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Ep. 31: The true origins of ISIS and the future of counterterrorism with Hassan Hassan
Dec 7 • 48 min
This week on the program: • The true origins of the Islamic State terrorist group. Hassan Hassan, a Syrian-born scholar of the Middle East, recently found a 93-page document from ISIS chronicling the jihadi landscape of pre-9/11 Iraq. New details show…
Ep. 30: Ukraine-Russia tensions w/ Ben Hodges; Space Force!?; Nuclear anthropology and US folklore
Nov 30 • 41 min
This week on the program: • Crisis in the Sea of Azov. We’ll talk about the latest in Ukraine-Russia tensions (at the 1:58 mark) with some input from retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the former commander of U.S. Army Europe, and Defense One’s Patrick Tucker.…
Ep. 29: Ambassador James Jeffrey on Syria; Plus Sue Mi Terry of CSIS and Evan Medeiros
Nov 16 • 62 min
This week on the program: • How does the conflict in Syria end? Ambassador James Jeffrey, the U.S. State Department’s Special Representative for Syria Engagement, sat down (at the 1:56 mark) with CNN’s Elise Labott for our 2018 Defense One Summit this…
Ep. 28: What if America pulls out of Afghanistan? with Seth Jones, Bill Roggio and more.
Nov 9 • 55 min
This week on the program: • What would happen if the United States pulled all of its troops out of Afghanistan before reaching a settlement with the Taliban? We ask Seth Jones of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (at the 2:16 mark) and…
Ep. 27: CENTCOM’s Gen. Votel; Exosuits and super soldiers; Weaponizing social media and more.
Nov 2 • 79 min
This week on the program: • During a flight over Turkmenistan this week, America’s top commander in the Middle East spoke by phone with Defense One Executive Editor Kevin Baron. Kevin explains (at the 2:07 mark) what Gen. Joseph Votel told him about…
Ep. 26: The Pipe-bomber and the presidency; More US troops at the border; Exiting the INF and more.
Oct 27 • 33 min
This week on the program: • A suspect in the U.S. pipe-bombing spree appears to have been apprehended in Florida. We’ll dig into the effects (at the 2:21 mark) of that domestic-terrorism-dash-election-disruption story that’s spanned a decent portion of…
Ep. 25: Rare earth-hunting in US coal country; China’s military might; Uighurs in Xinjiang and more.
Oct 19 • 40 min
This week on the program: • Cornell Anthropology Professor Magnus Fiskesjö talks (1:34) with Paulina Glass about how developments in a remote province in western China are setting off alarm bells in the White House and in the international community. •…
Ep. 24: Unmasking the GRU; The future of al-Shabaab; F-35 & the UK + Bell Helicopter’s Mitch Snyder
Oct 12 • 77 min
• This week we learned one of the men believed to have poisoned former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the southern Great Britain city of Salisbury this past March may have in fact been a trained medical doctor. We’ll talk (1:59) with one of the open-source…
Ep. 23: Chuck Hagel on Trump, NATO, the future and more; Plus reax from Rosa Brooks and Mara Karlin.
Oct 5 • 77 min
This week on the program: • Former Nebraska Senator and Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel came by our offices at the Watergate this week to help us celebrate Defense One’s fifth anniversary. Hagel sat down (2:05) with Executive Editor Kevin Baron to talk about…
Episode 22: China in the US; Iran in Syria; Ukraine’s navy + Q&A w/ BG Jackson in Afghanistan
Sep 28 • 48 min
This week on the program: • President Trump took to the UN to say China is meddling in American politics — and trying to thwart him in particular. Defense One Tech Editor Patrick Tucker and Editorial Fellow Paulina Glass help explain (1:59) what really…
Episode 21: How to kill a drone; Toward a smarter, cheaper US presence in the Middle East and more.
Sep 21 • 49 min
This week on the program: • How to rethink America’s force distribution across the Middle East. Can it be done smarter? Can it be done cheaper? Mara Karlin of the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and Melissa Dalton of…
Special Edition: Q&A w/ NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
Sep 14 • 23 min
On this special edition of our podcast, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg sits down with Defense One Executive Editor Kevin Baron at the studios of the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. Discussed: • How the secretary is still selling and…
Episode 20: Jeffrey Lewis on nuclear war; Loren DeJonge Schulman; Houthi ‘war machine’ and more.
Sep 13 • 53 min
This week on the program: • We talk about drones, the national security bureaucracy, and the American way of war (1:49) with Loren DeJonge Schulman of the Center for a New American Security — and co-host of the Bombshell podcast over at War on the Rocks.…
Episode 19: Idlib and the future of Syria’s Kurds; Yemen, RISK and more.
Sep 7 • 37 min
This week on the program: • For the last several days, UN officials have been warning against an imminent “bloodbath” in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, where Russian jets this week resumed airstrikes against rebels quarantined there over the last…
Episode 18: Gayle Lemmon on Syria, Afghanistan’s future; All about US Army Futures Command and more.
Aug 31 • 52 min
This week on the program: • Only a few days ago, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon of the Council on Foreign Relations was in the streets of Raqqa, Syria — the very place ISIS called its headquarters until October of last year. Gayle sat down with Defense One’s Kevin…
Episode 17: Why the Afghan war has lasted so long; Rethinking ‘militarized policing’
Aug 24 • 43 min
This week on the program: • It’s been a year since President Trump announced his administration’s Afghanistan strategy. We’ll talk to two experts — Graeme Smith of the International Crisis Group (1:39), and Professor Tanisha Fazal of the University of…
Episode 16: Black Hat/Defcon 2018; Hypersonic missiles; Plus Chris Lynch of Defense Digital Services
Aug 17 • 43 min
This week on the program: • (1:21) The Pentagon is a little bit closer to getting its hands on a super fast rocket called a hypersonic missile. • Ahead of schedule, Congress passed and the president signed the annual defense policy bill. But (6:27)…
Episode 15: Space Force is happening; ISIS in Africa; ‘Documenting Hate’; and more.
Aug 10 • 41 min
This week on the program: • Introducing Katie Bo Williams, our new senior national security correspondent! • Vice President Mike Pence has a major update for us all about the Space Force; • Then (16:17) we’ll hear from Dr. Jason Warner from West Point’s…
Episode 14: Natasha Bertrand of The Atlantic; Space Force latest; Future of the Iran deal? and more.
Aug 1 • 36 min
This week on the program: • The Atlantic’s Natasha Bertrand (1:19) helps us put the Trump-Russia probe into perspective from a national security point of view; • Then (17:42) we’ll discuss the latest plans by the Pentagon to march ahead with President…
Episode 13: Afghan Amb. Hamdullah Mohib; Washington Post’s Josh Rogin and Bloomberg’s Eli Lake.
Jul 27 • 57 min
This week on the program — from the sidelines of the 2018 Aspen Institute Security Forum: • Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin and Bloomberg’s Eli Lake sit down (1:08) with Defense One Executive Editor Kevin Baron to discuss what it’s like covering…
Episode 12: Charles Lister on the future of Syria; Mara Karlin on fragile states; F-35s and more.
Jul 18 • 78 min
This week on the program: • What’s next for Syria — where militaries from more than half a dozen nations are fighting ISIS and al-Qaeda? We sat down with Charles Lister (1:52) of the Middle East Institute to get his read on Middle East insurgencies, and…
Episode 11: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani; Former FBI Agent Clint Watts on fake news and more.
Jul 12 • 60 min
This week on the program: • We’ll begin in Brussels, where NATO heads of state gathered this week for the 2018 NATO summit. On Thursday, Defense One Executive Editor Kevin Baron sat down with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani. We’ll bring you that…
Episode 10: Molly O’Toole on US border security; NATO summit preview; See you in Helsinki and more.
Jun 29 • 77 min
Here’s what we’re talking about this week (recorded on June 28, 2018): • Our former colleague and current Investigative Reporters and Editor’s fellow Molly O’Toole just got back from a trip to Mexico; so we’re gonna talk about national security on the…
Episode 9: Space Force!; BAE Systems CEO Jerry DeMuro; Border security, Trump, and more.
Jun 22 • 84 min
Here’s what we’re talking about this week (recorded June 21, 2018): • The president renewed his call for a whole new branch of the military, the Space Force; we’ll check in on how that’s coming; • And the military is sending its lawyers down to Texas to…
Episode 8: The Atlantic’s Uri Friedman; Battle for Hodeida; New Special Ops gear, weapons and more.
Jun 15 • 69 min
In this episode, recorded on Thursday, June 14, 2018: • The Atlantic’s Uri Friedman on what lies ahead for the U.S. military on the Korean peninsula; • Then (35:27 with Meredith Stricker of the Soufan Center) we’ll get an update on the war in Yemen, which…
Episode 7: Breakthrough in Singapore?; Q&A with Rep. Rob Wittman; D-Day special; and more.
Jun 8 • 65 min
In this episode, recorded on Thursday, June 7, 2018: • Ploughshares Fund’s Joe Cirincione joins us to talk about nuclear expectations and grand strategy out of Tuesday’s Trump-Kim summit in Singapore; • We’ll talk about what ISIS is believed to be up to…
Episode 6: Summit scramble; Hello, Indo-PACOM; All about Russian disinfo, and more.
Jun 1 • 55 min
In this episode, recorded on Thursday, May 31, 2018: • The cancelled June 12 meeting in Singapore between President Trump North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un seems to be back on; • The Pentagon cozies up to India with a new combatant command name change; • We…
Episode 5: Q&A with Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson; UAE, Iran, and the war in Yemen, plus more.
May 25 • 60 min
In this episode, recorded on Thursday, May 24, 2018: • President Trump abruptly cancelled the June 12 meeting in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un; • The Pentagon is accelerating the sales of weapons to allies and pals around the world; •…
Episode 4: Trump vs. Kim; Algorithms are spreading; ISIS and the narratives of war, plus much more.
May 18 • 59 min
In this episode, recorded on Thursday, May 10, 2018: • North Korea confirmed it’s not interested in giving up its nuclear weapons for a summit with President Trump; • U.S. Marines surged to Mideast embassies after more than 60 Palestinians were killed by…
Episode 3: Bye-bye, Iran deal; Hello, North Korea; Future of special ops in Niger and more.
May 11 • 48 min
In this episode, recorded on Thursday, May 10, 2018, we discuss: • Bye, bye Iran Deal: Israel carried out a series of airstrikes inside Syria just two days after President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal; • U.S. State Secretary Mike…
Episode 2: Korean summit; Space Force?; Conversations with Eric Fanning, Paul Scharre and more.
May 3 • 65 min
In this episode, recorded on Wednesday, May 2, 2018: • How President Trump and the White House are getting ready for the big (tentative) meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un; • The Army secretary went to a think tank on Tuesday to talk about future…
Episode 1: Welcome to Defense One Radio
Apr 26 • 49 min
We’re going to talk about some of the big national security stories driving the week, and leading into the week ahead. And in this episode, that includes: • An historic first is scheduled for Friday when the leaders of North and South Korea meet near the…
Special Report: The War In Yemen and the Making of a Chaos State
Jan 17 • 35 min
More than 1,000 days of fighting have turned Yemen into one of the most dangerous places on the planet. Aid workers, journalists, and experts explain little-appreciated realities about the war, and how — just maybe — to help turn things around. Part One…
Special Report: Voices from the Battle for Mosul
Jul 5, 2017 • 14 min
The battle for ISIS-held Mosul, Iraq, was the largest military operation in the world in nearly 15 years. Defense One’s Ben Watson spoke with current and former US military officials to better understand how the group’s nearly 3-year grip on the city was…