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November 21, 2014

Weekly Recap: F-35, Iraq Weapons, Congress, Uber

Let’s review the week that was. Would you say we would be venturing into a zone of danger? The zone will be one of danger. Full story

November 14, 2014

Weekly Recap: Syrian Rebel Vetting, Defense Bills, Veterans

The video will make sense shortly. Here are some highlights from the week that was at Five By Five, and in reporting elsewhere. Full story

November 11, 2014

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Play Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone Film

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Gordon-Levitt attends the premiere of “White Bird In A Blizzard” at ArcLight Hollywood on Oct. 21 in Hollywood. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt will shift from the twisted logic of dreams in the film “Inception” to the mind-bending world of spy agency high jinks when he plays Edward Snowden in an upcoming film. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 9:26 a.m.
Pop Culture

November 7, 2014

Weekly Recap: Red Senate, Camouflage Ice Cream

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Photo courtesy of Baskin-Robbins’ Facebook page.

It wasn’t a boring one.

  • Election crazy. We went nuts on election coverage and analysis here at Five By Five this week, from the altered state of the security agenda, to the key committee changes, to the reaction in various security/foreign policy spheres, to the new military experience in both the House and Senate.
  • Other parts of the world. Rachel Oswald (@oswaldrachel) had two dispatches for 5×5 about what U.S. diplomats were saying: the U.S. assistant Secretary of State for African affairs (on Zimbabwe) and the U.S. ambassador to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (on Syria). Oh, and on the subject of Syria…
  • Serious coverage elsewhere. The Washington Examiner offered a contrarian point of view about how much impact the elections would have on national security. Away from the election: The Washington Post wrote about changes afoot with the Defense Clandestine Service. The Navy Times had the peculiar tale of the Navy intel chief being forbidden from viewing classified information.
  • Less serious coverage elsewhere. Navy Seal + dog rappelling into an NFL game = delirious reaction. And how does camouflage ice cream sound to you?

October 23, 2014

#ThrowbackThursday: Battleship Musashi Triggers a Tsunami

That video of a Littoral Combat Ship launch (h/t) from the weekend feels like it should cause more of a splash, literally. Once upon a time, there was a ship that caused much more than a splash — the subject of this week’s Throwback Thursday. Full story

October 10, 2014

Weekly Recap: Syria Air Strikes, Operation Blue Spoon, Hawk Vs. Drone

This week, we recap the subjects in the headline, plus some Guantanamo, some politics, some cybersecurity, some Iran and more. Full story

October 8, 2014

Quiz: Political Memoir or Steven Seagal Film?

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U.S. action movie actor Steven Seagal holds a machine gun at the military exhibition “Oboronexpo-2014″ in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, on Aug. 14 (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

A friend who must remain anonymous was inspired by the release of Leon Panetta‘s “Worthy Fights” — along with a slew of other memoirs with similar titles — to generate the following quiz: “Political memoir, or Steven Seagal film?” See how you do. (And be forewarned: The list includes some direct-to-video Seagal releases.) Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 3:31 p.m.
Pop Culture

October 3, 2014

Weekly Recap: ‘Yoga Joe,’ Intel and ISIS, the History of Camouflage


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A Ukrainian sniper wearing camouflage waits on the frontline not far from the eastern Ukrainian city of Debaltseve, Donetsk region on Aug. 25. (Oleksandr Rathushniak/AFP/Getty Images)

Welcome back to the Weekly Recap, where we hit the highlights of Five By Five, plus other quality national security stories from around the Internet. Full story

October 2, 2014

‘Yoga Joe’

The lack of Kung Fu Grip might make it harder for “Yoga Joe” to catch on with the youths compared to what Snake Eyes offers. That’s not necessarily the point of this take-off on “G.I. Joe,” though. Full story

October 1, 2014

‘Call of Duty’ Writer/Director Makes Case for Artists in Warfare — Sort of

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(Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Dave Anthony, who wrote and directed the video game “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” and recently joined the Atlantic Council think tank, made his case Wednesday for why artists and creative people could be an asset in predicting the future of war. Full story

September 30, 2014

Will New Film, ‘Colonia,’ Starring Emma Watson, Address U.S. Role in Chile?

This could get awkward. A new film, “Colonia,” starring Emma Watson (@emwatson) and Daniel Bruhl, depicts events that transpired during the 1973 Chilean military coup. Will it touch on things the United States might or might not have done during that time frame? Full story

September 26, 2014

Weekly Recap: ISIS, Qassem Suleimani & Eric Holder

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Welcome to the new Weekly Recap, featuring highlights of Five By Five posts you may have missed as well as interesting reads from around the web. Full story

Five By Five Friday Q&A: ‘America Invades’ Author Christopher Kelly

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Author Christopher Kelly spoke with Five By Five via e-mail about his new book “American Invades,” co-written with Stuart Laycock, that details the extent of American military invasions and involvement around the world. An earlier Five By Five post on the subject can be found here, to which Kelly responds in part in the first answer. Full story

September 25, 2014

#ThrowbackThursday on the Carousel, Military Training Tool

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A young fan enjoys a ride on a carousel prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St. Mary’s Stadium on Sept. 13 in Southampton, England. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Ah, the merry-go-round, an amusement park regular that delights all the children. Except the word “carousel” derives from Italian and Spanish words for “little war,” and used to be a tool for training the military — the subject of this week’s Throwback Thursday. Full story

‘Boobs on the Ground’: Fox News on Female UAE Pilot

You stay classy, Fox News. The sexist “boobs on the ground” crack on “The Five” about the first female UAE fighter pilot was preceded by a “bad at parking” joke, too. At least Greta Van Susteren (@gretawire) called them out over it. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 9:52 a.m.
Pop Culture, Veterans, War

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