The Sublime Satire That Is ‘The Forever War’ in Comics
I first read Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War as a teenager. It was one of my father’s favorite novels and a salient work of military science fiction for the Vietnam generation. He was glad the U.S. government never called up his draft number and sent him into that nightmare.... Read more
Sebastian Junger Knows Why Soldiers Have a Hard Time Coming Home
This article was originally published on June 11, 2016. As the United States approaches its 15th straight year at war, rates of post-traumatic stress disorder have risen to record highs. But there are no simple explanations for the cause. American soldiers are less likely to engage in combat than their... Read more
‘Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus’ Reminded Me Why I Love America
This post contains extensive spoilers for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Somewhere between blowing up Area 52 and burying a hatchet in the face of a Nazi Obergruppenführer, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus reminded me why I love the United States of America. That’s how good it is. Wolfenstein... Read more
Dated U.S. Army Manual Tells Female Troops to ‘Guard Against Rape’
This story originally appeared on Oct. 31, 2014. Decades ago, the U.S. Army offered sometimes degrading suggestions on how to avoid rapists, survive a sexual assault and what to do in the aftermath of an attack. Advocates for victims of sexual trauma say the Pentagon is still struggling to... Read more
Manual for Mayhem: How One Man Tried to Teach Everyday People to Make Anti-Tank Missiles
This story originally appeared on Jan. 17, 2014. One day in high school, I was out with classmates when my friend Danny abruptly reached into his pocket and threw something high into the air. He immediately ducked behind a car and, sensing danger, the rest of us ran behind... Read more
Run Silent, Run Cheat: The Sneaky Hobby Games Navy Submariners Play
This story originally appeared on Feb. 15, 2014. Life is busy aboard a submarine. To wile away the hours not spent working or training, crews have developed a rich tradition of card and board games. Some of these games are popular among civilians, others were picked up by sailors... Read more
‘Papers, Please’ Almost Gave Me a Nervous Breakdown
This story originally appeared on Sept. 18, 2013. “Papers, Please,” I said. The man slid his passport, work permit, immunization records and entry permit across my desk. I took them and looked them over, hunting for discrepancies. His passport was expired. I denied him entry into the country. He... Read more
What ‘Tales From the Crypt’ Taught Us About Illustrating War
This story originally appeared on Aug. 21, 2013. Comic shops are full of war stories. The Unknown Soldier is a bleak book about a haunted man with a face wrapped in bandages waging a lone war against the brutal Lord’s Resistance Army rebel group. The Pride of Baghdad tells... Read more
I Watched China’s ‘Top Gun’ So You Don’t Have To
This story originally appeared on Oct. 30, 2013. The Chinese government wants to take you into the danger zone. In 2011 Beijing released Sky Fighters, China’s answer to Top Gun. Like Top Gun, it’s about fighter pilots waging aerial war for their country. But that’s where the comparison ends. Made... Read more
The U.S. Air Force Has a Brony Squadron
This story originally appeared on July 24, 2013. In July 2014, word hit the Internet that an Air Force unit training to fly America’s most advanced military aircraft are wearing a patch inspired by the television show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Now the Air Force has confirmed... Read more
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