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.
Mr. Austin Goes to Washington?
Last week, President-elect Joe Biden made an historic announcement to name Lloyd Austin as his nominee for the position of Secretary of Defense. This nomination is unique for two reasons: First, because Austin would be only the third retired general to serve as Secretary of Defense since the passing of the National Security Act of 1947. Second: Austin would be the first Black American to serve as Secretary of Defense. Jim explores the civil-military implications of this nomination with Ambassador Eric Edelman, Dr. Kori Schake, and Mr. Bishop Garrison.
The Military and the Media
The relationship between the military and the media is not always an easy one. But, without the news media, the American public would have a far narrower understanding of what our military is doing in our name. As difficult as it sometimes may be for both parties involved, getting the relationship between the Defense Department and journalists right is essential for our democracy. In this episode, Alice and Jim speak with scholar Dr. Amanda Cronkhite, Washington Post National Security journalist Greg Jaffe, and Army Public Affairs Officer Colonel Myles Caggins to get their perspectives on what journalists and members of the military should do to get this relationship right more often.
Thank Them For Their Service
On this Veterans' Day/ post-election episode of Thank You For Your Service, we talk to Loren DeJonge Schulman about the draft and the civilian national security workforce. Then Alice and Jim discuss the personnel churn at DoD and what the change in presidential administration might mean for civ-mil relations. And we leave you with a little something to get inspired.
The Military and the Election
Whether we like it or not, the military's role in the election has become a topic of conversation this year. But military involvement in the election could mean a lot of things -- absentee voting by service members, veterans running for office, retired officer endorsements, or even the use of National Guard or active troops in the aftermath of a contested election. Alice and Jim talk with experts Don Inbody, Kori Schake, and Risa Brooks about some of the ways the military will, and hopefully won't, be involved in the 2020 Presidential election.
Race and the Military
The U.S. military has struggled with racism throughout its history. This week, Alice and Jim talk to active duty military personnel, veterans, and a civilian expert about race, bias, and discrimination in the armed forces. Guests Bishop Garrison, Radha Iyengar-Plumb, Jada Johnson, James Johnson, Dana Pittard, and Daniel White talk about their personal experiences as well as recruiting, retention, promotion, and representation in the military.
The American History of Vietghanistan, Part 2
The war stories we tell both reflect and shape the relationship between American society and its military. In the second of two episodes, Alice and Jim explore how the stories Vietnam veterans told about their war have shaped America's experience of the war in Afghanistan. They interview author and Army veteran Matt Gallagher, about his most recent novel, Empire City, and consider how blogs and social media have influenced the ways we tell war stories, drawing on insights from counterinsurgency expert, Dr. Erin Simpson, and Marine Corps veteran and creator of the Duffel Blog, Paul Szoldra.
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A service to the public
TYFYS is not only informative (I have learned a lot about the principles and reality of civ-mil relations!), it is also an easy listen. I like the honesty of the hosts and the guests, and I think this is exactly the kind of content that can get CSIS reaching beyond the “beltway.”
Best 30 minutes in PodCast land.
Please keep this going. So important to continually have discussions on this topic.
Very thoughtful - and thought-provoking!
Looking forward to hearing more.