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Previously known as The Political Fallout Shelter, Military Times Deputy Editor Leo Shane III and Defense News Capitol Hill Bureau Chief Joe Gould introduce listeners to the stories behind the latest military happenings on Capitol Hill. Each week, they’ll bring an insider’s perspective on what the biggest headlines are, why the public should care, and what’s coming next.

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    • 5.0, 9 Ratings

Previously known as The Political Fallout Shelter, Military Times Deputy Editor Leo Shane III and Defense News Capitol Hill Bureau Chief Joe Gould introduce listeners to the stories behind the latest military happenings on Capitol Hill. Each week, they’ll bring an insider’s perspective on what the biggest headlines are, why the public should care, and what’s coming next.

    The boys of summer have gone

    The boys of summer have gone

    Leo and Joe break down Congress’ return to work this month, including the defense appropriations package (1:30) and the annual defense authorization bill (6:05). The pair also discuss President Donald Trump’s cancelled peace summit with Taliban leaders at Camp David (15:40) before fitting in some forced football/national defense talk.

    • 18 min
    Draft Showdown: TV Joint Chiefs

    Draft Showdown: TV Joint Chiefs

    Leo and Joe continue their month of fantasy draft nonsense with a contest to see who can create the best Joint Chiefs of Staff from popular television shows. Defense News Senior Pentagon Correspondent Aaron Mehta joins the hosts for the experiment, which quickly turns to conversations about space conquest and fictional war crimes.

    • 23 min
    Draft Showdown: U.S. aircraft

    Draft Showdown: U.S. aircraft

    Leo and Joe continue their month of fantasy draft nonsense with a contest to see who can create the best fleet of American military aircraft. Defense News air warfare reporter Valerie Insinna, who rips apart all the mistakes they made and panders to the aviation geek crowd.

    • 19 min
    Draft Showdown: Military movie characters

    Draft Showdown: Military movie characters

    Leo and Joe take a break from the news for a little summer fun, drafting a team of the best American military movie characters. They’re joined by producer Ben (Bob?) Murray as they take a trip through films like War Games and Independence Day as well as a few good ones.

    • 27 min
    Vacation, all I ever wanted

    Vacation, all I ever wanted

    Leo and Joe get ready for the summer congressional recess with a wrap-up of lawmakers’ last-minute work before leaving town: finalizing the new budget deal (1:05), confirming a host of defense posts (6:10) and punting the controversial nomination of Gen. John Hyten until the fall (8:40). The pair also get you ready for National Presidential Joke Day (18:00).

    • 20 min
    Money for nothing

    Money for nothing

    Leo and Joe look at the surprising two-year, $2.7 trillion budget
    deal (1:00) and whether it leaves House Republicans with regrets for their earlier opposition to the annual defense authorization bill (5:10). They also look at the rush of defense confirmations to end the congressional summer session (11:30) before discussing
    military culture mistakes in television (17:00).

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Podcastser789 ,

Smart and short

Usually about 20 minutes long, the podcast is the easiest way I’ve found to catch up on military issues in Congress each week. Lots of fun and good info.

StillReal2Me ,

Wonderful

A quick hit informative podcast by two consumate pros. Can I just say? Big fan.

DNF757 ,

Love the show!

Glad I subscribed to the show! Each week features a nice mix of news and analysis on key defense topics. Hosts are informed and witty and I enjoy their banter, exchanges, and light moments. Perfect length to listen to during commute as well!

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