24 episodes

In Left of Boom, Military.com managing editor Hope Hodge Seck talks to legends and pathfinders who made U.S. military history; gets the ground truth on military myths, rumors and legends; and decodes the big ideas shaping the military of the future.

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    • 4.9 • 39 Ratings

In Left of Boom, Military.com managing editor Hope Hodge Seck talks to legends and pathfinders who made U.S. military history; gets the ground truth on military myths, rumors and legends; and decodes the big ideas shaping the military of the future.

    4 Years After the Marines United Scandal, What Has the Military Learned?

    4 Years After the Marines United Scandal, What Has the Military Learned?

    It took a national scandal over a Facebook group called Marines United to force a true reckoning within the Marine Corps about its cultural problems with sexual harassment and misogyny. Four years later, how far has the military come in putting an end to this toxic behavior and creating a safer place for all troops to serve? Scott Jensen, a former leader of the Marines' Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program, joins Left of Boom to give the military a report card on its progress.

    • 33 min
    How Many Ships Does the Navy Really Need?

    How Many Ships Does the Navy Really Need?

    The U.S. Navy's fleet is one of the most impressive on the planet -- but officials and strategists are desperate for even more ships to accomplish the service's global mission. The future fleet that planners want has up to 500 ships and includes drone ships, corvettes, light carriers and other innovative platforms. Does the Navy really need all that, and, more importantly, can the Navy afford it? Bryan Clark of the Hudson Institute takes us behind the scenes on planning for future maritime warfare.

    • 30 min
    The Untold Story of the Hunt for Osama bin Laden

    The Untold Story of the Hunt for Osama bin Laden

    It has been 10 years since May 2, 2011, the night a top-secret SEAL raid took out notorious terrorist and 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden at his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan. You may think you know the story of bin Laden and the ten-year manhunt that ended in his death, but you've probably seen it like this before. In Revealed: The Hunt for Osama bin Laden, the 9/11 Museum and the History Channel team up to present never-before-seen interviews and previously classified material.

    • 29 min
    The Wildest Technologies Changing How the Military Fights

    The Wildest Technologies Changing How the Military Fights

    Warfighting has come a long way from machine guns mounted on the back of horse-drawn carriages. New technologies can allow militaries to create and replenish weapons and ammunition on the run; train in virtual environments that they can touch, taste and smell; and command hordes of tiny drones that swarm enemy combatants on command. In many cases, what's standing between the U.S. military and effective implementation of these technologies is trust -- and a thorough understanding of how they work.

    • 44 min
    The Five Biggest Things for Veterans in 2021

    The Five Biggest Things for Veterans in 2021

    Military veterans are emerging from the pandemic into a new world in 2021, and a lot has changed -- some things decidedly for the better. On this episode, host Hope Hodge Seck is joined by Air Force veteran Blake Stilwell of Military.com and Marine Corps veteran Jeff Daly of the American Legion's Tango Alpha Lima podcast to discuss the five things that every veterans should know about in 2021 -- and how the world is beginning to see military veterans and their potential in a different light.

    • 37 min
    So What Is a 6th-Generation Fighter Jet?

    So What Is a 6th-Generation Fighter Jet?

    While the U.S. military's fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets are still rolling off the production line and deploying across the globe, work has already begun on a futuristic 6th-generation fighter -- an aircraft that may have increased stealth, drone companions, boosted artificial intelligence and even the ability to heal itself when damaged. Richard Aboulafia from the Teal Group breaks down what we can expect from a 6th-gen fighter jet.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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39 Ratings

39 Ratings

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Outstanding

This is an awesome podcast covering topics I care about. Great work by the host. Thanks for the listen and keep them coming.

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Good show

This is what podcasting is about. Good content that might not get played other media, but is perfect for podcasting. I really liked the episode with Lisa Jaster. Good listen.

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