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  • 01:10

    Military Monday with John D. Gresham and Lt. Gen. David Deptula, USAF (Ret.)

    in Military

    The current air campaign being conducted by the United States and its coalition allies in Iraq and Syria, is a complex and poorly understood operation by the American people. And clearly, the Administration of President Barack Obama prefers it that way, given that they have not even bothered to announce publicly, a name for the operation. Most of the commentators regarding this operation are political in nature, with an occasional  retired Army or Marine general officer, to comment on aerial operations they have little or no insight into, and no personal experience with whatsoever. The airwaves, cable, and satellite bandwidth is presently dominated by airpower dilettantes, ignorants, and media wannabes, providing the public with no information whatsoever about the combat operations currently being in the Middle East by America and its Allies. There is however one place they can go to gain information and learn the truth about what is happening right now, and that place this week is Military Monday on the Writestream Radio Network.

    For the finest and most authoritative discussion you will hear in American media on the current bombing campaign in Syria and Iraq, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@Greshamj01) for Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday on @Writestream) at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week is Lt. Gen. David Deptula (@Deptula_David), USAF (Ret.). and Dean of the Air Force Association's (@AirForceAssoc) Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies. General Deptula is a career fighter pilot, intelligence officer, and airpower planner, whose experience includes helping construct the air campaign plan for Operation Desert Storm, and actually supervising the air campaigns in Afghanistan (2001) and Iraq (2003). Arguably the finest authority on airpower in the world today, the general is going to give listeners an amazing hour of information they will find nowhere else.

  • 01:19

    Military Monday with John D. Gresham With Barrett Tillman – Forgotten Fifteenth

    in Military

    For many Americans, the word "Airpower" is defined by the exploits of the Eighth Air Force flying from England to bomb targets in Germany and occupied Europe. But there was much more to American airpower during World War II, then just the efforts of, "The Mighty Eighth." One of the more notable contributions to the Allied victory in Europe came from the U.S. Fiftheenth Air Force, based in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. Though smaller than the Eighth, the Fifteenth Air Force was more diverse, and in some ways had a more challenging and varietal target set to prosecute. These ranged from radar stations that had to be destroyed prior to the invasion of the French Riviera in the summer of 1944, to the massive petroleum production facilities at Ploesti in Hungary. The Fifteenth Air Force was also the home to the all-Negro 332nd Fighter Group, the famous "Redtails" which had been trained as an "experiment" at Tuskegee, Alabama. And in spite of having been forgotten by most aviation historians, the men of the Fifteenth Air Force created a combat record as substantial as any other of World War II.

    To learn more about the Fifteenth Air Force, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week is well known aviation historian and Regency History Press author Barrett Tillman, whose new book, FORGOTTEN FIFTEENTH, chronicles the men, missions, and story of this little-known aerial armada. Together they will take listeners through a Mediterranean odyssey, combining World War II's most advanced weapons and aircraft, with a region as old as history itself. Listeners are encouraged to call in and offer both questions and opinions, and what should be a most enlightening hour of history for aviation buffs.

  • 01:08

    Military Monday with John D. Gresham and Thomas Wildenberg

    in Military

    The history of military technological development is replete with examples of personal zealotry, which drove the advancement of new weapons and ideas about warfare. In the emerging arena of aerial warfare, several such airpower evangelists appeared in the early 20th Century to champion the possibilities of this new kind of military technology. Within the American military, that evangelist was Brig. Gen. William “Billy” Mitchell. A firm believer in the capability of air power to become the dominant force in combat, Mitchell was an uncompromising zealot with strong personal ambitions and his own sense of destiny driving him. One of the key obstacles to his vision of air power becoming the dominant defense force for the United States however, was the U.S. Navy and it's strong support of the battleship as its weapon of choice following World War I. This led to a inter-service war between Mitchell and the Navy, which was fought out in the press, the halls of Congress and the White House, and eventually at his court-martial for insubordination. Despite this, Mitchell's legacy continues today, as the modern U.S. Air Force that he envisioned almost 100 years ago, serves as a cornerstone of the American military.

    To learn more about Billy Mitchell and his war with the Navy, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday at @Writestream) at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week will be U.S. Naval Institute Press (@USNIPress) writer Thomas Wildenberg, author of BILLY'S MITCHELL'S WAR WITH THE NAVY. Together they will lay out Billy Mitchell's career and actions, with culminated in his own professional destruction. Listeners are encouraged to call in to offer questions and opinions, as both gentlemen discuss one of the most controversial military figures of the 20th Century.

  • 01:01

    Episode 218: Abolishing of the USAF, with Robert M. Farley

    in Military

    In concept, execution, and ability to effectively provide its part of the national defense infrastructure, has a separate Air Force served this nation well, and does it make sense to keep it a separate service.

    Our guest this week makes the case that the experiment in a separate US Air Force is over, and it has failed. Though we need airpower, we don't need a separate service to provide it.

    With us for the full hour will be Professor Robert M. Farley, PhD, author of the book being released 11 March, Grounded: The Case for Abolishing the United States Air Force.

    Rob teaches defense and security courses at the Patterson School of Diplomacy at the University of Kentucky. He blogs at InformationDissemination and LawyersGunsAndMoney.

  • 01:00

    Military Monday with John D. Gresham

    in Military

    In the decade since the Allied invasion of Saddam Hussein's Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom, most Americans forget that it was a war that was dominated, and in many ways won, by airpower. And not that demonstrated by the nighttime “Shock and Awe" bombings of Baghdad, or the hunting of the “Deck of Cards,” but by an integrated application of airpower across the full spectrum of operations by Allied forces. From the attempted assassination strikes against Iraqi leadership targets (like Saddam Hussein and his sons), to the delivery and support of Special Operations Forces (SOFs) hundreds of miles behind enemy lines, Allied airpower forces made the rapid advance to Baghdad possible.
    Amazingly, very little has been written regarding Allied air power operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom, leading to the possibility of important lessons being lost to the passage of time. One of the few genuine airpower experts who has taken the time to break down the contribution of airpower to Operation Iraqi Freedom has been Benjamin S. Lambeth, who has previously written on earlier conflicts in which airpower has been a major contributor. His new book, THE UNSEEN WAR,  published by U.S. Naval Institute Press (@USNIBooks), goes a long way towards explaining the unique contributions of airpower towards victory in Iraq in 2003, and provides a look at what might be possible in future operations
    Join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern time, s he hosts Mr. Lambeth, for an hour which will take us back a decade, to the uncertain days of March and April, 2003. Listeners are encouraged to call in and ask Mr. Gresham and/or Mr. Lambeth questions, along with adding their own opinions to the discussion. Please join us for what will certainly be an informative and interesting hour of Internet radio.

  • 00:59

    MILITARY MONDAY With Host John D. Gresham

    in Military

    As the United States and its allies begin to "lean forward" into the ongoing Syrian Civil War, a number of measures are being considered to assist the FSA rebels with their insurgency against the Assad regime in Damascus. One of the most controversial ideas being discussed is the establishment of a “No-Fly” zone to eliminate the Syrian government advantage of their own Air Force. Proposed by political leaders, diplomats, and policy experts from across the political spectrum and around the world, a No-Fly zone would eliminate the Syrian Air Force from the ongoing conflict.
     But what is the downside of establishing a No-Fly zone in serious? Are the consequences of the United States establishing such a regime really worth the potential risks?
     To get a better understanding of how No-Fly zones work, and the potential consequences/benefits of doing so over Syria, joined host John D. Gresham for Military Monday. His guest will be one of the world's leading experts, Col. Walter Boyne, USAF (Ret.), author of numerous books on airpower and aviation history, as well as a an expert television commentator on those subjects. Along with explaining how No-Fly zones are established, operated and maintained, they will explain the unique problems inherent to a Syrian No-Fly zone, including the presence of Russian S-300-series Surface-to-Air missiles and operators.

  • 00:58

    Military Author Radio

    in Books

    Military Author Radio, www.militaryauthorradio.comwith cohosts Tom Gauthier and Dari welcome our March 11, 2012 guest, a former WWII Airplane Nose artist, Mr. Hal Olsen.  Dari will be broadcasting from Albuquerque, and Tom will be hosting from Janesville, CA. Join us for our live broadcast, Sunday, March 11th, at 8:00 EST. We accept calls from our listeners, or listen later to our podcast.
    Artist Hal Olsen was a Navy Aviation Machinist, and after arriving in for his tour of duty in the Pacific in 1944, he also became famous in Tinian for his Airplane Nose Art.  Many grateful pilots paid fifty dollars for Hal to paint pictures of beautiful girls.  Hal tells us he’d have a good sized crowd of delighted Marines cheering him on as he worked.
    Dari just visited the with Autumn Hicks, the Director of The Commemorative Air Force Airpower Museum in Midland Texas, and toured their collection of Nose Art panels, the museum preserves the largest American collection, which includes Easy Maid, one of Hal’s original Paintings. On the 60th Anniversary of the Battle of Saipan and Tinian Islands, Hal and his wife Estelle were invited back to the Pacific Islands as honored guests, for a formal ceremony.  Three surviving crew members of the Enola Gay were also in attendance,  the Pilot Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbits, Navigator Theodore Van Kirk, and Weaponeer Dick Jeppeson.
    Join Dari and Tom, with our guest Hal Olsen, for an interesting and historical program this Sunday, March 11th, 2012.

  • 02:01

    REVOLUTION NOW! With Dr. Robert Bowman

    in Politics Progressive

    Dr. Robert M. Bowman, Lt. Col., USAF, ret. Is National Commander of “The Patriots”, President of the Institute for Space and Security Studies, Executive Vice President of Millennium III Corporation, and Bishop-Protector of the Roman Catholic Society of Blessed John XXIII. The recipient of the Eisenhower Medal, the George F. Kennan Peace Prize, the President's Medal of Veterans for Peace, the Republic Aviation Airpower Award, the Society of American Military Engineers' ROTC Medal of Merit (twice), the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous other awards, he is one of the country's foremost authorities on national security. Colonel Bowman flew 101 combat missions as a fighter pilot in Vietnam and directed all the DoD “Star Wars” programs under presidents Ford and Carter. He has been an executive in both government and industry, and has chaired 8 major international conferences. Professor Bowman taught at 5 colleges and universities, serving as Department Head and Assistant Dean. His Ph.D. is in Aeronautics and Nuclear Engineering from Caltech. He has lectured at the National War College, the United Nations, Congressional Caucuses, the Academies of Science of six nations, and the House of Lords. Dr. Bowman ran for President in 2000 and was the Democratic candidate for US Congress from the 15th Congressional District of Florida in 2006.
    Bob Scheer of The Los Angeles Times called Dr. Bowman “probably the best public speaker in the country today.” He has been a major speaker at Anti-War Conferences He has addressed numerous churches, colleges, labor unions, and Rotary Clubs, and hundreds of peace conferences, and has been keynote speaker at Veterans for Peace annual conventions four times. 

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  • 00:30

    DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable - Brig. Gen. Stephen Wilson, Commander of the 379th Air Expedition Wing

    in Military

    Brig. Gen. Stephen W. Wilson will discuss the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing's mission of providing combat airpower and support for today’s Fight in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. The 379th Air Expeditionary Wing is one of the largest, most diverse expeditionary wings in the Air Force. The wing and its associate units operate more than 100 aircraft, making the base a large hub for humanitarian airlift activity while providing mission-essential combat power, aeromedical evacuation and intelligence support for multiple theaters of operations.

  • 00:45

    DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable with USAF Col. Michael (Mike) "Fanman" A. Fantini

    in Military

    Col Fantini, commander of the 332nd Expeditionary Operations Group (EOG) at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, will discuss 332 AEW's unique combat airpower capability in Iraq (fighter/cargo/rescue aircraft; manned/unmanned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, etc) from operational/tactical perspective (332 EOG). As the only AF combat wing in Iraq, 332 AEW is at the tip of the spear when it comes to delivering combat airpower for America anytime and anywhere.