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Due to a last-minute guest cancellation, today's edition of Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday today at 1 PM EST on the Writestream Radio Netwok (@Writestream)) will be a replay of last week's highly enjoyable show about the firearms of American outlaws/gangsters with Zenith Press (@Zenith_Press) authors Gerry and Janet Souter. And we hope you will join us next week for our next live show at 1 p.m. Eastern.
USS Lexington (CV 2), along with her sister ship, USS Saratoga (CV 3), were America's first real aircraft carriers, and genuine wonders of the world we were commissioned in the late 1920s. Converted from a pair of battlecruiser hulls made surplus by the Washington Naval Treaty, the two ships were the largest, most powerful, and fastest warships in the world. Able to carry and operate up to 90 aircraft, twice as many as any of the contemporary British and Japanese aircraft carriers, Lexington and her sister ship were the platforms where the U.S. Navy learned to take airpower out to sea. But Lexington was more than just a ship, for she also was a home and a schoolhouse for the men who served aboard her. As American's aircraft carrier fleet grew prior to World War II, Lexington and her sister were the ships where the men who would crew those new carriers learned their trades. In addition, some of the U.S. Navy's greatest leaders in World War II were captains aboard the Lexington, including Adm. Ernest J. King and Rear Adm. Forrest Sherman. And even though Lexington was lost at the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942, her loss taught critical damage control lessons that are still used today.
To learn more about "Lady Lex," tune in at 1 PM EDT for Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday on the Writestream Radio Network (@Writestream)) hosted by author, historian, journalist and documentary filmmaker John D. Gresham (@greshamj01). John's guest this week is Zenith Press (@Zenith_Press) author Phil Keith, who has written a new book, STAY THE RISING SUN, chronicles the story of the Lexington to her sinking in the Coral Sea.
The Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday on the Writestream Radio Network (@Writestream)) team is off this week, as we prepare some new and exciting shows for you in the weeks and months ahead. So we will be running a replay of last week's outstanding "DINFOS Trained Killers" show with Lt. Col. John Clearwater, USA (Ret.) today at 1 PM EST. And please join us next Monday at 1 PM for another brand-new edition of Military Monday.
In 2013, Benjamin F. "BJ" Armstrong, a career naval officer and aviator, wrote/edited the book 21ST CENTURY MAHAN, published by the U.S. Naval Institute Press (USNI Press – @USNIBooks). Widely reviewed and extremely well received, the book was based upon the premise that the ideas presented in the writings of American seapower theorist Alfred Thayer Mahan were still relevant in the 21st century, more than a century after the publication of his seminal work, THE INFLUANCE OF SEAPOWER UPON HISTORY. Armstrongs book revived a lively discussion about the relevance and merits of seapower in the present day, and the idea that the tenets Mahan put forth in the late 1800s, were still relevant in a world being defined by new technologies and emerging world powers.
Now, in 2015, Armstrong has published a new book in what has become USNI Press's emerging "21st Century" series of books with 21ST CENTURY SIMS, based upon the career and writings of Adm. William Sims. A true among the naval leaders of the early 20th century, Sims is less well known for his vast published works on naval leadership, particularly as they apply to junior officers. Now Mr. Armstrong has collected and edited them, in a compact work that provides new insights into this fascinating military personality from a century ago.
This week, Benjamin Armstrong joins author, historian, journalist, and documentary filmmaker John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) on Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday on the Writestream Radio Network (@Writestream)) to talk about his new book, along with his editorship of the new "21st Century" book series for USNI Press. This should be a lively hour of history, books, and publishing, and listeners are invited to call in and discuss their ideas and questions with both gentlemen.
The past six months has seen a rapid rise in the level of naval and maritime activity across the globe. China, Russia, and Iran have expanded their air and naval activity into disputed areas with their neighbors, raising tensions and concerns around the world. Recently, the invasions of Crimea, Ukraine, and Yemen have all increased the levels of naval activity in the Baltic and Black Seas, as well as the Gulf of Aden, Straits of Hormuz, and Persian Gulf. In addition, out in the Pacific, tensions are rising between China and North Korea, and their neighbors around the Rim of the Pacific region. Active humanitarian crises are dominating the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy, along with Malaysia, Indonesia, and other areas of the Southwest Pacific. In addition, add in a major construction boom in naval vessels of all types, and maritime tensions are the highest they have been since the end of the Cold War.
To gain some insight on this complex international maritime situation, tune into this week's edition of Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday on the Writestream Radio Netwok (@Writestream)), today at 1 PM EDT. Host, bestselling author, journalist, documentary and film produceer John D. Gresham will be talking with Aviation Week & Space Technology Naval Editor Mike Fabey. Together they will discuss the ongoing series of crises and events across the world's high seas, along with new developments in shipbuilding and aircraft design, as well as other new technology developments.
We at Military Monday are on hiatus this week for the New Year holiday, and will be back next week with a new show. In the meantime, please login and enjoy a replay of one of our most popular shows of 2014, with Dr. Tania Howard. Dr. Tania is a licensed chiropractor practicing in Annapolis, Maryland, and has extensive experience working with military personnel and families, especially those returning from overseas duty and its side effects. So, join us for this replay of Military Monday with Dr. Tania Howard today at 1 p.m. Eastern.
One of the most distinguished and respected American military officers of the 21st century has been Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.). Today the Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University, Adm. Stavridis had an incomparable career in the United States Navy as a surface warfare officer, military staff member, and regional combatant commander. He has also developed an impressive reputation as a military writer and commentator, particularly in the pages of U.S. Naval Institute (USNI) Proceedings, throughout his career and into the present day. In nearly four decades of uninterrupted military service, Adm. Stavridis accumulated a service record that is the very definition of honor and leadership to the United States of America and the world.
And this week, Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday on the Writrstream Radio Network (@Writestream)) host John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) is this week proud and honored to air an interview with USNI Press (@USNIBooks) author Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.). In a recently recorded interview, Mr. Gresham and Adm. Stavridis discussed a wide variety of topics, from his early days of military service, to his professional writings and use of social media, as well as his wide-ranging responsibilities as regional combatant commander of both US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and US European Command (EUCOM). Please tune in on Monday, March 16th, at 1 PM EDT for an intriguing interview with one of the most interesting military commanders of our time.
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.
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.
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.
Of all the human qualities that are desired by people here in America and around the world right now, there can be little doubt or question that leadership is at the top of that list. Diluted by decades of indifference and mediocrity since the days of the "Greatest Generation" that fought in World War II, leadership as become a quality as rare as 100-carat diamonds and honest politicians. Nevertheless, those of us with long memories do recall touchstone individuals who not only made a difference in their time, but changed the very world they were part of forever. One of these was a somewhat gnomish and often disliked naval officer who created a whole new technology and era literally through the force of his own will: Adm. Hyman G. Rickover, USN.
Today, Rickover remains something of an enigma to military historians and analysts almost 3 decades after his death. Arguably one of the most brilliant and powerful naval officers of his day, he never commanded great ships and fleets in battle. Able to make other officers and politicians sweat and fear for their professional lives, his actual job for most of his career was to build engines for submarines and surface ships. And while his nuclear engines changed the history of the world, at no time did he ever command a ship powered by one. To learn more about this important figure in U.S. history, join author, historian, journalist, game designer, and documentary filmmaker John D. Gresham (@Greshamj01) for Military Monday (#MilitaryMonday on the Writestream Radio Network (@Writestream)) at 1 PM EDT. His guest this week will be U.S. Naval Institute Press (@USNI_Books) author and career submariner RADM Dave Oliver, USN (Ret.). Oliver is the author of the new book AGAINST THE TIDE, a biographical study of Rickover and his unique leadership and management styles.
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