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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 Better Peace: The War Room Podcast A Better Peace: The War Room Podcast

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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.

    SHARING THE BURDEN: FACULTY GOVERNANCE IN PME

    SHARING THE BURDEN: FACULTY GOVERNANCE IN PME

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The current temporary theme we are using only credits a single author. This episode featured Nicholas J. Rowland, Matthew Woessner and Ron Granieri.







    Getting faculty governance right in higher education can be a difficult endeavor. There are multiple models that can be employed, personalities always play a role and leadership has to agree on the value that the faculty's experience contributes. Getting it right in the world of professional military education (PME) adds a whole new twist. Nicholas J. Rowland and Matthew Woessner are back in the studio with podcast editor Ron Granieri to discuss shared governance in PME. Their conversation builds on their previously published work Shared Governance for Intellectual Overmatch as they still strive to provide the best form of governance to create the finest strategic leaders in the world.







    There are senators that we have that have put in multiple decades of contribution and with 200 faculty members on the senate at any one time you could have upwards of eight hundred to a thousand years of experience all working together on these issues and you don't get that overnight…that is the outcome of 100 years work there's no question.















    Dr. Nicholas J. Rowland is Professor of Sociology at the Pennsylvania State University where he is the University’s Academic Trustee on the Board of Trustees and where he is a Past-Chair of the University Faculty Senate. In his research, he studies the future, the state, and the conduct of science.







    Dr. Matthew Woessner has served as the Professor of Institutional Research at the United States Army War College since 2019. His scholarship explores the impact of ideology on American higher education and how shared governance can promote cooperation between the professoriate and the administration. From 2017 to 2018 he served as the 52nd Chair of the Penn State University Faculty Senate.







    Ron Granieri is an Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Army War College and the Editor of A BETTER PEACE.







    The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense.







    Photo Description: The Last Senate of Julius Caesar by Raffaele Giannetti







    Photo Credit: Painted by Raffaele Giannetti

    • 32 min
    HOW TO WRITE THE HISTORY THAT HASN’T ENDED: IAN ONA JOHNSON (ON WRITING)

    HOW TO WRITE THE HISTORY THAT HASN’T ENDED: IAN ONA JOHNSON (ON WRITING)

    A BETTER PEACE welcomes Ian Ona Johnson to the studio to discuss his new book Faustian Bargain: The Soviet-German Partnership and the Origins of the Second World War. Ian joins our own Michael Neiberg to not only discuss his writing, editing and publication process but their conversation ventures into the usefulness of history. Written before the hostilities in Ukraine began, the alliances of the interwar period that the book examines offer great insights into the behavior of Russia and a number of the nations affected by the war. Their conversation even turns to the latest debate amongst historians regarding presentism or the tendency to interpret past events in terms of modern values and concepts.

    • 30 min
    RECRUITING WOES: A CASE OF SELF SABOTAGE?

    RECRUITING WOES: A CASE OF SELF SABOTAGE?

    The U.S. military is struggling to recruit and it's not just quality, it's quantity as well. The all volunteer force is at risk. Falling recruiting rates can be compensated for by higher retention rates for a time, but eventually the lack of new talent will be felt across the force. Allison Abbe is in the studio to discuss a recent article in which she points out policies that have created the insular military communities that may be raising retention but harming recruiting. Allison joins podcast editor Ron Granieri to explain her thoughts on the three policies that might be doing more harm than good, and how they could be changed for the better.







    Are we improving retention perhaps, by providing all of these services and benefits on military installations, while at the same time we may be hindering recruiting in the long run because those military families are not interacting in the civilian community as much as we might hope.















    Allison Abbe is professor of organizational studies at the U.S. Army War College and teaches courses in strategic leadership, inclusive leadership, and defense management. She previously served in defense and intelligence organizations as a research psychologist and program manager. She holds a PhD in social and personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside.







    Ron Granieri is an Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Army War College and the Editor of A BETTER PEACE.







    The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense.







    Photo Description: Times Square Recruiting Station







    Photo Credit: James D'Ambrosio, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters

    • 31 min
    EAT YOUR ACADEMIC SPINACH: DEFENSE MANAGEMENT

    EAT YOUR ACADEMIC SPINACH: DEFENSE MANAGEMENT

    It has been recognized since antiquity that victory in war often goes to those who best organize "the sinews of war" (money, equipment, and supplies). Yet at the U.S. Army War College the Defense Management course that teaches these topics has often been maligned. For a time, a heavy focus on acronym-heavy process caused many students to roll their eyes and ask, "Why do I have to learn this? I'm not a force manager, or budgeteer, or program manager etc."



    Tom Galvin and Doug Waters are in the studio to explain how the course is evolving to better demonstrate why everybody needs a little Defense Management in their lives. In one of the final components of the core curriculum, War College students get a healthy dose of the other strategic triad -- force structure, readiness, and modernization. Galvin and Waters join podcast editor Ron Granieri to discuss how this course is changing and why everybody needs to just eat their academic spinach because the students are going to "speak defense management" in their coming assignments.

    • 36 min
    YOU DON'T MAKE POLICY AND THEN TALK ABOUT IT

    YOU DON'T MAKE POLICY AND THEN TALK ABOUT IT

    Singer, songwriter, musician, podcaster and politician John Roderick is back in the studio with podcast Editor Ron Granieri for part two of their conversation. The discussion started in part one focusing on John's experiences during the National Security Seminar at the U.S. Army War College. But talk eventually moved to John and Ron's thoughts about podcasting. The host of two very well subscribed shows, John points to the power of conversation in our lives. Often the dialogue that leads to open minded examination of new ideas, podcasts can be the mode of communication that reaches the masses, tests ideas, promulgates concepts or sometimes just entertains and passes the time. For some it can be their legacy, for others their pulpit and for many their therapy, regardless of their purpose, the reports of podcasting's death are greatly exaggerated.







    Well now wait a minute, we're now treading on dangerous ground and treading on dangerous ground that's where all the progress is. You don't make progress by just walking around in circles inside the temple you have to get out. You have to move.















    John Roderick cohosts the podcasts The Omnibus Project with Jeopardy host Ken Jennings, and Roderick on the Line with pundit Merlin Mann. He’s also the frontman of indie band The Long Winters. He lives in Seattle.







    Ron Granieri is an Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Army War College and the Editor of A BETTER PEACE.







    Photo Description: The many faces of John Roderick (Top Left) performing at the City Winery in New York City during his One Christmas at a Time Tour; (Top Right) podcast art for Roderick on the Line; (Bottom Right) Merlin Mann and John Roderick -- Roderick on the Line, 2012; (Bottom Left) John Roderick Live at The Chapel, San Francisco CA - Jan 17, 2020; (Center) podcast art for The Omnibus Project







    Photo Credit: (Top Left) Terry.r.robinson via Wikimedia Commons; (Top Right) @RoderickOn; (Bottom Right) David Lee via flickr; (Bottom Left) michaelz1 via flickr; (Center) Susan Roderick

    • 29 min
    WAR COLLEGE FROM THE VIEW OF A CONSUMMATE CIVILIAN

    WAR COLLEGE FROM THE VIEW OF A CONSUMMATE CIVILIAN

    Each year, in the final week of instruction at the U.S. Army War College there is a four day event that takes place known as the National Security Seminar (NSS). The resident seminars grow by six to seven members apiece as approximately 160 invited guests from many walks of life across the country join the students to engage in candid dialogue about national security issues, the U.S. military and the viewpoints of the citizenry of the nation. The new seminar members typically have no close association with the military and are invited via a nomination process.



    The four day itinerary includes distinguished speakers covering topics of civil-military relations, globalization, foreign policy, international security issues and the role of the United States in the world. The guests are able to attend several social events where the conversation is less formal and they close their week with a staff ride tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield.



    In 2022 one of those guests was John Roderick, a musician, singer, songwriter, podcaster and politician. He was in podcast editor, Ron Granieri's seminar and he's in the studio today to share his experiences during his four days in Carlisle.



    This is part one of a two part episode.

    • 32 min

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Outstanding Col Robert Payne

Thank God someone is now researching this important subject. Information and training from time in the military can be the best tools to use against the defense of a free nation. Keep going with your studies you are on the right path!

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Seriously?

Morell and a few of his IC colleagues told the world Hunter's laptop was russian propaganda. Turns out Morell and his pals lied in hopes of influencing a U.S. election. Everything he said since is filtered through that lie. Trust? lol...yeah, trust a veteran spook at your own peril, lol

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The listener is advised to be fluent in acronymics.

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