The Modern War Institute podcast is the flagship podcast of the Modern War Institute at West Point. Featured guests include senior military and defense leaders, scholars, and others who discuss the most important issues related to modern conflict.
The British Army in Iraq and Afghanistan
This episode features a discussion with Simon Akam, author of the book The Changing of the Guard: The British Army Since 9/11. The book tells the story of nearly two decades of the service's experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan. Critical of the British Army's leadership at times, it aims to jumpstart an honest conversation about the those wars, the service's performance in them, the relationship between the UK military and the British people, and more. It's an insightful, thought-provoking conversation that brings into focus issues that are important not just in the United Kingdom but in the United States, as well.
This episode of the MWI Podcast features a conversation with Matt Larsen, known in many corners of the Army as the father of the modern combatives. He explains why he thinks combatives training is so important, but he also talks a lot about the notion of a warrior ethos—what it is and why, as he argues, it’s something that needs to exist throughout the entire Army, not just in infantry or other combat arms units.
The Past, Present, and Future of Amphibious Operations
Most people know something about the most famous amphibious operations in military history—the D-Day landings and Gallipoli, for example. But what about an amphibious night attack on the shores of Tuscany in 1555? Or a Turkish amphibious assault in response to a coup in Cyprus in 1974? This episode features a conversation with Tim Heck, co-editor of the book On Contested Shores: The Evolving Role of Amphibious Operations in the History of Warfare, and explores the past, present, and future of amphibious operations.
The US Army's Quest to be Ready for the Future
This episode features a conversation about innovation and the future battlefield and features two guests perfectly suited to discuss those topics. Maj. Gen. John George served as the deputy director of the Futures and Concepts Center and is now the commanding general of the Combat Capabilities Development Command. Mr. Jay Harrison served as Futures Command's first command innovation officer. As they make clear, the ways in which the Army is preparing for the future involve robotics, artificial intelligence, and the high-tech gadgetry, but it’s also about new ways of organizing, new doctrine, new personnel policies, and more.
Security in the High Latitudes
In an era of renewed great power competition, what are the risks of that competition migrating to the Arctic region and Antarctica? How might it play out? What are states' key interests in the polar regions? How should we conceptualize issues of security and geopolitics in both areas? This episode tackles those questions and more. It features a discussion with Liz Buchanan and Ryan Burke, co-directors of the brand new Project 6633.
Proxies and American Strategy in Africa
The recent decision to withdraw seven hundred US servicemembers from Somalia offers a timely opportunity to explore a few important questions: How does the US military work with partners in pursuit of US objectives? And more specifically, what role does proxy warfare play in US strategy in Africa. Those questions are at the center of the discussion in this episode. (Note: This is a sample episode from the Irregular Warfare Podcast. If you enjoy it, be sure to subscribe to hear a wide range of conversations about subjected related to irregular warfare. Get it wherever you listen to podcasts.)
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Thanks a bunch for the great podcasts. I really like the discussions wherein the military is contextualized in the broader national security and whole of government strategies.
Combatives Feb 17 Podcast
The Capitol Police and DC Metro Police need the skills described by Mr Larson as evidenced by Events of Jan 6.
Stop with the F-35 Propaganda.
Fairly good podcast on most topics...except the F35. The propaganda on that thing is found all over the place including this podcast. This notion that its so much better than the A-10. If the A-10 was as slow and worthless as they say, then how come the F-16s could not get the job done in the Gulf War and they brought in the A-10s? Also, at no point does anyone talk about the low amount of weapons the F-35 can carry. The A-10, for 12 million per, can deliver munitions all day; the F-35 for 115 million per, will quickly run out of munitions. Like, about 220 rounds of 25mm for the F-35 vs 1200 rounds of 30mm for the A-10...no contest. A-10 is hands down the better aircraft for ground support, and there are so many metrics that prove that; and for the same money you can flood the air with A-10s. Its time to stop with the lies when it comes to these military pet projects, its not helping the military look good.