and post-military college money to entice recruits into the service. Meanwhile, the Canadian military has beards and weed. As Chad Garland of Stars & Stripes reports, a new rule took effect on Tuesday allowing all members of the Canadian military to rock a beard as long as they can … Read More

The F-35 ‘Combat Debut’ In Afghanistan Consisted Of 2 Bombs Destroying A Weapons Cache

September 28, 2018

I got a little bit more out of the military public affairs types on the recent “combat debut” of the F-35B in Afghanistan, and it turns out the $115 million stealth aircraft was used to obliterate a static cache of enemy weaponry. Now, I originally intended to use this column to criticize the U.S. Marine … Read More

Dunford’s Top Enlisted Advisor Suspended Pending Investigation Into ‘Alleged Misconduct’

September 27, 2018

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The senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs has been suspended from his post due to an Army Inspector General investigation into “alleged misconduct.” Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell has been temporarily reassigned from his post as the right-hand man to Gen. Joseph Dunford to taking the role of special … Read More

Erik Prince Thinks He Can Turn Around The War In Afghanistan With 6 Months And 3,600 Men

September 27, 2018

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The former founder and CEO of Blackwater says he needs just six months and roughly 3,600 men to make the Afghan War look far different from the shitshow it is now. In an interview with Afghanistan’s TOLO News, Erik Prince once again pitched his idea to privatize the nearly-17-year-old conflict, offering up a force of … Read More

Mattis: This Is The One Book Every American Should Read

September 26, 2018

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis thinks every American should read Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. After giving a speech to cadets at the Virginia Military Institute on Tuesday, Mattis was asked what he would hypothetically tell every American to read. Meditations — which he frequently consults and recommends, was at the top of his list. “Especially in … Read More