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    COVID, Extremists, and Readiness: How Is the U.S. Military?

    COVID, Extremists, and Readiness: How Is the U.S. Military?

    It’s a weird time for the US military.


    Endless small-scale wars.


    Veterans joining the riots at the capital.


    Right-wing extremism in the ranks.


    Tens of thousands of troops refusing the COVID-19 vaccine.


    So, time for a status check. To help us understand what’s going on, we have Meghann Myers who is the Pentagon Bureau Chief for Military Times.


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    • 39 min
    How 9/11 Changed the British Military

    How 9/11 Changed the British Military

    It’s been a long time since the sun set on the British Empire and many institutions in British society have changed a great deal. In some ways, the British Army is the exception - a living linkage between imperial great power status and the current post-colonial European nation. In other ways, like the US military, the British Army has been comprehensively transformed by the long campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11. 


    The way the British Army has altered - and also failed to react - over the last two decades is the subject of the new book The Changing of the Guard: The British Army Since 9/11. Here to talk about it is the book’s author Simon Akam. Akam is a journalist whose work has appeared basically everywhere, including Reuters, the Economist, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Outside, Bloomberg Businessweek and GQ.
     
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    How the Iran-Iraq War Shaped the Modern World

    How the Iran-Iraq War Shaped the Modern World

    We live in a world shaped by the Iraq War. No, not that Iraq War. No, not that one either. We’re talking about the Iran-Iraq war. Just after Iran’s Islamic Revolution, it fought an eight year war with Iraq. The details of that war are incredible, and in the west, little known. Children cleared minefields, Iraq used chemical weapons, drones flew through the air, and helicopters engaged in dog fights with jets. And the consequences of that war shaped the region and the world. The effects are still with us today.


    Here to help us untangle all of this is Aram Shabanian, a graduate student of Non-Proliferation and Terrorism Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He also runs The Fulda Gap, a site dedicated to using OSINT to understand modern war.
    - Recorded 2/18/21


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    Service Without a Smile: A History of the Draft

    Service Without a Smile: A History of the Draft

    The United States’ military is an all volunteer force and has been since 1973. The people who fought both Gulf Wars and the war in Afghanistan asked to join up. They had as many reasons as there are troops, but not one was compelled by the government. 


    Today, we’re talking to Beth Bailey, Distinguished Professor at Kansas University and the author of AMERICA'S ARMY: Making the All-Volunteer Force. We’re going to talk about the history of the draft and what came after.


    - Recorded 1/19/21
     
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    Why Navalny Went Back to Russia

    Why Navalny Went Back to Russia

    After surviving a poisoning attempt, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny returned to his home country and was arrested. Now he’s been sentenced to serve a 3 and a ½ year prison sentence. After Navalny’s arrest in mid-January, people took to the streets of Russia’s cities to protest. We’ve seen this before, but there is a sense that this time is different.


    Is it? 


    Here to help us answer that question is Mark Galleotti. Galeotti is a frequent guest on the show, a Russia expert, and is currently the director of the consultancy firm Mayak Intelligence. His most recent books are We Need To Talk About Putin, and A Short History of Russia.


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    TEASER: The Cold War Conspiracy That Shaped the Modern GOP

    TEASER: The Cold War Conspiracy That Shaped the Modern GOP

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Customer Reviews

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637 Ratings

637 Ratings

MilSmartGuy ,

Great Work!

One of my all time favs! Great analysis, interesting topics and all within a predictable amount of time. Keep it up Matt and Jason.

Just Kay OK ,

WHOAH! Slow it Down!!

Do you NOT want us to know what the British had to do with 9/11?? Or maybe you don’t know?

YOU ARE BOTH TALKING TOO FAST!! And the British guy has an accent and speaks faster than the American so I CANNOT UNDERSTAND WHAT HE IS SAYING!!

God bless the Queen and may she put the Californian traitors in their place swiftly!!!
Don’t go easy on the Harkles!!!!!

Praying for Prince Philip, Prince William and Princess Kate. It’s not easy losing a brother. Haz is a traitor and he married an evil woman who is not what she seems.

Wikipedia: “The Dark Triad “ that is Haz & Rach!!

HPLawrence ,

Show Quality Has Tanked

Not what it used to be.
Less informative; great subjects/headlines; seems like the kind of one-sided editorializing people would go to podcasts in order to get away from.

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