“You both already blew this draft.”

For the next few Defense Nerds Podcast episodes, Military Times Deputy Editor Leo Shane and Defense News Capitol Hill Bureau Chief Joe Gould take a break from the normal news format for a bit of summer nonsense: fantasy drafts on military topics.

First up this week is American military movie characters. The hosts are joined by producer Ben (Bob?) Murray to pick the four characters they’d want to build their armed forces around. Ben went for big shows of power, Leo went for leadership skills, and Joe went for … his own plan.

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And help decide a winner by voting in the Twitter poll below:

Leo’s team: Captain America (from Avengers), John Miller (from Saving Private Ryan), Dutch (from Predator), Sgt. Hartman (from Full Metal Jacket).

Joe’s team: Aldo Raine (from Inglorious Basterds), Wardaddy (from Fury), Glen McMahon (War Machine), Gerry Lane (World War Z)

Ben’s Team: John Matrix (from Commando), Thomas Witmore (from Independence Day), WOPR (from War Games), George Patton (from Patton)

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Leo covers Congress, Veterans Affairs and the White House for Military Times. He has covered Washington, D.C. since 2004, focusing on military personnel and veterans policies. His work has earned numerous honors, including a 2009 Polk award, a 2010 National Headliner Award, the IAVA Leadership in Journalism award and the VFW News Media award.

Joe Gould was the senior Pentagon reporter for Defense News, covering the intersection of national security policy, politics and the defense industry. He had previously served as Congress reporter.

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