World War II Created the Documentary Film Genre
World War II still haunts. Even now—several generations removed—we still live in the shadow of a war that reshaped the planet and propelled America to the center of geopolitical power. Millions of Americans grew up watching footage of the war and hearing its stories told and retold around the... Read more
On the Frontlines During the Last Days of Standing Rock
After a year of protests, Standing Rock began to clear out in February 2017. But to one observer, the standoff stood out for how much it resembled a war zone. Marty Skovlund, Jr. is a U.S. Army veteran who served in the 1st Ranger Battalion. He fought in both Iraq... Read more
By the Way, Russia Is Supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan Now
The American public turned its attention to Afghanistan on April 13, 2017 when U.S. Special Operations Forces dropped a huge bomb on the Islamic State. Media coverage of America’s longest war picked up as talking heads mooned over the impressive weapon. But when most Americans weren’t paying attention, their longest war had... Read more
Everything You Know About the Vietnam War Resistance Is Wrong
My father had a low draft number and always told me he couldn’t see himself trudging through the jungle with a machete. It was the early ’70s and Vietnam would be over soon, but young Americans were still dying in Southeast Asia. So dad joined the Navy and served... Read more
One Tank to Rule Them All
War nerds love tanks. The battlefield behemoths drove onto the scene in the middle of World War I, replaced the cavalry and became synonymous with war. This week on the show, author Steven Zaloga walks us through the ins and outs of armored vehicles. He explains how the French... Read more
The Islamic State’s Deadly Drone Fleet
For the past decade, unmanned aerial vehicles have been a cornerstone of America’s campaign against Islamic insurgents in the Greater Middle East. Predator and Reaper drones crisscross the globe firing Hellfire missiles. Other countries have operational drone fleets, but few match the might and ubiquity of America’s. But journalists... Read more
Behold the Power of the Atom With Declassified Nuclear Blast Footage
Nuclear weapons have been on people’s minds lately and that’s a good thing. As Washington and the Kremlin stoke the fires of nuclear armageddon, it’s important for the world to remember the deadly and horrifying cost of atomic weapons. Since the weapon’s creation, humans have only used them on... Read more
U.S. Navy Officers Allegedly Traded Favors for an Orgy in Douglas MacArthur’s Relic Room
For years, Malaysian playboy and defense contractor Leonard Glenn Francis — often called Fat Leonard by his buds — effectively controlled the U.S. Navy’s Pacific fleet. Fat Leonard spent millions of dollars bribing officers of the Seventh Fleet and in exchange those officers made sure the U.S. Navy’s most powerful ships sailed into... Read more
Babes, Booze and Nukes
Originally published on Dec. 20, 2013. For five days in mid-July 2013, a delegation of the Pentagon’s top nuclear officials led by Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Carey traveled to Moscow to meet their counterparts in the Russian nuke force. It was a make-nice involving the world’s biggest atomic... Read more
Women Marines Are Marines, Too — Same as Men
In early March 2017, news broke that a 30,000-member Facebook group called “Marines United” trafficked in nude photos of female Marines and wives. Facebook took action and Marines United removed the offending material. But users simply downloaded the photos and shared them on other online platforms. At an anonymous,... Read more

Matthew Gault

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