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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.

    WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE TO FIGHT LIKE A GIRL? (EISENHOWER SERIES)

    WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE TO FIGHT LIKE A GIRL? (EISENHOWER SERIES)

    It’s time once again to feature some of the smart conversations that occur around the country through the Eisenhower Series College Program. For over 50 years, the Eisenhower Program has reached out to colleges and town halls across the nation to introduce War College students to audiences that are often unfamiliar with members of the U.S. military. This episode features Qiana Harder, Seana Jardin, and Carina Kelley as they discuss their personal and professional experiences as women serving in the United States Army. They join podcast editor Ron Granieri to discuss the challenges they've experienced during their time in the military, as well as to highlight the successes and opportunities they've encountered. With nearly seventy years of combined experience, these three soldiers point out that while there is still plenty of room for improvement, military service for women has come a long way. They believe there are plentiful opportunities open to the next generation of women for a successful, fulfilling career in the U.S. Army. And these three ladies prove that fighting like a girl is a good thing.

    • 34 min
    EXQUISITE PROBLEM SOLVERS: SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND NORTH

    EXQUISITE PROBLEM SOLVERS: SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND NORTH

    In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, U.S. special operations forces (SOF) rose to the forefront of the American public's consciousness as the right tool for the task in Afghanistan. In the last several decades, there have been many changes to the structure, organization and makeup of SOF. In 2013, Special Operations Command (SOCOM) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) created Special Operations Command North (SOCNORTH), the theater special operations command (TSOC) for USNORTHCOM. In the studio today is Colonel Matthew Tucker, commander SOCNORTH, to explain just why the nation needs a TSOC on its own continent. Matt joins host Tom Spahr to explain how SOF detects, deters and disrupts threats throughout the USNORTHCOM area of responsibility through cooperation with SOF partners in Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas. 

    • 31 min
    ON WRITING: MILITARY AUTHORS AND THE HARDING PROJECT

    ON WRITING: MILITARY AUTHORS AND THE HARDING PROJECT

    Whether putting pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard, writing clarifies and improves ideas while also allowing those thoughts to be shared with others. But the idea of publishing one's thoughts can be intimidating. Why does it seem so hard to get thoughts down on paper? And how do you approach an editor? How do you even get started? Zach Griffiths and Theo Lipsky are in the studio to explain why you absolutely should share your ideas more widely. They join our Editor-in-Chief, JP Clark, to discuss publishing for professional purposes and the Chief of Staff of the Army's (CSA) Harding Project an effort to renew professional publications, strengthen the profession, and ultimately enhance the warfighting capability of the U.S. Army.

    • 40 min
    TRANSATLANTIC TWIST: THE EU AS SECURITY PARTNER

    TRANSATLANTIC TWIST: THE EU AS SECURITY PARTNER

    After all these years, many of the intricacies of the European Union remain a bit of a mystery. Even the relatively straightforward aspects of economic, legal, and regulatory union have many nuances of detail. But when it comes to matters of defense, then things get really complicated. What is the role of the EU in relation to both individual states and NATO, to which most but not all EU members also belong? Fortunately, we have an expert guide in Rear Admiral Henning Faltin, the Military Advisor at EU Delegations to the U.S. and to Canada. He joins podcast editor Ron Granieri to help explain what the EU does (and what it does not do) in Europe and around the world.

    • 32 min
    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

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97 Ratings

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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.

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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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