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War College


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    How Ukraine Routed the Russian Military

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 31:54


    What seemed unthinkable a year ago has come to pass. Ukraine has started its counter offensive and in a shockingly short amount of time has pushed Russia out of much of its territory. The Russian military appears to be collapsing with a rapidity that is shocking pretty much everyone.Well, maybe not everyone. People who've been paying attention to the minutiae of the war aren't as surprised as the rest of us. That's kind of been a pattern in coverage and punditry of Russia's invasion.One of those smart guys is here to talk with us today on Angry Planet. It's returning guest Aram Shabanian. He's the Open-Source Information Gathering Manager at New Lines Institute, one of the minds behind The Fulda Gap, and one of the best Twitter follows you can snag @ShabanianAram.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    A Classical View of the Afghan Collapse

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 32:20


    This will be the last episode we do on Afghanistan for a bit. We wanted to give the final word to a U.S. Marine who served there.We're now a year out from the fall of Kabul and what looks like the end of America's uniformed involvement in Afghanistan. There are as many as 70,000 Afghans who helped the United States during the war who are still looking to get out.Elliot Ackerman, who served in the region as a Marine and as a CIA operative, was trying to help as the last flights were taking off from Kabul's Airport.It was, as Ackerman saw it, the Fifth Act of the Afghan War.He's joining us today to talk about both his war and his views of the fall. He's the author of both novels and non-fiction, including Dark at the Crossing, Green on Blue, and Red Dress in Black and White. We'll put the full list in the show notes. His latest book, looking at these final days is The Fifth Act: America's End in Afghanistan.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Steve Inskeep Is Back From Afghanistan

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 39:40


    It's been a year since the U.S. left Afghanistan in disarray. We've spoken to a number of people who have been to Afghanistan over the years on this show. That includes journalists who walked into Kabul with the Taliban the first time, in 1996, soldiers who fought in Afghanistan throughout the war, and more recently, a man who was supposed to be fighting corruption but found it to be worse than a losing battle.Today, NPR's Steve Inskeep joins us. He recently visited Afghanistan and spent some time with the Taliban.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    When Soldiers Tell the Pentagon That It's Wrong

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 34:51


    Dissent. It's a word people don't like to hear, especially coming from the military. But it's also a vitally important component of any vibrant democracy. Dissent, especially informed dissent, can pull us back from the brink and help us make better choices. We are one year out from the end of America's direct involvement in Afghanistan and, after two decades of war, it's time to start listening to the dissenters.That's what the new book Paths of Dissent: Soldiers Speak Out Against America's Misguided Wars hopes to do: give voice to that informed dissent.With us today is one of the books' editors, returning guest Andrew Bacevich. Bacevich is a West Point graduate, a 23 year U.S. Army Veteran, a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University, and … a dissenter.Buy the book here.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    When War Became a Crime

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 31:39


    To say there are widespread reports of abuses by Russian troops in Ukraine is to undersell it. There have been hundreds and hundreds of cases claiming rape, torture, and murder. Last week, a video of the torture and execution of a Ukrainian soldier at the hands of Russian soldiers shocked the world.We call these things war crimes and crimes against humanity. But that's a relatively new concept. Today we're going to talk about the Nuremberg Trials, which took some vague ideals and put them into practice.Joining us today to talk about the Nuremberg Trials is John Barrett. He's a Professor of Law at St. John's University, a biographer of former U.S. Attorney General and Nuremberg chief prosecutor Robert H. Jackson.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Who Is Viktor Bout?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 34:31


    WNBA star Britney Griner is imprisoned in Russia and, apparently, the U.S. is making Russia an incredible offer to get her out. Last week Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that America had “put a substantial proposal on the table.”That proposal? The return to Russia of convicted international arms dealer Viktor Bout. This so-called Merchant of Death's story is an amazing one. It even inspired a 2005 Nicolas Cage movie, some six years before Bout's arrest. With us today to talk about it is Sean Williams. Williams is a journalist and the co-host of the excellent Underworld Pod, a show about the worldwide phenomenon of organized crime.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ukraine's Alamo: The Siege of Azovstal

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 29:34


    Imagine being trapped below ground for weeks, surrounded by soldiers, bombs dropping just a few feet above your head.Food is scarce, rats are everywhere. Is survival possible? And what would it even look like? A trip back home, or to a Russian prison?That was the situation during the siege of the Azovstal Steel Plant in Mariupol, Ukraine. Michael Schwirtz of the New York Times has put together a comprehensive look at the siege, which is being called Ukraine's Alamo and he's joining us today to describe what he found.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Biden in Jerusalem

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 34:07


    I think we can all assume why Joe Biden visited Saudi Arabia recently. In fact, we just did a show on why the world can't quit Saudi oil.But it's interesting to pull apart the other part of his journey — to Israel and, very briefly, the Palestinian Authority.Joining us to do just that is independent journalist Noga Tarnopolsky. She's written for everyone from the New York Times to the LA Times, as well as many other international outlets.So, why visit Israel and why now? Was he just in the neighborhood?Why is Israel still so important to the U.S.?One stop on Biden's visit was the Israeli Holocaust Memorial, Yad Vashem. There he did something that seems to have melted hardened Israeli hearts. What was the significance of the way he spoke to two of the few remaining survivors of the Holocaust.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    ICYMI: The Origins of Russia's War in Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 56:33


    We're digging into the archives one more time to bring you two episodes from the early days of the show. They're all about Russia and Ukraine. I chose these two because I think they give a unique view of the origins of the war and reflect how much our thinking on Russia has changed since its “official” invasion in February of 2022.We'll be back next week with a brand new episode. Stay safe until then.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    ICYMI: The Roots of Political Violence

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 27:20


    This one is a blast from the past. Jason is on Vacation and Matthew is going in for a minor surgery so we're resurrecting some old episodes. Here's what we said five years ago when this first aired:"Antifa and white nationalists clash in the streets. Students on college campuses patrol the sidewalks armed with bats. A man in Portland stabbed several people on a bus and another in Virginia opened fire on Republican legislators on a baseball field. This week on War College, Joe Young – college professor and contributing editor at Political Violence @ a Glance – walks us through what does and doesn't scare him about the new rash of political violence in America. For Young, the times may be scary but they're a far cry from the radical sixties and seventies when groups such as the Weather Underground bombed government buildings."My how things have changed in just five years.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Hooligans Fighting for Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 43:05


    If you're a fan of this show, you've probably seen and read a lot of things about the war in Ukraine. But you've never seen anything quite like the new Popular Front documentary Frontline Hooligan.Today's guest is the creator of that documentary. He's been on the show many times. You know him. Jake Hanrahan. He's an independent journalist and the host of Popular Front, a podcast that focuses on the niche details of modern warfare and under-reported conflict.Today we're gonna talk about Frontline Hooligan, Hanrahan's travels in Ukraine, and how places like YouTube make it hard, if not impossible, for independent journalists like him.Watch the documentary here: https://youtu.be/nsodbPkjO3cAngry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On the Frontlines of Ukraine and a Roe Reaction in Real Time

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 45:15


    The war in Ukraine grinds on. As the West's attention wanes, Ukrainians fight for their lives and freedom. They need more of everything. Weapons, ammunition, supplies, people.Today we have various stories from the war, as told by returning guest Danny Gold. Gold is a writer and producer who focuses on crime and conflict. He's also a reluctant podcaster who co-hosts the excellent Underworld Podcast.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Proud Boys, January 6, and When a U-Haul Is a Clown Car

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 53:49


    The January 6th committee has gone public with its hearings and once again the Proud Boys are in the news. Charges against 5 members of the group, including its leader, Enrique Tarrio have been superseded. Now, we're talking about straight up sedition.So, it's time to look again at what this group — and related groups — did on January 6, and just how dangerous they really are. We'll also talk about accelerationism, what it is and what accelerationists want.Joining us are two people who are following the situation closely: Matthew Kriner is a Senior Research Scholar at the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism. And Jon Lewis is a Research Fellow at the Program on Extremism at George Washington University.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Dream of the Kurds Is Alive and in Danger

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 48:23


    With America's retreat from Afghanistan still fresh, it's popular for politicians and pundits to bemoan America's inability to fight and win a war. That line ignores an important bit of recent history we've memory-holed—the war against he Islamic State.America didn't fight that war alone, however. Far from it. An international coalition of trained soldiers and volunteer troops recognized a horrifying threat and came together to defeat it. As terrifying as the Islamic State is, the successful campaign against it simply isn't talked about much anymore.Today let's resurrect the memory. With me here to talk about the war is someone who fought in it: Till ‘Baaz' Paasche.Along with fellow soldiers John Foxx and Shaun Murray, 'Baz' is the author of America's War in Syria: Fighting With Kurdish Anti-ISIS Forces.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    We All Believe Conspiracy Theories

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 39:05


    Conspiracy Theories are part of the foundation of the United States. Our first strong third party, the Anti-Masonic party, had its roots in the belief in a conspiracy theory. Years later the John Birch society shaped American politics. Things feel different now. Lies are doing something to the United States that no foreign enemy has been able to achieve: Shredding it. The bizarre QAnon, imaginary purple elephant and, far more dangerous, the big lie of a stolen election.It's time to talk about our gaslit nation and what this conspiratorial bullshit means going forward.Joining us to do just that is Joseph Uscinski. He's professor of political science at the University of Miami. He's the coauthor of American Conspiracy Theories (Oxford, 2014) and editor of Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them (Oxford, 2018). And we're lucky to have him.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    When the Battlefield Is the Home Front

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 34:32


    Right now, Russia is learning a lesson as old as combat, morale is at the center of any fighting force. How does it change things when you can pick up your cell phone and call your mom to share your experiences, or even complain about your commander?How do you build a band of brothers when home is just a phone call away? Colonel John Spencer asked himself these questions and wrote a book about it called Connected Soldiers: Life, Leadership, and Social Connections in Modern War. Spencer is the chair of Urban Warfare Studies at the modern war institute at West Point.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    SPONSORED: The Mega-Tank of the Future

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 39:39


    Today's episode is brought to you by Auroch Digital, makers of many fine video games including the one we're here to talk about today: Ogre.For almost fifty years, it has terrorized our future. The Ogre. A massive AI-controlled tank hell bent on the destruction of the human race. Ogre. That's both the name of the game and the name of the game's strongest unit. First published in 1977, Ogre became a phenomenon in the wargame scene. It was asymmetric, deceptively simple, and has endured for 45 years.Ogre is out now on the PlayStation and Xbox. It will hit the Nintendo Switch on May 25.Auroch BlogAuroch Game pageSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Checking In With The White House's New Disinformation Czar

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 51:39


    Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Will There Be a Nuclear War?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 41:03


    When it comes to U.S.-Russia relations, everything old is new again. Russia and the West are separating. Fast. For those of us who were alive in the 1980s, it all feels bracingly familiar. That includes, especially, nuclear saber rattling. Putin, the Duman, and Russian TV feel like they've gone out of their way to remind the rest of the world: hey, we've got nukes.But how likely is the possibility of nuclear war, really? And what are Russia's nuclear capabilities exactly?Here to help us answer those questions is Emma Claire Foley. Foley is an Associate Partner for Research & Policy at Global Zero, an organization working to reduce the likelihood of nuclear war and ultimately eliminate nuclear weapons.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    "America Is an Idealist Power in a Reapolitik World"

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 39:39


    Over the past month, we've discussed a lot of specifics regarding the War in Ukraine. We've gone over the role of tanks, talked about Putin's motives, and discussed War Crimes. What we haven't done, really, is look at the big picture. What does this war mean, not just for Ukraine, but for Europe and America. What is the future of NATO? Increasingly, it feels like we're on the precipice of something … new and, perhaps, frightening.With us today to talk through all this is Charles A. Kupchan. Kupchan is a professor of international affairs at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.He's just written an op-ed in the New York Times titled Putin's War in Ukraine Is a Watershed. Time for America to Get Real.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Bucha, Chechnya, and Russian War Crimes

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2022 49:42


    Russia's war crimes in Ukraine are being revealed as its military is pushed back. In the Kyiv suburbs, evidence of summary executions, torture and rape are being revealed.All countries are guilty of crimes during war, but Russia deserves special mention for its actions in the last hundred years.At the end of World War II and the occupation of Germany after, at least 2 million German women were raped by Russian soldiers, along with other atrocities on the most brutal front in the war.In the Afghan war, Russia was infamous for using landmines that looked like toys for kids to pick up.And in Chechnya more rape, bombardment of civilians and executions.Joining us to talk about this cheery topic today is Professor Amir Weiner of Stanford. He studies the Soviet Union and Russia and their way of war.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    You're Wrong. Tanks Aren't Done Yet

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 30:33


    The tank is an iconic weapon of modern war, but the truth is that it's more than a century old. When we think of tanks we think of the battles of World War II. The Tiger and the Sherman squaring off, the relentless push of the Soviet T-34s into Eastern Europe. Or maybe you think of beige ones driving through the deserts of Iraq, keeping its crew snug and safe.But how safe are you?In Ukraine, Russia is losing many tanks. It's hard to know how many exactly, and what is wartime propaganda. But, as of this podcast, the OSINT researchers at Oryx have documented a loss of 345 Russian tanks. 155 of which were destroyed.Is the tank no longer an important part of war? Is it as outdated as the cavalry charge in the face of the Maxim gun?Here to answer that question is Nicholas Drummond. Drummond is an Ex-British Army officer, a Defense industry analyst, and an advisor to the House of Commons defense committee. He writes at UKlandpower.com.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Russia and the West's Love/Hate History

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 32:10


    Relations between Russia and the western world are complicated. In the grand scheme of things, America is but a recent addition to a long simmering rivalry that runs back a thousand years. Putin and Ukraine? Well, that's just the latest dust up in a very long history.So let's talk about it.Here with us today to suss all this out is Michael Hirsh. Hirsh is a senior correspondent at Foreign Policy and the author of the excellent piece there, Putin's Thousand-Year War.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Eastern Europe's Fascist Salad

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 19, 2022 47:00


    According to Vladimir Putin, he's on a quest to de-Nazify Ukraine. But what about the Nazis in his own backyard? Hell, what about the Nazis all over Central and Eastern Europe.Right now, the Azov Regiment in Ukraine is dominating the conversation. Pictures of the ultra nationalist group are circulating online and being used to justify Russia's invasion. But they aren't the only fascists in the area. Far from it. But it's complicated and Azov is part of a broad tapestry of Fascist movements in the region, including in Russia.Here to get into all this is Michael Colborne. Colborne is a journalist working at Bellingcat where he writes about extremist movements in Europe. He's written a lot about Azov, but his latest is about the fascists in Russia. Male State: The Russian Online Hate Group Backing Putin's War is at Bellingcat now.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    UNLOCKED: Coping in the New Age of Nuclear Anxiety

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 67:04


    Russia is at war with Ukraine and Vladimir Putin is making vague nuclear threats. Both Russian and U.S. officials are, mostly, trying to dial things down. A Russian defense official said they don't have their hands on the button and the Pentagon said it had canceled the test of a Minuteman missile. And yet … days later the U.S. head of Strategic Command said America needed to modernize its nuclear forces and reminded everyone that the test had been postponed and not canceled.If all this is leaving you a bit anxious about the possibility of nuclear war, you're not alone. To be clear, the possibility of nuclear war is still damn low … but that doesn't always make the anxiety go away. Something that has always helped me deal with the threat of nuclear hellfire … is pop culture.That's what we're gonna talk about today.Here to help me with that is Jacqueline Bryk. Bryk is an analog Roleplaying Game personality, a nuclear policy dilettante, and a nuke wonk gadfly. She's the writer of many fine games including the Ten Candles hack, Nuke: “A simple, stark game about slowly dying in a city hit by a nuclear weapon.”Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    What's Behind Putin's Nazi Bullshit

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 37:17


    This episode was originally going to be called something like not everything is the Holocaust. We were going to talk about how the Nazi attempt to kill all of Europe's Jews during World War II wasn't much like being told to get a vaccine or wear a mask.But events have overtaken us. Mask mandates are falling and the war in Ukraine is all I can think about nowadays - I don't know about you.When Vladimir Putin ordered his invasion, he claimed he was going to de-Nazify Ukraine's government.That was bullshit, but like a lot of bullshit, there's a germ of truth.Today we're going to talk about what it means to de-Nazify a government with a Jew at it's head and an ambivalent history.Joining me today is Edna Friedberg, a historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, who hosts, among other things their Facebook live show.You can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    What the War Means for Russia

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 48:13


    Returning guest and Russia expert Make Galeotti comes on the show to give his perspective on the war in Ukraine.You can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Russia's War in Ukraine Isn't Going to Plan

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 27, 2022 44:03


    We talk about war a lot on this show. It's kind of the foundation of what we do.But the war in Ukraine is different. Frankly, it's scarier. It makes everyone think of World War II and World War III at the same time.So, let's talk about it. Was there ever a chance to stop it, and what do we think will happen next?With us today is James Miller. He's a foreign policy analyst and journalist who has spent extensive time in Ukraine.You can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    A Brief Apology and a Discussion of Sanctions

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 41:04


    Once upon a time, an enemy would pull up to your gates with his army and surround your city so that nothing could get in or out. In a short time, you'd be eating the horses, maybe the rats and, if things got bad enough and you weren't entirely suicidal, you'd open the gates. Sometimes that would work out OK. Sometimes not.Nowadays, countries wanting something from each other seem to have more options, but one that's still around is the siege. We just call the sanctions. To discuss sanctions, their effectiveness and where they are currently applied by the United States, we are joined by Ambassador Daniel Fried. Fried spent a lifetime working at the state department, is an expert on sanctions, and is now at the Atlantic Council, a prominent Washington think tank. He's got a new paper coming out on Nov. 17 with recommendations for the incoming administration.You can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Russia and China Aren't BFFs

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 28:57


    It's been a concern lurking in the minds of America's leaders for a long time: what if Russia and China could successfully work together against the United States?A combined Russo-China empire is the stuff of science fiction, perhaps, but what's the reality today? What goals do they share and how well can they work together? And how does that cooperation affect the potential war in Ukraine?To help us understand this situation we have Andrew Radin, who is a political scientist at the RAND Corporation. He researches European security, NATO, and Russia's foreign and security policy.Also joining me is Andrew Scobel. is a distinguished fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, an adjunct political scientist at the RAND Corporation and an adjunct professor at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service.They both worked on a RAND report called: China-Russia Cooperation Determining Factors, Future Trajectories, Implications for the United StatesYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Weird Way Americans Talk About Ukraine As War Looms

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2022 38:14


    Ukraine. Things are changing rapidly, but at this moment the Kremlin has the country surrounded. It's conducting military drills in the Black Sea, marshaling troops in neighboring Belarus, and recalling mercenaries from Africa. Recently Putin even made a rape joke during a press conference to imply what he wanted from Ukraine.It doesn't look good. But to hear Ben & Jerry's Ice cream tell it, this is all because of the imperial U.S.-led aggression in Eastern Europe. Why does it seem like some Americans, from right-wing pundits to your terminally online socialist friend, can't seem to take the Kremlin's threats seriously?With us today to answer that question is Christopher Atwood. Atwood senior advisor at the Souspilnist Foundation in Kyiv. He's lived in both Russia and Ukraine.You can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    It's Later Than You think. The Doomsday Clock at 75

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2022 29:17


    The Doomsday Clock is always ticking down. Between climate change, technological advances, new diseases, and the ever present threat of nuclear war … it often feels like we're close to the end of civilization. How close? According to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists … we're 100 seconds to midnight. The closest we've ever been.But what, exactly, is the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and this bizarre clock they oversee? Why, when we imagine the end of the world, do we see a clock ticking down to midnight. Where did this visual metaphor come from? Here to give us the history of the clock and explain how it has permeated our consciousness is Robert K. Elder. Elder is the Chief Digital Editor of the Bulletin and a journalist who has authored many fine books. His latest is The Doomsday Clock at 75. You can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Putin, Ukraine, and Russia's Daddy Issues

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2022 47:07


    Everyone has an opinion about Ukraine, but something I've noticed in Western media is that no one really seems to be asking Russians what they think of the situation. The reasons for that are extremely complicated. So let's talk about them.Here to talk about Russia's view of the Ukraine conflict, Putin's motivations, and to do a little … psychoanalysis … is Peter Pomerantsev. Pomerantsev is a returning guest, his latest in Time Magazine is What the West Will Never Understand About Putin's Ukraine Obsession. His latest book, which is also excellent, is This Is Not Propaganda.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Why People Online Defend the Uighur Genocide

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 37:27


    Genocide and disinformation. That's the topic of today's heady program. I hope none of you have had the pleasure of debating the Uighur genocide with friends or with, god forbid, with anonymous people on the internet. If you have, you may have noticed a certain … uniformity to the arguments despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary.It turns out there may be a reason for that.Here to help us untangle it all is Alexander Reid Ross. Ross is a senior fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right and senior data analyst at the Network Contagion Research Institute. He's also the co-author of the report we're talking about here today The Big Business of Uyghur Genocide Denial.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Inside Africa's ISIS Franchises

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 35:37


    The Islamic State has fallen out of the headlines, but it's still a major force around the world. Affiliates flourish across the Middle East and, especially, in Africa. The spread of the group there has some analysts calling it the Next Jihadist Battlefront.Here to help us with all this is Ryan O'Farrell. O'Farrell is a Senior Analyst at the Bridgeway Foundation and a researcher focusing on Islamist movements in east and central Africa. He's also a contributing author of the book The Islamic State In Africa: The Emergence, Evolution, and Future of the Next Jihadist Battlefront.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    A War for the Former Soviet Union

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2022 29:08


    The former Soviet Union is looking a bit restive nowadays - putting it mildly. Russia has more than one hundred thousand troops on Ukraine's borders - and has invaded Ukraine before - and has been fighting a war there ever since.And in the last few days, many Americans have learned there is a country called Kazakhstan, even if they can't find it on a map. And Russia is playing a role to prop up the authoritarian government there.To help us understand what's going on, we have the perfect guest. William Courtney is the former ambassador to Kazakhstan and is now a senior fellow at the Rand Corporation.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    ICYMI: Taliban Memories

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 60:24


    The Taliban - we all know them, few of us love them, and it looks like they're going to rule Afghanistan - again.So, what was it like the first time the Islamic militants took over, in 1996?Today, we have two journalists who were in Afghanistan in the 90s. Scott Neuman was working for United Press International and wrote from the scene.Alan Chin is a photographer who went to Afghanistan to take pictures for The New York Times. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    ICYMI: Fake Journalists Are the Latest Disinformation Twist

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 57:25


    Last week The Daily Beast broke some bizarre news. Several news outlets, including The Washington Examiner, RealClear Markets, and The National Interest, had been running op-eds of journalists that did not exist. AI generated photos attached to profiles and credentials that, once scrutinized, collapsed. It was a massive effort at digital propaganda and questions still remain about its provenance and purpose.Here to explain just what is going on is Marc Owen Jones. Jones is an assistant professor in Middle East Studies and Digital Humanities at Hamad bin Khalifa University and an expert in social media disinformation who helped sound the alarm about this campaign.Recorded 7/13/20Fake journalists have joined the frayTracking response of the dupe outletsThe difference between misinformation and disinformationMedia literacy in Estonia and FinlandA website that generates people who don't existWar College has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://warcollege.substack.com/You can listen to War College on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is warcollegepodcast.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/warcollegepodcast/; and on Twitter: @War_College.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Booze, Bribes, and Prostitutes: How Fat Leonard Seduced the U.S. Navy

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 37:17


    It's the greatest story you probably don't know anything about. Or, at least, you have no idea how bad it actually is. The U.S. 7th Fleet is the most powerful Navy in the history of the world. Its area of operations stretches throughout the Pacific. It comprised of up of upwards of 70 ships, 400 aircraft, and around 40,000 sailors and Marines. For about a far too many years it was the plaything of a Malaysian playboy who grifted a fortune off the American taxpayer.We're finally doing it. We're finally doing a Fat Leonard episode.Our guest today is journalist, best selling author, and host of the incredible Fat Leonard Podcast, Tom Wright. The nine part Fat Leonard Podcast is, for my money, the most comprehensive and well researched version of the story we're going to lay out for you here. If you're interested at all in what you're about to hear, you must check it out.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    How Assad Clings to Power

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 39:07


    Is the Syrian civil war over? Did Bashar al Assad win it? And if he did, what does winning even mean for a country of rubble?And most importantly, what's next for the dictator and the people who live within the sort-of nation's borders?To help us understand what's happening, we've got Washington Post correspondent Liz Sly. She's covered the war since it began in 2011 and has made many trips to Syria. She's also a fantastic writer and multiple award winner.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    ICYMI: The Air Force's Chicken Gun

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 30:12


    When the United States Air Force tests a new aircraft it needs to make sure it won't crash should a stray bird slam into the plane's side. Thankfully, the military has an artillery piece with a 60-foot barrel that hurls chicken more than 400 miles an hour. The chicken gun allows the military to make sure no stray bird will foul up its expensive jets while they're mid-flight. If you think the chicken gun is weird, it's only the tip of a strange and fascinating iceberg.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ukraine on the Brink

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 42:46


    Ukraine. It started with pro European protests in the Winter of 2013. Then came the annexation of Crimea, the little green men, Igor Strelkov, the Donbas, and a long simmering war in the Eastern Ukraine. Things are changing. Ukraine's president said that Russia has amassed 100,000 troops on the border, Latvia has mobilized its National Guard, and Poland called for an emergency meeting of NATO. To say tensions are rising would be an understatement. Here to walk us through what's happening is Coffee or Die Magazine senior editor Nolan Peterson. Peterson is a journalist and a former United States Air Force special operations pilot. He's published a lot of great journalism from the frontlines of the war in the Donbas. His latest is A Brief History of Russia's War Against Ukraine.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    UNLOCKED: Inside Europe's 3D Printed Gun Scene

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 65:30


    Guns. Guns. Guns. We Americans love them, don't we folks?But the culture is different in other parts of the world and people who want to build their own weapons, make their own Ammo, and fire down range with a sweet semi-automatic have to break the rules to do so. Thanks to 3D printing, that's getting a lot easier to do as groups like Deterrence Dispensed spread the good word—and the plans—of making guns at home. Is it for home defense? Is it all in good fun? Or is it part of a broader ideology? Here to help answer those questions is journalist, podcaster, and documentarian Jake Hanrahan. Deterrence Dispensed and 3D guns in Europe is the subject of Jake's latest Popular Front documentary Plastic Defence, which is on YouTube.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    How Militaries Camouflage Their Carbon Emissions

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 34:33


    Militaries around the world are preparing for climate change. That's true even in countries where politicians are indifferent to global warming.But what about the emissions being spewed by those militaries themselves?Joining us to talk about that today is Doug Weir. He's Research and Policy Director, The Conflict and Environment Observatory, and has studied the issue.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Hawaii's Place at the Crossroads of Empire

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 23:47


    Hawaii. America's latest state is a tropical paradise, a vacation hotspot, and an important strategic military asset. If you've never been to Hawaii you might be shocked at how much of a presence the Pentagon has on the islands.It's America's gateway to the Pacific and an important part of its Naval might. Something we're going to learn the broader importance of in an upcoming episode. Here with us today to talk about Hawaii is someone who has spent the last few years there covering the military. It's Angry Planet producer Kevin Knodell.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Patrolling the Seven Seas Isn't Cheap

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 39:17


    Sea power was the secret of the Phoenicians, the Greeks - even the landlubber Romans when they took the upper hand against Carthage. More recently - which isn't hard - the British Empire was won on the seas and an empire with tall ships.But how much navy is enough navy? And can a smaller, lighter, more advanced fleet do the job?Joining us today to talk about the future of the US Navy is Dr. Jerry Hendrix. Hendrix serviced 26 years in the Navy and retired a captain. He is now a vice president at Telemus Group, a strategic consultancy.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/warcollege. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    How 9/11 Led to a 'Reign of Terror'

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 39:19


    The Forever War. It may be gone from Afghanistan but it's not gone from our hearts. Our minds. Our souls. The body politic is riddled with the consequences of the last twenty years of conflict. The Department of Homeland Security is my go to. The first half of my life it didn't exist. Now I am faced with the consequences of its disastrous policies on a daily basis.With us today is Spencer Ackerman. Ackerman is a journalist and war correspondent who has spent his entire career reporting one the Forever War. His new book is Reign of Terror: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump. It's an excellent book. It has the feel of a journalist stopping midway through a career turning behind them and asking “What the fuck just happened?”Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    ISIS-K Is Coming For the Taliban

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 38:45


    The idea of terrorism as a franchise isn't new, maybe, but nobody's done it better than Islamic State. Most Americans thought the fight against ISIS was over with the fall of Raqqa. But on August 26, at least 169 Afghans and 13 US troops were killed in Kabul by a group calling itself ISIS-K. Islamic State, apparently, lives on.Joby Warrick of the Washington Post joins us to talk about ISIS - how it started and what it is now. Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Is North Korea a Hypersonic Threat?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 40:44


    North Korea is back in the headlines, and as usual, it's not because they've invented a new soft drink. No, Kim Jong Un's fiefdom has once again launched missiles into the sea, claims to have invented hypersonic ones, is building up their capability to launch nuclear-tipped missiles from submarines and is restarting everyone's favorite nuclear reactor at Yong Byon.So, why are we here again, and what does it mean?Well, Jean Lee rejoins the show to help us understand what's going on and what we can expect next.In a first for America, Jean opened the Associated Press' bureau in Pyongyang in 2012. She's now a North Korea expert at the Wilson Center and is co-host of the Lazarus Heist, a podcast from the BBC.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Why Criminals Post Evidence on Instagram

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 31:46


    Instagram is a world of influencers, models, bizarre ads and aspirational living. It's a place where artists share their work and people go to see and be seen. It's also the epicenter of gang violence in America and, increasingly, an important resource for law enforcement looking to solve murders and disrupt street violence. Read the charging documents or warrants of a gang-violence related case and you'll be confronted by a wealth of Instagram posts.Why?With us today is Danny Gold. Gold—a returning guest—is a writer and producer who focuses on crime and conflict. He's also a reluctant podcaster who co-hosts the excellent Underworld Podcast.The Underworld Podcast.Angry Planet has a substack! Join the Information War to get weekly insights into our angry planet and hear more conversations about a world in conflict.https://angryplanet.substack.com/subscribeYou can listen to Angry Planet on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is angryplanetpod.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/angryplanetpodcast/; and on Twitter: @angryplanetpod. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    UNLOCKED: The Drones of the Vietnam War

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 36:36


    A special production of Angry Planet and David Axe explores how a group of scruffy contractors pioneered the use of drones during the Vietnam War.Axe's book, Drone War Vietnam, is out now. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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