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Matthew Cox

Matthew Cox has been a defense writer since 1998 and is an associate editor for

The bulk of Matthew’s experience comes from working 12 years for Army Times, the largest of the Military Times publications. As a senior staff writer, he reported and wrote investigative stories about the successes and failures of Army weapons development and procurement, body armor testing, camouflage, ammunition and readiness and training issues.

Matthew traveled to Afghanistan and Iraq numerous times from 2002 to 2008, covering Stryker and light infantry platoons in combat.

Matthew also spent four years in the U.S. Army during the second half of the 1980s, serving as an infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division.



David Reeder

David Reeder has a been a “tactical writer” for a little over a decade, writing mostly technical work and fiction before that. He is the Associate Editor for Kit Up! and also contributes to Under the Radar and Defense Tech. David has written for a number of traditional ‘print’ publications, primarily on the topics of visual track interpretation (combat/tactical tracking) and room clearing/MOUT.

A self-described POG, David is a former AF Security Forces SNCO and civilian LEO with assignments in operations/patrol, EST, Training, PIO (Public Information Officer), a multi-jurisdictional DTF (Drug Task Force) and SWAT. His last active duty assignment was as NCOIC Operations of an AETC Squadron and most recent training involvement was as a Joint Service Combat Tracking instructor on an MTT (Mobile Training Team) traveling to several Marine, Army and Air Force installations.


Steven Swann, MD August 20, 2013 at 10:52 am

Guys, I recently retired from the US Army as a Colonel in the Medical Corps after 34 years, 3 days of service . My final assignment was as the Command Surgeon, USSOCOM, Tampa, FL. I have followed Kit Up! for several years, and find it to be one of the primary blogs/newsletters I track on the web. You always have outstanding reports, and I greatly enjoy your honest reviews on medical topics, issues and equipment. Keep up the terrific work!

Mike September 13, 2013 at 11:44 am

I have 2 jobs to offer qualified candidates on the East Coast.
How/where can I place job requirements to attract qualified vets?
Mike Rinaker
Director Sales North America

D H Brown September 26, 2013 at 5:39 pm

RE: The Unregistered AR15 Build – by The Mad Duo on January 12, 2013
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Have had the Ares Armor 80% build on order for over 8 months since 01/13/13 and no fulfillment yet (they also took the money on order and before shipment.). They keep making excuses as to why they can't or promises that they will. Beware!!! Order and you may never see the product ever or your money again. You've been warned.

Have been a subscriber here for a long time. First ever bum steer.

SSG Joseph Brito November 12, 2013 at 3:28 pm


Thanks for all you do. The Most Infantry Man in the World is AWESOME! Keep up the good work.

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Robert Brown December 10, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Why has it taken the Army so long to adapt this parachute? I recollect I jumped one, much similar, in l995 at the Soldier of Fortune convention. Also, what's your take on why the Army never developed and issued a upgraded version of the RPG-7?
Lt. Col. Robert Brown
Soldier of Fortune magazine

John Dierking December 10, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Let me pay you my respects,Col. I was Navy,attached to a USMC jump unit., Their jump doctrine was completely different, as was their equipment. The US never seemed to like ordnance with the explosive payload sticking out the front end. John

John Dierking December 10, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I used to get KIT UP by e-mail routinely. Did I fall off your distribution list? Do you still have e-mail distribution? If so,can you put me back on? Thanks,John

Nat Kobitz December 10, 2013 at 11:07 pm

The ram inflatable kite was invented by my friend Domina Jalbert in the 60s. It is in common use as a kite, as the Golden Eagles chute, and a civilian jumper maneuvering chute. It was modified by another friend, Frank Rogallo of NASA, as one of his parafoils. For interested parties I would suggest a visit to the journal of the AKA (American Kitefliers Association for many variations. As for the long delayed intro by the Army….what's new.

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