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A show about the technology, strategy, media and business trends defining the future of national security.

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A show about the technology, strategy, media and business trends defining the future of national security.

    Wagner and Russian private military contractors

    Wagner and Russian private military contractors

    We’re going to take a closer look at Russian private military contractors. How much do we understand about what these groups are up to? And how much should the U.S. and its allies be concerned? It’s a phenomenon with a history; and it’s something that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.
    The episode is broken into four parts:
    • Behind the Battle of Khasham (at the 1:53 mark)
    • Prigozhin's Path (8:09)
    • An Ignominious Invasion (23:16)
    • Into Africa (27:47)
    Guests include Kimberly Mart

    • 38 min
    Influence operations in 2020

    Influence operations in 2020

    With less than a year until the next U.S. election, we’ve got a few experts to help break down what they think is ahead in U.S.-directed influence operations. They include Alina Polyakova of the Brookings Institution; Clint Watts of the Foreign Policy Research Institute and the Alliance for Securing Democracy; retired CIA agent John Sipher; and (briefly) Mark Galeotti of the Royal United Services Institute. // Music is by Paul Mottram; Bob Bradley; David O'Brien; Lincoln Grounds; and Matt Hill — via Au

    • 51 min
    A conversation with Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Asad Majeed Khan

    A conversation with Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S., Dr. Asad Majeed Khan

    Defense One's Patrick Tucker sat down with Pakistan’s top diplomat in Washington to discuss the U.S. troop pullout in Afghanistan, the worsening situation in Kashmir, and efforts to fight extremism.

    • 34 min
    The future of European security

    The future of European security

    This episode we'll discuss the NATO alliance and how some military tactics are changing in the face of strategic threats from Russia. We’ll also assess some of the more recent responses to wider global trends like populism and how, in some parts of Europe, Chinese soft power is already influencing culture, politics and security. // Music this week from Igor Dvorkin, Duncan Pittock, Ellie Kidd; Joe Henson and Alexis Smith; David O'Brien and Chris Egan; Philip Guyler; Terry Devine-King; Paul Clarvis, Matt H

    • 40 min


    This episode we'll learn why the Pentagon and the U.S. defense establishment are increasingly turning to wargames and simulations; what famous games of the past got right, and wrong; and why we still need experts who strategize almost exclusively in the analog world of plastic chips and toy soldiers and hexagon maps. Guests include Becca Wasser, Stacie Pettyjohn, Ellie Bartels, Christopher Rice and Mark Herman. // Music by Terry Devine-King, Nathan Feddo, Henry White, Ben Watson, Joe Henson and Alexis Smith

    • 49 min
    The future of the U.S. military in Syria (for now)

    The future of the U.S. military in Syria (for now)

    What does it mean for the future of international security to almost completely pull the U.S. military out of Syria? This episode, we investigate that and a lot more with Dana Stroul of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Charles Lister of the Middle East Institute, and Melissa Dalton of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

Atwitsend9586 ,

Great Resource

Imagine a world in which complex defense/foreign policies were discussed on the conversational level instead of in dry, bureaucratic robot language. Ben Watson, against all odds, makes it happen. Great job.

love=answer ,

The best modern defense writing HANDS DOWN

Can not wait for each episode to post. This is the most excellently researched & clearly presented set of facts on global defense matters I have found. Really well done, guys! Keep it up.

Austin G. USAF ,

Not well researched, biased analysis

Occasionally the show has interesting segments, interviews, etc., but too often there is a stink of bias. Several episodes have been dedicated to discussing the southern U.S. border issue, but the episodes were almost entirely used to bash and “call bu** sh**” (their words, not mine) on the current administration. While I haven’t listened to every single episode, I have yet to hear any interviews or opposing ideas even remotely in support of the President’s immigration policies. I do not agree with the administration on many issues, but it is readily apparent that the individuals often brought onto this podcast have a bias. This really damages what could have otherwise been an objective, fact-driven podcast with well-rounded analysis of current defense-related issues. As a member of the armed forces looking to become better informed on current political and global matters, I will unfortunately have to look elsewhere.

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