Tag: military

by David Gurman

Sundev Lohr contributed research and writing to this post. How can you share war stories online, in real time, without compromising operational security? Can a reporting system be designed to ensure that, while in the field, your story can be communicated without giving the enemy information they could use to harm you? Can you censor […] more »

by Matt Farwell

Basetrack is following the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 1-8, for their tour in Musa Qala, Helmand, one of Afghanistan’s most dangerous and strategically important locations. The goal is to tell a small fragment of their story in real time, as it unfolds. We aim to create a connection between the Marine strapping on his helmet […] more »

by Matt Farwell

ser·en·dip·i·ty [ser-uhn-dip-i-tee] -noun 1. an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. 2. good fortune; luck: the serendipity of getting the first job she applied for. 2007 I’m sweating despite the snow on the ground. I’m at the wheel of my humvee, silently begging the platoon leader on my right to stop the banter that gets […] more »

by Teru Kuwayama

Safi Airways flight 4Q-52. Sept 28, 2010 at 20:00 GMT-Zulu — I’m airborne and en route to link up with First Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment (a.k.a. “one-eight,” the subject of our Knight News Challenge grant), in southern Afghanistan. We’re at cruising altitude, somewhere between Hungary and Turkey, on a civilian flight into Kabul. The first […] more »

by Teru Kuwayama

As the saying goes, “Be careful what you wish for.” In my case, I won a Knight News Challenge grant to launch an online, social media reporting network that follows a battalion of U.S. Marines throughout their deployment to southern Afghanistan. (Congratulations! You’ve won a year in Helmand Province, roadside bomb capital of the world…) […] more »