Marty Skovlund Jr., Task & Purpose

Marty Skovlund Jr.

Task & Purpose

Portsmouth, NH, United States

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Past articles by Marty:

Letter from the editor: A new chapter begins at

In 2023, Task & Purpose is doubling down on news and analysis of combat, real-world operations, and veterans issues. → Read More

Letter from the editor: the next chapter at

Five years have passed since my last report for Task & Purpose, and I’m proud to announce I’ve returned as the next editor-in-chief. → Read More

The Future Of Afghanistan May Depend On This Homegrown Commando Force

With the Taliban on the offensive, Afghanistan’s future may depend on this homegrown commando force. → Read More

8 Years After My Last Deployment, I Returned To Afghanistan As A Reporter. Here’s What I Found

Almost eight years after my last combat mission, I returned to Afghanistan — not as a combatant but as a journalist. → Read More

Vacation Rental: Private Room In Cozy Camp, Experience Authentic Afghanistan!

Don't rule out Afghanistan for your next fun-filled family vacation! → Read More

This Elite Police Force Is Afghanistan’s Secret Weapon Against Violent Extremists

The GCPSU are an elite Afghan police unit responsible for responding to high-profile attacks and conducting high-risk arrests. → Read More

‘I Serve Afghanistan!’: Afghan Soldiers Graduate To The Elite Ranks Of Special Forces

T&P's Marty Skovlund Jr. attends an Afghan special forces graduation ceremony. → Read More

‘I Have Already Killed Many Taliban,’ Afghan Commando Reflects On Fighting For 12 Years

T&P's Marty Skovlund Jr. meets an Afghan commando who's been fighting the Taliban for 12 years. → Read More

In Afghanistan, US Military Leaders Tell T&P Taliban Is ‘Consistently Defeated’

Task & Purpose's Marty Skovlund Jr. reports from Afghanistan. → Read More

New Army Unit's Beret (And Mission) Angers Special Forces Vets

Senior NCOs tell Task & Purpose the new Security Force Assistance Brigade beret order came from top Army brass — and their soldiers don't deserve abuse. → Read More

An Inside Look At CBS’ New Show ‘SEAL Team’

Task & Purpose goes on set with CBS' new military show 'SEAL Team.' → Read More

An Inside Look At CBS’ New Show ‘SEAL Team’

Task & Purpose goes on set with CBS' new military show 'SEAL Team.' → Read More

What The Army’s Next-Generation Combat Vehicle Needs To Be Successful

What must the next-generation combat vehicle get right in the next round of testing? → Read More

The True Story Of How The Army Made The First Female Infantrymen

A newly minted female infantryman speaks up about all the rumors surrounding the Army's first integrated class of frontline soldiers. → Read More

The 75th Ranger Regiment Is Adding A Fifth Battalion

Task & Purpose has learned that the 75th Ranger Regiment will be activating a fifth Ranger battalion to provisional status on May 22. → Read More

5 Things To Know About The Army’s Plan To Pick A New Rifle

The U.S. Army is officially on the hunt for a new rifle to replace the M16 family of weapons. → Read More

Rangers Reject Pentagon Claim Of ‘Friendly Fire’ in Afghanistan Deaths

The Pentagon on Friday announced an investigation into the deaths of two Army Rangers killed during a firefight in Afghanistan, citing “friendly fire." → Read More

SOCOM Is Looking For A New Multi-Caliber Sniper Rifle

SOCOM just released a sources sought notice asking for companies who are capable of producing the next generation of sniper rifles. → Read More

Train For The Worst Day Of Your Life With A Stress Shoot

If you take your range days seriously, then throw a little bit of physical activity into the mix during your next training session. → Read More

The Military’s 5 Biggest Procurement Fails Since 9/11

From uniforms that don’t hide anyone to vaccines that don’t protect against actual threats, the defense budget has plenty to be ashamed of. → Read More