Sound Off: Should We Outsource Our Space Program?

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Yesterday, an unmanned RussianProgress M-28M cargo ship successfully docked at the International Space Station and delivered 2.5 metric tons of fuel, oxygen, water, food and other supplies to the crew. This successful launch and delivery came less than a week after a U.S. cargo rocket exploded after launch. +Continue Reading

Get an Early Start With ‘World of Warships’

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World of Warships has launched its long-anticipated Open Beta just in time for the holiday weekend. Warships is the latest in Wargaming.net’s line of free-to-play military games that aim to combine historical accuracy with realistic gameplay: World of Tanks has been a worldwide phenomenon since 2010 and there’s been a lot of anticipation for this sequel.

We’ve got a lot to cover here: Wargaming hosted Military​.com and a host of other journalists last May in St. Petersburg, Russia for an early look at the game during a visit to developer Lesta Studios. +Continue Reading

9 Essential Items Soldiers Should Have in Their Barracks Rooms

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BY DAVID NYE — WEARETHEMIGHTY​.COM

1. Water filter

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Soldiers drink enough crappy water in the field when a lieutenant decides the platoon needs to practice using iodine tablets. While relaxing in the barracks, they need a decent filter. Pitcher filters allow the water to chill in the fridge, but faucet-mounted units provide water on demand. +Continue Reading

Snowden: The Most Wanted Man in the World

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The first trailer for Oliver Stone’s movie Snowden has premiered online and you can watch it below. Scheduled for release December 25th, the film tells the life story of Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor who leaked a massive amount of classified material to journalists two years ago in June 2013. +Continue Reading

Fort McPherson Gets New Life as a Movie Studio

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Georgia’s Fort McPherson, the historic Army base that operated in suburban Atlanta from 1885–2011, has been sold to filmmaker Tyler Perry, who plans to redevelop the facility as movie studio.

Perry will control 330 of the facility’s 448 acres and has plans to build up to 16 soundstages. His $30 million purchase includes the post’s former golf course, key office buildings and the fort’s historic parade grounds and officers’ quarters. +Continue Reading

‘Ashley’s War’ Chronicles Women on the Special Ops Battlefield

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By Mark Lee Greenblatt

People who like compelling, well-crafted tales of America’s soldiers in action will like Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon’s recently released book tells the story behind the first team of female soldiers to join American special operators on the battlefield. The key to this book, however, is not simply that they are strong females, but that they are strong soldiers.

That message appears in the very first pages of the book, where she follows two soldiers on their first mission. The “newbies,” as she calls them, are preparing to go on a dangerous operation with an aggressive, seasoned Ranger team to capture an insurgent leader deep in Afghanistan. Lemmon identifies the newbies as “Second Lieutenant White” and “Staff Sergeant Mason,” sharing only at the very end of the introduction that White and Mason are women. +Continue Reading

William Shatner Rides for the American Legion

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William Shatner, legendary Priceline spokesman and the real commander of the starship USS Enterprise, is riding a motorcycle from Chicago to Hollywood, retracing the trip he took along Route 66 at age 19 as he drove west to launch his acting career.

He’s undertaking this trip in partnership with the American Legion Riders to help raise awareness of American Legion programs and raise funds for The American Legion Legacy Scholarship, which helps cover college expenses for children of U.S. military men and women who lost their lives while on duty since Sept. 11, 2001. +Continue Reading

7 Things That Make You Stick Out in the US Military

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BY DAVID NYE — WEARETHEMIGHTY​.COM

The military is one of those work environments where it’s generally best to blend in. Sure, you want to stand out during promotion boards or advancement exams, but the rest of the time it’s best for troops to keep their heads down.

Unfortunately, some people are cursed with traits that make that impossible. Here are 7 things that are guaranteed to draw extra attention. +Continue Reading

‘Max’ — Military Dogs Get Their Hollywood Moment

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Max tells the story of a military service dog who returns stateside after his handler is killed in combat. It’s a PG-rated action thriller, the kind of family-friendly movie our commenters (repeatedly) say that want Hollywood to make. +Continue Reading

Soen Transit: A Wireless Speaker That Makes a Perfect Gift

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The Soen Transit wireless Bluetooth speaker ($169.95) is an incredibly nice piece of gear. It’s beautifully designed. The box is beautifully designed. The Transit’s fit and finish makes it exactly the kind of electronic device that makes a perfect gift. +Continue Reading