Thanks to growing populations and accelerating technological innovation, urban combat is slated to become the future of warfare. West Point knows it. National Defense University knows it. Even DARPA knows it.

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Tom Cruise on Thursday shared an Instagram photo of a F/A-18E Super Hornet with three words: “Feel The Need.” Next to the Navy fighter, staring wistfully at it, was Cruise himself dressed in a flight suit. The Twitter caption was “Day 1,” confirmation that filming for the highly anticipated sequel to Top Gun has begun.

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In 2002, John Chapman survived alone on top of Roberts Ridge through a cold Afghan night, fending off assaults by the Taliban single-handedly. He sacrificed his life to provide cover for a Chinook full of Rangers who were about to set down inside of a Taliban killbox.

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Adventure Not War, a documentary directed by Max Lowe that recently screened at Tribeca Film Festival, follows three Iraq war veterans as they return to Iraq to climb Mount Holgard. The trio battle through the brutal weather, landmines from the Iran-Iraq war, and their personal demons that have driven them to return to the war-scarred country.

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