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


Why Did The Air Force Withhold The Names Of 5 Drone Operators Getting Awards?

July 13, 2018

Why did the U.S. Air Force withhold the names of five remotely piloted aircraft operators who just received the services’ historic, first-ever medal with an “R” device for remote operations? That’s the first thing I wondered after reading through this story from Air Force Times, which detailed the awarding of Meritorious Service Medals or Air … Read More

Pompeo: The Taliban, Who Live In Afghanistan, Cannot ‘Wait Us Out’

July 12, 2018

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit to Afghanistan earlier this week, where he visited with troops stationed at Disneyland Afghanistan, aka Bagram Air Base. Per the official readout from the State Department, Pompeo apparently reiterated that “the Taliban cannot win on the battlefield, cannot wait us out, and will ultimately have to … Read More

Hackers Stole A Reaper Drone Manual From An Air Force Captain And Tried To Sell It For $150

July 11, 2018

A South America-based hacking crew stole an export-controlled U.S. Air Force manual for the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle and tried to sell it for $150 — thanks to an unidentified Air Force captain who had the document sitting on his home network, stuck behind a default password. The document was found for sale on … Read More

Trump Tells NATO Countries They Need To Spend 4% Of GDP On Militaries — Even More Than The US

July 11, 2018

After railing against NATO countries not contributing their required 2% for the better part of a year, President Donald Trump has moved the goal post to 4%, according to Bloomberg. Trump told the 29 leaders of the transatlantic alliance they needed to up their defense spending to 4% of their nations’ GDP, to counter some … Read More

The US May Conduct A Review Of Its Strategy In Afghanistan, For The 50,000th Time

July 11, 2018

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The U.S. military is preparing to conduct a review of its strategy in Afghanistan for what is probably the 50,000th time in the 17-year-long conflict. Reuters reported Tuesday the White House hadn’t yet formally ordered a review, but several officials said preparations are being made for a “government-wide appraisal” within the next few months. The … Read More

Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo Is Reportedly Bringing A ‘Rocket Man’ CD To North Korea For Kim Jong Un

July 6, 2018

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is bringing along a letter from President Donald Trump and a compact disc with Elton John’s hit song “Rocket Man” to give to Kim Jong Un, according to a report in South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo. Citing “sources in Washington,” the paper said Trump signed the CD with a message for … Read More

Always Listen To Your NCOs, ‘Antiques Roadshow’ Edition

July 5, 2018

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Whether you’re a brand-new enlisted guy or an officer taking over your first platoon, the advice you most often hear is to “listen to your NCOs.” The logic is simple: they’ve usually been around a while and know what’s up, so their advice or direction is often spot on. Enter this recent submission to the … Read More

A Marine General Made His Aide Do His Laundry, Pick Up His Meals

July 5, 2018

They say that rank has its privileges, and Marine Brig. Gen. Rick Uribe certainly benefited from that mindset — until he was investigated for effectively using his aide-de-camp as a personal servant. A report from the Pentagon’s inspector general released Thursday substantiated allegations against Uribe that he “requested or permitted” his aide to use official … Read More