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Kerry Patton
Kerry Patton has served in the U.S. Defense and Justice departments, and as a contractor within the Homeland Security and State departments. He has worked in South America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, focusing on intelligence and security interviewing current and former terrorists, including members of the Taliban. He is the author of "Contracted: America's Secret Warriors."

Entries by Kerry Patton

'Enlisted'-- Is Now the Time to Premiere a Military Comedy Television Show?

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 3:28 PM

(Image: Enlisted cast and crew. From left to right: Mike Royce, Chris Lowell, Kevin Biegel, Angelique Cabral, Geoff Stults, Parker Young. Photo Courtesy of Colin Whitman)

During a time when our brave military men and women continue to endure the...

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Hollywood's First 'Militainment' Company Signs Movie Deal

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 2:48 PM

Branded by the Hollywood Reporter as a "Militainment" Production Company, Zulu 7 Productions signed its first major deal with one of America's leading entertainment distributors.

With America's love for military themed movies, Zulu 7 Productions created a one of a kind production company founded by America's best...

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FX's Television Show Legit Salutes Veterans

(3) Comments | Posted November 9, 2013 | 4:30 PM

When stand-up comedian turned actor Jim Jefferies entertained the troops in Afghanistan, something special happened -- he became completely enamored. He was touched by their heroism, patriotism and love for one another. It was something he could never forget.

Jefferies is not just any ordinary stand-up comedian. He is...

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Marathoner's Daughter: 'Are We at War, Mommy?'

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 8:09 AM

When Jill Wheeler crossed the finish line, she was quick to find her family. They were proud of her accomplishment. Finishing the Boston Marathon is a dream come true for any marathoner. But the dream turned quickly into a nightmare when two explosions ripped through the air. Hours later, another...

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The Significance of April 15th for North Korea

(15) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 7:20 AM

Missiles have been moved, the Kaesong Industrial Complex is on the brink of a complete shutdown, and the world is waiting to see whether Kim Jong Un's militant rhetoric is all one giant bluff. Very few can divulge with any accuracy what is really happening in North Korea simply because...

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Historical Military Provocations Prove North and South Korea Tolerance

(4) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 3:15 PM

Since the end of the Korean War, some Americans maintain a false sense of reality toward North-South Korean tensions. What most Americans fail to realize is that the Korean Peninsula has, for many years, experienced a plethora of military engagements between the Republic of Korea Army (South) and the Democratic...

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Missing Hikers and What Most Survival Television Shows Don't Stress

(5) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 6:32 PM

Two California teens went missing last weekend. One of the two teens, Nicolas Cendoya, was found alive on the 3rd of April. Unfortunately, his counterpart, 18 year old Kyndall Jack, remains missing. While the search continues for one of the two hikers, it's safe to say they did something many...

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Amazing Race Apology Not Good Enough for Fox News

(7) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 6:20 PM

When The Amazing Race reality television show went to Vietnam, the attention span for some Americans had risen. When the producers of the show aired Vietnamese musical performances filled with pro-communist propaganda, alarm bells started to ring. But when a B-52 memorial was aired on the show, outrage...

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Reduce the Size of the Armed Force by Seizing Benefits

(9) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 2:06 PM

My blue and gold helmet was placed in the locker. The team's equipment manager walked by saying what a great season it was after we defeated Carson Newman in the NCAA Division II Football Championship game. The equipment manager's eyes appeared saddened however knowing at least one player wouldn't return...

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Veterans: Capitalizing on the Entertainment Industry

(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 4:53 PM

Zero Dark Thirty, Act of Valor and The Hurt Locker were just a few modern-day military movies raking hundreds of millions into the box office. Americans love a good action packed national security related movie as well as similar style television shows (NCIS), mini-series (Homeland), and books (American Sniper: The...

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The Rise of Vigilantism at Immigration and Customs Checkpoints

(6) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 10:44 AM

As a conservative who dedicated my entire adult life volunteering to protect and defend this great nation, I have never been so disappointed in some of my fellow citizens. Many Americans believe they know the law merely because they have studied the U.S. Constitution. With knowledge of our Constitution, some...

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The 85th Academy Awards Failed to Honor a Legend

(1) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 11:22 AM

The hottest night in Hollywood kicked off with a bang. Deserving talent received awards for best actor and actress, picture, director, etc. It was a night of praise and honor for those in the business but did Hollywood miss out on an opportunity to honor one of their own during...

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Sequester and its Impact on Private Security Contractors

(1) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 11:37 AM

Mercenaries, defense contractors, private security contractors, call them what you like. As unfortunate it may be for some to accept, those who carry guns overseas operating on government contracts are an evil necessity. Not only do private security contractors (PSC's) assist with national security, they help bolster the US economy.

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Department of Labor: Criminals Are a Protected Class in America's Workforce

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 3:03 PM

Equal opportunity has new meaning in America's workforce. To prevent discrimination, equal opportunity laws have been introduced in an attempt to protect specific classes of people no matter their age, sex, race, or religion. As of Jan. 29, a new category of federal anti-discrimination law has been put into effect.

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The SEAL Who Killed bin Laden and the Consequences of Early Military Separation

(6) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 1:28 PM

When Esquire released its article about the U.S. Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden, my interest sparked. Not because it was another SEAL story or because it related to bin Laden, but because it dealt with an alarming issue most Americans just don't understand: "What happens when...

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