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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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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

September 12, 2014

ISIS and Twitter

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McKeon delivers an address during a National Press Club luncheon in February. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Islamic State terrorist group will have no safe haven if they threaten America, President Obama said in address to the nation on Wednesday night.

But they have been threatening America, in particular by using social media. Full story

September 11, 2014

#ThrowbackThursday: the Red Baron

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Manfred von Richthofen, former President of the German Sport Federation and nephew of the Red Baron himself, attends the “Der Rote Baron” premiere in 2008 in Berlin. (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Wired just had an interesting piece on the Red Baron and how the aircraft most famously associated with him is a ripoff of a British plane. It’s well worth reading, and a reminder about the power of stolen military technology — in the analog age, it enabled one of history’s most famous warriors, and in the digital age we’re only beginning to grasp what the effects of cyber theft might be.

It’s also an excuse to talk about the Red Baron, real name Manfred von Richthofen, on Throwback Thursday. Here are some random facts! Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 9:16 a.m.
Cyber, Pop Culture, War

September 9, 2014

Early Reviews, Clip of ‘Good Kill,’ First Major Film on U.S. Drone Strikes

Hollywood and the Pentagon might work symbiotically on some films, but “Good Kill,” a movie about about U.S. drone policy directed by Andrew Niccol and starring Ethan Hawke and January Jones, isn’t one of them. This clip hints at why.

Said Jones: “The fact that it even got financed was a miracle,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “When production went to ask for [Department of Defense] support, they very respectfully declined. They didn’t know if they wanted to lend their support. They’re just confused themselves as how to talk about it, so we’ll talk for them.”

So how well is doing at the talking as it makes the rounds at various festivals? Full story

August 12, 2014

Military Remembrances of Robin Williams

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Williams, center, laughs in the back stage during the entertaining 2010 performance of “Holiday Troop Visit” by U.S. celebrities for Christmas at boardwalk stage of the Kandahar Air Field. (Behrouz Mehri /AFP/Getty Images)

Legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams, who was found dead Monday from an apparent suicide, played an airman in “Good Morning Vietnam.” His connections to the military go beyond that, so much so that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and others have remarked upon his passing. Full story

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