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This episode is broken into two parts: Project Overmatch with Defense One's Caitlin Kenney (at the 2:28 mark); Project Convergence, updated with Defense One's Patrick Tucker (at 15:48); Extra reading: “What Worked, What Didn't at Army’s Second Connect-Everything Experiment,” by Patrick Tucker, Nov. 10; “Are Naval Forces on the Right Path? Leaders R…
 
This episode is broken into three parts: What's new, with Defense One's Patrick Tucker (at the 1:31 mark); What's old, with Angry Staff Officer (at 15:01); What comes next, featuring Army Gen. Mike Murray and Lt. Gen. Jim Richardson of Army Futures Command (at 36:36). Extra reading: "The Biggest Lesson from the Army’s Connect-Everything Experiment,…
 
This episode is broken into three parts: 'No front line,' with former Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer Brian Castner (at the 1:59 mark); The Weight, with Marine Corps Infantry officer Walker Mills (at 15:09); The Future, featuring Army Maj. Gen. Ross Coffman, director of the Next-Generation Combat Vehicles Cross-Functional Team; Deputy Program E…
 
Guests include Stacie Pettyjohn, Senior Fellow and Director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security; Becca Wasser, fellow in the Defense Program at CNAS (both Wasser and Pettyjohn begin at the 2:44 mark); Zachary Kallenborn, research affiliate with the Unconventional Weapons and Technology Division of the National Consortiu…
 
Defense One's Patrick Tucker helps explain the U.S. military's growing climate security portfolio (at the 4:05 mark); John Conger of the Center for Climate and Security joins us later (at 14:28), followed by Gabriel Collins of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy (at 23:38). Extra reading: Read Conger's Defense One op-ed here; Find t…
 
This episode we’re going to share a few of the more memorable exchanges from this year’s Tech Summit, including Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks; Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall; Director of the Space Development Agency Derek Tournear; Brian Weeden of the Secure World Foundation; Kelly Hammett, of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Direc…
 
This episode we’re going to take a look at some of the most important issues shaping the future of U.S.-European security, including NATO, the EU, fringe politics, lessons from the Cold War, and evolving perceptions of both China and the U.S. Guests include: Dr. Alina Polyakova, president and CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis; Elisabet…
 
What lies ahead for Afghanistan? And what does that war look like today from the perspective of a Green Beret who spent several months trying to build Afghanistan’s military and police? We’ll break down those questions and a lot more in this episode of Defense One Radio, featuring Bill Roggio of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.…
 
There’s a new way of thinking about war that’s taking over the Pentagon. A lot has happened for its generals and for the country over the past 30 years of American warfare. And if this latest crop of generals get their wish, a lot could happen in just the first 30 minutes of America’s next large-scale war. So — kind of like our last episode — prepa…
 
2034 could be a disastrous year for U.S.-China relations — and most of the rest of the world, according to a new work of fiction by former NATO Commander retired U.S. Navy Adm. Jim Stavridis and Marine veteran, journalist and writer Elliot Ackerman. The two have teamed up to write “2034: A Novel of the Next World War,” which was published this week…
 
Today we’re going to hear from journalist and author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. She’s traveled to Syria several times over the past four years. And her new book, “The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice,” arrived on bookshelves just this week. Much of her reporting in it originated on Defense One, when she filed dispatches fr…
 
This episode, we’ll ask how we can better understand those hundreds of Americans who stormed the Capitol. We’ll also look into how now may really be the time to truly expand the way we think about certain key things like what “national security” means when an insurrection can be stoked so openly, as it was in the days leading up to January 6. Our g…
 
This episode, Defense One's Ben Watson asks Army Chief Gen. James McConville how the service is dealing with the coronavirus and the threat posed by Russia. The Army chief also discusses a joint Air Force project to link everything on the battlefield — known as Combined Joint All Domain Command and Control, or CJADC2 — as well as what non-military …
 
This episode, we'll explore emerging trends in unmanned systems. We’ll start in the air, before turning to the land and sea in a review of Russian-made systems and military thinking. And we’ll end with a discussion about trust and artificial intelligence. (Music by Bob Bradley, Paul Clarvis, Thomas Balmforth; Guy Farley, Andrew Carroll; Richard Lac…
 
This episode, we’re going to take a closer look at terrorism trends and far-right extremists in America. We’ll see how oftentimes right-wing violence works inside the seams of American security and law enforcement discourse, challenging our definition of terrorism. We’ll also discuss America’s wars abroad, and how many veterans have brought the war…
 
We take a new look at what China means to American voters, and how opinions and perceptions about China have changed since President Trump took office three and a half years ago. Our episode is broken into three parts: How Americans feel about China, with Laura Silver of the Pew Research Center; The tech and values challenge posed by China, with Ru…
 
U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Karl Schultz explains how his service is responding to growing access to the arctic, which is quickly becoming a place for great powers like Russia, China and the U.S. to compete and try to outmaneuver one another. Then we'll hear from arctic policy wonks David Auerswald of the National War College and Abbie Tingstad of the RA…
 
This episode we'll hear from Peter W. Singer and August Cole, the authors of “Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution.” The title comes from the term for deliberately pushing technology to the breaking point, in order to learn from it. Then we'll pivot to military recruiting and the world of competitive video gaming when we speak to Sergean…
 
Today we’re going to look at America’s changing place in a rapidly-changing world. It’s part of a broader series of reporting, commentaries and discussions Defense One and the Center for a New American Security are hosting throughout the year. They’re all inspired by the theme of military readiness in 2020. And we’re calling it the American Readine…
 
More American soldiers died from the flu in 1918 than died from combat in World War I. And more Americans died from that 1918 flu pandemic than died from all the wars in the last century. That's why we’re gonna learn a bit more about what the Influenza of 1918 did to the U.S. military. Special Guest: Angry Staff Officer Part One: The First Wave (at…
 
Part One: The costs of acknowledging a pandemic, with Annie Lowrey of The Atlantic (at the 3:29 mark); find her report, "Quantifying the Coming Recession," here. Part Two: On China's initiative and trustworthiness, with Peter W. Singer of New America (at 12:34); find Singer's two pieces on China here and here; Part Three: The downside of ‘America F…
 
We decided to take stock of how the coronavirus and the disease it causes, Covid-19, are affecting the U.S. government and the national security establishment. So we’re try to figure out what maybe to expect next. Guests include Defense One Global Business Editor Marcus Weisgerber (at the 3:10 mark), Defense One National Security Correspondent Kati…
 
The United States Space Force is now officially a thing, complete with a commander and plans to put about 16,000 members of the military to work defending U.S. interests in space. But what exactly does it mean for the U.S. military to “deter aggression” in space? How could a war in space happen? And what are American interests in space, anyway?This…
 
We’re going to take a closer look at Russian private military contractors. How much do we understand about what these groups are up to? And how much should the U.S. and its allies be concerned? It’s a phenomenon with a history; and it’s something that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. The episode is broken into four parts: • Behind the Ba…
 
With less than a year until the next U.S. election, we’ve got a few experts to help break down what they think is ahead in U.S.-directed influence operations. They include Alina Polyakova of the Brookings Institution; Clint Watts of the Foreign Policy Research Institute and the Alliance for Securing Democracy; retired CIA agent John Sipher; and (br…
 
This episode we'll discuss the NATO alliance and how some military tactics are changing in the face of strategic threats from Russia. We’ll also assess some of the more recent responses to wider global trends like populism and how, in some parts of Europe, Chinese soft power is already influencing culture, politics and security. // Music this week …
 
What does it mean for the future of international security to almost completely pull the U.S. military out of Syria? This episode, we investigate that and a lot more with Dana Stroul of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Charles Lister of the Middle East Institute, and Melissa Dalton of the Center for Strategic and International Studies…
 
America’s war in Afghanistan turns 18 in October. And one journalist has been making trips to the country since 2004. North Carolina-based author Kevin Maurer joins us to talk about what’s new from his latest trip in January, what never really changed in 14 years, and how some U.S. soldiers derive meaning from the longest conflict in the nation's h…
 
Vince Houghton, historian and curator of the International Spy Museum, joins us to talk about more than just the U.S. military’s plan to detonate a nuclear bomb on the moon, he also explains a few American efforts to kill Cuba’s Fidel Castro, as well as bold Russian operations today — and one Soviet idea that would have killed everyone decades ago.…
 
Today we’re going to hear from the U.S. military’s top intelligence official, Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, who directs the Defense Intelligence Agency. Defense One Tech Editor Patrick Tucker sat down with Lt. Gen. Ashley Monday in Tampa. The general answered 10 questions about the Pentagon’s evolving tech needs in Afghanistan, cloud computing across the…
 
We’re joined by journalist Alexa O’Brien and Chris Woods, the founder and director of Airwars. They published a report in July that revealed big gaps in Western media coverage of civilian harm from the U.S.-led airstrike campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Find that report online here: https://airwars.org/report/news-in-brief-us-m…
 
This episode, we survey the history of cyberwarfare — from the ascent of China-linked hackers this century to the arrest of a Soviet-linked hacker 30 years ago, and a lot in between. Find a transcript of this episode, along with a table of 50 key events in the history of the domain, here: https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2019/07/ep-50-cyberwarfare-…
 
This episode, we turn to the future world of cyberwarfare — from life after encryption to the 5G debate, from the next election to the next generation of cyber professionals, and a lot more. Our guests include: • Dawn Thomas, Associate Director and Research Analyst on the Safety and Security team of CNA; • Paul Gagliardi, a former U.S. intelligence…
 
In the first of a three-part podcast series, we're going to look at the contemporary risks of cyber warfare, from ransomware and extortion to online banking and culture wars. Our guests include: • Dawn Thomas, associate director and research analyst on the Safety and Security team of CNA; • Paul Gagliardi, a former U.S. intelligence contractor and …
 
We continue our remembrance of the Iraqi and coalition forces pushing the Islamic State group out of Mosul two years ago this week. This week we’ll hear from Mike Giglio, national security correspondent for The Atlantic. He was embedded with Iraqi special forces when the Mosul offensive kicked off in late 2016. And he’s got a book coming out on it …
 
This episode, we travel to Paris to meet a historian from Mosul named Omar Mohammed. He's the man behind the secretive blog and Twitter account "Mosul Eye" (@mosuleye). He’ll tell us all about his life, his family, his love of Mosul’s history, and his concerns for the future of Mosul, Iraq and the greater Middle East. Read more about the 2016-17 Mo…
 
This episode, we’re joined by Dr. Ash Carter, who just published "Inside the Five-Sided Box: Lessons from a Lifetime of Leadership in the Pentagon." He first started working at the Pentagon in 1981, and wound up playing an unlikely role in the so-called “Star Wars” missile defense program during the Reagan administration. Nowadays, he works at Harv…
 
This episode we bring you two conversations with Defense One Executive Editor Kevin Baron from the Shangri-La Defense dialogues — which happened this past weekend in Singapore. Kevin sat down with the State Department’s Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, Andrea Thompson, at the 26:34 mark. But first, Baron spoke wi…
 
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