The Pentagon Is Terrified of Sex
In 2013, the White House ordered the Pentagon to open combat roles to women and gave the military a three-year deadline. As women take on more roles in the U.S. military, both on the front lines and in leadership, the Pentagon must face an issue it has long ignored... Read more
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ and the Burdens of Modern Policing
If the Avengers are a super-powered Special Operations group then Spider-Man is a beat cop. While the Avengers stop Ultron from wiping out all human life on the planet and prepare for the world-shattering invasion of Thanos, Spider-Man helps old ladies with directions and stops bike thieves. That is as... Read more
We Need to Talk About the Special Operations Forces
U.S. Special Operations forces worked and fought in more than 130 countries across the world in 2016 alone. In 2017, America’s elite troops are doing even more. From East Africa, to the Middle East and beyond, U.S. operators are more than just the tip of the spear, they’re the... Read more
Play the Pentagon-Funded Video Game That Predates Pong
This story originally appeared on July 24, 2014. Before Call of Duty, before Mario and even before Pong there was Spacewar! The brainchild of six graduate students at MIT in the early ‘60s, Spacewar! was the first true video game. A few guys had done cool tricks with oscilloscopes in... Read more
Why ‘Fallout’ Is the Best Nuclear War Story Ever Told
This article was originally published on June 26, 2015. I wandered the wastelands, desperately searching for a water chip to fix a broken machine and save my people. I spent countless hours searching the California wastes for a Garden of Eden Creation Kit so I could feed a starving... Read more
Domestic Terrorists Target Journalism in ‘The Nightly News’
It’s a clear, sunny day in New York City when the protesters gather on Wall Street. The World Bank and IMF are there “for their semi-annual Third World Gangbang,” and the protesters arrive to shout into the darkness. In a skyscraper looming over the city, a sniper looks out the... Read more
The U.S. Military Still Wants Psychic Marines and We’ve Got the Manual
After World War II, certain branches of the U.S. military and spy communities developed a curious interest in the occult. As journalists Jon Ronson documented in The Men Who Stare At Goats and Annie Jacobsen recently revealed in Phenomena, the Pentagon has long had an interest in harnessing the supernatural to... Read more
Turkey’s Blind Eye Toward the Islamic State
Turkey is a member of NATO, an American ally and a bulwark against the broiling chaos of the Middle East. That’s the story at least. The truth is far more complicated. Recently, U.S. Pres. Donald Trump approved a plan to arm the YPG—Kurdish fighters whose territory spreads across northern Syria.... Read more
‘Combat Shock’ Is a Vetsploitation Nightmare
The American soldiers who returned from the jungles of Vietnam faced discrimination and unprecedented rates of drug addiction and despair. It didn’t help that the economy of the late 1970s and early ’80s was garbage and the country was moving through what Pres. Jimmy Carter called “the great malaise.”... Read more
A Cop Turned Wannabe Action Star Assaulted the Venezuelan Supreme Court in a Helicopter
A rogue police helicopter cut through the evening air above Venezuela’s Supreme Court on June 27, 2017. The chopper lingered in the air above Caracas for a moment, then swooped along the edges of the building as one of its passengers displayed a sign. “Art. 350 Libertad,” the sign... Read more

Matthew Gault

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