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US Special Operations Forces
US Special Operations Command, or SOCOM, is divided up into the following. I will talk about each individual unit listed.
Army: 75th Ranger Regiment, Special Forces (Green Berets), 160th SOAR (Night Stalkers)
Navy: SEALs, and SWCCs (Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen)Air Force: Pararescuemen (PJs), Combat Controllers (CCTs)Marine Corps: Marine Force ReconJoint: Delta Force, DEVGRU, 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Intelligence Support Activity
For more information, read:
US Special Forces by Samuel Southworth
Chosen Soldier by Dick Couch
That Others May Live by Jack Brehm
Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden
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Planning the American Civil War
This episode answers four basic questions:
Why were both North and South so unprepared for war?Which side had the initial advantage?Did the South have to secede? Did the North have to respond with military force?Was Northern victory inevitable?
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Farragut and the Vicksburg Campaign
Vicksburg was a Confederate fortress guarding the Mississippi River during the American Civil War. It was the only thing stopping the Union from taking control of the all-powerful Mississippi waterway. Although the Vicksburg Campaign is most famously associated with General Ulysses Grant (whose capture of the fortress is considered a major turning point in the war), there were many earlier Union campaigns to take control of Vicksburg. One of these campaigns, led by Navy Admiral David Farragut, is the focus of this episode.
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Democracy in Iraq
Why has democracy failed in Iraq? Here are some potential theories, with their originators in parentheses:
Modernization (Rostow, Lipset): Iraq is not wealthy, urban,
modern, or secular enough to support democracy. It has not followed
the same path to development that Western democracies have set out, and
thus, it is not yet ready.Cultural (Huntington, Weber): Iraqis are not inherently suitable
for democracy, simply because their culture favors an authoritarian
style of government.Marxist (Moore, Marx): Iraq still has a strong landed elite and a
weak bourgeoisie, meaning that it is not ripe for class conflict and
thus, it is not ripe for social and political developmentVoluntarist (Di Palma): Iraq lacks the strong leadership needed to usher the country into a democratic phase.
Each of these theories has its flaws and counterexamples, which will be
discussed in this episode. This is not meant to define one theory as
better than the rest...it is simply meant to put all ideas on the table.
For more information, read:
Huntington's Third Wave
Di Palma's To Craft Democracies
Bellin's Authoritarianism in the Middle East
Colton's Putin and Democratization
Johnson's Political Institutions and Economic Performance
Lipset's Political Man
Marx's Communist Manifesto
Moore's Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy
Rostow's Stages of Economic Growth
Selbin's Revolution in the Real World
Skocpol's Social Revolutions in the Modern World
Varshney's India Defies the Odds
Weber's Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Troop Surge in Iraq
This episode focuses on the decision-making strategies that President
Bush used in December of 2006 before choosing to commit the troop
surge. Things discussed include: the release of the Iraq Study Group
Report, the 2006 midterm elections, Bush's meeting with Generals Keane
and Downing, and Bush's relationship with General Petraeus and
Secretary Gates. At the end of the episode is a recap on the success
of the troop surge, as well as an analysis of President Bush's
leadership during December 2006 and January 2007.
For more background information on Iraq, listen to: Iraq Study Group
Report Assessment, Iraq Study Group Report Recommendations, Invading
Iraq, Occupying Iraq, Iraq's Environment, and Medal of Honor in Iraq.
Forces of Nature (2)
Whether they are seen as acts of God, or as simple climate-related
occurrences, natural events have always had a sizeable impact on
military operations. At the small end of the scale are the little changes in terrain or weather that may affect a battle or a small war. For
example, many armies have postponed their campaigns due to inclement
weather conditions, and many militaries have suffered from rampant
disease. On the other end of the scale are the
times when nature has so much of an impact that the fate of an entire
nation or civilization is decided upon it. In
the words of Charles Darwin, these are times when “the war of nature”
results in the downfall of one party and the rise of another.
Colonization Smallpox: Rampant disease severely weakened the
Aztecs and Incas, allowing small bands of Spanish conquistadors (led by
Cortez and Pizarro, respectively) to easily overthrow two great empires.Revolutionary Wind and Fog: Heavy winds subsided after the Battle
of Long Island, allowing American troops to evacuate and fight another
day. Their retreat was concealed by a dense fog. Later, just before
the Battle of Trenton, a heavy fog concealed the Americans long enough
to conduct a surprise attack which greatly boosted the morale of the
Continental Army.Russian Winter: Cold temperatures forced Napoleon to retreat
after he failed to conquer Russia and find accommodations in Moscow.
The lack of grass and unfrozen roads resulted in the destruction of up
to 75% of Napoleon's Army as it marched back to France.
For more information, read:
Hopkins' The Great Killer
Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel
Burton's Napoleon's Invasion of Russia
Tolstoy's War and Peace
George's Napoleon's Invasion of Russia
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Facts and Figures.
Nothing but facts and figures around military history. Non-biased description of historical events and military technology. Sadly no more episodes since years.
Disclaimer: I usually don't make negative reviews & I only listened to the Peleponnesian war, so the rest might be brilliant. Excuse my spelling, English is not my 1st language.
If you like superficial parallels or want a good laugh at how the P. war is compared to the Cold War - Athens to the U.S. and Sparta to the Soviets or even a general of that time with stalin... Go for it.
It is plain horrible+a rather boring voice+facts & dates read from a history book... Nothing one would expect from military history-like tactics, equipment, politics etc.