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Updating Navy Training for Near-Peer Threats
This week CAPT Pete Pagano, USN (Ret.) joins Bill and Ward to talk about how the Navy needs to update its training process to prepare for near-peer threats. And Meagan of the Naval Institute Press stops by to preview the USNI Press spring catalog.
The Doomsday Machine
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down (remotely) with Daniel Ellsberg, who is best known for his release of the Pentagon Papers to the public in 1971. He is also the author of The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, which details his early life as a specialist on the command and...
Iran's Red State Revolt
Iran is at war beyond its borders in Syria, Afghanistan, and other places, too. It’s a bit weird to hear it, but our guest, Amir Handjani, explains that one reason they’re fighting is a very similar principle to what drives the United States: Fight them over there, so we don’t have to fight...
On MacArthur's Coalition
Mick chats with Peter Dean, a Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Western Australia and author of MacArthur's Coalition. They chat about the coalition commanded by General Douglas MacArthur in the Second World War. Peter discusses the effect of MacArthur's personality on the coalition as...
Defense Budget and the Navy's Shipbuilding Plan
USNI News senior writer Megan Eckstein joins Bill and Ward to talk about the roll-out of the DoD budget and the U.S. Navy's latest shipbuilding plan.
The Battle for Mosul, With Col. Pat Work
Last summer, three years after ISIS fighters stormed Mosul and took control of the city, Iraq’s prime minister formally declared that the group had been dislodged and the entire city had been retaken. The months leading up to that declaration involved intense fighting by Iraqi security forces....
Return Fire and Assault the Objective
In 2003, Maj. John Spencer was a platoon leader deployed to Iraq with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. After intelligence reporting indicated that men had been taking artillery shells—a key component of many of the improvised explosive devices that were increasingly appearing on the battlefield—from...
VADM Tom Moore, NAVSEA
In this episode Bill and Ward talk to VADM Tom Moore, USN, NAVSEA Commander, live from WEST 2018. Admiral Moore discusses the status of CVN 78, the future of LCS, how NAVSEA has supported 7th Fleet in the wake of last summer's mishaps, and the need for a defense budget.
Russia's Disinformation Offensive
Using social media, tech platforms and cyber weapons, the Russian government is running a sophisticated campaign to undermine faith in America’s democratic institutions, assist extremists on both the left and right, polarize Americans, and poison policy debates. Foreign Podicy host, Cliff May,...
Spy Watching
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with political scientist and professor Loch Johnson, whose decade-long career in and out of the intelligence world has culminated in a new book, Spy Watching: Intelligence Accountability in the United States.
Applying Lessons Learned From Combat
Former Navy EOD tech and EOD instructor, Damian Jungermann back when he was in the fight. Damian joins Robert, Scott Kinder, Scott Johnson, and Kat Kaelin to talk about how to share the lessons learned from combat to help train and mentor others. Damian and the team share stories from several...
Technology and the Future of Warfare
Artificial intelligence. Quantum computing. Nanotechnology. The Internet of Things. Blockchains. Neuroscience. Biotech. We live in a world of rapid technological development, in these and many other areas. Frontiers are being pushed further and further at a faster and faster pace. And there’s a...
ADM Scott Swift Talks Command and Control
ADM Scott Swift, PACFLT Commander, talks about "Mastering the Art of Command and Control," his article in the February issue of PROCEEDINGS. The admiral also offers an update on PACFLT's readiness in the face of ongoing regional threats like North Korea.
The Saboteur: An Interview with Paul Kix
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Paul Kix, deputy editor at ESPN the Magazine, and author of the book The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France's Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando
DARPA Is the Disney of the Defense Department
Without America’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency there would be no internet, no GPS, no M16, and no Agent Orange. The mysterious group of scientists and soldiers created much of today’s military and civilian technology, but the average citizen doesn’t know much about them. That’s...
The New National Defense Strategy
Earlier this month, the Trump administration released its first National Defense Strategy (NDS). What's new about this strategy and what does it tell us about the direction of U.S. defense strategy and policy? What does the new NDS get right, and where does it fall short? SSI Live host John R....
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