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Do not need Ultraman

Rusborg (Русборг) is the largest international festival of military reenactors in Russia. Last May, during the Battle For The Bridge, one of the participants spotted a sky demon and brought it down with a mighty spear cast. The heroic deed was immortalized with a runestone. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Dec 12, 2017 - 20 comments

You may make it, though LEGO most definitely won't

Why Lego won’t ever make military-related toys. "While you’ll see a lot of spaceships and weaponry like swords or tiny 18th-century muskets, you’ll (sic) definitely won’t ever see military-related Lego toys. Plastic toy soldiers have never gone out of fashion among grade-schoolers, yet adhering to a strict internal policy Lego chose to forfeit some pretty good profits because it doesn’t think war should be seen as child’s play." [more inside]
posted by Juso No Thankyou on Dec 11, 2017 - 52 comments

Sad news for MilSF fans

The Navy’s Much-Hyped Electromagnetic Railgun May End Up Dead In The Water
posted by Artw on Dec 4, 2017 - 53 comments

"To the victims of the purge...

...who were surveilled, interrogated, and abused; who were forced to turn on their friends and colleagues; who lost wages and lost health and lost loved ones - we betrayed you. And we are so sorry." Today, Canada's prime minister delivered an apology to LGBTQ2 members of the Canadian civil service and military whom the government attempted to purge between the 1950s and 1990s and to people who were criminally convicted for same-sex acts in the years when they were illegal. This included introducing legislation to expunge their criminal records. In addition to the apology, a settlement with the victims of the purge was also announced today. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Nov 28, 2017 - 20 comments

"...after there's an American base, there comes trouble."

Sudarsan Raghavan and Craig Whitlock of the Washington Post report from Agadez, Niger on a US drone base under construction nearby, that local residents fear will become a target for Islamist extremists. [more inside]
posted by J.K. Seazer on Nov 25, 2017 - 2 comments

One of our submarines...

Argentine submarine San Juan has been missing for more than two days. [more inside]
posted by ctmf on Nov 17, 2017 - 30 comments

Welcome back, Frank

The Punisher, Marvel’s avatar of gun violence and toxic masculinity, is hitting TV screens at possibly the worst ever time (just like every other time), to mixed reviews. With the shows focus on angry male white men the characters popularity with law enforcement officers and the military may be more troubling than ever.
posted by Artw on Nov 16, 2017 - 94 comments

“Shall we play a game?”

The U.S. Navy's most advanced submarines will soon be using Xbox controllers [The Virginian Pilot] “The control room of one of the Navy’s most advanced submarines is filled with sophisticated computers, flat-screen monitors and sailors who grew up in a digital world. At times it can look a bit like a video game arcade, and not just because of the high-resolution graphics. The Navy is beginning to use an Xbox 360 controller – like the ones you find at the mall – to operate the periscopes aboard Virginia-class submarines. [...] [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Sep 23, 2017 - 35 comments

"It’s definitely a tokenization.”

"Even after World War II, a conflict we typically characterize as an unambiguous moral necessity, veterans disrupted an emerging nationalist, anti-communist consensus. Robert Saxe, the author of Settling Down: World War II Veterans’ Challenge to the Post-War Consensus, told the New Republic, “A lot of World War II veterans came back and had some pretty significant critiques of America.” Those critiques ranged from dissatisfaction with the military itself, where the divide between officers and enlisted men reflected broader class tensions, and with civilians, who benefited from a wartime economic boom without risking their lives in battle." The Invisible Veterans Of The Left [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Sep 2, 2017 - 6 comments

Twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!

Another busy week for the President: on the eve of Hurricane Harvey slamming into the Texas coast, Trump pardoned Arpaio, and banned transgender people from future military enlistment, but has difficulty staying on message as historic flooding threatens Texas. Meanwhile, the Russian collusion probe proceeds apace, as additional subpoenas are issued for testimony, while Gorka wins the weekly White House purge lottery.
posted by darkstar on Aug 27, 2017 - 2237 comments

How Ice Cream Helped America at War

For decades, the military made sure soldiers had access to the treat—including spending $1 million on a floating ice-cream factory.

posted by Etrigan on Aug 9, 2017 - 11 comments

"He's not my best friend. He's my brother."

Corporal Jeff DeYoung (Ret.) & Military Working Dog Cena served together in the United States Marine Corps during one tour of duty from October 2009 to April 2010 as part of Operation Moshtarak. Cena served a total of four years in the military, and was separated from Corporal DeYoung for four years, one month, and eight days. They had a tearful reunion on June 5, 2014 with help from American Humane. On July 26, 2017, as friends and fellow patriots saluted, DeYoung carried Cena past a crowd of well-wishers and boarded a decommissioned Navy ship in Muskegon, Mich. It was there where the black lab, lame with bone cancer, was euthanized. He was 10.

American Humane Hero Dog Awards® is an annual campaign that recognizes heroes on both ends of the leash. Here are this year's finalists.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Jul 29, 2017 - 18 comments

Chicago to make post-graduation plans a requirement for high schoolers

“Students will soon have to show that they've secured a job or received a letter of acceptance to college, a trade apprenticeship, a gap year program or the military in order to graduate”
  • Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago: “We are going to help kids have a plan, because they're going to need it to succeed. You cannot have kids think that 12th grade is done.”
  • Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union: “It sounds good on paper, but the problem is that when you've cut the number of counselors in schools, when you've cut the kind of services that kids need, who is going to do this work? If you've done the work to earn a diploma, then you should get a diploma. Because if you don't, you are forcing kids into more poverty.”
[more inside]
posted by koavf on Jul 5, 2017 - 89 comments

The Long, Lonely Road of Chelsea Manning

The New York Times has published a longform interview of Chelsea Manning "In January 2017, after being locked up at five different facilities, in conditions a United Nations expert called “cruel” and “inhumane,” Manning had received a surprise commutation by President Barack Obama. Four months later, she was free, trying to adjust to life in a world she helped shape."
posted by indubitable on Jun 12, 2017 - 22 comments

When Corporations Make History

"The language repeatedly emphasizes consumer choice as particularly important. Residents “prefer to drive alone” and the car became “the option of choice.” But consumers can only choose among the options that are provided to them. The implication here is that people don’t want good public transit, they want GM cars." - Blight At The Museum, how corporate donations are taking control of American history at the Smithsonian.
posted by The Whelk on May 25, 2017 - 34 comments

Oscar-Zero

At this very moment, as you are reading this article, 90 highly trained U.S. Air Force Officers are on alert across a network of Minuteman III Launch Control Centers. Working in pairs, the missileers, as the officers are called, are on 24-hour shifts, or Alerts, where they await orders not to “push the button,” as it’s commonly said, but instead to “turn the keys.”
Notes from a Nuclear Tourist, via.
posted by Rumple on Apr 9, 2017 - 21 comments

“...soft power remains an elusive and ill-defined concept,”

Soft Power, National Branding, and the Process of Engineering Attraction (Part 1: Power in International Relations) [Chromatic Aberration Everywhere] “I'’ve been thinking a lot about this type of thing — soft power, how it affects us, how it’s discussed, and what it actually is. And, after a lot of thinking, much discussion (including some with Froggykun!), and lots of writing, I think I’ve finally come up with some answers. Surprisingly, many of them lead back to Outbreak Company — it turns out the scenario the show constructs actually is quite clever on a wide variety of fronts, and could easily be seen as the exact type of critique soft power needs right now (both in content and in form — what better way to criticize the valorizing of otaku culture than as a LN filled to the brim with otaku culture?!) or its exact opposite.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Apr 1, 2017 - 0 comments

Bannon now on National Sec. Council; professionals demoted to make room

Steve Bannon has been elevated to a position on the National Security Council, while the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence have been demoted. They will attend NSC meetings only when "issues pertaining to their responsibilities and expertise are to be discussed." Bannon is an radical ideologue; his position in a place where decisions about war and peace are made could be the beginning of something major.
posted by Sleeper on Jan 29, 2017 - 304 comments

Publicizing the horrors

Shocked by the conditions he discovered at a liberated Nazi concentration camp, General Eisenhower took decisive action to ensure that the horrors of the Holocaust were never dismissed as propaganda. (via The Presidential Timeline) [cw: pictures taken in concentration camps]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 27, 2017 - 30 comments

America's Best Security Blanket: Meet the Woobie

"There have been some amazing military innovations over the years: freeze-dried food for MREs, jet aircraft, rail guns, and the soul-sucking website, Army Knowledge Online. But none of these compare to the simplest, most wonderful invention known to mankind: the poncho liner, affectionately known by all those who have felt its life-giving warmth as the " [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Jan 19, 2017 - 38 comments

From Ancient Times to Afghanistan

The United States Military Academy, West Point, has posted more than a thousand military campaign maps used in their course "History of the Military Art". These are organized into Atlases, such as the Korean War and the Chinese Civil War.
posted by Rumple on Nov 9, 2016 - 7 comments

Sir, Yes, Sir

What It Feels Like Being A Trans Person Serving In The Armed Forces, an interview with former Senior Airman Jordan Blisk, US Air Force Reserves, cartoonified by Jess Ruliffson
posted by Etrigan on Oct 25, 2016 - 30 comments

"People like me just got screwed."

Short of troops to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan a decade ago, the California National Guard enticed thousands of soldiers with bonuses of $15,000 or more to reenlist and go to war. Now the Pentagon is demanding the money back. [more inside]
posted by Shmuel510 on Oct 23, 2016 - 62 comments

In the autumn they issued a sack of potatoes per person

Frozen Dreams: Russia's Arctic obsession (16 min.) is a Financial Times video feature about Russian Federation preparations to take advantage of the Northern Sea Route opening up along its Arctic coast, which may at some point offer a preferable path for global shipping between the Atlantic region and East Asia, in comparison with the conventional route through the Mediterranean, Suez Canal, and Indian Ocean. [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on Oct 21, 2016 - 2 comments

Glass Ceiling Gets a Little Higher

Thirty-five years ago, Lori Robinson decided to join the United States Air Force for a few years just to see what would happen (her father being a fighter pilot may have influenced her decision somewhat). Things kept happening, and earlier this year, General Robinson became the highest-ranking woman in U.S. military history upon her appointment as commander of NORAD and USNORTHCOM. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Oct 7, 2016 - 9 comments

Your stare was holding

A mashup of the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders and men of the U.S. military lip-syncing and dancing to Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe .

The original videos.
posted by steeringwheel on Sep 2, 2016 - 33 comments

"Military recruiting is a sophisticated psychological pursuit."

High School Students' Test Results Are Being Sent to Military Recruiters Without Consent
Data released by the Department of Defense on August 1st shows the military administered its 3-hour enlistment exam to nearly 700,000 students in 12,000 high schools during the 2013-14 school year, a 2% increase over the prior year. [...] For instance, North Little Rock High School tested 680, almost all of its juniors and seniors. All of the data was shipped to recruiters without mom and dad in the loop, while the Pentagon’s database reports that the students took the test voluntarily
posted by Room 641-A on Aug 22, 2016 - 59 comments

The US military industry _is_ 'complex'

U.S. Army fudged its accounts by trillions of dollars, auditor finds - "The Defense Department's Inspector General, in a [July 26 (pdf)] report, said the Army made $2.8 trillion in wrongful adjustments to accounting entries in one quarter alone in 2015, and $6.5 trillion for the year. Yet the Army lacked receipts and invoices to support those numbers or simply made them up... The report affirms a 2013 Reuters series revealing how the Defense Department falsified accounting on a large scale as it scrambled to close its books. As a result, there has been no way to know how the Defense Department – far and away the biggest chunk of Congress' annual budget – spends the public's money."
posted by kliuless on Aug 22, 2016 - 47 comments

The movement for Black lives

A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom and Justice. (Platform, Downloads/Briefing)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 1, 2016 - 16 comments

“administrative offenses”

Chelsea Manning Faces Solitary Confinement and Charges After Suicide Attempt [The Guardian] Chelsea Manning may face charges relating to a suicide attempt this year, which could lead to indefinite solitary confinement or transferral to a maximum-security facility, according to a civil rights group. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced on Thursday that Manning, who is serving a 35-year sentence in military custody for leaking state secrets to the whistleblowing site WikiLeaks, was under investigation for three charges related to her 5 July suicide attempt: “resisting the force cell move team”, “prohibited property”, and “conduct which threatens”. Manning confirmed through her lawyers in July that she was receiving medical care after having tried to take her own life. If convicted of these new “administrative offenses”, she faces punishment that could include solitary confinement for the rest of her sentence, reclassification as a maximum-security prisoner, and an addition of nine years to her sentence. It might also negate her possibility of parole, according to the ACLU. [Previously.]
posted by Fizz on Jul 29, 2016 - 54 comments

"It's a coup, go home."

An attempted military coup is underway in Turkey. According to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, "Some people illegally undertook an illegal action outside of the chain of command." The Turkish military claims they have taken over the government, "in the name of democratic order, adding that all existing foreign relations will continue and human rights will remain." [more inside]
posted by Drinky Die on Jul 15, 2016 - 408 comments

Pentagon Lifts Ban on Trans Service Members

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has announced that the U.S. military will lift its ban on trans people serving openly. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Jun 30, 2016 - 31 comments

PTSD May Not A Mental Disorder

Recent research suggests that PTSD may be more of a physical issue than a psychological issue.
posted by COD on Jun 11, 2016 - 39 comments

The Graves of the Marines I Lost

"In the early hours of Jan. 26, 2005, one of two large Marine helicopters transporting troops for this expanded and therefore riskier mission crashed, killing all onboard: 30 Marines and a Navy corpsman....I promised myself that night that I would visit all 31 grave sites. I needed to get a sense of where these military service members came from: the schools and churches they attended; the streets where they learned to drive; the neighborhoods where many of their families still lived."
posted by roomthreeseventeen on May 29, 2016 - 8 comments

Duty, Honor, Country

As 2nd Lt. Alix Schoelcher Idrache stood at attention during his West Point commencement on Saturday, he was overwhelmed with emotion. [more inside]
posted by sallybrown on May 26, 2016 - 7 comments

"This was an act of unity amongst sisters and a symbol of achievement."

Sixteen soon-to-be U.S. Army officers will face no formal sanction over raising their fists in an "inappropriate" but not political gesture during their Old Corps graduation photo shoot, the U.S. Military Academy has announced. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on May 11, 2016 - 60 comments

(Hip) Hop Gun

A fast-paced new Chinese recruiting video for the People’s Liberation Army “lures recruits with rap music.” The Marine Corps Times calls it “insane,” saying, “U.S. military recruiters take note: It's time to up your game.” [more inside]
posted by LeLiLo on May 9, 2016 - 49 comments

The Victim

A Marine's Convictions. "After a flawed sexual assault investigation, a Naval Academy instructor fights to prove he has done nothing wrong. But did he?" (content warning: rape) [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 3, 2016 - 20 comments

Did the Pentagon mislead Congress about sexual assault?

Protect Our Defenders, a victim advocacy group, uses FOIA to fact check military claims on sexual assault. [more inside]
posted by youdontmakefriendswithsalad on Apr 18, 2016 - 5 comments

You know it's--it's great for, uh, women's equality.

ROBELINE, LA (KSLA) - A Robeline native is making armed forces history as the first woman to enlist in the infantry in the United States Army.
posted by J.K. Seazer on Apr 10, 2016 - 33 comments

Think Defence Blog's Top 25 British War Films

British defence blog Think Defence presents an idiosyncratic list of the Top 25 British War Films. [more inside]
posted by Major Clanger on Apr 2, 2016 - 65 comments

“VR has the potential to induce severe pain or suffering...”

We Should Be Talking About Torture in VR by Jason Johnson [Versions] [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Apr 1, 2016 - 68 comments

The Bidding War

Matthieu Aikins on Hikmatullah Shadman, a young military contractor who amassed a fortune. But was it profit or profiteering? (slNewYorker)
posted by crazy with stars on Feb 29, 2016 - 21 comments

Booming Business

Scrapper, directed and produced by Stephan Wassmann, is a film about a group of survivalists, desperadoes, and range runners who risk their lives scavenging scrap metal from exploded and unexploded ordnance from the impact areas of the U.S. Navy and Marines Aerial Gunnery Range in the Chocolate Mountains of southeastern California.
posted by mattdidthat on Feb 17, 2016 - 18 comments

Pentagon's Social Freezing Program

"The goal is to give those in uniform the peace of mind that if they are hurt on the battlefield — hundreds of veterans suffered injuries to their reproductive organs in Iraq and Afghanistan — they would still be able to have children." (NYTimes) [more inside]
posted by Mr.Pointy on Feb 4, 2016 - 15 comments

Are you a female between the ages of 18 and 26?

Army and Marine Corps chiefs: It’s time for women to register for the draft The top officers in the Army and Marine Corps testified on Tuesday that they believe it is time for women to register for future military drafts, following the Pentagon’s recent decision to open all jobs in combat units to female service members.
posted by pjsky on Feb 2, 2016 - 161 comments

Grim Reapers

More U.S. military drones are crashing than ever... Driving the increase was a mysterious surge in mishaps involving the Air Force’s newest and most advanced “hunter-killer” drone, the Reaper, which has become the Pentagon’s favored weapon for conducting surveillance and airstrikes against the Islamic State, al-Qaeda and other militant groups. From the Washington Post, January 19, 2016.
posted by cenoxo on Jan 19, 2016 - 32 comments

Waterlooing Trump

"Despite Trump’s apparent strength in national polls, Cruz’s targeting of Iowa focuses on the most logical schwerpunkt for defeating Trump (puncturing his air of being a winner) by using the sequential nature of primaries to hand him a defeat in the first state to actually vote." Applying the theories of military strategist John Boyd to explain why Donald Trump has proven so successful in the primary so far, and why he will fail. Also, schwerpunkt! [more inside]
posted by macross city flaneur on Dec 19, 2015 - 106 comments

“You can’t squint hard enough to make this gray.”

Navy SEALs, a Beating Death and Claims of a Cover-Up by Nicholas Kulish, Christopher Drew and Matthew Rosenberg [The New York Times] U.S. soldiers accused Afghan police and Navy SEALs of abusing detainees. But the SEAL command opted against a court-martial and cleared its men of wrongdoing.
Abuse of detainees is among the most serious offenses an American service member can commit. Several military justice experts, who reviewed a Naval Criminal Investigative Service report on the case at the request of The Times, said that it had been inappropriate for the SEAL command to treat such allegations as an internal disciplinary matter and that it should have referred the case for an Article 32 review, the equivalent of a grand jury, to consider a court-martial.
[more inside] posted by Fizz on Dec 17, 2015 - 26 comments

60 years of dropping bombs on America's enemies with little effect

Ground crews scouring the aging frames for rust often find graffiti in hidden nooks by previous generations — a recent discovery, perhaps commenting on the age of the planes, featured primitive cave-style animal paintings.
-- With at least one pilot whose father and grandfather also flew it, the B-52, Big Ugly Flying F...ellow is now in its sixtieth year of active service.
posted by MartinWisse on Dec 9, 2015 - 66 comments

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