Jeff Schogol covers the Pentagon for Task & Purpose. He has covered the military for 13 years and embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq and Haiti.

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How Mattis Made The Whole Military Obsessed With ‘Lethality’

November 8, 2018

The U.S. military has made lethality the lone benchmark to gauge everything from readiness, training, and global strategy under the leadership of Defense Secretary James Mattis. Over the past two years, the entire military has become just as enamored with the word “lethality” as your friend and humble narrator is with Doritos: Both bring a … Read More

This Is Why The Pentagon Could Never Build A Death Star

October 29, 2018

Say what you will about Darth Vader, but he knew how to run a modernization program. When he was put in charge of the Death Star Joint Program Office, that battle station reached initial operating capability on time – a feat the Pentagon seems unable to replicate many years later. The Defense Department could learn … Read More

Security In Afghanistan Is So Bad That The Media Cared Again For A Few Minutes

October 22, 2018

News from Afghanistan rarely gets reported by U.S. media outlets, which are more concerned about which videogame character the president’s penis supposedly looks like. But a catastrophic shooting in Kandahar on Thursday managed to break through the media’s malaise. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley was wounded on Thursday, when a gunman killed at least two … Read More

Stop What You’re Doing And Read These Stories That Got Missed In The Insane News Cycle

October 15, 2018

Beloved readers: The U.S. military has been such a target rich environment for stories as of late that covering the Pentagon has felt like drinking from a firehose. Just when the news gods seemed to be finished with their coke binge, Kanye West proposed to President Trump that he replace Air Force One with a … Read More

There’s Big Trouble Brewing Between The US And China

October 8, 2018

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Your humble Pentagon correspondent does not normally delve into geo-political affairs, but it seems fairly clear the United States’ relationship with China really sucks right now. In fact, if the two countries were a couple that lived together, one of them would be sleeping on the couch. Every day seems to bring a new U.S. … Read More

100 Years After World War I, The National Memorial In Washington Remains Unfinished. Here’s Why

September 27, 2018

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Nov. 11 marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, but the national monument in Washington, D.C., that Congress authorized in 2014 is still just an artist’s concept that still needs money to become a reality. The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts approved fundraising for the a national World War I … Read More

How A ‘Blue Wave’ May Kill The New Air Force Expansion — And The Space Force

September 20, 2018

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The Air Force is out early with its Christmas list: It wants 74 new squadrons and possibly tens of thousands more airmen by 2030. Meanwhile, Space Force is estimated to cost $13 billion over the next five years, Defense One first reported on Monday. But if Democrats win control of the House in the upcoming … Read More

Afghanistan, 17 Years Later: This Is What Winning Looks Like

September 13, 2018

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The distance between Resolute Support headquarters and the Afghan presidential palace in Kabul can’t be more than 50 feet, yet it is too dangerous to walk across the street from one to the other. Your friendly Pentagon correspondent and other journalists traveled that short distance by vehicle to wait for Defense Secretary Mattis to meet … Read More