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This is the podcast of WAR ROOM, the official online journal of the U.S. Army War College. Join us for provocative discussions about U.S. national security and defense, featuring prominent national security and military professionals.

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This is the podcast of WAR ROOM, the official online journal of the U.S. Army War College. Join us for provocative discussions about U.S. national security and defense, featuring prominent national security and military professionals.

    A TIME OF CHANGE: THE U.S. ARMY IN THE 90s

    A TIME OF CHANGE: THE U.S. ARMY IN THE 90s

    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Despite a stunning victory over Iraq during Operation DESERT STORM, the U.S. Army of the 1990s was beset by doubts about its post-Cold War mission, the challenges of deployment quite different than what it had trained for, and the need to adapt to changing societal norms. David Fitzgerald has written about all of this and more in his recent book Uncertain Warriors: The United States Army between the Cold War and the War on Terror.. He joins guest host Carrie Lee in the studio for the next installment in our special series supporting the U.S. Army War College’s Civil-Military Relations Center.

    • 42 min
    HORSESHOES, RELATIONSHIPS, AND SHARED UNDERSTANDING: CHESTER NIMITZ'S ART OF COMMAND

    HORSESHOES, RELATIONSHIPS, AND SHARED UNDERSTANDING: CHESTER NIMITZ'S ART OF COMMAND

    Ten days after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Rear Admiral Chester W. Nimitz was named commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT). He was quickly promoted to admiral, and his demonstrated leadership and strategic thought are worthy of in-depth study. Trent Hone has done just that, and his recent book, Mastering the Art of Command: Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and Victory in the Pacific, is an outstanding read about a fascinating military leader. Trent joins our editor-in-chief, JP Clark, in the studio to discuss the personal traits that made Nimitz effective, the evolution of his headquarters over the course of the war and how he leveraged his personal schedule and routine for success. It's a great discussion and a great read for future flag and general officers or anyone interested in senior leadership.

    • 45 min
    UNDERSTANDING RUSSIAN CULTURE: JADE McGLYNN (ON WRITING)

    UNDERSTANDING RUSSIAN CULTURE: JADE McGLYNN (ON WRITING)

    It's time for another episode in our On Writing series, and joining host Michael Neiberg in the virtual studio is author and Russia specialist Jade McGlynn. Jade is the author of Russia’s War and Memory Makers: The Politics of the Past in Putin’s Russia, and her extensive study of Russian culture offers fantastic insights into Russia and Putin's motives in Ukraine. Their conversation delves into her initial interest in Russia and the academic career that led to a thorough understanding of Russia's actions in Ukraine present day.



    EDITOR'S NOTE: This episode was recorded in October 2023 but due to technical difficulties we were unable to publish until now. It's still as relevant as the day it was recorded.

    • 28 min
    TEACHING THE PROFESSIONALS: SHAPING THE PROFESSION

    TEACHING THE PROFESSIONALS: SHAPING THE PROFESSION

    General Randy George, Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA), has identified four priorities for the service during his tenure: building cohesive teams, delivering ready combat formations, continuous transformation and strengthening the army profession. Today's episode focuses on the profession, and we're pleased to have Allison Abbe and Ron Granieri in the studio to discuss the Army War College's efforts to support the CSA's priorities. They join Editor-in-Chief J.P. Clark to examine both the traditional elements of the profession as well as the adaptations that must occur in light of the changing character of war and an evolving society.

    • 35 min
    A CONVERSATION WITH THE HONORABLE MELISSA DALTON OF DEFENSE POLICY

    A CONVERSATION WITH THE HONORABLE MELISSA DALTON OF DEFENSE POLICY

    One of the benefits of being located so close to Washington, D.C., is that the U.S. Army War College has access to some of the nation's most senior leaders. Most recently, the Honorable Melissa Dalton addressed the Homeland Defense Symposium in Carlisle and took time out of her busy schedule to join podcast editor Ron Granieri for an intriguing conversation. Sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Hemispheric Affairs on March 4, 2022, Secretary Dalton currently performs the duties of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. She shares how she found her way to the civil service and the challenges her office faces in pursuit of national defense priorities. Her portfolio includes Indo-Pacific Affairs, International Security Affairs, Space Policy, Special Operations Low-Intensity Conflict and Homeland Defense Hemispheric Affairs.

    • 28 min
    SOLVING DATA PROBLEMS AT SUPERHUMAN SPEEDS

    SOLVING DATA PROBLEMS AT SUPERHUMAN SPEEDS

    Depending on who you talk to, artificial intelligence (AI) will either be the ruination of mankind or its savior. As ever, the truth is likely somewhere between those extremes. It certainly will be important. For this reason, the Chief of the Staff of the Army (CSA) has charged Dr. Alexander Miller to find the necessary technology and tools so the Army can best understand and uses its masses of data. Alex is the CSA's Senior Advisor for Science and Technology, and he found the time to sit down with guest host Tom Spahr to discuss how the Army is approaching AI, machine learning, and other related technologies. The ultimate goal is to ensure the United States doesn't lose its advantages in decision-making in the intelligence world and on the battlefield.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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95 Ratings

95 Ratings

TricoachIan ,

Ron Granieri excites us when it comes to history and strategy

This is an outstanding podcast for anyone interested in understanding modern events with some historical perspective.

Ron Granieri is a fantastic host with a sultry voice that leaves me purring like a relaxed kitten while simultaneously exciting the listener like a teen at a Harry Styles concert with his profound knowledge of German military history.

I highly recommend this podcast as a means to have a better understanding of the world around you and how events unfold.

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Re: Dressed for Success

This is an interesting and atypical topic for War Room. Having spent nearly 30 uniformed years in the Army and undergone several “new uniform” drills, I sympathize with the challenges of creating a product that inevitably engenders strong feelings on both sides. I take particular exception to the new Army service uniform cap which lacks the stiffener and thus looks like a misshapen frisbee rather than the headgear of a serious professional.

Editorial comment: as I’ve told students at the SSC, CSC, and pre-commissions levels for decades, “use precise terms precisely.” What you described as “dress uniforms” are actually “service” uniforms, intended for daily wear in environments other than training or combat. “Dress uniforms” always have a bow tie, and are usually not worn before 1800 hours.

Content correction: the Marines were the first to deviate from the universal woodland camouflage pattern, in 2003. The Army followed with its own digital experiment, the execrable ACU, which has thankfully gone the way of the dodo.

Thanks—I look forward to the next cast.

COL(R) Tom Hanson, PhD

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