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In the world of game theory, simulation, international relations, and foriegn relations, there are a class of events called "Black Swans." These are moments like the 9/11 attacks, the 2008 finaqncial collapse, and the attack on Pearl Harbor. Always a severe surprise and normally unplanned for, Black Swans are the kinds of events which changed the course of human history, and frequently destroy the best laid plans of nations and political leaders across the world. The first and probably greatest Black Swan of the 20th Century occurred in Sarajevo on June 28th, 1941 when a terrorist group ("The Black Hand") sponsored by the Serbian military intelligence service, assassinated the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The murder of the Archduke was the "sparkplug" event which plunged the planet into its first industrial global war, destroyed most of the European family dynasties, killed millions of people, and laid the groundwork for worldwide conflicts that continue a century later. Sadly however, most of the world has forgotten the events of summer 1914 in Sarajevo, and usually to our mutual disaster.
To learn more about the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, and the long-term effects, join bestselling author, historian, journalist, and documentary filmmaker John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday on the Writestream Radio Network (@Writestream)) at 1 PM EST. His guest this week is renowned strategist, historian, and U.S. Naval Institute Press (@USNIBooks) author Dr. Harlan Ullman. Dr. Ullman's new book, A HANDFUL OF BULLETS is a detailed examination of the events in Sarajevo that day, along with a long-term look at the effects and legacy of the assassinations. Join us for what is sure to be a most intriguing hour, about how history truly affects us today.
As the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War winds down, there are still some important events that enthusiasts and historians are looking forward to. Arguably, one of the most important was the showdown between the Union Army of the Potomac, and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. What had begun in 1864 at the Battle of the Wilderness, had turned into the bloody Overland Campaign that had ended with the two armies facing off near the town of Petersburg, Virginia. There both sides had dug in, and a monotonous trench warfare reminiscent of World War I had developed. And despite occasional Union attempts to break the Confederate trench lines, the stalemate had prevailed through early 1865. There, in March and April, the Union forces finally managed to break out, beginning a desperate race by both armies into Southwestern Virginia. For weeks the pursuit continued, with Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's forces gradually encircling Lee's Army. Finally, at Appomattox Court House, the pursuit ended, and Gen. Lee conceded defeat. It was the beginning of the end of America's bloodiest war, one that still touches us deeply.
To learn more about the Appomattox Campaign, please tune in to Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday on the Writestream Radio Network (@Writestream)) hosted by best-selling author, historian, journalist, game designer, and documentary filmmaker John D. Gresham (@greshamj01). His guest this week will be respected Zenith Press (@Zenith_Press) author and historian Mike Haskew. Mr. Haskew is the author of the new book APPOMATTOX, a single volume history of the campaign that ended the American Civil War. Mr. Haskew will describe the nuances of the campaign, including many of the personal stories and background that are rarely told outside the historian community. Listeners are encouraged to call in, and offer questions and comments on this fascinating final military campaign of America's bloodiest war.
For aviation enthusiasts around the world, there is no greater thrill than the rare chance to watch and hear a flying warbird on a sunny afternoon at an airshow. Such sights and sounds are becoming rarer every day, as more of these vintage aircraft are either grounded or lost to accidents. However, there is one special place and collection which is keeping the practice of flying warbirds alive today: The Flying Heritage Collection. Based in Everett, Washington, the collection is owned by Microsoft cofounder and billionaire Paul Allen, who has placed his fortune and reputation into building the finest collection of flying vintage aircraft in the world.
To learn more about the Flying Heritage Collection (@flyingheritage) join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday (#MilitartMonday on the Writestream Radio Network (@Writestream) today at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week is Zenith Press (@ZenithPress) writer Cory Graff, a curator at the Flying Heritage Collection and author of the new book FLYING WARBIRDS. Together they will discuss this fascinating collection of "vintage flying iron," and provide listeners with some real insights into the care and feeding of these rare artifacts.
A question. What individual within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) do you think has the toughest job day-to-day? The Secretary of Defense? A U.S. Navy SEAL? Or perhaps a pilot flying a F-22A Raptor fighter-bomber? For those of us who have the job of actually covering operations/personnel of DoD, many of us would nominate RAdm. John Kirby, the department's official spokesman, for that title. Adm. Kirby, along with the rest of the DoD's Public Affairs Officers (PAOs) are a carefully selected, highly trained and skilled group of professionals, that have the often thankless job of being the face of the department to the world's press. And like Adm. Kirby, they often are tasked to deliver some of the most important and difficult stories of a given day.
Trained at the Defense Information School (DINFOS) at Fort Meade, MD, these "DINFOS Trained Killers" as they are known, are seeded throughout DoD from program offices in the Pentagon, to Carrier/Expeditary Strike Groups forward deployed in the Persian Gulf. All have the difficult job of being as transparent as possible, along with maintaining operational/personnel security at all times. And perhaps most difficult of all, and unlike their more political peers at the White House and elsewhere within the administration, they are not allowed to lie to the press. Thus The toughness and difficulty of their jobs.
To learn more about DoD PAOs, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guests this week will be Lt. Col. John Clearwater, USA (Ret.), recently retired and one of DoD's top PAOs. A Special Forces Soldier ("Green Beret") early in his military career, Clearwater became a PAO with assignments ranging from the 1st Infantry Division ("heig Red One") to heading Armed Forces Network. So tune in for a fascinating hour about how the military tells its stories.
Join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham for a replay of Military Monday with guest, Zenith Press author Robert Girardi at 1 p.m. Eastern.
Take 1,000 aviation historians/enthusiasts and ask them to list 10 favorite airplanes, and there is a 100% chance that on everyone's list will be one or more of the famous Lockheed "Blackbird" family of aircraft. Beautiful, sleek, clandestine, extremely fast, and even sexy to the eye, the Blackbirds were among the most iconic and well-known airplanes of the Cold War. Beginning with the CIA requirement to replace the U-2 "Dragon Lady" in the 1950s, Clarence "Kelly" Johnson and his famous team at the Lockheed " Skunk Works" created a family of airplanes whose performance has never been equaled since being retired. Starting with the single-seat A-12 for the Central Intelligence Agency in the early 1960s, Johnson and his Skunk Works team created airplanes that went higher, faster, were "stealthy," and were light years ahead of anything else in the sky. Sadly, in the end, it was not any enemy capabilities that killed the Blackbirds, but high operating costs and an indifferent Congress that failed to see the worth of keeping them flying. Today, Blackbirds are the pride and joy of museums across America, where they stand as testament to the national requirements of gathering intelligence over denied territory during the Cold War.
To learn more about the Lockheed Blackbirds, the people who flew and maintained them, the clandestine missions they conducted during the Cold War, and the amazing technologies behind them , join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday on the Writestream Radio Network (@Writestream)) at 1 P.M. Eastern time. His guest this week will be retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, along with Blackbird and Dragon Lady driver Col. Richard Graham. Graham is the author of four books on the Blackbirds with Zenith Press (@Zenith_Press).
As America prepares for unilateral air and missile strikes against targets in Syria, and the Congress continues their war powers debate about the authorization for the strikes, questions continue to be asked by the public about what the strikes will consist of, and are designed to do. What kinds of weapons will be U.S. Military use against Syria, and what kinds of targets will be struck? Will American ships, aircraft, and personnel be at risk while conducting the strikes? And just what effects do U.S. planners expect to inflict upon the Syrians, should the strikes be conducted?
To better understand these and other questions about the upcoming strikes on Syria, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guests this week will be best-selling author/novelist and award-winning game designer, Larry Bond. Mr. Bond, whose Harpoon™ game system is widely used by government agencies and hobbyists to model modern naval combat, has long studied the systems and actions that go into modern warfare, and will provide listeners with understanding of what will be ahead in the weeks and months to follow. Listeners are invited to call in with questions and comments for Mr. Gresham and Mr. Bond, in what will surely be a lively show.
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Guns, rifles, and other firearms have been an important part of American culture and history, long before there was a United States of America. It is no surprise that when the founding fathers wrote the U.S. Constitution, right after free speech, a free and independent press, and the right of free association, the right to own and bear personal firearms was right at the top of the list of American citizen rights. Sadly, not all Americans have embraced this right lawfully, or with a sense of community. These are the individuals we know as "Outlaws."
Over the centuries, Americans have frequently idealized and romanticized outlaws both in legend and written history. In the old American West, they had names like "Billy the Kid," "the James Gang," and Wyatt Earp. During the interwar period and Great Depression of the 20th century, outlaws took on a "Robin Hood" mystique which along with weak state and federal firearms laws and law enforcement, allow them to roam the countryside taking what they wanted. And through it all, from the 19th century today, they all had one common thing linking them: Guns.
To learn more about American outlaws and the guns that made them both famous and notorious, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham for Military Monday at 1 p.m. EST. His guests today will be the noted Zenith Press (@Zenith_Press) husband-and-wife writing team, Gerry and Janet Souter. They will be discussing their new book GUNS OF OUTLAWS, which chronicles the famous firearms of American outlaws over the past several centuries. In addition to the more famous outlaws and gains most people are familiar with, Gerry and Janet will talk about some of the lesser-known criminals and gunfighters over the years.
2014 has been a rough year for military personnel and members of the veterans community. The year began with a budget crisis, following a government shutdown and over five years without a signed and approved Federal Budget. And while some sense of fiscal responsibility seems to have finally come to the White House and Congress, things for those who still serve, and have served, continue to go from bad to worse. Forced drawdowns of active-duty military personnel continue, despite escalations of enemy action in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. The Department of Veterans Affairs, despite the firing of its top leadership and years of saying that they are, "working the problems," in fact was proven in 2014 to be a criminally corrupt and morally bankrupt organization totally failing in their chartered mission. And as if to punctuate the continuing downward spiral for individuals who serve and have served, service/veterans benefits continue to be eroded in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget, which offers only a paltry 1% pay increase to those who go into harms way for America.
To get a better sense of just what military personnel and veterans will be facing in the coming year, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@Greshamj01) for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest co-host this week will be journalist Donna Lyons. Herself a military/veterans spouse, Ms. Lyons writes extensively about the service/veterans community, and has her own intriguing observations regarding their present day experiences and service. Callers are encouraged to call in and offer questions and opinions to Mr. Gresham and Ms. Lyons, in an hour that we are dedicating to those who serve, those who have served, and those who will serve. Please join us.
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