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Sailors use needle guns to remove rust from the anchor chain of the USS Porter at Naval Station Rota, Spain, Feb. 23, 2019. — https://www.defense.gov/observe/photo-gallery/igphoto/2002093852/ It has been quite awhile since we recorded and published an episode of The Smell of Victory Podcast, and, truth be told, it shows in this episode. Of course w…
 
On this episode of The Smell of Victory Podcast, Bob Hein and Phil Walter interrogated former CIA Officer Alex Finley on her new book, “Victor in the Jungle,” which follows her first book, “Victor in the Rubble.” Key Intelligence Questions posed to Alex during this interrogation include: – Who has the worst travel claim processing in D.C., the CIA,…
 
On this episode of The Smell of Victory Podcast Bob Hein, Steve Leonard, and Phil Walter discussed Hollywood, the U.S. Military, and Civil-Military Relations. Issues touched on and quotes from this episode include: – Hollywood, the strategic communications branch of civil-military relations. – World War 2 gave us movies of epic battles, now we get …
 
Ali Wyne On this episode of The Smell of Victory Podcast, Bob Hein and Phil Walter discussed U.S.-China relations with Ali Wyne a Political Scientist at RAND Corporation and the co-author of “Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World.” Issues touched on and quotes from this episode include: – From Presiden…
 
Image: www.realcleardefense.com On this episode of The Smell of Victory Podcast, Bob Hein and Phil Walter discussed the Goldwater-Nichols Act. Issues touched on and quotes from this episode include: – Does Goldwater-Nichols inhibit the military’s ability to plan against global threats? – Does Goldwater-Nichols inadvertently make consensus the goal,…
 
Image from https://sos.oregon.gov/archives/exhibits/ww1/Pages/home-front-draft-board.aspx Today on The Smell of Victory Podcast, Bob Hein and Phil Walter sat down with Loren DeJonge Schulman of the Center for a New American Security to discuss the draft. Issues touched on and quotes from this episode include: – As the world returns to great power c…
 
Image from https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/development-of-international-human-rights-law.html Today on The Smell of Victory Podcast, Bob Hein and Phil Walter sat down with Tamara Cofman Wittes of The Brookings Institution and the Divergent Options Strategic Advisory Board to discuss human rights and national security. This hour-long discussion …
 
Image from The Research Library and Archive, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London — https://www.soane.org/collections-research/research-library-and-archive This episode of The Smell of Victory Podcast focuses on great books. More specifically, what Bob Hein, Steve Leonard, and Phil Walter think are great books. The Divergent Options trio determined what…
 
Image from https://niskanencenter.org/blog/future-liberalism-politicization-everything/ In 1988 General Paul X. Kelly, a retired United States Marine Corps General, made it known that he endorsed candidate George Bush for President of the United States. That simple endorsement broke open the dam, emboldening future generations of retired Generals a…
 
Image: http://www.thesleuthjournal.com/us-mission-creep-syria-iraq/ What is mission creep? What are some examples of mission creep? What are some effects of mission creep? Why does the military seem to bat clean up for the rest of the Executive Branch when national security problems rear their ugly heads? Bob Hein and Steve Leonard discuss these is…
 
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