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Navy Milbloggers Sal from "CDR Salamander" and EagleOne from "EagleSpeak" discuss leading issues and developments for the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and related national security issues.

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Navy Milbloggers Sal from "CDR Salamander" and EagleOne from "EagleSpeak" discuss leading issues and developments for the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and related national security issues.

    Episode 568: The Problem with Proconsuls; the Combatant Commanders

    Episode 568: The Problem with Proconsuls; the Combatant Commanders

    34 years after Goldwater-Nichols and the rise of the Combatant Commanders (COCOMS), is our national security structures more in line with what we need in the 21 Century, or the Roman Empire’s Proconsuls?

    What are these mini-Pentagons supposed to bring to the national security of the United States, and what are they actually delivering?

    What do they do right, and where are they off phase?

    Our returning guest for the full hour to discuss this an more will be Mackenzie Eaglen. We will use her recent article, Putting Combatant Commanders on a Demand Signal Diet, at War on the Rocks as a starting point for our conversation.

    Mackenzie is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where she works on defense strategy, defense budgets, and military readiness. She has also served as a staff member on the 2018 National Defense Strategy Commission, the 2014 National Defense Panel, and the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panel. Prior to joining the American Enterprise Institute, she worked on defense issues in the House of Representatives, in the Senate, and at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on the Joint Staff.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 567: Carriers: Workhorse & Warhorse with Megan Eckstein & Sam LaGrone

    Episode 567: Carriers: Workhorse & Warhorse with Megan Eckstein & Sam LaGrone

    Fewer carriers are deploying more even as repeated warning lights have been going off that we are expending in peace what we will need in war when it comes to personnel and materiel in carrier aviation.

    How did we get here, where are we, and where are we going?

    Using her article, No Margin Left: Overworked Carrier Force Struggles to Maintain Deployments After Decades of Overuse, as a starting point and diving it to some of the additional insights she gained while writing it, Megan Eckstein from USNINews will be joining us along with Sam LaGrone.

    Megan Eckstein is the deputy editor for USNI News. She previously covered Congress and the Pentagon for Defense Daily, and the surface navy and amphibious operations as an associate editor for Inside the Navy. She began her career covering the military at the Frederick (Md.) News-Post, where she wrote about personnel and family issues, military medical research, local reserve and National Guard units and more. Eckstein is a 2009 graduate of University of Maryland College Park.

    Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services since 2009 and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.

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    Episode 566: Post-Election Melee

    Episode 566: Post-Election Melee

    The 2020 election is over … well, mostly over. Though there are a few threads to clean up, the fabric the next few years natsec policy will be sewn from is pretty well known – so where does that lead us?

    We’ll get to that – but once again we need to invest some time to talk about Midrats’s contribution to NavyCon!

    EagleOne presented a segment for NavyCon2020A, we we’re going to talk about that a bit … and then we’ll pick up where our pre-election left off.

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    Episode 565: Best of The Between the Ears Challenge with Dakota Woods

    Episode 565: Best of The Between the Ears Challenge with Dakota Woods

    First airing in July of 2015.

    Are the growing feelings of crisis, confusion and strategic drift in the national security arena not so much the result of external challenges, but the result of poor thinking and intellectual habits on our part?

    Using his article in The National Interest, “The Real Problem with the American Military” as a starting point, our guest for the full hour will be Dakota Wood, Senior Research Fellow on Defense Programs at The Heritage Foundation.

    Dakota L. Wood, LtCol USMC (Ret.), Senior Research Fellow for Defense Programs at The Heritage Foundation.

    Dakota served two decades in the U.S. Marine Corps. Following retirement, Mr. Wood served as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

    Most recently, Mr. Wood served as the Strategist for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Special Operations Command.

    Mr. Wood holds a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy; a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Naval Command and Staff, U.S. Naval War College.

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    Episode 564: Pre-election Melee

    Episode 564: Pre-election Melee

    We don't do politics here ... but we do touch on how politics can impact national security issues ... so here we go!

    Why has national security almost been a non-issue this election?

    What to expect if Trump gets a second term.

    What and who will come to the front if Biden is elected.

    What will drive the challenge regardless of who gets elected?

    Come join us for the full hour as we discuss this and more with an open chat room and open phones if you want to join in.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 563: The Middle East's Future Imperfect with Steven Cook

    Episode 563: The Middle East's Future Imperfect with Steven Cook

    In a very rough year, there were sprinkles of renewed optimism about the Middle East as Israel established relations with a few of the Gulf Arab nations, but the Middle East is, and has been, always about more than Arab-Israeli relations.

    From North Africa across the Mediterranean coast to Syria and across the Arabian Peninsula to Yemen, what is the state of play in the Middle East as a whole, and where are the trends taking the region?

    Our guest this Sunday, October 18th for the full hour to discuss this and more will be Steven A. Cook.

    Steven is Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is an expert on Arab and Turkish politics as well as U.S.-Middle East policy. Cook is the author of False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East; The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square, which won the Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s gold medal in 2012; and Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey.

    He is a columnist at Foreign Policy magazine. He has also published widely in international affairs journals, opinion magazines, and newspapers, and he is a frequent commentator on radio and television. His work can be found on CFR.org. Prior to joining CFR, Cook was a research fellow at the Brookings Institution (2001–2002) and a Soref research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (1995–1996). Cook holds a BA in international studies from Vassar College, an MA in international relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, and both an MA and a PhD in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks Arabic and Turkish and reads French.

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52 Ratings

17th Line of Defense ,

I never miss a show

10 years on, this podcast is the friendly discussion on maritime issues that advances understanding. Thanks to the co-hosts for the independent service they continue to provide.

Flyingcyclone ,

The best place for in depth Naval analysis

Company grade officer in the Marine Corps- Midrats helps me stay up to date on what’s going on and what the thinking is on the blue team. First naval podcast I listened to, sal and eagle one got me on to cimsec and USNI, as well as getting this jarhead to read “Fleet Tactics”

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Intelligent and insightful discussions and commentary

If you're interested in naval and military issues, this is a show for you. I've been a regular listener for more than eight years.

Sal and E1, with extensive experience and street-smarts, get knowledgeable and influential guests and ask them probing questions.

Additionally, the regulars who listen live, use the chat box to kibitz, which can be as lively as the conversation.

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