8 episodes

A podcast series peeking behind the curtain at the vast machinery and briar patch politics of fighting terrorism and insurgency and everything in between. I'm a "COINtra" and not a "COINdinista", the latter are the vast army of apparatchiks and apologists who fire the engines of Irregular Warfare (IW) planet-wide. We're the skeptics and doubters of all things IW and special operations. And we are a tiny sliver of the IW community. I have noticed a jarring gap in this part of the discussion and intend on filling the breach.

You can contact me at cgpodcast@pm.me.

Chasing Ghosts: An Irregular Warfare Podcast Bill Buppert

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A podcast series peeking behind the curtain at the vast machinery and briar patch politics of fighting terrorism and insurgency and everything in between. I'm a "COINtra" and not a "COINdinista", the latter are the vast army of apparatchiks and apologists who fire the engines of Irregular Warfare (IW) planet-wide. We're the skeptics and doubters of all things IW and special operations. And we are a tiny sliver of the IW community. I have noticed a jarring gap in this part of the discussion and intend on filling the breach.

You can contact me at cgpodcast@pm.me.

    Chasing Ghosts Podcast: Episode 8 "French COIN Part One: Introduction and the Indochina Dénouement"

    Chasing Ghosts Podcast: Episode 8 "French COIN Part One: Introduction and the Indochina Dénouement"

    In this episode, I discuss the fundamentals of French irregular warfare doctrine with a concentration on COIN, French martial history in a thumbnail and the tragedy of French arms in post-WWII Indochina.

    • 40 min
    Chasing Ghosts Podcast: Episode 7 "Book Review: Wrong Turn by Gian Gentile"

    Chasing Ghosts Podcast: Episode 7 "Book Review: Wrong Turn by Gian Gentile"

    A short but effective tome that is a sound introduction to why the western COIN complex is so wrong-headed and intellectually bankrupt.

    • 46 min
    Chasing Ghosts: Episode 6: "Frameworks and Strategic Deficit Disorder"

    Chasing Ghosts: Episode 6: "Frameworks and Strategic Deficit Disorder"

    I discuss the combat framework from the tactical to the strategic level and mission command for both regular and irregular warfare (IW). A deep knowledge of conventional warfare is very useful to fully grokking how IW works.

    • 37 min
    Chasing Ghosts: Episode 5 "Peak Guerrilla: The Origins of Modern Irregular Warfare"

    Chasing Ghosts: Episode 5 "Peak Guerrilla: The Origins of Modern Irregular Warfare"

    In this episode, I sketch the lives and exploits of three guerrilla luminaries: TE Lawrence, Paul Emil von Letter-Vorbeck and Michael Collins. I want to use them to illustrate what I consider the next step in guerrilla evolution employing age-old techniques and strategies harnessed to modern technology and employment against the new age of mechanized warfare.

    • 49 min
    Chasing Ghosts: Episode 4 "The Impossibility of Successful Western Counterinsurgency"

    Chasing Ghosts: Episode 4 "The Impossibility of Successful Western Counterinsurgency"

    Despite trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of deaths, the West has nothing to show for the counterinsurgency campaigns it has waged. Despite the enormous industry and vast intellectual and historical apologetics combine, the wasteland is evident to all who take the time to examine the details. The emperor of COIN is naked.

    • 44 min
    Chasing Ghosts: Episode 3 "Michael Collins: The Empire Blinks"

    Chasing Ghosts: Episode 3 "Michael Collins: The Empire Blinks"

    The Irish Rebellion in 1916-1922 is what I characterize as the era of "Peak Guerrilla" in concert with the exploits of TE Lawrence and GEN Paul Emil von Letter-Vorbeck that set the stage for the modern irregular warfare era in the twentieth century. I will examine the exploits of Collins and the curious currents of history on a global basis that come to have great impacts on what appear to be local and regional conflicts and their final resolution.

    • 36 min

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hating netgear ,

Very intelligent break down.

Former Marine Raider here, and this is one of the most intelligent breakdowns of Irregular Warfare I’ve listened to or have read. You asked for feed back and interest in this podcast - please keep them coming. I’d love to see where this goes.

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