What do you get when you put a retired CIA agent, an Army veteran, and a former Los Angeles police officer together to track down new information surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy? History Channel’s newest show.
“JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald” follows these three experts over six episodes as they dissect newly declassified government documents to investigate the activities of Lee Harvey Oswald, the former Marine charged with Kennedy’s murder, in the weeks leading up to the crime that rocked the United States.
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L to R: Beginning their investigation in Mexico City, Marty Scovlund, Adam Bercovici and Bob Baer convene to discuss their first move from HISTORY’s “JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald.”
The trio follows leads that take them to Moscow, Mexico City, New Orleans, Miami, and Dallas, retracing Oswald’s steps “with the goal of separating conspiracy theory from the truth,” according to History Channel. They even discover clues that suggest Oswald may have maintained direct connections with the Soviet KGB, dispelling the long-questioned narrative that he operated alone.
While the prospect of interrogating new details about Kennedy’s death makes the show a must-watch for any history buff, the fact that Task & Purpose senior contributor Marty Skovlund Jr. is one of the hosts makes it all the more worthwhile.
“Bob [Baer] has an intel background, and Adam [Bercovici] had an extensive career with LAPD. So really the only piece they were missing for the investigation was someone with a military background,” Skovlund, a veteran of the 1st Ranger Battalion and Syracuse Recruiting Battalion, told Task & Purpose. “A lot of this investigation delved into military-esque operations, so I was there to analyze those angles.”
“JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald” premieres Tuesday, April 25, at 10 pm EST on History Channel.
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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)
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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."