On the latest Russian Roulette, Olga and Jeff host Carolina Vendil Pallin and Susanne Oxenstierna from the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) for an in-depth discussion of the Russian defense budget and Russia’s foreign policy. Then, our hosts sit down with Jonathan Hillman, director of... More >>

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U.S., South Korea Launch Annual Foal Eagle Exercise
U.S. and South Korean service members participate in a series of joint and combined ground, air, naval and special operations field exercises to increase readiness to defend South Korea, to protect the region, and to maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula. (DoD News)
The Marshall Plan 1947 - 1952 (69th Anniversary)
April 3rd, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signs off on legislation establishing the Foreign Assistance Act of 1948, more popularly known as the Marshall Plan. The act eventually provided over $12 billion of assistance to aid in the economic recovery of Western Europe. In the first years...
Michael German on Fighting Violent Extremism
The Cipher Brief's 15 - Minutes. This week, The Cipher Brief’s Fritz Lodge speaks to Michael German, author of “Thinking Like a Terrorist” and a former undercover FBI agent, who infiltrated white supremacist groups in the 1990s. Fritz asks Michael how his experiences shaped his understanding...
China & the Challenge in the Cyber Domain
You hear a bit on the edges about China's cyber forces' ongoing efforts to penetrate the cyber domain in order to get an edge against the USA and other nations she sees as either being in the way of her national goals, or in possession of something they need to keep their economy strong.We are...
Robert "Buzz" Patterson on Holding the Nuclear Football
If the United States faces an imminent threat from a foreign power, did you know the President can order a nuclear attack at a moment’s notice? How? One option is by using the “Nuclear Football.” The Football – also known as the President’s Emergency Satchel – is a briefcase that...
The Growing Rift Between Trump and His Intelligence Agencies
Even before he took office, Donald Trump was denigrating the U.S. intelligence community – in large part because of its investigation into Russian influence on the presidential election, which challenged the integrity of his victory. That relationship has continued to sour, through Trump’s...
Methods In London Attack Similar To Earlier Cases
An attacker killed three people and injured dozens in London Wednesday. The nature of the attack is similar to previous such ones in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.
WESTPAC's Progress with Toshi Yosihara
While a new American President, Russia, and ongoing operations against the Islamic State continue to absorb attention, the Western Pacific from Japan, Korea, China, to Australia continues forward. Our guest to discuss all the latest developments will be Toshi Yoshihara. A prior guest on Midrats,...
U.S. Coast Guard's Heavy Icebreaker Polar Star Heads for the Arctic
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star conducts their yearly deployment to Antarctica as part of the U.S. military’s Operation Deep Freeze 2017. The Polar Star is the Coast Guard’s only operational heavy icebreaker capable of conducting Antarctic ice operations, and is an integral part...
Iraq Chalk, Chickenhawk, DPRK Who?
This week Radha, Loren, and Erin drink hot toddies and reluctantly dig into the newest Marine Corps scandal. They also explore growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula and Europe with a brief “missiles: big, medium, and small” explainer; debate the wisdom of loosening counter-terrorism policies...
Climate Change As an Issue of National Security
Defense Secretary James Mattis called climate change a national security threat. Retired Brig. Gen. Gerald Galloway talks about how the Pentagon will manage challenges presented by climate change. LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Last week, ProPublica published excerpts of a testimony by Defense...
Realcleardefense Talks Defense With Senator John Mccain
RealClearDefense editor David Craig and RealClearBooks editor John Waters talk to Senator John McCain on Defense.
Strategic Discipline & the Building of a New...
We are in the second month of a new President who is building a new national security team. He and his team come to their positions with a very different view of the world and America's place in it than their predecessors had.  What direction will they take our nation? What role should realism,...
The Cost of Rushing into Raqqa
The “In Brief” podcast brings you The Cipher Brief’s take on breaking news stories with leading experts in the global security space. The Trump Administration announced last week that around 400 U.S. Marines and Army Rangers have been deployed to Syria to support the campaign to take Raqqa,...
The Current State of National Security
This week on the podcast, Jack Goldsmith sat down with former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Matt Olsen to talk about the current state of national security. What should we make of the president's tweeted allegations of politically motivated wiretapping? Of the revised executive...
Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM)
LRASM is a long range, precision-guided anti-ship missile leveraging off of the successful JASSM-ER heritage, and is designed to meet the needs of U.S. Navy and Air Force warfighters.
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