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Missed last week's Military Monday with historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham and guest, author Martin K.A. Morgan? Then tune in on Memorial Day Monday, May 26 at 1 p.m. Eastern for a special rebroadcast. Don't worry -- John will be back the following week with yet another fascinating guest and topic!
God bless our US Military as we remember their sacrifices made for our freedom this Memorial Day.
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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Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has been the world's sole remaining superpower, with the ability to defeat virtually any combination of enemy nations in conventional combat. It is this reality, which has led other nations and terrorist groups to develop “asymmetrical warfare” tactics and techniques as their primary way to strike heavy blows against the United States and its armed forces. One only need look at the actions of terrorist groups like Al Qaeda since 9/11, to see the potential for damaging the U.S. and its interests.
Similarly, a number of nations across the globe, including the People's Republic of China, the Russian Republic, and others, have been developing a new set of warfare concepts to help isolate themselves from the power of nations like the United States, and their armed forces. Called “Anti-Access/ Area Denial (A2/AD), this new style of naval warfare is designed to deny the powerful U.S. Navy from ever getting close enough to a conflict zone to affect its outcome. China in particular, is investing huge amounts of money and resources to developing the kinds of weapons and tactics that a proper A2/AD campaign would require, including aircraft carriers and antiship ballistic missiles.
To learn more about A2/AD operations and ideas, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guests this week will be U.S. Naval Institute Press (@USNIBooks) author Sam J. Tangredi, Who is author of the new book called, ANTI-ACCESS WARFARE. Together they will discuss A2/AD warfare, and take the calls from interested listeners with questions or opinions of their own on the subject.
Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, American fighting men and women have been fighting wars in faraway lands, and suffering the injuries of this new century's signature weaponry, IED's and RPG's. These weapons, among others, have been the source of an emerging long-term chronic symptom among our combat veterans: pain. Chronic pain is among the most common of ailments among our recent combat veterans, and is normally treated through use of pain medications, with all of their debilitating side effects. But a number of cases, the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have been allowing veterans the option of taking advantage of a new form of therapy: Alternative Medicine.
Alternative medical treatments, such as yoga, therapeutic massage, and chiropractic, have been responsible for a number of well-documented and effective treatments for the pain of our vets and their families, and is growing in prominence among those served by TriCare and VA. This bold and unconventional move by veterans and military medicine is a sign of emerging respect for nontraditional medical treatments, which is growing among veterans and their families in popularity.
To learn more how alternative medical treatments are changing the treatment of veterans, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest will be Dr. Tania Howard, a prominent chiropractor based in Annapolis Maryland, who has treated a number of veterans and their families. Together they will discuss chiropractic and other alternative medical treatments for veterans, and provide some insights into the value of such treatments. Listeners are encouraged to call-in and offer questions and comments should they desire, in an hour of therapy and healing for all.
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The role of soldier-scholar has long been a respected position in military forces around the world. They are a rare breed of warrior, combining the savvy of an experienced military officer with the intellect of a respected academic. One of the least known, albeit most effective such men, was Gen. Andrew Goodpaster, USA. A graduate of West Point and Princeton, “Andy” Goodpaster nearly had his career ended by a severe combat wound in World War II. However, thanks to the vision of an observant senior officer, Gen. Goodpaster became the primary military advisor to Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower, eventually becoming Supreme Commander to NATO, along with a tour as Superintendent of U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
To learn more about this intriguing soldier-scholar, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week will be U.S. Naval Institute Press author and biographer Robert S. Jordan, author of AN UNSUNG SOLDIER. Together they will try and shed some light onto the life and career of this impressive military mind and personality, and give listeners some sense of his vast influence on Cold War strategy and events. Listeners are encouraged to call in and offer questions and comments, and help explore a great American life.
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.
Today, the United States has the finest and most capable collection of Special Operations Force (SOF) units in the world. But few Americans realize the modest start the U.S. SOF had during the Revolutionary War. One of the key personalities in America's budding SOF community was a South Carolina militia commander named Francis Marion. Called the "Swamp Fox" by both friends and foe, Merion was one of the pioneers of American guerrilla warfare, and a scourge on the British forces in the Carolinas. Along the way, the “Swamp Fox” became a legend in his own time, and a household name across the colonies.
To learn more about Francis Marion and his style of war, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week is U.S. Naval Institute Press author Col. Scott Aiken, USMC, who will talk about France's Marion and his new book, The Swamp Fox. Please join us for what promises to be an intriguing show, and call in if you'd like to talk to the author and Mr. Gresham.
Modern photojournalism as we know it today, has its roots in Antebellum America during the mid-1800s. Evolved in the crucible of the American Civil War, photojournalism at its best is able to do something that audio, motion pictures and video cannot: capturing moments in time and create an iconic memory for the ages. Nowhere was this more true, then during the heyday of film-based image capture in World War II. Courageous and daring combat photojournalists like Robert Capa, Joe Rosenthal and Capt. Edward Steichen risked their lives around the world to capture the iconic images that defined combat during that era for a generation of Americans. But it was a single photograph, captured on the final day of World War II, in of all places Times Square, that every American associates with VJ ( Victory Over Japan) Day: Alfred Eisenstadt's classic The Kissing Sailor. Made world-famous by its publication in LIFE Magazine, The Kissing Sailor stood as proof to a weary America that the war was over, and peace was at hand.
To learn more about The Kissing Sailor, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guests this week are U.S. Naval Institute Press (@USNIPress) authors Lawrence Verria and George Galdorisi (@GeorgeGaldorisi), the writers of the book, The Kissing Sailor. Together they will discuss this famous photo, along with the search for the sailor and nurse who encountered Mr. Eisenstadt and his camera that August day. Listeners are encouraged to call and offer questions and about one of the most iconic images ever captured on film.
For more: http://www.usni.org/store/books/aircraft-reference/american-fighters/kissing-sailor
The summer of 1940 was the high water mark of Adolf Hitler's conquests in Western Europe. Having taken everything between Warsaw and Paris in less than a year, only Great Britain stood alone against the might of the Nazi war machine. And then, history and legend tell us, a few hundred fighter pilots of the RAF's Fighter Command stopped the German Luftwaffe and stood as a shield between England and invasion. Prime Minister Winston Churchill declared it to be Great Britain's " Finest Hour," and so it has been in the lore of that country and the world.
The truth behind the Battle of Britain however, is somewhat more complex and less clear than most history books present it. Operation Sealion, the German plan to invade England, was very limited in scope and dependent upon a number of things going right. In particular, because of the potential strength of the Royal Navy against the German invasion forces, air supremacy over southern England was an absolute necessity for the Germans. And how all those factors mixed together is an intriguing story that is rarely told.
In commemoration of the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Britain, and to learn more about this first great clash of air forces, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham for Military Monday at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week is noted aviation author and historian Barrett Tillman, who knew and interviewed many of the actual participants of the 1940 summer air campaign over England. Together they will go and spend the entire hour discussing the details of the battle, and some of the nuances that made it unique not only in the history of air power, warfare itself. Listeners are encouraged to call in to ask questions and offer opinions should they desire. And together we can all know a little bit more about "The Few...."
Tune in to a replay of Military Monday with historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham and guest Sandy Grimes on April 21 at 1 p.m. Eastern.
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