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Latest Episodes…

  1. Ep. 69 – Armies of Sand? An Assessment of Arab Militaries' Battlefield Performance

    This episode features a conversation with Ken Pollack, a military analyst and the author of Armies of Sand, a book that grapples with the question of why there are so many cases of Arab militaries under-performing on the battlefield—from the armies of Saddam Hussein to Muammar Gaddafi and beyond. ...

    2019-01-23

  2. Ep. 68 – Deterrence and Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century, with ret. Gen. Bob Kehler

    This episode features a conversation with retired US Air Force Gen. Kehler, who finished his military career as commander of US Strategic Command, which oversees America's strategic nuclear arsenal. He talks about how deterrence has changed since the Cold War, and what role he sees for nuclear weapons in the ...

    2019-01-10

  3. Ep. 67 – The World Order Under Threat

    This episode features a conversation with Dr. Hal Brands, who explains the challenges to the longstanding US-led world order. In a world that looks to most observers like a dynamic and tumultuous place, there are drivers of change that can be identified and patterns to be discerned. ...

    2018-12-28

  4. Ep. 66 – How Will Technology Change Future Wars?

    In this episode, John Amble is joined by retired Maj. Gen. David Fastabend and Mr. Ian Sullivan. Both have been heavily involved with initiatives to conceptualize the future of warfare for the Army's Training and Doctrine Command, where Sullivan is the assistant G-2 for ISR and futures. They talk through ...

    2018-12-14

  5. Ep. 65 – Dr. Graham Allison: "Are We Destined for War with China?"

    In this episode, MWI's Capt. Jake Miraldi speaks to Dr. Graham Allison, author of the book "Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?" In this fascinating conversation, Dr. Allison examines the critical factors that will determine whether war with a rising China will ultimately break out. ...

    2018-11-28