Defense Matters is a podcast series on various national defense and foreign affairs topics produced by the National Defense University Foundation Inc. The National Defense University Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission of raising awareness and funds in support of the mission and scholarship of the National Defense University.
How the State Department's Relationship with NDU Prepares Next Generation Leaders
Host: Mark Phillips Guest: Ambassador Michael A. Hammer, Acting Senior Vice President, NDU Bio: Ambassador Michael (Mike) A. Hammer became NDU's Acting Senior Vice President on 27 Oct 2017. He previously served as the Deputy Commandant of NDU's Eisenhower School and was additionally dual-hatted as the Vice Chancellor of the College of International Security Affairs. AMB Hammer is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service class of Minister-Counselor. He most recently served as U.S. AMB to Chile from 2014-2016. He began his diplomatic career in 1988. Prior to his appointment in Chile, AMB Hammer served as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs from March 2012 to August 2013. He also served as Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs. Before joining the Bureau of Public Affairs, AMB Hammer served at the White House as Special Assistant to the President, Senior Director for Press and Communications, and National Security Council Spokesman from January 2009 to January 2011. He previously served at the National Security Council as Deputy Spokesman from 1999 to 2000 and as the Director of Andean Affairs from 2000 to 2001. AMB Hammer's overseas postings include Bolivia, Norway, Iceland and Denmark. His other State Department assignments include the Operations Center and serving as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. AMB Hammer has received several awards, including a the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award, the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award, the Department’s Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy and several Superior Honor awards. AMB Hammer earned a Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He also earned Master's degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and from the National War College at the National Defense University. AMB Hammer grew up in Latin America, living in Honduras, El Salvador, Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil. He is fluent in Spanish and speaks French and Icelandic. AMB Hammer and his wife Margret Bjorgulfsdottir have three children.
Hidden in Plain Sight: How Russia's Successful Deployment of Hybrid & Cyber Warfare Undermines International Norms and Escalates Tensions
How Russia's Successful Deployment of Hybrid & Cyber Warfare Undermines International Norms and Escalates Tensions
Defense Matters - Ep 11: The Sleeping Giant: How China's Revisionist aims alter the geopolitical landscape and its implications for US national security goals
Ft. Dr. Cynthia Watson (NWC) - Link to bio: & Dr. Peter Thompson (CISA) - link to bio:
Defense Matters - Ep 010: Friend or Foe: Pakistan's role in aiding the success/failure of Trump's 2018 National Security Strategy
Host: Mark Phillips Guest: Dr. Hassan Abbas (CISA) - Link to full bio:
Defense Matters - Ep 009: Playing With Fire: How North Korea's increased rhetoric, capabilities escalate the probability of armed conflict & how it affects American allies in the region
Host: Mark Phillips Guests: Professor Patrick Terrell (CSWMD) -Link to full bio: & Professor Robert J. Peters (CSWMD) - Link to full bio:
Dr. Erica Marat on Ukraine, Russia, and the Ongoing Ukrainian Conflict
Dr. Erica Marat discusses the ongoing Ukrainian conflict, how the still “hot war” has fallen off the public’s radar, and Putin’s impetus for the invasion. She also discusses Russia's international and domestic politics and their influence on other countries in the region as a whole to include Kazakhstan, Syria, the Caucasus states, and others.
Defense Matters is produced by the National Defense University Foundation Inc.