Hi, I’m Paul Szoldra (pronounced ZOAL-druh) — a national security writer, editor, military analyst, and U.S. Marine Corps veteran. I'm also a dad, husband, entrepreneur, and unapologetic hater of military acronyms (UHMA).

My career began after 9/11 in the Marine Corps infantry, where I served throughout the Indo-Pacific region, took part in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and trained thousands of new grunts for combat as an instructor with the **Infantry Training Battalion** in California. Post-military, I entered the journalism ranks as an intern for Business Insider and progressed to Military & Defense Editor and Correspondent for Tech Insider (RIP). I was the founding Executive Editor of We Are The Mighty and was the longest-serving Editor-in-Chief at **Task & Purpose,** where I led an amazing team for 4 years that built and grew a premier news and culture site for the military community to more than 5 million monthly readers.

Additionally, I am the Founder of Duffel Blog, a satire newsletter started in 2014 that is now read in the Pentagon and by troops around the world; and The Ruck, a newsletter focused on unpacking complex national security issues. Today, I serve as an Editor at Anduril Industries, where I help tell the story of a defense technology company that is transforming U.S. and Allied warfighters into superheroes with advanced technology.

My work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Semafor, MSNBC, CBS News, USA Today, ABC News, HuffPost, and The Columbia Journalism Review. It has also been cited by the Department of Defense, the U.S. Army, the House Armed Services Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and several books.

The Ruck

Duffel Blog

📺 Media + TV appearances

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