Task & Purpose is hiring a full-time staff writer to report on the U.S. Army and beyond.
We’re looking for someone knowledgeable and passionate about covering the military who has a knack for writing compelling stories that go far beyond the latest Army press release.
This staff writer will own the Army beat at Task & Purpose, which means they will write about everything from the latest uniform change to heroic combat actions to where the Army expects to fight a decade from now, among other topics.
This writer will be expected to file on tight deadlines, while also sometimes offering up news analysis and features.
The ideal staff writer will:
Have a proven ability to write about the Army, soldiers, and their families in a way that readers will enjoy and want to share
Know what makes the Army tick and what readers of the vertical need to know about
Possess excellent news judgment
Be able to write accurately and quickly. We’re not a print publication and don’t act like one.
Be familiar with social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter
Have at least some light HTML and Photoshop skills
Be creative, inquisitive, and always skeptical of what General So-and-so said at his or her last press conference.
Past military service is not a requirement for this role, although military veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.
This opening is immediate and is based in our New York City office. We’re also open to remote workers in some circumstances. Task & Purpose offers competitive compensation and benefits commensurate with experience.
Every once in a while, we run across a photo in The Times-Picayune archives that's so striking that it begs a simple question: "What in the name of Momus Alexander Morgus is going on in this New Orleans photograph?" When we do, we've decided, we're going to share it — and to attempt to answer that question.
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)
MUSCAT (Reuters) - The United States should keep arming and aiding the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) following the planned U.S. withdrawal from Syria, provided the group keeps up the pressure on Islamic State, a senior U.S. general told Reuters on Friday.
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."