The Professionals Playbook

The Professionals Playbook
*Ranked a “2019 Top Podcast* This is a podcast that brings transparency to top performers, careers, and topics. My name is Justin “Hasard” Lee. I’m an active F-35 fighter pilot for the Air Force. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is

The Connection between Aviation and Time with the Founder of Bremont—Nick English
Oct 7 • 53 min
Nick and his brother Giles are the founders of Bremont, one of the top aviation watch brands. I own two of their watches and they are truly engineering masterpieces. They’re one of the few things you can own that doesn’t turn into junk after 5 years. On…
Episode 50! Hasard is interviewed for “Artists, Engineers, & Entrepreneurs”
Aug 31 • 39 min
In this episode Hasard is interviewed for ae2 by the president of Hiller Measurements, Jeff Olsen. Make sure to check out the rest of their series here:”ae² explores the creative drive, personal motivations, and stories of perseverance of leaders and…
Black Hawk Down: Special Tactics Officer who Saved a SEAL Team 6 member and a Ranger on Life Lessons—Dan Schilling
Jul 30 • 62 min
My guest today is Dan Schilling who spent more than 30 years in the military, primarily as a Combat Controller and Special Tactics Officer. His numerous combat deployments have taken him around the world and include Operation Gothic Serpent, known as…
Tips on Raising a Child from America’s Most Read Pediatrician—Dr. Harvey Karp
Jul 19 • 57 min
My guest today is nationally renowned child development expert Dr. Harvey Karp. He is the most read pediatrician in America, with over a million parents having used his techniques. His 3 bestselling books on the topic have been translated into over 20…
Fighter Pilot, CEO, and Author on Helping the NY Giants Win the Super Bowl—James “Murph” Murphy
Jul 6 • 56 min
My guest today is James “Murph” Murphy who is the founder and Chairman of Afterburner, a leadership training firm comprised of more than 80 current and former elite military professionals. Afterburner was awarded Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing company…
Are Drones Going to Replace Pilots and More—Q and A with Hasard
Jun 22 • 40 min
F-35 T-shirts are now availableNew Youtube Channel is live!Live Q and A. We cover everything from my most memorable mission to my workout routine.Sign up for my newsletter for a few useful and insightful things that have helped me over the last month….
Gravity Jet Suit Inventor and Founder on Reimagining Human Flight and Overcoming the Status Quo—Richard Browning
Jun 7 • 47 min
*T-shirts are now available here.My guest today is Richard Browning, the British inventor dubbed the “real life Iron Man.” He’s the founder of Gravity, launched in 2017 with a dream to reimagine an entirely new form of human flight. Using 6 small jet…
Master Class: The Green Beret Soldier behind the Afghan SOF Strategy talks Leadership—Scott Mann
May 26 • 62 min
*My editor sent me this after listening to the episode: ”I wanted to let you know that this was by far one of my favorite episodes to edit. It provided great insight into leadership skills.”*”The Professionals Playbook” t-shirts are now available…
The First Non-American F-22 Pilot on Fighter Pilot Culture and Augmented Reality—Daniel Robinson
May 12 • 73 min
My guest today is Daniel “Bond” Robinson who is Founder and CEO of Red 6—a company revolutionizing augmented reality (AR) for military training by allowing pilots to see synthetic threats in dynamic and high speed environments.In 2005 the RAF selected…
“Loonshots:” Author of the #1 Book of the Year on ‘The Invisible Axe’—Safi Bahcall
Apr 28 • 79 min
My guest today is Safi Bahcall who is the author of Loonshots, The most recommended book of the year. It came out in 2019 and has already been translated into 18 languages. It’s recommended by Bill Gates, Daniel Kahneman, Daniel Pink, Malcolm Gladwell,…
315 Combat Missions, 24 Air Medals, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, on what makes a Great Pilot—George Nolly
Apr 14 • 68 min
My guest today is George Nolly, who flew 315 combat missions over Vietnam in both the O-2 as a forward air controller and the F-4 as strike pilot; earning 24 Air Medals and 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses. He was the last pilot to complete 100 missions…
Founder of Spartan and the Death Race, 3x Bestselling Author on Grit and High Performance—Joe De Sena
Mar 31 • 45 min
My guest today is Joe De Sena, the Founder and CEO of Spartan, the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand. They have more than 250 events across 40 countries with over 1 million annual global participants.He is also the host of the Spartan Up…
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guide: Unbiased Facts from former CDC Epidemiologist and Outbreak Investigator—Dr. Joel Selanikio
Mar 14 • 70 min
Dr. Joel Selanikio is a physician, TED speaker, inventor, emergency responder, and former CDC epidemiologist and outbreak investigator. He was also the lead physician at the IMC Ebola Treatment Center in Sierra Leone.He is one of the few people on the…
Conversation with French Fighter Pilot, Author, and Speaker on Lessons Learned from Combat—“ATÉ” Chuet
Mar 3 • 78 min
My Guest today is Pierre “ATÉ” Chuet a former French Fighter pilot who is now an author and speaker. He went through Pilot Training as an exchange officer with US Navy before flying for the Fence Navy.
Top Artist and World Economic Forum Cultural Leader on using Art to Boost Creativity in Other Fields—Drue Kataoka
Feb 18 • 72 min
My guest today is Drue Kataoka who has built the top art studio in Silicon Valley, and did it entirely outside the gallery system. Her studio serves top art collectors in 4 continents and over 30 countries. Her art was used for the first zero gravity…
Virgin Galactic CEO and Former NASA Chief of Staff on Space Travel in 2020—George Whitesides
Feb 4 • 45 min
My guest today is George Whitesides, who is the CEO and President of Virgin Galactic, the spaceflight company founded by Sir Richard Branson. In our conversation we talk about the strengths and weaknesses of NASA, how space exploration is like aviation…
Smokejumper and Bestselling Author on Parachuting into and Killing Forest Fires—Jason Ramos
Jan 21 • 59 min
Jason Ramos is a firefighter currently in his 30th season. He spent over half that time as an air-delivered firefighter. Known as Smokejumpers, these professionals are highly trained and specialized firefighters who can parachute or rappel into a forest…
Special End of the Year Q+A with Host Justin “HASARD” Lee
Jan 7 • 59 min
Thanks for the support. It’s been 1 year since I started the podcast. Today I’m answering your questions. Below questions along with the timestamps.
One of the Greats: Navy F-4 Fighter Pilot, 2,103 Days as a POW, Silver Star, Bronze Star, 2 Purple Hearts—Charlie Plumb
Dec 23, 2019 • 59 min
On his 75th mission, just five days before the end of his tour, he was shot down over Hanoi, taken prisoner, tortured, and spent the next 2,103 days in an 8-by-8 foot cell as a Prisoner Of War.
Physician-Scientist, Inventor, and Entrepreneur on Living a Healthier Life and the Future of Medicine—Dr. Daniel Kraft
Dec 8, 2019 • 55 min
In our conversation, we talk about the challenges of turning an idea into reality, the similarities between medicine and aviation, and how to live a longer healthier life.
Major General (Ret.) gives a Master-Class on Leadership, Talks Day 1 of Desert Storm, and Discusses Cyber Ops—Brett Williams
Nov 26, 2019 • 59 min
My guest today is Major General (Ret.) Brett Williams. He is a command pilot with over 3,700 hours and 100 combat missions in the F-15C Eagle. He was also the Commander for the Air Force’s largest combat wing.
Director of Earth and Space Exploration on Life outside of Earth, Overcoming a Gender Bias, and Meteorites—Dr. Meenakshi Wadhwa
Nov 12, 2019 • 53 min
My guest today is Dr. Meenakshi Wadhwa, a planetary scientist and currently the Director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU. She is a cosmic CSI detective investigating the origins of our solar system, primarily through meteorites.
5x Shuttle Astronaut and John Glenn’s Doctor: on Space, Climbing Mt. Everest, and Learning Well—Scott Parazynski
Oct 29, 2019 • 56 min
Scott Parazynski has traveled 23 million miles over 5 missions to space, including 7 spacewalks. He was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2016 and is the only person to both fly into space and summit Mount Everest.
Legendary Baseball Pitcher Who Was Born Without a Right Hand—Jim Abbott
Oct 15, 2019 • 52 min
My guest today is Jim Abbott, a pitcher who played for 10 seasons in the Major Leagues. Despite being born with only one hand, he won the James Sullivan Award as the nation’s best amateur athlete and then went on to win a gold medal in the Summer Olympics.
The Head of Bloomberg Beta with $150M Under Management on Team Chemistry and the Future of Work—Roy Bahat
Oct 1, 2019 • 49 min
My guest today is Roy Bahat who is the head of Bloomberg Beta, an investment firm with over 150 million dollars under management. He invests in the future of work with a focus on machine intelligence and automation.
The FBI’s Lead International Kidnapping Negotiator on How to Get a Raise and More—Chris Voss
Sep 17, 2019 • 48 min
In our conversation we talk about what it’s like to be on the phone with a terrorist, the traits required of a hostage negotiator, how everyone can become better at negotiating, and more.
CEO and Co-Founder of ForeFlight on building the worlds best aviation software—Tyson Weihs
Sep 3, 2019 • 53 min
My guest today is Tyson Weihs, the Co-Founder and CEO of ForeFlight—by far the best aviation software ever produced.
Lessons from a top Red Bull Air Racing and decorated fighter pilot—Matt Hall
Aug 20, 2019 • 60 min
My guest today is Matt Hall, Australia’s top aviator. For the last 10 years, he has been flying at the pinnacle of aviation racing—The Red Bull Air Race series.
The Co-Founder of Siri and on working with Steve Jobs, Time Management Techniques, and Keys to Success—Adam Cheyer
Aug 6, 2019 • 63 min
My guest today is a genius that is changing the paradigm of the world we live in. He is the Co-Founder of Siri, the digital assistant that’s in every Apple device.
Brig. General on Human Performance, Fostering Innovation, and Leadership Lessons—Pete Palmer
Jul 23, 2019 • 52 min
My guest today is Brig. General (retired) Pete Palmer. He served for 32 years in the Army in various infantry assignments. His joint and coalition experience include four tours in NATO as well as Kosovo and Iraq.
Reno Air Race Champion on Optimizing Human and Machine Performance—Andy Findlay
Jul 9, 2019 • 55 min
Two things stood out to me about Andy—his engineering expertise and his passion for understanding the mental side of peak performance. His engineering background is evident as he discusses how he and his team gain an incremental advantage with each…
CEO and Co-Founder of Veo Robotics on superhuman robots and manufacturing—Patrick Sobalvarro
Jun 25, 2019 • 55 min
I was impressed with how Patrick was able to explain the nuances of what he does to someone outside the industry like myself. He is humble and knowledgeable which makes him a great teacher. In this episode we talk about how robots are similar to the…
The CIA agent behind the movie ‘Fair Game’ starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn—Valerie Plame
Jun 11, 2019 • 42 min
Valerie Plame is one of America’s most famous CIA officers. Her life was the subject of the 2010 movie Fair Game staring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.
USAF Thunderbird #1: The Air Force’s top ambassador and warrior on life, loss, combat and more—John “Brick” Caldwell
May 28, 2019 • 62 min
Lt. Col. John “Brick” Caldwell is the Commander and Leader of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. I had never met “Brick” before this interview, but several pilots I’ve flow with have a tremendous amount of respect for him. After our conversation, I do now…
Memorial Day Speech on combat, service, sacrifice, and remembering the fallen
May 27, 2019 • 14 min
This is not a typical episode, but I felt it was worth sharing. It’s a speech I gave for Memorial Day. The audio quality is not great, but it’s meaningful to me. If I can use this podcast and platform to help keep the memory of the fallen alive, then it…
Host of the “Airline Pilot Guy” podcast and one of the most senior airline pilots flying—Captain Jeff
May 7, 2019 • 58 min
Jeff Nielsen, also known as “Capt. Jeff” is the host of the very successful “Airline Pilot Guy” Podcast. He has the calm demeanor and soothing voice you’d expect from a senior airline pilot. He has a wide breath of aviation knowledge and is the subject…
The first woman to solo across Antarctica: polar explorer Felicity Aston
Apr 30, 2019 • 59 min
Felicity Aston is a British Polar Explorer living in Reykjavik, Iceland. In 2012 she became the first person in the world to ski alone across Antarctica using just muscle power.
3-time NFL Super Bowl Champion and Fighter pilot—Chad Hennings
Apr 16, 2019 • 51 min
Chad Hennings is is a three time NFL Super Bowl Champion with the Dallas Cowboys, a former A-10 fighter pilot, an author, a speaker and an entrepreneur.
A day in the life of an Editor and Writer—Alex Hollings
Apr 10, 2019 • 43 min
His writing can be found on a number of websites; most notably, where Hollings serves as editor,, where Hollings serves as a Senior Staff Writer, and Popular Mechanics.
Launching into space and commanding the International Space Station—NASA astronaut Terry Virts
Apr 2, 2019 • 50 min
Terry Virts is a U.S. Air Force test / fighter pilot and a NASA veteran of two spaceflights – a two-week mission onboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 2010 and a 200-day flight to the Space Station in 2015. He is a leader, speaker, and author who is…
CIA Officer and author of “Breaking Cover, My Secret Life in the CIA”—Michele Rigby Assad
Mar 19, 2019 • 44 min
Michele Rigby Assad is a former undercover officer in the National Clandestine Service of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
“The Fighter Pilot Podcast” host and TOP GUN Instructor—Vincent “Jell-O” Aiello
Mar 5, 2019 • 58 min
In this episode we talk about his advice to a new fighter pilot, what it feels like to land on a carrier at night, his favorite aircraft to fly, his views on leadership, and more.
Fighter Pilot, ER Doctor, and Firefighter: the most interesting man in the world (part II)—Jason Patten
Feb 19, 2019 • 53 min
Minute 47:00 of this episode has a story that nearly brought a tear to my eye. Having been deployed to combat, I’ve seen the incredible team effort to save lives that he talks about. It’s truly awe inspiring to see the military men and women, most under…
Race Car Champion and youngest to finish the 24 hours of Le Mans —Gunnar Jeannette
Feb 12, 2019 • 66 min
Gunnar Jeanette is a professional race car driver. At the age of 18 he became the youngest ever driver to finish the 24 hours of Le Mans. He has since raced there an additional seven times. He also competed in the American Le Mans Series, the Rolex Sports…
Similarities between the S.W.A.T. team and fighter pilots—Mike Doyle
Feb 5, 2019 • 55 min
Mike Doyle is an active Special Weapons and Tactics team member, known as S.W.A.T. He also hosts a podcast called Tactical Tangents that delves into decision making, critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, and teamwork.
Red-Cell Navy SEAL, BUD/S Instructor—Ron Montgomery
Jan 29, 2019 • 63 min
Monty served in nearly all of the East coast SEAL teams throughout his career, though much of what he’s done remains classified. He spent a tour in the elite Navy SEAL Anti-Terrorism Team as well as as the Naval Security Coordination Team, known as…
Fighter Pilot, Delta Pilot, Ranger Grad, Harvard Grad: The real life most interesting man in the world- Stephen ‘Boards’ Kaminski
Jan 22, 2019 • 77 min
‘Boards’ Kaminski is the real life most interesting man in the world. He is a F-16 Fighter Pilot in the Air National Guard and flies for Delta Airlines.
How to call in Airstrikes with elite 6’5 240 lb Machine ‘Nasty’ Staggs
Jan 14, 2019 • 66 min
Nasty Staggs is THE premiere Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) for the US Air Force. He’s won nearly every award that a JTAC can win
F-16 Flight Doc and Neuroradiologist Fellow at Duke University—Dr. Clint Davidson
Jan 2, 2019 • 60 min
Clint Davidson was a poor academic student growing up until a mentor’s advice changed the way he studied—now he’s a radiologist fellow at Duke University.
Lessons from a legendary Fighter Pilot—Matt ‘Freq’ Casey
Jan 2, 2019 • 64 min
‘Freq’ Casey is a legend in the fighter community. He has shot the most HARM missiles in combat of anyone in the world, he is a graduate of the prestigious Air Force Weapons School, and recently retired after a 23 year career in the Air Force.