• 01:04

    Episode 254: John A. Nagl; 13 Years in to the War

    in Military

    13 years in to a the long war, what have re relearned, mastered, forgotten, and retained for future use? What have we learned about ourselves, the nature of our latest enemy, and the role of our nation? What have those who have served learned about their nation, their world, and themselves?


    Iraq, Afghanistan, the Islamic State, and the ever changing global national security ecosystem, how are we now, and where are we going?


    Our guest for the full hour to discuss this and more will be returning guest John Nagl, LTC US Army (Ret.) D.Phl, using he most recent book Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice as the starting point for our discussion. 

    Dr. Nagl is the Ninth Headmaster of The Haverford School. Prior to assuming responsibility for the School in July 2013, he was the inaugural Minerva Research Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy. He was previously the President of the Center for a New American Security. He graduated from the United States Military Academy Class  in 1988 and served as an armor officer for 20 years. Dr. Nagl taught at West Point and Georgetown University, and served as a Military Assistant to two Deputy Secretaries of Defense. He earned his Master of the Military Arts and Sciences Degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and his doctorate from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. 

    Dr. Nagl is the author of Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam and was on the team that produced the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual.   

  • 01:41

    Ivan Eland, ISIS expert

    in Current Events

    Ivan Eland ISIS expert


    After an intruder was able to jump over the fence and
    enter the White House, the Secret Service, an agency in
    the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is talking
    about augmenting security procedures. Ivan Eland says
    it’s just one example of DHS’s bureaucratic approach to
    security that often defies common sense. “Increasing
    bureaucracy rarely enhances security — in fact, the
    reverse is true. And instead of hysterically bombing
    the Islamic State — a group that focuses on
    establishing an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria
    rather than on striking the United States — and
    thereby making the group more prone to beginning such
    retaliatory attacks, perhaps President Obama and
    Congress should work on transforming DHS to better
    defend against terrorist groups that actually are
    trying to do violence to the United States.” Ivan Eland
    is the author of several books including “The Failure
    of Counterinsurgency: Why Hearts and Minds Are Seldom
    Won.” He’s a senior fellow and director of the Center
    on Peace and Liberty at the Independent Institute, a
    non-profit, non-partisan, research and educational
    organization.

  • 01:31

    Military Monday with John D. Gresham with USNI Press Author Frank Leith Jones

    in Military

     2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the end of the Cold War. Millions of men and women across the globe contributed to the end of the great East-West conflict of the 20th century, including a handful of national security specialists who helped shape policy and events. Some are well known, like Henry Kissinger, McGeorge Bundy, and Brent Schofield. Others however, served in relative obscurity, contributing their intellect and lives into making sure that the Cold War never turned "hot." One of these was Robert Komer, a World War II-era U.S. Army intelligence officer, who was one of the earliest employees of the new Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) when it was created in 1947. Working as an analyst, Komer would have a remarkable career that would span decades and have him serving presidents from Harry S. Truman, to Jimmy Carter. His work covered everything from strengthening U.S. forces and NATO, to helping run counterinsurgency programs in Vietnam. And through this wide variety of assignments and challenges, Komer acquired a nickname for his high-energy, and sometimes fiery style of work: Blowtorch.


     To learn more about Robert "Blowtorch" Komer, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week is U.S. Naval Institute Press (USNIBooks) writer Frank Leith Jones, the author of BLOWTORCH. BLOWTORCH is a compelling biography of Robert Komer, and his amazing professional journey through the Cold War from the 1940s through to the Carter administration. Listeners are encouraged to call in and offer questions and opinions on the book and Mr. Komer, as we remember the sometimes dark days of the Cold War.

  • 00:45

    DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable: Counterinsurgency Training Center

    in Military

    DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable with Col. Chadwick W. Clark, director, COIN Training Center Afghanistan, NATO Training Mission – Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan. Col. Clark will discuss the Counterinsurgency Training Center - Afghanistan and how it enhances coalition forces, the Afghan National Security Force and other Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan agencies' capabilities to reduce insurgent influence. Counterinsurgency Training Center - Afghanistan is the only school training Afghan National Security Force coalition forces and civilians in the same class. There are also residential courses as well as mobile training teams. Through these courses students learn about counterinsurgency operations and stability operations/stability assistance.

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  • 00:31

    EdRossRadio #114 Iraq and Afghanistan: Worse Than Vietnam?

    in Politics Conservative

    Conservative talk radio from the outskirts of the hub of Western Civilization. 


    The way things are going in Iraq and Afghanistan, the prospects for lasting victory are fading with worse long-term consequences than Vietnam. The human cost of the Vietnam War was far greater than it has been in Iraq and Afghanistan, but I choose to believe that our warriors did not die in vain in Vietnam because we ultimately won the Cold War of which the wars in Korea and Vietnam were part. Still, we lost the Vietnam War and suffered lasting consequences as a result. What's at stake in the Middle East is greater than what was at stake in Vietnam.

  • 02:00

    Conservative Junction Radio

    in Politics Conservative

    Today on Conservative Junction Radio JJ's guest will be Bill Connor, the conservative Republican challenger to incumbent RINO Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina.


    Bill is a decorated Army Reserve LT. Colonel (Airborne Ranger), and is an expert in counterinsurgency combat. He served as Senior US Advisor to Helmand Province, Afghanistan where he received the Bronze Star.

    Connor is a graduate of The Citadel and the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Law. He is a former candidate for S.C. Lieutenant Governor . Connor served as National Security Advisor for presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

    He recently served as GOP Chairman for South Carolina’s sixth district. He currently is Director of the Army’s Command and General Staff College (ILE) in S.C., and is a member of the U.S. Counterterrorism Advisory Team.

    Connor co-founded National Defense Consultants LLC, a partnership providing clients with military analysis ranging from geostrategy to special operations; counterterrorism; ground, Naval, and air combat; military leadership and military law. Connor is also the author of the book “Articles from War”


    Join us today, and tell your friends about the show!

  • 02:19

    Counterinsurgency Against Black Youth guest Kalonji Changa

    in Culture

    TRUE SKOOL RADIO presents The Cell: Counterinsurgency Against Black Youth with guest Kalonji Jama Changa 
    What do prisons, drugs, and wack ass rap music have in common? Yup, y'all guessed it, sustained warfare against people who would normally resist U.S. empire. Tonight's show will feature audio and commentary about how this manifests. Peep game and call in to voice your thoughts.

    In th second hour to discuss the aftermath of the Troy Davis execution among many other things, we will be joined by fellow freedom fighter and Founder/National Coordinator at the Feed the Peoples movement and author of How to Build a Peoples Army, comrade Kalonji Jama Changa.

    TSR is Hip Hop 101 and the Peoples CNN, a grassroots expression of the community's wants and desires on how to change our current state.

  • 01:03

    Episode 185: Getting "Next" Right with John Nagl

    in Military

    So, which is it? Do we forget our history and are therefor doomed to repeat it, or are we always preparing to fight the next war?
    As we finish up the final chapter of our participation in Afghanistan after well over a decade, and reflect on the changes in the arch of the Muslim world from the Atlas mountains to Mindanao - what do we need to intellectually, retain for what is coming "next?"
    With one eye on historical patterns and another on developing economic, demographic, and political trends - what do we need to do to man, train, and equip the armed forces best positioned to address what we think we will face, but will be flexible enough to flex to what we don't know?
    Our guest for the full hour will be John Nagl, Lt Col USA (Ret.), PhD, presently the Minerva Research Professor at the US Naval Academy, previously the President of CNAS.
    Dr. Nagl was a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Military Academy Class of 1988 who served as an armor officer in the U.S. Army for 20 years.  His last military assignment was as commander of the 1st Battalion, 34th Armor.  He led a tank platoon in Operation Desert Storm and served as the operations officer of a tank battalion task force in Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Nagl taught national security studies at West Point and Georgetown University and served as a Military Assistant to two Deputy Secretaries of Defense.
     He earned his Master of the Military Arts and Sciences Degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and his doctorate from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
    He is the author of Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam and was on the writing team that produced the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual. His writings have also been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, among others. 

  • 00:34

    Ed Ross Radio #81 Wars and Popes

    in Politics Conservative

    Conservative talk radio from the hub of Western Civilization. 
    The United States has fought three counterinsurgency wars in the past half century, all of which have or are about to turn out less than resoundingly victorious. You would think America would get the hang of counterinsurgency warfare, getting it right eventually; but there are lessons American political leaders never learn.
    What is the significance of this new Argentine Pope? How could this humble and simple man from Buenos Aires (Jorge Mario Bergoglio) the impact Pope John Paul II had on world affairs? It’s difficult to imagine President Barack Obama and Pope Francis working in tandem against today’s threats.

  • 00:45

    Counterinsurgency expert has recently returned from assessing the situation on the ground in Iraq

    in Current Events

    Interview w/COL Daniel S. Roper, Director, U.S. Army and Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center

  • 01:01

    Afghanistan: The Perfect Failure

    in Military

    Lieutenant Colonel John Lewis Cook, United States Army (Retired), “served as the Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Interior in Kabul, Afghanistan, with responsibility for developing the force structure for the entire Afghan National Police.  As of 2012, this force totals 157,000.  From March 2008 until August 2012, his access and intimate associations with all levels of the Afghan government and coalition forces have provided him with an unprecedented insight into the policies which will determine the outcome of the war.  It is this insight, coupled with his contacts and associations throughout Afghanistan that form the basis of Afghanistan: The Perfect Failure.
    John Cook graduated with a B.A. from the University of Delaware & has a Master’s Degree from Boston University.  He is considered an expert in counterinsurgency, having written doctrine on this subject for the US Army Intelligence Center & School.  He is the recipient of the Silver Star, 3 Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnamese Medal of Honor and several other combat and peacetime awards..
    John Cook is not new to war zones.  In addition to 4 1/2 years in Afghanistan, he spent over 2 years in Vietnam as an intelligence officer & became the youngest District Senior Advisor in Vietnam.  He was one of the first intelligence officers in Vietnam responsible for the implementation of the Phoenix Program, the most successful counterinsurgency program ever initiated by the U.S. military.  Upon his return from Vietnam, he authored The Advisor: The Phoenix Program in Vietnam, recognized as one of the premier texts on defeating insurgences, now in its third edition. He has served as the publisher and editor for the Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Journal.

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