Tom Cruise Will Fly His Own Aircraft For ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ — Just Not The One You Think

November 14, 2018

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If there is one thing that has remained a constant since the first Top Gun screamed into theaters three decades ago, it’s Tom Cruise’s need for speed. After rumors circulated last week that production on Top Gun: Maverick had again been halted so the actor could pilot his personal fighter jet for the film, Paramount Pictures confirmed that, yes, … Read More

Norway Sank Its Own Frigate

November 13, 2018

Following a collision with a civilian vessel on Nov. 8, the captain of the Royal Norwegian Navy frigate HNoMS Helge Ingstad made the brilliant decision to deliberately run the vessel aground to prevent the warship, among the most capable in the NATO fleet, from sinking outright. Five days later, the Helge Ingstad is now almost completely submerged, effectively ruining the Norwegian military’s … Read More

Stan Lee, Marvel Comics Legend And World War II Veteran, Has Died At 95

November 12, 2018

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Stan Lee, who helped create Spider-Man and other comic book superheroes that transformed the industry and raked in billions at movie box offices, has died. He was 95. The Associated Press reports that Lee died Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee’s daughter, J.C. Lee. Stan … Read More

‘Spec Ops: The Line’ Is The Most Brutal War Game Ever Made

November 12, 2018

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Spec Ops: The Line was one of the most brutal U.S. military war games to ever released, but you don’t find out until it’s too late. The plot of the game involves a massive sandstorm burying Dubai. You play the officer in charge of a group of Delta Force operators searching for not only signs … Read More

5 New Military History Books Worth Reading

November 12, 2018

Yesterday the New York Times Book Review ran my new survey of books about military history. Here are some highlights: Nathaniel Philbrick argues in The Hurricane’s Eye that by 1781, the Americans had lost the War for Independence and that we were bailed out by French guns, funds, ships and troops. In Learning War, Trent … Read More

Army Adopts World War II ‘Pink And Greens’ Uniform For All Soldiers

November 11, 2018

The Army is adopting its World War II-era “Army Greens” uniform as its everyday uniform for all soldiers, the service announced on Sunday. “The current Army Blues Uniform will return to being a formal dress uniform, while the Army Greens will become the everyday business-wear uniform for all soldiers,” an Army news release says. “The … Read More

‘You Know The Sacrifice Now’: 2 Post-9/11 Medal Of Honor Recipients On The Importance Of War Stories

November 9, 2018

At a remote outpost in Afghanistan on Oct. 3, 2009, a handful of American soldiers held back an assault by as many as 300 Taliban fighters during the Battle of Kamdesh. Though the attack was repelled, and as many as 150 Taliban fighters were killed, it came at a terrible cost: Eight Americans died, and … Read More

The Ultimate Barracks Lawyer Is Now The Ultimate Barracks Judge

November 7, 2018

The former Army officer behind possibly one of the most absurd legal advertisements in history will now preside over a small segment of the U.S. justice system. In Guilford County, North Carolina, Attorney Larry L. Archie — a former officer in the North Carolina Army National Guard and current major in the Army Reserve — … Read More