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Rank #1: The 100th Episode: Is a Major War Coming?.
The War on the Rocks podcast celebrates its 100th episode with a blockbuster group of close friends of the site. The entire episode is an attempt to answer a straightforward, but devilishly complex question: Is a major inter-state war likely in the next several years? Join Ryan Evans as he corrals Kori Schake, Frank Gavin, Colin Kahl, William Inboden, and Hal Brands to sort through the scenarios, opportunities, and possibilities (over drinks, of course). This question and discussion started in the War Hall, our members-only forum that you can sign up for right here. Produced by Tre Hester
Rank #2: PODCAST: More Irregular Warfare Fun.
This is Part Two of my session with Lieutenant Colonel Brian A. Payne and David Kasten of the U.S. Army Irregular Warfare Center (AIWC) at the Jefferson Hotel bar here in Washington, DC. Did you listen to Part One? If not, you missed out on bands in Haiti, coffee in Bosnia, training for human based skills, and lessons learned in war and over BBQ. In Part Two, Brian, David, and I talk 9/11 and everything (war) that came after. Tune in for your counter-insurgency fix. Does COIN have a future in the Army? Tune in. Nothing Brian and David say here represents the opinions of the AIWC, the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense or anyone else. Photo Credit: Cameron Russel
The Modern War Institute podcast is the flagship podcast of the Modern War Institute at West Point. Featured guests include senior military and defense leaders, scholars, and others who discuss the most important issues related to modern conflict.
Rank #1: Ep. 3 - "The Once and Future Mission" with Michael O'Hanlon.
We talk to Michael O'Hanlon from the Brookings Institution about the current state of the Army, what the future of the Army holds, and how juniors leaders and security professionals can prepare.
Rank #2: Ep. 26 - Capt. Natalie Mallue on Her Ranger School Experience.
In this episode, Capt. Natalie Mallue describes her experience as one of only seven women to have complete the US Army's grueling Ranger School. She discusses her preparation, what it means to be among such a select group of women, and the advice she would give to future Ranger School attendees.
The School of Security Studies harnesses the depth and breadth of expertise across War Studies and Defence Studies to produce world-leading research and teaching on issues of global security that develops new empirical knowledge, employs innovative theory, and addresses vital policy issues. The podcasts highlight the School's research and teaching activities as well as cover events the department organises for its students and the public.DISCLAIMER: Any information, statements or opinions contained in these podcasts are those of the individual speakers. They do not represent the opinions of the Department of War Studies or King's College London.
Rank #1: Åsne Seierstad - One of Us: the story of Anders Breivik and the massacre in Norway.
Åsne Seierstad is an award-winning Norwegian journalist and writer known for her work as a war correspondent. She is the author of the international bestseller, 'The Bookseller of Kabul', which sold over two million copies, as well as 'One Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal', and 'Angel of Grozny: Inside Chechnya'.On 4 March 2015, Åsne came to the War Studies department to discuss her new book, ‘One of Us’ (published by Little, Brown/Virago), about Anders Breivik and his massacre of 77 Norwegians, mostly children, in Norway, July 2011. The event was hosted by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR), and chaired by Shiraz Maher. DISCLAIMER: Any information, statements or opinions contained in this podcast are those of the individual speakers. They do not represent the opinions of the Department of War Studies or King's College London.
Rank #2: Boko Haram in Nigeria / The Future of War.
The first topic is on Boko Haram in Nigeria, where BA student Bradley Murray interviews Virginia Comolli, who came into the department on Monday 21st September to discuss the findings of her new book. Professor Christopher Coker from the London School of Economics talks about the future of war and its implications, in time for a longer talk he is going to give on the 29th of September at King's College London, hosted by KCL Future Society.Jayne Peake provides details of next week's events.Presented by Bradley Murray, and Xenia Zubova, both students in the Department of War Studies.To hear the full lecture given by Virginia on Boko Haram, go to the 'Events' section here on the War Studies Soundcloud. For more information on "The Future of War" event with Christopher Coker, more information is available on KCL Future Society's Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/873213112765900/DISCLAIMER: Any information, statements or opinions contained in this podcast are those of the individual speakers. They do not represent the opinions of the Department of War Studies or King's College London.
Covert Contact covers the key national security, intelligence, and technology stories that are shaping our world. Covert Contact is hosted by Blogs of War creator John W. Little. His work and analysis has been featured on the BBC, CNN, CBC, ABC (Australia), PBS Newshour, Fast Company, CBS, and other international media outlets. The Blogs of War Twitter feed, @Blogsofwar, was selected as one of the top Twitter accounts of 2014 by Time magazine.
Rank #1: Catching Russian Spies with Former Double Agent Naveed Jamali | Episode 25.
In episode 25 I’m talking to Naveed Jamali, former double agent, and co-author of How to Catch a Russian Spy: The True Story of an American Civilian Turned Double Agent. Naveed seemed like an unlikely candidate for this sort of intrigue but Russian intelligence used his parent’s company to order U.S. government publications. The FBI, of course, wanted to know what the Russians were reading. He could have remained a low-level informant, notifying the FBI of the Russian’s reading habits and interests as his parents had, but Naveed wanted to take it further. He had access, some natural talent, and a lot interest in playing the game. Our conversation focuses on Naveed’s unusual position and what it’s like to navigate this very confusing territory as a complete amateur. Related Links NaveedJamali.com Follow Naveed on Twitter @CatchaRUSSpy
Rank #2: Deep State Conspiracies | Episode 74.
Alex Finley, a former officer of the CIA’s Directorate of Operations, joined me to discuss the rise of deep state conspiracies that often feature a monolithic, highly partisan, intelligence community at their center. Much of Alex’s work (see the hilarious Victor in the Rubble and The Intelligence Community: Smart People Looking at Computers) demystifies the work of the intelligence community by exposing the tedious realities of government work. It is a perfect contrast to conspiracy theorist fantasies. We also take on the current administration’s view of the IC, Russia’s role in fueling these (ultimately damaging) views in the United States, and the unusually high media profile of former IC leaders during these turbulent times.
The Dead Prussian Podcast aims to explore War and Warfare through discussion and analysis of military theory, historical events, contemporary conflicts, and expert interviews.
Rank #1: Episode 3 - On Carl Von Clausewitz | The Dead Prussian Podcast.
In this episode Mick talks with Dr Donald Stoker a professor at the US Naval War College in Monterey. Dr Stoker has written a biography of Carl Von Clausewitz, the famous 19th Century Prussian Officer whose work On War has influenced military thought for over 150 years. Their discussion highlights the career of Clausewitz and dispels the incorrect but popular idea that he was a mere academic. This episode brings the reconciles the reality of the man with his work, plus there are also a few laughs as they explore Big Carl's life.
Rank #2: Episode 77 - On Military Virtues | The Dead Prussian Podcast.
In this episode, Mick chats with Professor David Whetham, professor Ethics and the Military profession at Kings College London. They discuss his co-edited book, Military Virtues, and why virtue ethics is important for military leaders. David provides a very succinct take on the final question. Join the members' community at Patreon for David's answer to an exclusive bonus question about ethical challenges. You can also grab a book & crack on here.
The Spear is a podcast from the Modern War Institute at West Point. It aims to explore the combat experience, with each episode featuring a guest who tells a detailed and personal story, describing the events and exploring topics like decision-making under stress and what it feels like to be in combat.
Rank #1: The Free Burma Rangers in Iraq.
Dave Eubank is a former US Army special forces officer and the founder of the Free Burma Rangers, an aid organization that works extensively in conflict zones. At the height of the fight against ISIS, he and members of his organization were in Iraq. They were there to provide help, but in that environment, they also regularly found themselves as participants in the fighting that raged all around.
Rank #2: Hand-to-Hand Combat.
In this episode of The Spear, MWI's John Amble is joined by Maj. Tyson Walsh. In 2013, during a deployment in Afghanistan, he found himself fighting hand to hand against an enemy combatant in an unexpected place: inside the heavily secured Bagram Airfield, the largest US and coalition base in the country. Listen as he tells one of he most intense stories we have featured.
Discussing the most pressing and complex international security issues of today with scholars from Georgetown University's Security Studies Program (SSP) of the Walsh School of Foreign Service. As part of the oldest and most respected master’s degree program in international affairs, SSP is dedicated to fostering a new generation of analysts, policymakers, and scholars fully knowledgeable about the range of international and national security problems and foreign policy issues of the 21st Century. Produced by Jeffrey D. Palmer.
Rank #1: Episode 3 (Part 1) - Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault on Intelligence Basics.
In Part 1 of this two-part episode featuring Professor Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault, we reflect on the Orlando attack and discuss the challenges intelligence agencies face in preventing “lone wolf” attacks. She then takes us through the basics of Intelligence: What is it? What are the various types and disciplines? How do we do it effectively? -We also discuss the so-called “liberty vs. security” debate. We also spent time talking about Professor Arsenault’s teaching philosophy, from the value of fiction in international relations to the way she connects with her students. The podcast is produced by Jeffrey D. Palmer. Music: www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music
Rank #2: Episode 21 (Part 1) - Mark Kelton on The American Way of Spying.
In Part One of this two-part episode featuring Professor Mark Kelton, we discuss counterintelligence or “CI”, the role it plays in the intelligence community, and the difference between offensive and defensive CI. Prof. Kelton then outlines a historical case of a famous American CI failure: the successful Soviet penetration of The Manhattan Project, dubbed “ Operation Enormous.” We then discussed American spies and leakers - from Hanssen to Manning - and how those cases have evolved over time.The Security Studies Podcast is produced by Jeffrey Palmer. Music: www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music
This is Bombshell, a bi-weekly podcast coming to you from Washington insiders to dissect today’s foreign policy crises and tomorrow’s security challenges. We’ll talk military strategy, White House mayhem, and the best cocktails known to (wo)man. Brought to you by War on the Rocks.
Rank #1: It's (Barely) Daylight in America.
This week the ladies of Bombshell go deep on the Syria raid and the “value” of high-value targeting, before turning their attention to popular protests in Iraq and Lebanon. Of course, no episode would be complete without a Brexit update! Radha regales us with CFIUS tales and we all lament the attacks on LTC Vindman. Also, will the NDAA ever pass? Links Tamara Qiblawi, "Protests Toppled Two Governments in Three Days, But the Fight is Only Beginning," CNN, November 2, 2019 Sara Khairat, "What Triggered Iraq's Mammoth Protests?" Aljazeera, November 1, 2019 Alissa Rubin, "Iraq Demonstrations Grow, and Government Scrambles to Respond," New York Times, November 1, 2019 Jen Kirby, "The Future of Brexit Will Be Decided in December 12 Election," Vox, October 29, 2019 Mark Landler and Stephen Castle, "Boris Johnson Has Big Lead in UK Election. That Might Not Mean Much," New York Times, November 2, 2019 Leo Shane III and Joe Gould, "What's in the Emergency Defense Policy Bill?" Defense News, October 30, 2019 John M. Donnelly, "Skinny Defense Bill Omits Key Element: Military Construction," Roll Call, November 1, 2019 Joe Gould, "Congress Mulls Spring Continuing Resolution to Avoid Government Shutdown," Defense News, October 25, 2019 Greg Roumeliotis, Yingzhi Yang, Echo Wang, and Alexandra Alper, "Exclusive: US Opens National Security Investigation Into TikTok," Reuters, November 1, 2019
Rank #2: With Your Shield or On It.
This week Loren, Erin, and Radha are joined by the peerless Mira Rapp-Hooper. Taking a break from stalking her perfect oat milk, Mira walks the ladies through alliances and shifting demands with Japan and Korea. The ladies do a whirlwind review of Hong Kong, Bolivia, auto tariffs, and pardons. After 5 words (plus margin of error) on impeachment stories of note, Erin and Radha (yup Radha) discuss the new Star Wars series where to Loren's dismay Radha declares her love of Star Wars puppets (especially those teddy bears). Links Mira Rapp-Hooper, Shields of the Republic: The Triumph and Peril of America's Alliances, (Harvard University Press, 2020) Asia Simon Denyer and Min Joo Kim, "In South Korea, Military Cost Dispute and Trump's Moves in Syria Fuel Doubts Over US Commitment," Washington Post, November 4, 2019 Phil Stewart and Joyce Lee, "Pentagon's Esper Says it is Crucial South Korea Pays More for US Troops," Reuters, November 15, 209=19 Maggie Shum, "Hong Kong's District Council Elections Take Place on Nov. 24 Or Not," Washington Post, November 14, 2019 Anna Kam, Casey Quackenbush, and Ryan Ho Kilpatrick, "Day of Rage Plunges Hong Kong Into Turmoil After Police Shoot Protester," Washington Post, November 11, 2019 Bolivia "Bolivia Crisis: What's Next After Evo Morales' Resignation?" BBC, November 13, 2019 Natasha Bennett, "Bolivian Protesters Unseated a President. So Why Are They Still in the Streets?" Washington Post, November 15, 2019 Santiago Anria and Jennifer Cyr, "Is Bolivia's Democracy in Danger? Here's What's Behind the Disputed Presidential Election," Washington Post, October 30, 2019 Trade Ben White and Doug Palmer, "Trump Expected to Delay Auto Tariff Decision for 6 More Months," Politico, November 11, 2019 David Shepardson, "Automakers Around World Await Trump Tariff Decision," Reuters, November 15, 2019 Camila Domonoske and Avie Schneider, "Trump Delays Auto Tariffs for 6 Months," NPR, May 17, 2019 Reuters, "Trump Expected to Delay European Auto Tariff Decision: EU Officials," New York Times, November 11, 2019 Pardons Dave Philipps, "Trump's Pardons for Servicemen Raise Fears That Law of War Are History," New York Times, November 16, 2019
Many of us have questions about global issues and not a lot of places to turn to for reliable and thoughtful answers. In The Truth of the Matter, hosts Bob Schieffer and Andrew Schwartz breakdown complex policy issues of the day. No Spin, No Bombast, No finger pointing. Just informed discussion.
Rank #1: Russia Into Africa.
In this episode, Bob and Andrew talk with Judd Devermont, director of the Africa program at CSIS. Judd breaks down the Russia-Africa Summit and steps the U.S. could take to reduce the Russia footprint in Africa. Download the full transcript here.
Rank #2: Bad Ideas in National Security.
In this episode, Andrew invites a team from the CSIS International Security Program (ISP): Kathleen Hicks, Andrew Hunter, and Todd Harrison. They discuss Defense 360's "Bad Ideas in National Security" series that highlights brief articles written by CSIS and outside scholars on a number of bad ideas in the defense and foreign policy space. In addition to analyzing their own pieces, they nominate their frontrunners for what might be considered the "worst" bad idea.Kathleen Hicks is senior vice president at CSIS, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and director of the ISP. Andrew Hunter is director of the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group and a senior fellow in the ISP. Todd Harrison is director of Defense Budget Analysis, director of the Aerospace Security Project, and a senior fellow in the ISP.
Stratfor's podcast focused on geopolitics, world affairs, national security, economics and other underlying, global trends that drive the international system.As the world’s leading geopolitical intelligence platform, Stratfor brings global events into valuable perspective, empowering businesses, governments and individuals to more confidently navigate their way through an increasingly complex international environment.
Rank #1: Conversation with Brad Thor on Carlos the Jackal and Counterterrorism.
In this episode of the podcast, Stratfor’s Fred Burton discusses counterterrorism and shares his story about Carlos the Jackal with New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor. They also discuss Thor’s latest book, Use of Force. Learn more about Brad Thor’s 17 books, including Use of Force, at www.BradThor.com. You can also read more from Stratfor’s Fred Burton, including his “Lessons from Old Case Files” series, on Stratfor Worldview (www.Worldview.Stratfor.com). If you’re not already a member, you can subscribe today and get a free copy of Burton’s first book, Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent, at: https://lp.stratfor.com/subscribe-2017a-ghost Related Reading at Stratfor Worldview: More from Stratfor Chief Security Officer Fred Burton - https://marcom.stratfor.com/people/189111 A Former Hostage and Security Agent Talk Terrorism (video) - https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/former-hostage-and-security-agent-talk-terrorism Lessons from Old Case Files: Circling Back to “The Jackal” - https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/circling-back-jackal Make sure you don’t miss an episode of the Stratfor Podcast by subscribing on any of these platforms: iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/stratfor-talks/id1022071615?mt=2 Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/stratfor-talks SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/stratfortalks Libsyn: http://stratfor.libsyn.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-6y2ai9iFHBMd-19rDy1Dj_OL1JGakPt Have a question or comment for the Stratfor Podcast? Leave us a message and we may include your comment in a future episode. You can leave a message for our podcast team at 1-512-744-4300 x 3917 or email us at email@example.com.
Rank #2: Surprise Kill Vanish with Fred Burton and Annie Jacobsen.
"In a perfect world, the State Department is able to work out the conflicts that we're having with other nations. And the second option, traditionally, historically, is war. So only after 1947, after the national security act was this third option put into play, which is the CIA's hidden hand. So in essence if diplomacy fails and war is unwise, call on the CIA's Special Activities Division." Those are the words that investigative journalist and author Annie Jacobsen uses to describe the work of the CIA's paramilitary arm. And that work is the subject of Jacobsen's latest, Surprise, Kill, Vanish: The Secret History of CIA Paramilitary Armies, Operators, and Assassins. In this episode of Stratfor Talks' Pen and Sword, host Fred Burton speaks with Jacobsen about her inspiration, how she conducted her research and what she learned about the element of U.S. foreign policy payed out in secret.
The editors at Foreign Affairs sit down with the experts to discuss their latest articles.
Rank #1: Ian Bremmer on America's Role in the World.
Author Ian Bremmer discusses America’s role in the world, the Obama administration's record, and his new book SuperPower, with Foreign Affairs Editor Gideon Rose.
Rank #2: Stephen Kotkin on Putin's Rise.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s vaunted “stability” has turned into spoliation. The methods he used to fix the corrupt, dysfunctional post-Soviet state have produced yet another corrupt, dysfunctional state—and unfortunately, there is no end to it in sight. Princeton University Professor Stephen Kotkin discusses his recent article, "The Resistible Rise of Vladimir Putin," with Foreign Affairs Editor Gideon Rose.
CSIS is a leader in researching, analyzing and identifying defense and security threats around the globe. CSIS programs study a wide range of Defense and Security issues as well as the evolution of past, present, and future defense and security policy worldwide. This research is led by the International Security Program (ISP), which houses Defense Budget Analysis, the Defense-Industrial Initiatives Group (DIIG), the Missile Defense Project, the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI), Civil-Military Relations, the Aerospace Security Project, the Risk and Foresight Group, Seven Revolutions, the Transnational Threats Project, the Gray Zone Project, the Cooperative Defense Project, and Defense 360.Find the latest research from our scholars and CSIS events on this topic below.
Rank #1: A Conversation with General John Hyten, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
CSIS is hosting Air Force General John Hyten, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for a conversation on how the Joint Force is addressing the growing security challenges posed by U.S. strategic competitors. General Hyten will provide opening remarks which will be followed by a discussion moderated by Kathleen Hicks, Senior Vice President and Director of the International Security Program at CSIS. This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.
Rank #2: Security and Governance in a Changing Arctic: A Norwegian Perspective.
Please join us at CSIS for a conversation with Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Audun Halvorsen on Norway’s Arctic security strategy. For Arctic littoral states such as Norway, changing dynamics in the Arctic as a result of climate change and increased commercial activity will bring new challenges in the future. Deputy Foreign Minister Halvorsen will offer his perspectives on the effects of a shifting geopolitical climate on the Arctic and the implications for Norwegian foreign and security policy, for NATO efforts to enhance deterrence and defense in the High North and North Atlantic, and for Arctic governance. Mr. Halvorsen previously served as a Political Advisor to the Minister of Defense and a Political Advisor to the Conservative Party Parliamentary Group.This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.
The best in maritime security, technology, history, and international affairs from CIMSEC - your moment of power point rehab.
Rank #1: Sea Control 101 – Falklands 10 – 21 Days to take a Squadron to War.
If you wish to know how to raise a modern combat squadron from nothing to combat ready in 21 Days you need look know further, Cdr Tim Gedge RN accomplished in 1982 when he raised a 809 squadron not once, but twice! The first time was during the Falklands War itself, and the second time … Continue reading Sea Control 101 – Falklands 10 – 21 Days to take a Squadron to War →
Rank #2: Sea Control 97 – Falklands w/ Sharkey Ward.
This is the second in Batch 2 of the Falklands War Series, and normally an introduction is required, but this podcast is special, the person taking part is like the most famous of celebrities – is often known by simple a single name. This podcast is with ‘Sharkey’, more properly known as Cdr Nigel Ward, … Continue reading Sea Control 97 – Falklands w/ Sharkey Ward →
War Stories is a narrative show that takes the broad arcs of warfare and shares the stories behind crucial points their development. In each season, the show revolves around a single topic and traces a path from before its invention to the modern-day with a focus on the people who made it happen.
Rank #1: 2.1 - Edward Braddock Walks into a Bullet.
What is it that makes a good marksman? Is it their training? Their weapon? Maybe they’re just born that way, or raised with a rifle in their hands. In our Season Two premiere, we take a look at the shift to the modern rifle and the individuals who sometimes had the power to change the course of an entire battle with their weapon. www.warstoriescast.com Become a War Stories supporter on Patreon
Rank #2: 1.1 - High Wood (Prologue).
In Northern France on July 14th, 1916, a cavalry unit from Hyderabad made what most consider to be the final cavalry charge of World War I before the invention of tanks. The unit, Deccan Horse, represented the last gasp of the old way of battle — a way upended by the grinding slog of the Great War. This is their story.
The Strategy Bridge podcast features interviews on strategic affairs and diplomatic & military history.
Rank #1: Pres. Eisenhower's Project Solarium with Richard Immerman.
In the months after Dwight Eisenhower was inaugurated president, he initiated what became known as Project Solarium. Three teams were established to research different options for dealing with the Soviet Union and to present their findings to the president and his foreign policy and national security advisors. In this episode of the Strategy Bridge podcast we talk with Richard Immerman about Project Solarium and what we can learn from it. Immerman is professor emeritus at Temple University, a specialist in the Cold War foreign policy and intelligence history, and co-author of Waging Peace: How Eisenhower Shaped an Enduring Cold War Strategy.
Rank #2: Wargaming and National Security Decision Making with Elizabeth Bartels.
Over the past several years there has been a renewed interest in using gaming as a method to investigate national security decision making, explore policy and strategy options, and gain experience as practitioners. In this episode of the Strategy Bridge Podcast, we talk with Elizabeth Bartels about how wargames are designed, the differences in approaching gaming as an art and a science, and how games are used to think creatively about global competition. Bartels is a PhD candidate studying national security policy gaming at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.