The Modern War Institute Podcast
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The podcast of the Modern War Institute at West Point. An integrative look at war, policy, and leadership. We will discuss tactical, operational, and strategic trends for the benefit of the United States Corps of Cadets as well as Army leaders and security professionals. Follow the Modern War Institute on Facebook, Twitter (@modernwarinstitute), Instagram, and on the War Council Blog at modernwarinstitute.org.
||CleanEp. 47 – The Army's Future, with Secretary of the Army Mark Esper||Secretary of the Army Mark Esper has an important set of priorities for the Army. In this episode of the MWI Podcast, he discusses those priorities, and explains how his experience as an Army officer on active duty and in the reserve components...||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 46 – What is Virtual War?||In this episode, retired US Army Col. Steve Banach talks about "virtual war," which he argues is transforming the way conflict plays out. He discusses the hallmarks of the concept, and explains why it requires us to fundamentally rethink the mental...||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 45 – The Battle for Mosul, with Col. Pat Work||Last summer, Iraq's prime minister declared victory in the long battle to retake Mosul from ISIS. The Iraqi security forces who fought there did so with the help of a US brigade commanded by Col. Pat Work. In this episode, he talks about the battle,...||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 44 – Technology and the Future of Warfare||In this episode, John Amble is joined by retired Maj. Gen. David Fastabend and Mr. Ian Sullivan. Both have been heavily involved with initiatives to conceptualize the future of warfare for the Army's Training and Doctrine Command, where Sullivan is...||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 43 – Writing on War, with Journalist and Best-selling Author Sean Naylor||In this episode of the MWI Podcast, we talk to Sean Naylor, an award-winning journalist and best-selling author of Not a Good Day to Die and Relentless Strike. The conversation covers everything from the reporter's role in war zones to the...||1/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 42 – Sebastian Junger on Syria, Iraq, and the Rise of ISIS||In this episode, MWI's Capt. Jake Miraldi talks to best selling author and award winning filmmaker Sebastian Junger about his newest film, "Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS."||1/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 41 – "Are We Destined for War with China?" – Dr. Graham Allison||In this episode, MWI's Capt. Jake Miraldi speaks to Dr. Graham Allison, author of the book "Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?" In this fascinating conversation, Dr. Allison examines the critical factors that will...||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 40 – The Future Multi-Domain Battlespace, with Gen. David Perkins||In this episode, Gen. David Perkins, commander of US Army Training and Doctrine Command, joins to talk about Multi-Domain Battle, the new concept by which the military will fight its future wars, deploying power dynamically across multiple domains:...||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 39 – Surveying the Threat Landscape, with Gen. David Petraeus||Gen. David Petraeus had a remarkable military career—including commanding the 101st Airborne Division at the beginning of the Iraq War and later commanding all forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He also served as commander of CENTCOM and, after...||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 38 – All About the F-35||The F-35 is the new fifth-generation fighter jet the US military expects will overcome the many challenges of the battlespace of today and tomorrow. In this episode, two former Air Force pilots, including one who was responsible for designing the...||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 37 – The North Korea Challenge, with Dr. Victor Cha||What should we make of the considerable uptick in North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile tests? What are the best tools to bring to bear against the North Korea problem? In this episode, Georgetown University's Victor Cha answers these and other...||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 36 – Human Analysis in the Age of the Algorithm, with Dr. Nicholas Krohley||In the era of big data, the minds of human analysts are no match for the processing power of computers fed with terabytes of data and armed with powerful algorithms. But MWI Non-Resident Fellow Dr. Nicholas Krohley argues in this episode that, far...||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 35 – How Innovation Happens in the Military, with Professor Stephen Rosen||How and why did the US Navy shift from battleships to aircraft carriers? What drove the US Army's adoption of helicopter aviation? In this episode, Harvard University's Professor Stephen Rosen tackles these and a range of other fascinating questions...||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 34 – Tactical Economics, with Maj. Jon Bate||Money is a powerful weapon in a combat zone. There are risks of deploying it in the form of economic programs, of course. But when used effectively, "tactical economics" can be a powerful tool with which to achieve operational and even tactical goals...||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 33 – Russia, Global Security, and Limited War, with Dr. Jakub Grygiel||In this episode of the Modern War Institute podcast, MWI's Capt. Jake Miraldi speaks to Dr. Jakub Grygiel, the George H.W. Bush Senior Associate Professor of International Relations at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins...||8/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 31 – The Future Urban Battlefield, with Dr. Russell Glenn||In this episode of the Modern War Institute podcast, MWI editorial director John Amble speaks to Dr. Russell Glenn, a senior adviser for plans and policy to the deputy chief of staff, G-2, of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command. Dr. Glenn has...||8/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 31 – Neuroscience and the Weapons of War, with Dr. James Giordano||In this episode of the Modern War Institute podcast, MWI editorial director John Amble speaks to Dr. James Giordano, the Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program at Georgetown University and Scholar-in-Residence in the Pellegrino Center for Clinical...||8/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 30 – Zombies and Global Security, with Max Brooks||In this episode, Capt. Jake Miraldi talks to Max Brooks, bestselling author of "World War Z" and "The Zombie Survival Guide" about how he uses zombies in his books as a stand-in for the kinds of major crises that transcend borders and require...||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 29 – Training to Win, with Col. Jonathan Neumann||In this episode, Capt. Jake Miraldi speaks to Col. Jonathan Neumann, the director of West Point's Department of Military Instruction and previously the commander of the 198th Infantry Brigade, responsible for training nearly 20,000 new infantrymen and..||6/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 28 – A Firefight on the Edge of Sadr City||In 2008, Maj. Emily Spencer was an EOD platoon leader in Iraq. In April, she and one of her teams accompanied a route clearance patrol that was planned to approach Sadr City, a notorious safe haven for militants. As the reached the edge of the...||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 27 – The Battle of Barg-e Matal||This is the first episode in MWI's new podcast, "The Spear," which is aimed at providing a window into the combat experience. In this episode, Capt. Jake Miraldi walks us through the 2009 Battle of Barg-e Matal in eastern Afghanistan's Nuristan...||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 26 - Capt. Natalie Mallue on Her Ranger School Experience||In this episode, Capt. Natalie Mallue describes her experience as one of only seven women to have complete the US Army's grueling Ranger School. She discusses her preparation, what it means to be among such a select group of women, and the advice she...||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 25 - Opening Shock: Four Combat Jump Veterans Tell Their Stories||In this episode, a joint production with the West Point Center for Oral History, four combat jump veterans talk about their experiences jumping onto the battlefield from above.||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 24 - Physical Fitness and National Security with Lt. Gen. (Ret) Mark Hertling||In this episode, we talk to Lt. Gen. (Ret) Mark Hertling about the risk to military readiness and national security posed by declining American physical fitness.||4/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 23 - Robots, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of War||In this episode, we speak with US Air Force Maj. Jen Snow of USSOCOM's SOFWERX and author and futurist Dr. James Canton. From robotics to AI to autonomy and more, the guests explore what war is most likely to look like in the future—and explain how...||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 22 - On Writing and War||In this episode, four writers discuss the ways that writing can help clarify our thinking about war—past, present, and future—and process firsthand experiences at war.||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 21 – "Tunnel Warfare, Robots, and the Future Battlefield" with IDF Brig. Gen. Nechemya Sokal||Brig. Gen. Nechemya Sokal, chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces’ Technology and Logistics Branch, discusses battlefield challenges the IDF has confronted, the solutions put in place, and how those solutions came to fruition. We talk tunnel...||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 20 - "Championing Creativity" with Max Brooks||Max Brooks talks about how creativity can only succeed if someone takes up and works for new ideas. From Army doctrine to weapons development to organizational management, championing creativity has to happen to allow new ideas to grow and spread. We...||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 19 - "Leadership on Your Worst Day" with MoH Recipient SSG Sal Giunta||Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. (Ret) Sal Giunta discusses his actions in the Korengal Valley in 2007, how he managed keep calm under duress, and what he was fighting for.||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 18 - "The Autonomous Battlefield" with August Cole||We talk with August Cole about how autonomous systems will shape the future battlefield and how they are beginning to appear today. Where on the battlefield will autonomous systems be used and which domains will see the most profound changes?||12/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 17 - "Catching Saddam Hussein" with Eric Maddox||MWI talks to Eric Maddox, former US Army interrogator, about how he developed a new way to conduct interrogations. His interrogations eventually led to information about the whereabouts of Saddam Hussein.||12/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 16 - "Achieving Tactical Overmatch" with MG (R) Robert Scales||MWI talks with "Scales on War" author and former Army War College Commandant MG (R) Robert Scales. We discuss how the role of the infantry has changes and how we might increase the lethality and effectiveness of the frontline fighting force.||11/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 15 - "Intelligence Operations on the Modern Battlefield" with GEN (R) Michael Hayden||MWI talks to GEN (R) Michael Hayden, former NSA and CIA director, about the changes in the way we collect and use intelligence and how that will influence the modern battlefield.||11/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 14 - "Assessing Emerging Trends" with COL Michael Loos||The MWI podcast sits down with COL Michael Loos, commander of the Army Asymmetric Warfare Group, to discuss how they work to support the operational force through observation and analysis of emerging technologies and tactics. We also talk the AWG's...||10/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 13 - "The American Soldier Experience" with Sebastian Junger||The Modern War Institute talks Sebastian Junger's new book "Tribe" and about his on the ground experience in Afghanistan. Hosted by Cadet Mitchell Magill.||10/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 12 - "The Modern Nature of Casualties" with Dr. Tanisha Fazal||Dr. Tanisha Fazal, an associate professor of Political Science and Peace Studies at Notre Dame, discusses the changing nature of the kill-to-wounded ratio in war and how casualties in modern war impact soldiers, policymakers, and the public.||9/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 11 - "Tactical Economics" with MAJ Jon Bate||MAJ Jon Bate discusses his recently published paper on how tactical economics influence decision-making and the modern battlefield. We talk both macro and micro-economic considerations and how the Army should understand the impact of economic...||8/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"West Point and the War in Iraq" with LTG Robert L. Caslen Jr.||The Modern War Institute has an exclusive discussion with LTG Robert L. Caslen Jr., 59th Superintendent of the United States Military Academy about his recent trip to Iraq and what it means for the development of future Army leaders.||8/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 9 - "What Makes Violent Actors Tick?" with Dr. Benedetta Berti||MWI sits down with Dr. Benedetta Berti, researcher, author, and TED speaker to discuss the rise of violent non-state actors and how security professionals should understand them.||8/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 8 - "War in the Greater Middle East" with Dr. Andrew Bacevich||We talk to Dr. Andrew Bacevich about his new book "America's War for the Greater Middle East" and how security professionals and leaders can prepare for the complexities of current and future war.||7/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 7 - "War and Recovery with the Most Wounded Commander in the Army" with MAJ DJ Skelton||We sit down with MAJ DJ Skelton, USMA class of 2003, to talk about his experiences in Iraq, Afghanistan, and as a wounded warrior.||5/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 6 - "The Story of Wanat" with SSG Ryan Pitts||We talk with SSG Ryan Pitts, Medal of Honor recipient, about 2008's Battle of Wanat. His unit experienced a large scale, determined attack in the mountains of Afghanistan which resulting in nine Americans killed. We hear his story and discuss ways...||4/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 5 - "Zombies and Global Security" with Max Brooks||We talk to Max Brooks, writer of the Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z, and Harlem Hellfighters, about how a zombie plague can help us understand current and future security issues.||4/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 4 - "The Evolving US Template to Global Security" with Eric Schmitt||The United States currently has a limited appetite for large scale deployment of conventional forces, but the security situation around the world is tenuous. Today, the United States has avoided large deployments through drone warfare and proxy...||3/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 3 - "The Once and Future Mission" with Michael O'Hanlon||We talk to Michael O'Hanlon from the Brookings Institution about the current state of the Army, what the future of the Army holds, and how juniors leaders and security professionals can prepare.||3/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 2 - "A Look at Urban Warfare in the Syrian City of Aleppo" with Dr. Rodger Shanahan||This week on the podcast we talk to Dr. Rodger Shanahan, a Research Fellow at the Lowy Institute. Using Aleppo as a case study we talk about tactical action leading up to the fighting in Aleppo, air to ground integration between Russian air forces...||3/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 1 - "Are We Headed for Limited War" with Dr. Jakub Grygiel||For our first podcast we are talking to Dr. Jakub Grygiel of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. We talk limited war and how it influences the tactical, operational, and strategic picture in Europe and beyond.||2/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Great guests, informative analysis!
This is a real, insightful, deep dive look at the most critical issues facing military forces, defense departments, and foreign policy wonks today. Top notch guests from around the world - I recommend this to anyone interested in war, strategy, and security issues.
Insightful, professional and informative!
This is one of the best podcasts on war, national security, and military affairs I’ve heard out there. I like its blend of pop-cultural yet policy-relevant storytelling and interviews about war for a non-military audience. The best podcast out there on modern war!
Great Podcast and Excellent content
Diverse variety of guests and topics that advance the discussion on studying warfare and the current complexities of assymetric combat.
Keep it up!