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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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What is real, and what is a mirage? Can something be a cost effective strategic option, or a fool's errand? As outlined by our guests in their latest work in the periodical, Asian Security; An Ocean Too Far: Offshore Balancing in the Indian... more

This Easter, we will return to our discussion about the U.S. Coast Guard's role in defending the USA from the flow of illegal drugs. Our guest will be CDR E. A. Westfall, CDR, USCG, then Commanding Officer of the USCGC ESCANABA... more

Guest is film-maker Scott Kesterson;former soldier, Emmy award-winning filmmaker, and now military contractor working for CJ-SOTF. His next fill is, Bards of War (www.bardsofwarfilm.com) this fall. Most of the footage is from... more

There is an echo that regular listeners to Midrats are very familiar with; the critical importance of an understanding of history in the profession of arms. More than almost any other field, there is nothing new under the sun. The tools may... more

You have heard the phrase, "Well, I've seen this movie before." After over a decade of disjointed conflict that is still yet to play out, what have we learned, what do we still need to learn, and what do we need to forget? Has the global... more

The last decade has brought two aspects of the law and its interaction with the U.S. military in to sharp focus: first "Lawfare" in the application of force overseas, and second the proper constitutional role of the U.S. military internal to... more

Where is the line between truth, optimism, spin, happy-talk, and lies? Those of us who have served in Afghanistan and those serving now all have our stories. Our guest this Sunday has a few as well. "Over the course of 12 months, I covered... more

We do this a couple of times a year - yes my friends it is a Midrats Free For All. Is there a topic we have not covered that you want Sal from "CDR Salamander" or EagleOne from "Eaglespeak" to address? Better yet - do you have a question... more

The large standing Army and active duty military we have known in our lifetime may seem the norm - but it isn't. Is there a way to maintain a strong military capability - available and scaleable if needed - without the structure we have... more

The problem with piracy is not going anywhere. Each year in places like Somalia it is becoming part of the local economy. In areas near poorly governed areas, it threatens the free flow of goods at market prices through the world's sea lines of... more