The Pentagon Labyrinth is a podcast by the Center for Defense Information at the Project On Government Oversight to discuss key issues and current challenges for military and Pentagon reform.
Is The F - 35 Program At A Crossroads
On this episode of The Pentagon Labyrinth, we analyze the most recent F-35 testing report in depth and place the issues raised in the proper context.
Telling The Truth About Afghanistan with Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis
Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Danny Davis talks about the official lies told about the Afghanistan War, revealing the truth, and how America can forge a new foreign policy path moving forward.
What’s the Military’s Role in a Contested Election with Mark Nevitt
Retired Navy JAG and Syracuse Law professor Mark Nevitt talks about the laws governing the president’s authority to deploy the military within the United States.
Military Health Care Challenges with Dr. Robert Adams
Retired Army doctor Robert Adams talks about the consequences of the efforts to outsource the military’s health system over the past decade, despite repeated warnings from medical professionals.
Citizen-Soldiers Versus Soldier-Citizens with Dr. Steele Brand
The relationship between the military and the society it serves has a significant impact on policy decisions and even budgets. The veneration of service members in the United States today manifests benignly in the refrain, “Thank you for your service,” and the much appreciated discounts at the local home improvement center, but this reverence can also have less benign effects. The number of retired flag officers serving in high government positions, sitting on the boards of defense contractors, and appearing as talking heads on television shapes policy, which in turn drives Pentagon budgets.
Dr. Steele Brand, a professor of history at The King’s College in New York City, explored the differences between the citizen-soldier and the soldier-citizen in his recent book, “Killing for the Republic.”Republican Rome produced highly adaptive armies with farmers who would moonlight as effective soldiers during the campaigning season and then return to their families and plows—a practice that helped to remove the barriers between the military and the society it served, according to Brand. He says Rome’s part-time soldiers faced an uphill battle against enemy professionals, but that their ability to adapt meant they usually prevailed in the end. In this interview, Dr. Brand explains the differences between the Roman and American models of training soldiers and how those differences contribute to the civilian-military divide.
National Security and Corruption with Sarah Chayes
Corruption is often viewed as a byproduct of unrest and ineffective government. Former adviser to the chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff Sarah Chayes, in her book Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security, makes the case that corruption is the single largest source of unrest in the world. With this lens, it is possible to better understand many of the hotspots around the world—including Afghanistan, the counties upended by the Arab Spring, and even colonial America’s revolution.
Thieves of State
Sarah Chayes: on living in Afghanistan and sleeping with a Kalashnikov
The Afghan Bag Man
Sarah Chayes: Global Kleptocracy
*Music: “Without Limits” Ross Bugden*
Great show! Good detailed in-depth journalism.
I really like the show and the straight forward delivery of facts without bull crap nonsense words. In a post-truth world this show is realistic. Loved the show about the F35. That money pit is exactly why another F16 crashed in Riverside CA. I really liked the show about the poor training of pilots too. Very true. The war machine is broken and bleeding the country dry. This show brings a lot of secrets into the light. Keep up the good work.
Defense Policy and Reform
Great podcast. Runs the spectrum from procurement to discussions on Mission Command and leadership with good depth and background information. The two-part interview with Pierre Sprey was OUTSTANDING.