“I think that’s a plane.”

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.

Up this week is American military aircraft. The hosts are joined by Defense News air warfare reporter Valerie Insinna, someone who actually knows something about these planes and has no problem pandering to her readers for votes. Joe violates the game’s ground rules for the second week in a row while Leo tries to correctly name four aircraft without embarrassing himself.

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

Val’s Team: A-10, B-52, C-130, F-35

Leo’s team: F-22, B-2, KC-135, C-17

Joe’s team: F-16, MQ-9, A400M, SR-71

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

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