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Navy Milbloggers Sal from "CDR Salamander" and EagleOne from "EagleSpeak" discuss leading issues and developments for the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and related national security issues.

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As we once again face the promise of a conflict with a limited mission and a strangely ill-defined Strategic and Operational design - what do we need to keep in mind not just from recent history, but the longer term record? History shows us that military and political leaders either over or under appreciate changing technology, outmoded doctrine, and the imperfect correlation between past experience and present requirements. From the national psyche to stockpiled war reserves - what happens when the short and splendid turns in to the long slog? Using his latest article in The National Interest, The Most Terrifying Lesson of World War I: War Is Not Always "Short and Sharp," as a starting point, but expanding to a much broader discussion, our guest for the full hour will be Chris Dougherty, research fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) .
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Almost a decade of involvement in two land wars in Asia combined with a series of costly and ill timed shipbuilding programs that have yet to produce ships anywhere near promised cost and performance has brought our Navy to the... more

This Memorial Day weekend, I can think of few shows we have had that fit better. Going back to September, our guests will be Eddie LeBaron and Lanier Phillips. Though known as four-time Pro-Bowler, quarterback for the Washington... more

Never in our history have we fought a war where law, lawyers, and layers of legalese have impacted all levels of the war, Political, Strategic, Operational, and Tactical. Why do we find ourselves here and in what direction are we going?... more

This week the Army decided to transfer all of its Joint High Speed Vessels (JHSV) to the Navy - effectively taking out the "Joint." For such a small ship with such a humble mission - JHSV continues to bring a lot of interest. Why? As... more

Happy Mothers' Day! We are not live today, but are having a pre-recorded best-of focused on China. She's big - she's growing - she's confident - and everyone wants to talk about her. For the full hour we will discuss China with our experts... more

How do you intellectually prepare combat leaders? If you are given a young man or woman at 18, how do you best educate that person so they have the cultural, ethical, technical, and historical knowledge to make the right decisions for the... more

I hope all are having a great Easter weekend. We are having a best of this Sunday with a repeat of the wide ranging discussion last June with three present or former Navy and Coast Guard Commanding Officers on the nature of... more

I still believe that The War Between the States is a more accurate term - but to keep with the last vestiges of Northern cultural imperialism - we'll call it the Civil War. The war started 150 years ago last week. Though mostly a land war - the... more

For anyone interested in history, politics, or national security - there are two books that should be on your short list for 2011. Both authors will be on Midrats this Sunday. Join Sal from "CDR Salamander" and EagleOne... more

When you send your elected representative to Washington DC, you are not just sending one person. For each Congressman and Senator - there is a cadre of staffers that makes it happen. Bills do not sprout out of the heads of politicians -... more

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