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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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

Mattis In Winter

September 6, 2018

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Task & Purpose Pentagon correspondent Jeff Schogol is currently on the road with Secretary of Defense James Mattis as he travels to India. Subscribe to the Pentagon Run-Down for the latest dispatches and send (semi-appropriates) questions to [email protected] NEW DELHI, INDIA – Despite traveling more than 7,400 miles from the Beltway to New Delhi, Defense … Read More

Mattis: Military Recruiting Will Only Get Harder As The Economy Improves

September 5, 2018

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Task & Purpose Pentagon correspondent Jeff Schogol is currently on the road with Secretary of Defense James Mattis as he travels to India. Subscribe to the Pentagon Run-Down for the latest dispatches and send (semi-appropriates) questions to [email protected] ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT – You had questions and now Chaos is answering them. Task & Purpose is traveling with Defense Secretary … Read More

Mattis Road Trip: Losing That Loving Feeling At Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

September 4, 2018

Task & Purpose Pentagon correspondent Jeff Schogol is currently on the road with Secretary of Defense James Mattis as he travels to India. Subscribe to the Pentagon Run-Down for the latest dispatches and send (semi-appropriates) questions to [email protected] Task & Purpose is currently in San Diego with Secretary of Defense James Mattis. We landed at Marine … Read More

T&P Is Hitting The Road With James Mattis, And We Want Your Questions

August 29, 2018

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After months of hustling through the halls of the Pentagon in search of booze and answers, Task & Purpose will be riding shotgun when Defense Secretary James Mattis visits India. And rather than just ask the usual questions, we’re doing something different: We want to be your direct line to Chaos himself Mattis and Secretary … Read More