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Brief chats about current events, recent reports, and the latest analysis from CNAS experts.

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Brief chats about current events, recent reports, and the latest analysis from CNAS experts.

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Great content, awful recording quality

By G1@v3yTr@1N - Jun 02 2019
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Is there any way to make it louder? I’m at max volume and can still barely hear

Great, Thought Provoking Interviews

By Alifbaa02 - Aug 25 2016
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This podcast improves my thinking and broadens my perspective every time I listen to it.

iTunes Ratings

20 Ratings
Average Ratings
15
2
1
0
2

Great content, awful recording quality

By G1@v3yTr@1N - Jun 02 2019
Read more
Is there any way to make it louder? I’m at max volume and can still barely hear

Great, Thought Provoking Interviews

By Alifbaa02 - Aug 25 2016
Read more
This podcast improves my thinking and broadens my perspective every time I listen to it.
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CNAS Podcasts

Latest release on Feb 11, 2020

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Brief chats about current events, recent reports, and the latest analysis from CNAS experts.

Rank #1: Startups Series: Raj Shah, DIUx

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Raj Shah, managing partner at Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), explains why the DoD is focused on partnering with startups, challenges for collaboration, and how the DIUx will achieve its mission.

Aug 17 2016

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Rank #2: Women in National Security: Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes

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Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes, senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, talks about the impacts of female leadership in foreign diplomacy and overcoming personal doubts and fears.​​

Sep 28 2017

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Rank #3: Elbridge Colby on Russia's Military Modernization

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CNAS Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow Elbridge Colby and Director of External Relations Neal Urwitz discuss Russia modernizing its conventional military forces.

Sep 11 2015

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Rank #4: A Strategy for Ending the Syrian Civil War

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Middle East experts Dr. Colin Kahl, Ilan Goldenberg, and Nicholas Heras discuss their report on a strategy for ending the Syrian Civil War. Hosted by Neal Urwitz.

Jun 08 2017

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Rank #5: Admiral Gary Roughead and Amy Schafer on the Rise of the Warrior Caste

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Admiral Gary Roughead and Amy Schafer discuss the rise of the 'warrior caste' - the propensity of youth from military families to serve in the armed forces - and the all-volunteer force. Schafer recently authored a report on the topic, which is available at cnas.org. Hosted by Neal Urwitz.

Jul 13 2017

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Rank #6: Russia, Hezbollah, and Iran...Oh My!

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Nicholas A. Heras asks three notable experts on Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah in the Syrian conflict—Anna Borshchevskaya, Hanin Ghaddar, and Brian Katz—how the United States can engage with Russia to manage the situation with Israel and the Assad regime to prevent Iran and its Hezbollah network from launching a war against Israel from Syria that could have region-shattering consequences for the Middle East.

May 15 2019

48mins

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Rank #7: Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg Debate the Future of AI: Who's Right?

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As Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg publicly debate the future of artificial intelligence, CNAS Technology and National Security Program Director Paul Scharre sits down with Neal Urwitz to discuss new developments and challenges with AI and global security.

Jul 25 2017

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Rank #8: Women in National Security: Nayyera Haq

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Nayyera Haq, CEO of Avicenna Strategy, talks about the power of women owning their femininity and authenticity in a field full of men. Hosted by Loren DeJonge Schulman, Deputy Director of Studies at CNAS.

Sep 14 2017

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Rank #9: CNAS experts break down Trump's new National Security Strategy

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CNAS Deputy Director of Studies dives into the Trump administration's National Security Strategy, talking strategy development, messaging, and implementation with CNAS experts Jerry Hendrix, Ilan Goldenberg, and Dan Kliman.

Dec 21 2017

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Rank #10: Paul Scharre discusses Facebook Shutting Down its AI Program

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Paul Scharre, senior fellow and director of the CNAS Technology and National Security Program, weighs in on news that Facebook shut down its artificial intelligence program after it invented its own language. Hosted by Neal Urwitz.

Aug 01 2017

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Rank #11: Paul Scharre Discusses Open Letter on Autonomous Weapons

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Paul Scharre, senior fellow and director of the CNAS Technology and National Security Program, discusses an open letter warning of the dangers of autonomous weapons. While some have interpreted the letter calling for a ban, Scharre doesn't believe it's that clear cut. Hosted by JaRel Clay.

Aug 22 2017

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Rank #12: CNAS Asia Experts Preview the U.S.-China Summit

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Harry Krejsa and Hannah Suh, experts with our Asia-Pacific Security program, preview this week's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Donald Trump. Hosted by Neal Urwitz.

Apr 03 2017

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Rank #13: CNAS Launches New Transatlantic Security Program

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With the launch of the new Transatlantic Security Program, Julianne Smith, senior fellow and director of the program, sits down with Jim Townsend to discuss the program's focus on Europe, NATO, and the EU.

May 10 2017

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Rank #14: Startups Series: Ben Riley

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Ben Riley, former Principal Deputy Secretary of Defense for the Rapid Fielding Directorate, describes his experiences funding and working with startups from inside the Pentagon and offers advice for startups seeking to work with the Department of Defense.

Sep 21 2016

36mins

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Rank #15: Grant Newsham on Improving Amphibious Capabilities

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Grant Newsham, Executive Director, Corporate Security Morgan Stanley Japan, discusses how to improve amphibious capabilities with U.S. allies and partners.

Dec 10 2015

12mins

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Rank #16: Alexander Velez Green Discusses Russia's Strategic Debate on Pre-emption

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Alexander Velez-Green, research associate with the CNAS Defense Strategies and Assessments Program, discusses his report on Russia's strategic debate on a doctrine of pre-emption. Hosted by Neal Urwitz.

Apr 27 2017

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Rank #17: Women in National Security: Rebecca Zimmerman

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RAND Corporation Policy Researcher Rebecca Zimmerman discusses her experiences in the defense community and navigating expectations in the field.

Sep 21 2017

13mins

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Rank #18: Katherine Kidder on Women in Combat

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CNAS Bacevich Fellow Katherine Kidder discusses Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's announcement on expanding the roles of women in the military.

Dec 10 2015

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Rank #19: Paul Scharre, Ben FitzGerald and Dan Gettinger on The Drone Database

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CNAS senior fellows Ben FitzGerald and Paul Scharre were joined by Dan Gettinger, founder and co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College, to discuss a new database that provides information for drone use around the world. Hosted by Neal Urwitz.

Jan 31 2017

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Rank #20: Dr. Jerry Hendrix on the Defense Industrial Base

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Dr. Jerry Hendrix, senior fellow and director of the CNAS Defense Strategies and Assessments Program, discusses Trump's executive order on the Defense Industrial Base. Hosted by Neal Urwitz.

Jul 31 2017

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Grappling With the Costs of Combat

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As a woman serving on the front lines in Iraq, Kayla Williams faced not only the perils of combat, but the ordeals of sexism and harassment. Some of her greatest challenges, however, lay at home—learning to care for a spouse with a traumatic brain injury, overcoming PTSD, and fighting for VA reform. Kayla, now Director of the CNAS Military, Veterans, and Society Program, joins Ilan Goldenberg to discuss her time serving as an Arabic linguist in the U.S. Army and the human costs of armed conflict.

Feb 11 2020

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Working Advance for the U.S. State Department

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When American diplomats travel abroad and meet with foreign leaders, who works behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly? What negotiations go into preparing for a state dinner with Kim Jong-il, and how is the pageantry of a diplomatic visit used to further U.S. policy objectives? Price Floyd, a veteran State Department public affairs official and former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, speaks with Ilan Goldenberg about his most remarkable—and bizarre—experiences abroad on diplomatic advance teams.

Feb 04 2020

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Building the World’s Biggest Budget

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What do the Pentagon's decisions about military spending say about our priorities as a nation? What goes into the DoD's $700 billion budget each year? Former Pentagon official Susanna V. Blume, now Director of the CNAS Defense Program, joins Ilan Goldenberg to discuss what the composition and size of the defense budget reveals about America’s national security priorities.

Jan 28 2020

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Working National Security on John McCain’s Presidential Campaign

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Richard Fontaine spent years advising leading figures in American foreign policy, but working for the late Sen. John McCain was unlike anything he had experienced before. Now Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security, Fontaine sits down with Ilan Goldenberg to discuss Senator McCain's legacy, detail stories from his time working on Capitol Hill and the 2008 McCain presidential campaign, and recount lessons learned from a storied American statesman.

Jan 21 2020

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Preview: Stories from the Backchannel: Season Two

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Now more than ever, Americans are interested in the people working behind the scenes on consequential national security decisions. In Season Two of Stories from the Backchannel, host Ilan Goldenberg sits down with experts from across the U.S. foreign policy landscape to discuss their experiences and roles on the front row of history. From working on major presidential campaigns to crafting the world's largest budget, this season's guests will shed light on the places where key national security decisions happen.

Jan 17 2020

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Women in National Security: Emma Moore

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Emma Moore joins the CNAS Women in National Security podcast mini-series on human capital to discuss changing the requirements for national service.

Aug 27 2019

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Women in National Security: Maggie Feldman-Piltch

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Maggie Feldman-Piltch joins the CNAS Women in National Security podcast mini-series on human capital to discuss the gaps she sees in launching and advancing careers in national security. Maggie is the Managing Director of Unicorn Strategies and Founder of #NatSecGirlSquad.

Aug 13 2019

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Women in National Security: Sina Beaghley

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Sina Beaghley joins the CNAS Women in National Security podcast mini-series on human capital to discuss security clearance reform. Sina is a senior international/defense policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. She focuses her research on national security policy issues including counterterrorism, counterintelligence, cyber strategy, security clearance reform, and surveillance policy and privacy. Beaghley came to RAND after more than a decade of service in the federal government developing and implementing national security policies.

Jul 30 2019

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Women in National Security: Laura Junor

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Dr. Laura Junor joins the CNAS Women in National Security podcast mini-series on human capital to discuss how the government must change its personnel systems to bring in the right talent at the right time. She is Director, Research and Strategic Support at the National Defense University, Institute for National Strategic Studies. Prior to her arrival at NDU, Dr. Junor was confirmed as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. Dr. Junor previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness, the Chief of Staff for Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, and as a deputy team leader for readiness at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA).

Jul 16 2019

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CNAS Tech: Discussing a Long-Awaited Executive Order on 5G Security

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On May 15, President Trump issued an executive order designed to protect the United States from security vulnerabilities in the global communications technology supply chain. What took so long? Does the order go too far—or not far enough—in addressing threats to America's 5G security? Paul Scharre and Elsa B. Kania join Megan Lamberth to discuss what the order means, how it might affect U.S. partners in Europe and companies like Huawei, and more.

Jun 05 2019

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In or Out? What Should the U.S. Do in Syria?

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Nicholas A. Heras asks three notable experts on U.S. national security decision making—Frances Z. Brown, Melissa Dalton, and Loren DeJonge Schulman—whether the United States should remain committed to maintaining a presence in Syria, and if President Trump is right that all that remains for the U.S. in Syria is "sand and death."

May 22 2019

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Russia, Hezbollah, and Iran...Oh My!

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Nicholas A. Heras asks three notable experts on Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah in the Syrian conflict—Anna Borshchevskaya, Hanin Ghaddar, and Brian Katz—how the United States can engage with Russia to manage the situation with Israel and the Assad regime to prevent Iran and its Hezbollah network from launching a war against Israel from Syria that could have region-shattering consequences for the Middle East.

May 15 2019

48mins

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Counter-Terrorism in Syria: More Than Contain and Drone?

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Nicholas A. Heras asks three notable experts on Salafist-jihadist organizations and the Syrian conflict — Jennifer Cafarella, Hassan Hassan, and Sasha Ghosh Siminoff — about how Syria became the largest recruiting ground for Salafist-jihadist groups in modern history and how the United States should approach its counter-terrorism policy in Syria to meet this challenge.

May 08 2019

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The Assad Dilemma

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The Assad regime has been in power in Syria since 1970. For many analysts, the Syrian state could not exist without the regime, and the regime could not exist without the leadership of the Assad family. However, there still is a debate whether an alternative power to the Assad family could run the Syrian state, in a hypothetical transition period from Bashar al-Assad's rule.

Alexander Bick, Research Scholar at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs, Faysal Itani, a nonresident senior fellow with the Middle East programs at the Atlantic Council, and Kaleigh Thomas, the Research Associate for the Middle East Security Program at CNAS, join Nicholas Heras to discuss.

Apr 30 2019

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The Autocrat’s New Tool Kit

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A new set of technological tools—some of them now maturing, others poised to emerge over the coming decade—seem destined to wind up in the hands of autocrats around the world. They will allow strongmen and police states to bolster their internal grip, undermine basic rights and spread illiberal practices beyond their own borders. Paul Scharre hosts a discussion with Richard Fontaine and Kara Frederick on their recent article in The Wall Street Journal on these illiberal practices: “The Autocrat's New Tool Kit."

Mar 15 2019

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CNAS Tech: How (Not) to Talk About AI & Lethality

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The U.S. Army recently announced its new Advanced Targeting & Lethality Automated System, or ATLAS program. The announcement generated concern and media headlines about the level of autonomy in ATLAS. Paul Scharre, Kara Frederick, and Megan Lamberth discuss the Army's rollout of the program, the language used in the announcement, and how the DoD responded.

Mar 12 2019

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CNAS Tech: "A Tale of Two AI Strategies"

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Michael Kratsios and Dr. Lynne Parker from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy visited CNAS last week to discuss the Trump administration's American AI Initiative. Paul Scharre, Kara Frederick, and Megan Lamberth sit down to discuss the event and the American AI Initiative, as well as share their reactions to the Department of Defense's newly released strategy on AI.

Mar 05 2019

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The White House: Accelerating America's Leadership in Artificial Intelligence

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On Thursday, February 28, Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the President for Technology Policy, visited CNAS to discuss the President's Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence.

Mar 01 2019

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Quantum Hegemony

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China is positioning itself as a powerhouse in quantum science, posing a challenge to U.S. national security and innovation leadership. Elsa B. Kania, an Adjunct Fellow at CNAS, and John Costello, former Co-Founder and Director Emeritus of the China Cyber and Intelligence Studies Institute, join Paul Scharre for a discussion on China's ambitions in quantum development and their recent report, "Quantum Hegemony."

Dec 20 2018

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The Iran Nuclear Negotiations

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Ambassador Wendy Sherman discusses her unlikely career, which began as an advocate for women's issues. Then, she went into politics, and eventually wound up at the State Department, where she was the lead negotiator for the Iran nuclear deal.

In her new book, “Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence,” Sherman writes about long hours of work and having to persevere through tough negotiations with the North Koreans and later the Iranians.

In this final episode of the first season of Stories from the Backchannel, Sherman speaks with host Ilan Goldenberg, Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for A New American Security. She talks about what it was like to be sitting next to the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and the challenges of negotiating with Iran.

Sherman's story is a candid portrayal of what it's like to be a diplomat and how challenges can sometimes be turned into opportunities.

Dec 18 2018

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iTunes Ratings

20 Ratings
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Great content, awful recording quality

By G1@v3yTr@1N - Jun 02 2019
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Is there any way to make it louder? I’m at max volume and can still barely hear

Great, Thought Provoking Interviews

By Alifbaa02 - Aug 25 2016
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This podcast improves my thinking and broadens my perspective every time I listen to it.