34 episodes

TYFYS is a conversation with practitioners, experts, and you about the relationship between the military and civilians. We explore scholarship and current policy debates, interview prominent thinkers and leaders, and engage our audience on vital issues of national security and civil-military relations. Brought to you by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, TYFYS reaches across the country and around the world to engage people in debates about the military, democracy, and security.

Thank You For Your Service CSIS

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    • 4.8, 74 Ratings

TYFYS is a conversation with practitioners, experts, and you about the relationship between the military and civilians. We explore scholarship and current policy debates, interview prominent thinkers and leaders, and engage our audience on vital issues of national security and civil-military relations. Brought to you by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, TYFYS reaches across the country and around the world to engage people in debates about the military, democracy, and security.

    The Civ-Mil of Space Force

    The Civ-Mil of Space Force

    Alice and Jim promised to give you their thoughts on the Space Force TV series, and here they are in a special bonus episode. Spoilers everywhere! But really, if you listen to this podcast and you haven't seen Space Force yet, it's time you caught up anyway. 

    • 22 min
    War by Other Means

    War by Other Means

    This episode tackles a big, important, and sensitive topic: the military and politics. How should we think about the military's role in domestic politics? What does partisan polarization mean for the U.S. military? Can military families get involved in politics without politicizing the armed forces? We talk with Mac Owens, David Burbach, Deborah Avant, and Sarah Streyder to answer these and other questions.

    • 21 min
    Under Control

    Under Control

    What does it mean for the military to be under civilian control? Jim and Alice talk about obedience, loyalty, and subordination with ethicist Dr. Pauline Shanks Kaurin, author of "On Obedience." Then they catch up with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral (ret) Michael Mullen to talk about how presidents and senior military officers build, and sometimes lose, trust.

    • 20 min
    The Civ-Mil of Hamilton

    The Civ-Mil of Hamilton

    You may not think of civil-military relations when you think about the hit musical, but civ-mil themes are all over Hamilton. In this special bonus episode, Alice and Jim talk to Hamilton superfans and national security practitioners Shannon Culbertson and Simone Williams. The crew discusses Hamilton's military service and social mobility, how types of national service blend into the same life, and the time George Washington says, "Thank You For Your Service."

    • 29 min
    What is a Legacy?

    What is a Legacy?

    How have the post-9/11 wars affected America's relationship with the military, and the military's relationship with America? In our War Storytellers segment, we talk to novelist Elliot Ackerman and poet Olivia Garard. Then we hear from Dr. Mara Karlin about her research on the impact the wars have had on the military and the civil-military relationship.

    • 18 min
    On Service

    On Service

    What is service? Is military service more valuable or more noble than other kinds of national and community service? Who serves, and why? Jim and Alice explore these questions and more with guests Janine Davidson, Shawn Skelly, and Amy Schafer.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

NaptownGuy ,

Best 30 minutes in PodCast land.

Please keep this going. So important to continually have discussions on this topic.

Jackie from MO ,

Very thoughtful - and thought-provoking!

Looking forward to hearing more.

The Betty Best ,

Great Podcast

This is one of my favorite podcasts! As a civilian, this is such an important podcast to listen to and to be educated on the military. Civil-military relations is a fascinating topic. Thank you for doing such a great job with the podcast!

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