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15 Minutes of Mental Toughness
Ep. 104 - Hunter Scott - Tragedy, Triumph, and Truth: USS Indianapolis

15 Minutes of Mental Toughness

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 54:15


Hunter Scott is a Naval Officer and helicopter pilot since 2007, and currently serves the Pentagon as the Protocol Officer for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He specializes in matters of aviation along with national and cyber security. Scott has accumulated several military and civilian awards, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal in 2016. He has earned two masters degrees, one from Harvard, and earned an undergraduate degree was from North Carolina where he was also varsity cheerleader.  In 2000, he helped draft legislation in that exonerated the unjustly court-martialed Captain of the USS Indianapolis. Charles McVay III was the only captain to be court-martialed out of over 700 ships that sank. What began as a history project as a 12 year old turned into a major quest. Our guest has been recognized in Florida on August 24th every year, as Hunter Scott day.  6:05 Quint's soliloquy in Jaws. 7:45 Interviewing the first survivor. 9:51 Writing 40 more letters. 11:34 Treasure hunting on the USS Indianapolis. 14:40 Delirium and survival: a memoir. 18:02 Telling their stories 20:14 “It was unfathomable.” 23:16 The response from the president. 25:02 Disqualified. 26:12 “I knew the message was sent.” 29:38  Testifying at 14 years old.   33:28 Believing it was the captain's fault. 34:51 What happened with the SOS messages. 36:40 The Swiss Cheese model. 38:01 “The angel from heaven.” 40:26 Admiral King's responsibility.  42:08 Called to serve in the Navy.  42:54 Continuing to tell their story. 45:12 The future of service.  47:24 The mental toughness to do what was meant to be. 49:45 Being a “dream-builder.” 51:13 The benefit of being disqualified. Download The Best Mental Toughness Quotes That Will Make You BETTER https://drrobbell.com/quotes-on-mentaltoughness  If you enjoyed this episode on Mental Toughness, please subscribe and leave a review! Dr. Rob Bell

First News with Jimmy Cefalo
08-03-22 China Blusters

First News with Jimmy Cefalo

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 4:48


Colonel Cedric Leighton, a retired 26-year Air Force Vet, military intelligence and national security expert who served on the Joint Chief's Staff and the National Security Council *Follow him on Twitter: @CedricLeighton. Speaker Pelosi's visit to Taiwan.

Acta Non Verba
WARRIOR WISDOM BOOK REVIEW: Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants to Be

Acta Non Verba

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 13:00


On today's episode I'm reviewing Steven Pressfield's most recent book, Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants to Be. Listen in as I explore the concepts of resistance, the lives within us, and what's really stopping you from accomplishing your goals. During last week's conversation Steve shared how it took nearly 30 years to get his first book published at the age of 54 and how his book will help you understand what's holding you back from your own dreams.   Steven Pressfield is the author of The War of Art which has sold over a million copies globally and been translated into multiple languages. He is a master of historical fiction with Gates of Fire being on the required reading list at West Point and the recommended reading list of the Joint Chiefs. His other books include A Man at Arms, Turning Pro, Do the Work, The Artist's Journey, Tides of War, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Last of the Amazons, Virtues of War, The Afghan Campaign, Killing Rommel, The Profession, The Lion's Gate, The Warrior Ethos, The Authentic Swing, An American Jew, Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t, and The Knowledge.   His debut novel, The Legend of Bagger Vance was over 30 years in the making. He hasn't stopped writing since.   Steve lives and writes in California. You can follow him on IG @steven_pressfield. Sign up for his weekly writing newsletter at stevenpressfield.com   Learn more about the gift of Adversity and my mission to help my fellow humans create a better world by heading to www.marcusaureliusanderson.com. There you can take action by joining my ANV inner circle to get exclusive content and information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive
Dan Mitchinson: A richer, stronger China warns Pelosi not to visit Taiwan

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 4:46


Beijing grumbled but swallowed its irritation in 1997 when then-Speaker Newt Gingrich of the U.S. House of Representatives visited Taiwan, the island democracy claimed by the mainland's ruling Communist Party as its own territory. China had other priorities. President Jiang Zemin's government was preparing to celebrate Hong Kong's return and wanted to lock in Beijing's emergence from diplomatic isolation after its 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square. Gingrich, a booster of closer U.S.-Chinese ties, had just helped that campaign by meeting Jiang in Beijing. China avoided a disruptive clash with Washington. A quarter-century later, conditions have changed drastically. Chinese President Xi Jinping's government is richer, more heavily armed and less willing to compromise over Taiwan following news reports the current speaker, Nancy Pelosi, might become the most senior U.S. official since Gingrich to visit the island. Beijing sees any official contact with Taiwan as recognition of its democratically elected government, which the mainland says has no right to conduct foreign relations. The timing adds to political pressure. Xi is widely expected to try to award himself a third five-year term as party leader at a meeting in the autumn. That could be undercut if rivals can accuse Xi of failing to be tough enough in the face of what they consider American provocation. Pelosi has yet to confirm whether she might visit, but Beijing is warning of “forceful measures” including military action if she does. The United States “must not arrange for Pelosi to visit Taiwan,” a Chinese Ministry of Defense spokesman, Tan Kefei, said Tuesday. “If the United States goes ahead with this, the Chinese military will never watch and do nothing,” Tan said. “It will take strong measures to thwart any external interference and separatist plans for ‘Taiwan independence' and resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Tan referred to Pelosi as “No. 3 in the U.S. government,” after her place in the line of succession to become president. That suggests Beijing sees her as President Joe Biden's subordinate, instead of his equal as head of one of three independent branches of the government. Biden told reporters the American military thinks a visit is “not a good idea right now." But, possibly in deference to her position, the president hasn't said Pelosi shouldn't go. U.S. officials told The Associated Press that if Pelosi goes, the American military would likely use fighter jets, ships and other forces to provide protection for her flight. Chinese rhetoric about that is "quite disturbing,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. “If we're asked, we'll do what is necessary in order to ensure a safe visit.” U.S. officials have said the administration doubts China would take direct action against Pelosi herself or try to sabotage the visit. But they don't rule out the possibility that China could escalate provocative flights of military aircraft in or near Taiwanese airspace and naval patrols in the Taiwan Strait should the trip take place. And they don't preclude Chinese actions elsewhere in the region as a show of strength. Taiwan and China split in 1949 after a civil war that ended with a communist victory on the mainland. Both governments say they are one country but disagree about which is the national leader. The two sides have no official relations but are connected by billions of dollars of trade and investment. The United States switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979 but has extensive commercial and unofficial ties with the island. U.S. law obligates Washington to make sure Taiwan has the means to defend itself. Beijing hasn't hesitated to try to intimidate Taiwan with shows of force. The ruling party's military, the People's Liberation Army, fired missiles into the sea near Taiwan to drive voters away from then-President Lee Teng-hui in the island's first direct presidential election in early 1996. That backfired by allowing Lee to talk tough about standing up to Beijing in front of cheering supporters. He was elected with 54% of the vote in a four-way race. The U.S. responded by dispatching two aircraft carrier battle groups to the area, a move that forced China to acknowledge it couldn't stop Washington from coming to Taiwan's aid, which helped propel Beijing's massive military upgrading in the years since. The following year, Gingrich led a delegation of American lawmakers to Taiwan following a three-day visit to the mainland. That followed a visit to Beijing the previous week by Vice President Al Gore. Previously one of Beijing's fiercest critics in Washington on human rights and Taiwan, Gingrich praised China's economic development. He talked sympathetically about the challenges Beijing would face running Hong Kong after 150 years of British rule. He said Congress supported China's claim to Taiwan so long as unification was peaceful. He expressed hope the two sides might evolve to become one state. Gingrich said he told Chinese leaders that “we will defend Taiwan” but said they responded that Beijing had no intention of attacking. After Gingrich's comments, China's foreign ministry said it was confused about U.S. policy. “What the U.S. government and the leaders of some government branches say and what they promised are not the same,” a ministry spokesman, Shen Guofang, said at the time. In the quarter-century since then, Beijing's stance toward Taiwan has hardened and its military resources have grown. And the mainland has warned it will invade if talks on uniting the two sides fail to make progress. China passed Germany and Japan to become the second-largest economy behind the United States. Its military spending also is No. 2 after Washington at $293 billion in 2021 following a 27-year string of increases, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The political landscape also has been changed by the rise of Xi, who has amassed more power over the past decade than any Chinese leader since at least the 1980s and wants to be seen as restoring the country to its historic greatness. That includes being more assertive abroad and stepping up pressure on Taiwan. The ruling party has spent hundreds of billions of dollars to develop fighter planes, submarines, an aircraft carrier and other high-tech weapons. It is working on “carrier killer” missiles that are believed to be meant to block the U.S. Navy from defending Taiwan in the event of an attack. The PLA sends growing numbers of fighters and bombers to fly near Taiwan. Beijing's bigger economy and global role also give it more diplomatic tools to show its anger to Washington. The Biden administration wants Chinese cooperation on climate, fighting the coronavirus and other global challenges, all of which Beijing could disrupt. Washington and Beijing already are mired in conflicts over trade, Hong Kong, Beijing's treatment of Muslim minorities and Chinese claims to large sections of the South China and East China Seas. Pelosi is hardly new to irking Beijing. As a rookie member of Congress in 1991, she unfurled a black-and-white banner on Tiananmen Square that said, “To those who died for democracy.” This came two years after the bloody crackdown in which hundreds, perhaps thousands were killed. Diplomatic protocol prevented Chinese police from detaining Pelosi. A visit to Taiwan could cause long-term harm to U.S.-Chinese relations, said Liu Jiangyong, an international relations specialist at Tsinghua University. Allowing a visit to go ahead “will affect the credibility of recent promises the Biden administration has made,” Liu said. Dialogue between Biden and Xi about other issues “may all be seriously affected.” - by Joe McDonald, APSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Acta Non Verba
STEVEN PRESSFIELD: Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants to Be

Acta Non Verba

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 61:50


On today's episode Steven Pressfield shares the power of resistance and how creatives can overcome self-doubt. Listen in as Steven and I discuss the barriers we create for ourselves by giving into resistance, the excavating process of writing, and how continuing to write after success is an ongoing process of following your own compass.   Steven Pressfield is the author of The War of Art which has sold over a million copies globally and been translated into multiple languages. He is a master of historical fiction with Gates of Fire being on the required reading list at West Point and the recommended reading list of the Joint Chiefs. His other books include A Man at Arms, Turning Pro, Do the Work, The Artist's Journey, Tides of War, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Last of the Amazons, Virtues of War, The Afghan Campaign, Killing Rommel, The Profession, The Lion's Gate, The Warrior Ethos, The Authentic Swing, An American Jew, Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t, and The Knowledge.   His debut novel, The Legend of Bagger Vance was over 30 years in the making. He hasn't stopped writing since.   Steve lives and writes in California. You can follow him on IG @steven_pressfield. Sign up for his weekly writing newsletter at stevenpressfield.com   Learn more about the gift of Adversity and my mission to help my fellow humans create a better world by heading to www.marcusaureliusanderson.com. There you can take action by joining my ANV inner circle to get exclusive content and information.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The John Rothmann Show Podcast
John Rothmann takes your calls and wraps up the hearing

The John Rothmann Show Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 37:39


Through a range of witness testimonies, the committee demonstrated that Mr. Trump never reached out to the heads of any law enforcement or national security department or agency in the government to seek help in responding to quell the violence. Fox News footage, which Mr. Trump was watching from his dining room, showed how the Capitol Police were under siege, massively outmanned and struggling to repel the crowd. But the president remained unmoved. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, expressed dismay with Mr. Trump's response in his interview with the committee. “You're the commander in chief — you've got an assault going on in the Capitol of the United States of America and there's nothing? No call? Nothing? Zero?” General Milley said in audio of his deposition. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive
Peter Lewis: Pelosi's possible visit to Taiwan raises concerns China might interfere with airspace, US official says

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 4:46


Biden administration officials are concerned that China could seek to declare a no-fly zone over Taiwan ahead of a possible visit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as an effort to upend the trip, potentially raising tensions even further in the region, a US official told CNN. China could also respond by flying fighter jets further into Taiwan's self-declared air defense zone, which could trigger a response from Taiwan and the US, the official added. They did not detail what a possible response would entail. China has sent warplanes into Taiwan's self-declared air defense zone identification zone many times in recent months, an act which does not violate any international law but which usually results in Taiwan taking precautionary defensive measures, including sometimes scrambling its fighter jets. Chinese planes have not entered the island's territorial airspace -- the area extending 12 nautical miles from its coastline. The State Department has called on China to cease its intimidation of Taiwan. Pelosi has been planning a trip to Taiwan in the coming weeks, according to three sources familiar with the planning process. While other members of Congress and former US officials have visited Taiwan this year, Pelosi would be the highest-ranking US lawmaker to visit Taiwan in 25 years. Then-Speaker Newt Gingrich traveled there in 1997. Tensions between Washington and Beijing over the issue of Taiwan have heightened in recent months. The Chinese Communist Party has long claimed democratically ruled Taiwan as part of its territory and has repeatedly vowed to "reunify" with the island of 24 million people -- by force if necessary -- despite having never governed it. The US has committed to providing Taiwan with the means to defend itself, though recent weapons sales to Taiwan have been slow to arrive, which has raised concerns among US lawmakers. The Chinese embassy in Washington referred CNN to the remarks from the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stating firm opposition to a possible Pelosi visit when asked to comment on the airspace concerns. The Financial Times was first to report Pelosi's plans for a visit. President Joe Biden cited concerns from the US military about Pelosi's possible trip earlier this week. "I think that the military thinks it's not a good idea right now, but I don't know what the status is," Biden said on Wednesday when asked whether it was a good idea for Pelosi to travel to the self-governing island. Col. Dave Butler, Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman, said the military "in general" briefs decisionmakers on military assessments. "We talk about what adversaries may do, discuss logistics and military plans and readiness," Butler said. He declined to say whether or not Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley spoke with Pelosi about a proposed trip to Taiwan. Pelosi said it's important to show support for Taiwan on Thursday, but said that she would not be discussing any travel plans, calling to a security issue. Pelosi said she heard "anecdotally" about Biden's comments on her possible visit, but said she had not heard anything from the President directly. "I think what the President was saying is that maybe the military was afraid of my plane of getting shot down or something like that. I don't know exactly," Pelosi said. State Department officials also have some concerns, two sources said. State Department spokesperson Ned Price deflected questions about the trip on Thursday, calling it a "hypothetical" at this time. "I am not going to be offering any advice from the is podium," Price said when asked about the State Department position on her possible visit. Price reiterated that the Biden administration is still adhering to its one China policy, noting that the US does not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan but has a "robust unofficial" relationship with the island. Voicing opposition to the possible Pelosi visit, China's foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian, said Tuesday that it "would seriously violate the one China principle and the stipulations in the three China-US joint communiqués and harm China's sovereignty and territorial integrity." The spokesperson for Taiwan's official office in DC, Sabina Chang, told CNN that Taiwan has "not received any information about a planned visit to Taiwan by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi." - by Kylie Atwood, CNNSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive
Dan Mitchinson: Trump spurned aides' pleas to call off Capitol mob

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 3:49


Despite desperate pleas from aides, allies, a Republican congressional leader and even his family, Donald Trump refused to call off the Jan. 6 mob attack on the Capitol, instead “pouring gasoline on the fire” by aggressively tweeting his false claims of a stolen election and celebrating his crowd of supporters as “very special," the House investigating committee showed Thursday night. The next day, he declared anew, “I don't want to say the election is over." That was in a previously unaired outtake of an address to the nation he was to give, shown at the prime-time hearing of the committee. The panel documented how for some 187 minutes, from the time Trump left a rally stage sending his supporters to the Capitol to the time he ultimately appeared in the Rose Garden video, nothing could compel the defeated president to act. Instead, he watched the violence unfold on TV. “President Trump didn't fail to act,” said Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a fellow Republican but frequent Trump critic who flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. “He chose not to act.” After months of work and weeks of hearings, the prime-time session started the way the committee began — laying blame for the deadly attack on Trump himself for summoning the mob to Washington and sending them to Capitol Hill. The defeated president turned his supporters' “love of country into a weapon,” said the panel's Republican vice chair Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming. Far from finishing its work after Thursday's hearing, probably the last of the summer, the panel will start up again in September as more witnesses and information emerge. Cheney said “the dam has begun to break” on revealing what happened that fateful day, at the White House as well as in the violence at the Capitol. “Donald Trump made a purposeful choice to violate his oath of office,” Cheney declared. “Every American must consider this: Can a president who is willing to make the choices Donald Trump made during the violence of Jan. 6 ever be trusted in any position of authority in our great nation?” she asked. Trump, who is considering another White House run, dismissed the committee as a “Kangaroo court,” and name-called the panel and witnesses for “many lies and misrepresentations.” Plunging into its second prime-time hearing on the Capitol attack, the committee aimed to show a “minute by minute” accounting of Trump's actions with new testimony, including from two White House aides, never-before-heard security radio transmissions of Secret Service officers fearing for their lives and behind-the-scenes discussions at the White House. With the Capitol siege raging, Trump was “giving the green light” to his supporters by tweeting condemnation of Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to go along with his plan to stop the certification of Joe Biden's victory, a former White House aide told the committee. Two aides resigned on the spot. “I thought that Jan. 6 2021, was one of the darkest days in our nation's history,” Sarah Matthews told the panel. “And President Trump was treating it as a celebratory occasion. So it just further cemented my decision to resign.” The committee played audio of Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reacting with surprise to the president's inaction during the attack. “You're the commander-in-chief. You've got an assault going on on the Capitol of the United States of America. And there's Nothing? No call? Nothing, Zero?” he said. On Jan. 6, an irate Trump demanded to be taken to the Capitol after his supporters had stormed the building, well aware of the deadly attack, but his security team refused. “Within 15 minutes of leaving the stage, President Trump knew that the Capitol was besieged and under attack,” said Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va. At the Capitol, the mob was chanting “Hang Mike Pence,” testified Matt Pottinger, the former deputy national security adviser, as Trump tweeted his condemnation of his vice president. Pottinger, testifying Thursday, said that when he saw Trump's tweet he immediately decided to resign, as did Matthews, who said she was a lifelong Republican but could not go along with what was going on. She was the witness who called the tweet “pouring gasoline on the fire.” Meanwhile, recordings of Secret Service radio transmissions revealed agents at the Capitol trying to whisk Pence to safety amid the mayhem and asking for messages to be relayed telling their own families goodbye. The panel showed previously unseen testimony from the president's son, Donald Trump, Jr., with a text message to his father's chief of staff Mark Meadows urging the president to call off the mob. Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner also testified in a recorded video of a “scared” GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy calling him for help. And in a gripping moment, the panel showed Trump refusing to deliver a speech the next day declaring the election was over, despite his daughter, Ivanka Trump, heard off camera, encouraging him to read the script. “The president's words matter,” said Luria, D-Va., a former Naval officer on the panel. “We know that many of the rioters were listening to President Trump.” Luria said the panel had received testimony confirming the powerful previous account of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson of an altercation involving Trump as he insisted the Secret Service drive him to the Capitol. Among the witnesses testifying Thursday in a recorded video was retired District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Mark Robinson who told the committee that Trump was well aware of the number of weapons in the crowd of his supporters but wanted to go regardless. “The only description that I received was that the president was upset, and that he was adamant about going to the Capitol and that there was a heated discussion about that,” Robinson said. Chairman Bennie Thompson, appearing virtually as he self-isolates with COVID-19, opened Thursday's hearing saying Trump as president did “everything in his power to overturn the election” he lost to Joe Biden, including before and during the deadly Capitol attack. “He lied, he bullied, he betrayed his oath,” charged Thompson, D-Miss. “Our investigation goes forward,” said Thompson. “There needs to be accountability.” The hearing room was packed, including with several police officers who fought off the mob that day, and the family of one officer who died the day after the attack. While the committee cannot make criminal charges, the Justice Department is monitoring its work. So far, more than 840 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the Capitol riot. Over 330 of them have pleaded guilty, mostly to misdemeanors. Of the more than 200 defendants to be sentenced, approximately 100 received terms of imprisonment. No former president has ever been federally prosecuted by the Justice Department. Attorney General Merrick Garland said Wednesday that Jan. 6 is “the most wide-ranging investigation and the most important investigation that the Justice Department has ever entered into.” Five people died that day as Trump supporters battled the police in gory hand-to-hand combat to storm the Capitol. One officer has testified that she was “slipping in other people's blood” as they tried to hold back the mob. One Trump supporter was shot and killed by police. - by Lisa Mascaro, Farnoush Amiri and Eric Tucker, APSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Excellent Executive Coaching: Bringing Your Coaching One Step Closer to Excelling
EEC 237: How to Embrace Risk Taking for Better Results with Angie Morgan

Excellent Executive Coaching: Bringing Your Coaching One Step Closer to Excelling

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 23:14


In this episode Katrina Burrus interviews Angie Morgan, who served as a Marine Corps officer and led in pharmaceutical sales for Merck and Pfizer. Angie is an avid athlete — her competitive nature and motivation to win shows up in every client engagement as she inspires others to be their best. How do you define risk taking and why is it important? You wrote a book called leading from the front, what do you mean by that? How do you see would you see the expression of women's leadership different then men's leadership? What did you learn from the ROTC corporate marine training on leadership and how was it being a woman in a male dominated environment. What did you need to learn? What have you applied in the corporate world that you learned in the marine corps. What are the misconceptions about risk and why does it matter? Angie Morgan After serving as a Marine Corps officer, Angie led in pharmaceutical sales for Merck and Pfizer. She's been a special advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on diversity initiatives, and engages routinely with boards and organizations to drive performance. Angie is an avid athlete — her competitive nature and motivation to win shows up in every client engagement as she inspires others to be their best. Excellent Executive Coaching Podcast If you have enjoyed this episode, subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. We would love for you to leave a review. The EEC podcasts are sponsored by MKB Excellent Executive Coaching that helps you get from where you are to where you want to be with customized leadership and coaching development programs. MKB Excellent Executive Coaching offers leadership development programs to generate action, learning, and change that is aligned with your authentic self and values. Transform your dreams into reality and invest in yourself by scheduling a discovery session with Dr. Katrina Burrus, MCC to reach your goals. Your host is Dr. Katrina Burrus, MCC, founder and general manager of www.mkbconseil.ch a company specialized in leadership development and executive coaching.

DVBIC Presents: Picking Your Brain
Picking Your Brain: Interview with the SEAC - TBI from a joint staff perspective (Ep. 11)

DVBIC Presents: Picking Your Brain

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 50:44


In this episode of Picking Your Brain, TBICoE Branch Chief, Capt. Scott Cota and clinical moderator Amanda Gano interview the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (SEAC), Ramón Colón-López. The discussion covered the health impacts of TBI and blast-related concussion stemming from the demands of combat and training. The SEAC also addresses the importance of maintaining medical readiness through education and military leadership.

The Convergence - An Army Mad Scientist Podcast
60. Ukraine: All Roads Lead to Urban with Maj. (Ret.) John Spencer

The Convergence - An Army Mad Scientist Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 26:00


MAJ John Spencer (USA-Ret.) is the Chair of Urban Warfare Studies with the Madison Policy Forum. He served over twenty-five years in the U.S. Army as an infantry Soldier, with two combat tours in Iraq as both an Infantry Platoon Leader and Company Commander. He has also served as a Ranger Instructor with the Army’s Ranger School, a Joint Chief of Staff and Army Staff intern, fellow with the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group, and Strategic Planner and Deputy Director of the Modern War Institute, where he was instrumental in the design and formation of the institute. In today’s interview, MAJ Spencer returns to discuss what we’ve learned about LSCO, urban conflict, and the changing character of warfare from the last four plus months of Russia’s “special military operation” in eastern Ukraine. The following bullet points highlight key insights from our interview: Modern technology forces our societies, and those of our adversaries, to be more connected to the battlefield. As the Ukrainian “Tik-Tok” war demonstrates, such connectedness can allow actors outside of the war to leverage open-source intelligence to influence the conflict by providing either side with logistical support and operational advice. It is important to study wars firsthand to understand how they are evolving to the modern context; the U.S. military used to employ appointed observers for this mission. Given that the battle for Kyiv is a truly urban fight, there is much the Army can learn from the conflict. The battle for Kyiv demonstrates that, especially in an urban environment, terrain still matters. Ukrainians flooded rivers and destroyed bridges to canalize Russian invaders into chokepoints and kill zones, demonstrating an understanding of their environment unthinkable to non-natives. The Russian invasion also demonstrates the importance of civilian involvement in urban conflict, as volunteers collaborated to establish defenses in depth, targeting and ambushing their attackers. Here, too, technology played an important role. Images and messages from the Ukrainian government and their fellow citizens helped strengthen citizens’ resolve to defend their country. Today, Soldiers and their families are more connected by technology than ever, allowing them to live with a foot in each world. This feature of modern warfare is important as it prevents Soldiers from feeling isolated, but also gives civilian families a clearer understanding of the realities of warfare. What are we missing? The Army

Second Act Stories
Jeff “Skunk” Baxter's Coda: A Doobie Brother Focuses on Counter Terrorism

Second Act Stories

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 38:15


Jeff “Skunk” Baxter is a rock and roll legend. He was the founding lead guitarist in Steely Dan, and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Doobie Brothers. As a hired gun, he's played with a who's who of music royalty, including Linda Ronstadt, Donna Summer, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Dolly Parton, Carly Simon… the list goes on and on. From the time he was a child, the mechanically inclined Baxter loved taking things apart to see how they worked and putting them back together. He became an expert guitar repair technician and built custom guitars. He traded a custom white Fender Stratocaster he built in the 1960s to Jimi James, who would later re-emerge as the legendary Jimi Hendrix. In the 1980s, Skunk parlayed his more-than-casual interest in all things technical into a career as a missile defense consultant. After writing a paper that was quickly classified, he received the necessary clearances and now regularly consults with the U.S. government, the Pentagon and the Joint Chiefs on topics including counterterrorism and wargaming. Skunk just released a new solo album, his first, called Speed of Heat. Please enjoy our exciting deep dive into the second act of one of rock's greatest guitarists. Photo credit for main image: Joel Manduke

Black Op Radio
#1101 – Col. L. Fletcher Prouty

Black Op Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 84:27


  Lawerence Patterson's National Bankruptcy Seminar Sept 1993 An Insiders View: "The Last Word on the Assassination" Something more serious than the death of just one man happened on Nov 22, 1963 Kennedy was not going in the direction that certain very powerful groups wanted Kennedy sent Col. Prouty's boss Gen. Viktor Krulak to South Vietnam to get as much data as possible Gen. Krulak served as special assistant for counter insurgency activities, Organization of the JCS Col. Prouty was offered the assignment of Chief of Intelligence in Vietnam which he declined The Mcnamara-Taylor report was actually written by Gen. Krulak and Col. Prouty National Security Action Memorandum 263 NSAM 263 mentioned in Oliver Stone's movie JFK Media attacked Stone's JFK even before the film had a final script The second death of President Kennedy Lawlessness is being accepted at the highest levels Lawlessness is abided when it's approved of by the people in power today Col. Prouty's unexpected meet with George Patton The 2600 US soldiers that went "missing in action" in Sicily, 1943 PT-109 (JFK's patrol boat) The CIA was created under the National Security Act of 1947 The law contained no provision whatsoever for the colleciton of intelligence or clandestine activities National Security Council Directive 5412: HTML, PDF, Ratical NSC 5412 defined 'Covert Operations' for the first time NSC 5412: The overt foreign activities of the U.S. Government should be supplemented by covert operations NSC 5412: “Covert Operations” shall be understood to be all activities conducted pursuant to this directive which are so planned and executed that any U.S. Government responsibility for them is not evident to unauthorized persons and that if uncovered the U.S. Government can plausibly disclaim any responsibility for them. President Eisenhower believed that the CIA should not become a fourth force The CIA supported more than 42,000 Indonesians during their rebellion against President Sukarno US Marine named Lee Harvey Oswald took part in the CIA's operation against President Sukarno By mid 1959, Vice President Richard Nixon declared Fidel Castro a communist In March 1960, the NSC approved covert operations against Castro Eisenhower's Crusade for peace Video: Fletcher Prouty explains how and why the Gary Powers' U2 flight was sabotaged Allen Dulles's testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on 31 May 1960 about the Gary Powers' incident: Read online, Scanned PDF, Searchable PDF President Eisenhower's farewell address on Jan 17, 1961: Video, Text "It has long been a Kennedy tradition: not to get mad but to get even. I fully realize that I shall not be able to get even during my first term in office. But during my second term, you are going to see some important changes" - President Kennedy The CIA by itself changed the plans for the anti-Castro operations from the Eisenhower-approved small unit attacks to a major over-the-beach invasion By 1960, the Vietnam war preparations were in their fifteenth year The Bay of Pigs operation in April 1961 McGeorge Bundy's call to the Deputy Director of the CIA Charles P. Cabell cancelling the air strikes General Walter Bedell Smith was the key to the whole Kennedy study plan (Bay of Pigs) Gen. Smith was the Director of Central Intelligence from 1950-53 Letter From the Chairman of the Cuba Study Group (Taylor) to President Kennedy (FRUS) "In closing, may I express our view of the great importance of a prompt implementation of our first recommendation to establish a Strategic Resources Group supported by a Cold War Indications Center which will allow our government readily to focus its resources on the objectives which you set in the so-called Cold War." "The Joint Chiefs of Staff have a responsibility for the defense of the nation in the Cold War

Eye on Veterans
Vet The Vote: How can 100K vets restore trust in US Elections?

Eye on Veterans

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 24:52


In this era of smack-talk politics, and a media environment that stokes hate and fear ... how can we trust anything in politics? Or that our elections are actually functioning right? That's where "Vet The Vote" comes in. We talked with Ellen Gustafson, VTV Executive Director and US Army (Ret.) General George Casey, former Joint Chiefs of Staff and now a northern Virginia election volunteer, about their search for 100K veterans to step up and possibly restore America's faith in elections and democracy ... regardless of political affiliation.Check out Vet the dot vote for ways you can get involved in your local precinct.Or just click the link below:https://vetthe.vote/See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

On the Rock's Politica
Everything in Moderation

On the Rock's Politica

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 45:34


The recall election for San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin was an example of the downfall of an individual truly desirous of enacting broad change for their community but blinded by ideology.  In her June 8, 2022 Atlantic article, “ How San Francisco Became a Failed City', Nellie Bowles offers us a picture of how citizens in that California city, split between liberal democrats and ideologically narrow progressives, are enacting their own change through recalling Boudin and several school board members over the difference between what looks good on paper and what actually occurs on the street.  When does remaining loyal to a narrow ideology have disastrous consequences? When it blinds us to the realities of solutions-driven policy-making.  Speaking of being blind, we also discussed the results of the first two televised sessions of the January 6 committee whose content has focused entirely on recorded interviews under oath by Trump administration officials including former Attorney General William Barr, Vice President Mike Pence and Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley.  All under oath and sprinkle in a grouping of the members of the Proud Boys and other Nationalist or White Supremacy organizations whose members are now disillusioned since their fearless leader is nowhere to be found to defend them.  This is the price of extremism. Failed Policy.  Failing economy. Tribalism.  Racism.  Elitism.  Corruption.  Insurrection.   Wash, Rinse, Repeat.    And so Bruce and Scott ask, ‘Can Moderation in Politics return?'  ‘Can Moderation be a place for solutions-based conversation between folks of different stripes'.  Can Moderation be Sexy again? You decide after listening in.

The Gary Bisbee Show
68: Advancing Military Medicine, with Joseph Caravalho, Jr., M.D., MG, U.S. Army, (Ret.), President and CEO, Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine

The Gary Bisbee Show

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 35:53


Meet Retired Major General Joe Caravalho, Jr., M.D.:Retired Major General Joe Caravalho, Jr., M.D., is the CEO of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation (HJF) for the Advancement of Military Medicine. Prior to joining HJF, Dr. Caravalho served in the U.S. Army in various position for over 30 years, including Joint Staff Surgeon and Chief Medical Adviser to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dr. Caravalho received a Bachelor's in Math from Gonzaga University, a Master's degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College, and an M.D. from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine. Key Insights:Retired Major General Joe Caravalho, Jr., M.D. has led a distinguished leadership career in and supporting the U.S. Military.Career Development. In your early career focus on establishing technical expertise. As your career progresses, continue to develop new skills, particularly related to leading people. The skills necessary for one promotion may not be enough for the next. (24:06)Mentorship. Dr. Caravalho never asked for help or sought out mentorship. He was fortunate to have a commanding officer begin a mentorship relationship without him even realizing. He advises young leaders to not be like him, and instead seek out mentorship relationships early and throughout your career. (26:21)Henry M. Jackson Foundation Explained. HJF is a civilian not-for-profit organization that partners with the military to facilitate multi-year studies and programs. Their research priorities align with the dynamic priorities of the Department of Defense. For example, HJF is currently focused on vaccines and disease prevention. (1:58)Relevant Links: Learn more about the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military MedicineRead more about Dr. Caravalho

Springfield's Talk 104.1 On-Demand
Nick Reed PODCAST 06.13.22 - Jan. 6 Hearing Update

Springfield's Talk 104.1 On-Demand

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 41:18


Hour 3 -  Good Monday morning! Here's what Nick covers this morning: CBS opted to bump a Young Sheldon rerun from its 8 p.m. primetime slot in favor of the Jan 6th committee hearing on Thursday evening. The decision backfired. Just 3.24 million people watched the network's "Capitol Assault Hearings" coverage Thursday night, according to the TV Ratings Guide. Exactly one week prior, 3.86 million people tuned into CBS to watch a Young Sheldon rerun. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said during the January 6 Select Committee hearing on Thursday that then-President Donald Trump did not call the Pentagon to request National Guard troops to address the Capitol attack, but they did not mention Trump had already approved National Guard troops.

The Majority Report with Sam Seder
2859 - The Secret History of the CIA's Involvement In Watergate w/ Jefferson Morley

The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 78:51


Sam and Emma host Jefferson Morley, editor of the JFKFacts blog, to discuss his recent book Scorpions' Dance: The President, the Spymaster, and Watergate. Sam and Emma begin by assessing the fundamentally bipartisan-and-nothing-else gun control bill, and cover the arrest of Idaho White Supremacists planning a riot at a pride event, Sarah Palin's advancement in the Alaskan senate race, and walk through the 10 republicans in the Gun Control gang of 20, and the unsurprising fact that almost half are retiring. Then, Jefferson Morley joins as they dive right into what the Watergate conspiracy was, and how it was covered at the time, including the classic representation of the incident as an example of a crusading free press taking on a lawless president, and how this discourse completely obscures the hidden hand of the CIA and how their role in the conspiracy has crystalized over the last half-century. They then dive into what Nixon's plan for this group of “Plumbers” was, originating from his paranoia around government leaks and the anti-war movement, and coming to fruition via recommendations from Richard Helms, director of the CIA, who helped provide 4 of the 7 members of the team. Next, they jump back to the actual developments of the Watergate investigation, with the slow release of tapes in the weeks following, despite Nixon's constant pressuring of Helms to stop the FBI investigation, and how this led the public to focus not on the CIA's role in Watergate, but their other abuses, from foreign assassinations to spying on Americans, as the Church Committee in charge of the senate investigation of the CIA wanted to keep it Bipartisan and away from the Nixon investigation. Morley then dives deep into Nixon's relationship with his intelligence agencies, working as a lawless president alongside a lawless CIA, as he couldn't convince Hoover to dig into domestic surveillance, making his relationship with Helms' CIA central to his power, working closely in Nixon's assassination attempts on Salvador Allende's cabinet, and providing Nixon with a relationship that he could leverage – not with the knowledge of their foreign interventions but with a threat over hidden information with the Bay of Pigs. After an extensive conversation on what this “hidden information” likely entailed, that being the CIA's role in the assassination of JFK, and the internal spy games being played against each other by the White House, CIA, FBI, and Joint Chiefs of Staff, Morley, Sam, and Emma wrap up the conversation by exploring the lasting lessons we can learn about the dangers of a lawless president that is supported by a lawless CIA. And in the Fun Half: Sam and Emma watch Dennis Prager signal out the true evil of our society: evil. Calvin from Montana calls in about Democrats' chance in the upcoming midterm cycle as Biden explains, totally unrelatedly, why republicans are good, actually. Sam and Emma dive into the 1/6 hearings, from the attacks on Capitol Police to Giuliani's drunken proclamation that Trump, with no evidence, should claim victory in the wake of the 2020 election. As Starbucks' unionization trends continue, Schultz goes on a rampage against this “secondary party” (workers) invading the Starbucks family, and Patriot Front is detained in Idaho. JB from Cleveland gives updates on surveys helping trans visibility, plus, your calls and IMs! Check out Jeff's book here: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250275837/scorpionsdance Become a member at JoinTheMajorityReport.com: https://fans.fm/majority/join Subscribe to the AMQuickie newsletter here:  https://madmimi.com/signups/170390/join Join the Majority Report Discord! http://majoritydiscord.com/ Get all your MR merch at our store: https://shop.majorityreportradio.com/ Check out today's sponsors: Established Titles: Get an amazing gift for your dad this Father's Day! Go to https://establishedtitles.com/majority and get 10% off today. Aura: Protect yourself from America's fastest-growing crime. Try Aura for 14 days for free: https://aura.com/majority Grove: Did you know that only nine percent of plastic actually gets recycled, no matter how much we put in our recycling bin? 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Support the St. Vincent Nurses today! https://action.massnurses.org/we-stand-with-st-vincents-nurses/ Check out Matt's show, Left Reckoning, on Youtube, and subscribe on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/leftreckoning Subscribe to Matt's other show Literary Hangover on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/literaryhangover Check out The Nomiki Show on YouTube. https://www.patreon.com/thenomikishow Check out Matt Binder's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/mattbinder Subscribe to Brandon's show The Discourse on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/ExpandTheDiscourse Check out The Letterhack's upcoming Kickstarter project for his new graphic novel! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/milagrocomic/milagro-heroe-de-las-calles Subscribe to Discourse Blog, a newsletter and website for progressive essays and related fun partly run by AM Quickie writer Jack Crosbie. https://discourseblog.com/ Subscribe to AM Quickie writer Corey Pein's podcast News from Nowhere. https://www.patreon.com/newsfromnowhere  Follow the Majority Report crew on Twitter: @SamSeder @EmmaVigeland @MattBinder @MattLech @BF1nn @BradKAlsop The Majority Report with Sam Seder - https://majorityreportradio.com/

Real Estate Espresso
Noel Walton

Real Estate Espresso

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2022 13:28


Noel Walton is based in Killeen Texas, home of the US Army's Fort Hood where he and his colleagues have formed "The Joint Chiefs of Real Estate" (JCORE). They are investing in multi-family assets and are bringing military discipline to the world of real estate investing. To connect or to learn more, visit jcoreinvestments.com ----------------- Host: Victor Menasce email: podcast@victorjm.com

Walk Among Heroes
Walk Among Heroes Podcast Episode 33: D-Day 78th Anniversary Ceremony Featuring Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Mark A. Milley

Walk Among Heroes

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 69:44


This episode features complete audio from the D-Day 78th Anniversary Commemoration at the Colleville-sur-Mere American Cemetery in Normandy France, on June 6, 2022.  Keynote address provided by General Mark A. Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Congressional Dish
CD253: Escalation of War

Congressional Dish

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 104:52 Very Popular


Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, Congress has signed four laws that send enormous amounts of money and weapons to Ukraine, attempting to punish Russia for President Putin's invasion. In this episode, we examine these laws to find out where our money will actually go and attempt to understand the shifting goals of the Biden administration. The big picture, as it's being explained to Congress, differs from what we're being sold. Please Support Congressional Dish – Quick Links Contribute monthly or a lump sum via PayPal Support Congressional Dish via Patreon (donations per episode) Send Zelle payments to: Donation@congressionaldish.com Send Venmo payments to: @Jennifer-Briney Send Cash App payments to: $CongressionalDish or Donation@congressionaldish.com Use your bank's online bill pay function to mail contributions to: 5753 Hwy 85 North, Number 4576, Crestview, FL 32536. Please make checks payable to Congressional Dish Thank you for supporting truly independent media! Background Sources Recommended Congressional Dish Content Ukraine and Russia CD249: A Few Good Laws CD248: Understanding the Enemy CD244: Keeping Ukraine CD229: Target Belarus CD167: Combating Russia (NDAA 2018) LIVE CD068: Ukraine Aid Bill CD067: What Do We Want In Ukraine? Syria CD172: The Illegal Bombing of Syria CD108: Regime Change CD041: Why Attack Syria? World Trade System What Is the World Trade System? CD230: Pacific Deterrence Initiative CD102: The World Trade Organization: COOL? Russian Blockade Shane Harris. May 24, 2022. “U.S. intelligence document shows Russian naval blockade of Ukraine.” The Washington Post. NATO Expansion Jim Garamone. Jun 1, 2022. “Russia Forcing Changes to NATO Strategic Concepts.” U.S. Department of Defense News. Matthew Lee. May 27, 2022. “US: Turkey's NATO issues with Sweden, Finland will be fixed.” AP News. Ted Kemp. May 19, 2022. “Two maps show NATO's growth — and Russia's isolation — since 1990.” CNBC. U.S. Involvement in Ukraine Helene Cooper, Eric Schmitt and Julian E. Barnes. May 5, 2022. “U.S. Intelligence Helped Ukraine Strike Russian Flagship, Officials Say.” The New York Times. Julian E. Barnes, Helene Cooper and Eric Schmitt. May 4, 2022. “U.S. Intelligence Is Helping Ukraine Kill Russian Generals, Officials Say.” The New York Times. Private Security Contractors Christopher Caldwell. May 31, 2022. “The War in Ukraine May Be Impossible to Stop. And the U.S. Deserves Much of the Blame.” The New York Times. Joaquin Sapien and Joshua Kaplan. May 27, 2022. “How the U.S. Has Struggled to Stop the Growth of a Shadowy Russian Private Army.” ProPublica. H.R. 7691 Background How It Passed Glenn Greenwald. May 13, 2022. “The Bizarre, Unanimous Dem Support for the $40b War Package to Raytheon and CIA: ‘For Ukraine.'” Glenn Greenwald on Substack. Catie Edmondson and Emily Cochrane. May 10, 2022. “House Passes $40 Billion More in Ukraine Aid, With Few Questions Asked.” The New York Times. Republican Holdouts Glenn Greenwald and Anthony Tobin. May 24, 2022. “Twenty-Two House Republicans Demand Accountability on Biden's $40b War Spending.” Glenn Greenwald on Substack. Amy Cheng and Eugene Scott. May 13, 2022. “Rand Paul, lone Senate holdout, delays vote on Ukraine aid to next week.” The Washington Post. Morgan Watkins. May 13, 2022. “Sen. Rand Paul stalls $40 billion in aid for Ukraine, breaking with Mitch McConnell USA Today. Stephen Semler. May 26, 2022. “The Ukraine Aid Bill Is a Massive Windfall for US Military Contractors.” Jacobin. Biden Signs in South Korea Biden signs Ukraine Bill and Access to Baby Formula Act in South Korea. Reddit. Kate Sullivan. May 20, 2022. “Flying the Ukraine aid bill to South Korea for Biden's signature isn't unheard of. It also may not be totally necessary.” CNN. How Much Money, and Where Will It Go? Stephen Semler. May 23, 2022. “A breakdown of the Ukraine aid bill.” Speaking Security on Substack. “CBO Estimate for H.R. 7691, Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022, as Passed by the House of Representatives on May 10, 2022.” May 11 2022. Congressional Budget Office. Christina Arabia, Andrew Bowen, and Cory Welt. Updated Apr 29, 2022. “U.S. Security Assistance to Ukraine.” [IF12040] Congressional Research Service. “22 U.S. Code § 2346 - Authority.” Legal Information Institute, Cornell School of Law. Representatives' Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Stocks Kimberly Leonard. May 19, 2022. “20 members of Congress personally invest in top weapons contractors that'll profit from the just-passed $40 billion Ukraine aid package.” Insider. Kimberly Leonard. Mar 21, 2022. “GOP Rep. John Rutherford of Florida bought Raytheon stock the same day Russia invaded Ukraine.” Insider. Marjorie Taylor Green [@RepMTG]. Feb 24, 2022. “War is big business to our leaders.” Twitter. “Florida's 4th Congressional District.” GovTrack. “Rules Based Order” Anthony Dworkin. Sep 8, 2020. “Why America is facing off against the International Criminal Court.” “History of the multilateral trading system.” *The World Trade Organization “Facts: Global Inequality” Inequality.org “Timeline: Former Russian President Boris Yeltsin.” Apr 23, 2007. NPR. Crimea Kenneth Rapoza. Mar 20, 2015. One Year After Russia Annexed Crimea, Locals Prefer Moscow To Kiev Forbes. “Crimea exit poll: About 93% back Russia union. March 16, 2014. BBC. Shifting Strategies Economic War Larry Elliott. Jun 2, 2022. “Russia is winning the economic war - and Putin is no closer to withdrawing troops. The Guardian. Nigel Gould-Davies. May 12, 2022. “We Must Make Sure Russia Finishes This War in a Worse Position Than Before” The New York Times. Weapons Escalation Jake Johnson. Jun 1, 2022. “'Slippery Slope... Just Got a Lot Steeper': US to Send Ukraine Advanced Missiles as Russia Holds Nuke Drills.” Common Dreams. C. Todd Lopez. Jun 1, 2022. “Advanced Rocket Launcher System Heads to Ukraine.” U.S. Department of Defense News. Greg Norman. Jun 1, 2022. “Russia stages nuclear drills after US announces rockets to Ukraine.” Fox News. Christian Esch et al. May 30, 2022. “What's Next for Ukraine? The West Tries to Figure Out What Peace Might Look Like.” Spiegel International. See Image. Alastair Gale. May 24, 2022. “China and Russia Sent Bombers Near Japan as Biden Visited Tokyo.” The Wall Street Journal. Mike Stone. Mar 11, 2022. “Exclusive: Pentagon revives team to speed arms to Ukraine and allies, sources say.” Reuters. Secretary Austin and the Pentagon Jim Garamone. May 20, 2022. “Austin to Host Second Ukraine Contact Group Meeting Monday.” U.S. Department of Defense News. Natasha Bertrand et al. Apr 26, 2022. “Austin's assertion that US wants to ‘weaken' Russia underlines Biden strategy shift.” CNN. David Sanger. Apr 25, 2022. “Behind Austin's Call for a ‘Weakened' Russia, Hints of a Shift.” The New York Times. Mike Stone. Apr 12, 2022. “Pentagon asks top 8 U.S. weapons makers to meet on Ukraine -sources.” Reuters. Glenn Greenwald. Dec 8, 2020. “Biden's Choice For Pentagon Chief Further Erodes a Key U.S. Norm: Civilian Control.” Glenn Greenwald on Substack. Democrats Still All In Marc Santora. May 1, 2022. “Pelosi and Democratic lawmakers vow the U.S. will stand with Ukraine. The New York Times. RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service. May 1, 2022. “Civilians Evacuated From Mariupol; U.S. House Speaker Pelosi Visits Kyiv.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. “Ukraine war: Joe Biden calls for removal of Vladimir Putin in angry speech.” Mar 26, 2022. Sky News. The Laws H.R. 7691: Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022 House Vote: 368-57 Senate Vote: 86-11 Transcript of House Debate S.3522: Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022 Passed by Voice Vote in the Senate House Vote 417-10 House "Debate" H.R.6968 - Ending Importation of Russian Oil Act Senate Vote: 100-0 House Vote: 413-9 House Debate H.R.7108: Suspending Normal Trade Relations with Russia and Belarus Act Senate Vote: 100-0 (amended the original House bill) Final House Vote: 424-8 House debate 1 (on original version) House debate 2 (final version) Audio Sources Joe Manchin at the World Economic Forum's meeting in Davos May 23, 2022 Clips Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV): Speaking about Ukraine, first what Putin, Putin's war on Ukraine and Ukraine's determination, resolving the sacrifices they've made for the cause of freedom has united the whole world, that it's united, US Senate and Congress, I think like nothing I've seen in my lifetime. I think we're totally committed to supporting Ukraine, in every way possible, as long as we have the rest of NATO and the free world helping. I think we're all in this together. And I am totally committed as one person to seeing Ukraine to the end with a win, not basically resolving in some type of a treaty. I don't think that is where we are and where we should be. Reporter: Can I just follow up and ask you what you mean by a win for Ukraine? ** Sen. Joe Manchin:** I mean, basically moving Putin back to Russia and hopefully getting rid of Putin. The Ukraine Crisis: Implications for U.S. Policy in the Indo-Pacific May 19, 2022 Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation Witnesses: Charles Edel, Ph.D., Australia Chair and Senior Adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies Bonny Lin, Ph.D., Director, China Power Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies Tanvi Madan, Ph.D.Director, The India Project, Brookings Institution Dan Blumenthal, Ph.D., Senior Fellow and Director of Asian Studies, American Enterprise Institute Clips 6:57 Tanvi Madan: One implication that is already evident, most visibly in Sri Lanka, is the adverse economic impact. The rise in commodity prices in particular has led to fiscal food and energy security concerns and these, in turn, could have political implications and could create a strategic vacuum. 7:15 Tanvi Madan: A separate and longer term economic impact of the crisis could be renewed goals, perhaps especially in India, for self reliance and building resilience not just against Chinese pressure, but also against Western sanctions. 7:28 Tanvi Madan: The second potential implication of the Russia-Ukraine war could be that Beijing might seek to take advantage in the Indo-Pacific while the world's focus is on Europe, between the Taiwan or the East or South China Sea contingencies. The contingency that would have the most direct impact in South Asia would be further action by the PLA at the China-India boundary, or at the Bhutan-China boundary that could draw in India. This potential for Sino-Indian crisis escalation has indeed shaped Delhi's response to the Russia-Ukraine war. Despite its recent diversification efforts, the Indian military continues to be dependent, if not over dependent, on Russia for supplies and spare parts for crucial frontline equipment. India has also been concerned about moving Moscow away from neutrality towards taking China's side. Nonetheless, there is simultaneously concern that Russia's war with Ukraine might, in any case, make Moscow more beholden to Beijing and also less able to supply India, and that will have implications for India's military readiness. 10:10 Tanvi Madan: The fourth implication in South Asia could flow from the war's effect on the Russia-China relationship flows. The Sino-Russian ties in recent years have benefited Pakistan. However, they have been of great concern to India. If China-Russia relations deepened further, it could lead to increased Indian concern about Russian reliability. And a Dheli that is concerned about Moscow's ability and willingness to supply India militarily or supported in international forums will seek alternative partners and suppliers a potential opportunity for the US as well as its allies and partners. 18:15 Bonny Lin: China has shifted its position on the Ukraine conflict to be less fully pro Russia. Xi Jinping has expressed that he is deeply grieved by the outbreak of war. China has engaged in diplomacy, called for a ceasefire, proposed a six point humanitarian initiative, and provided humanitarian aid to Ukraine. China's position on Ukraine, however, is far from neutral. China has not condemned Russia or called its aggression an evasion. Xi has yet to speak to President Zelenskyy. There is no evidence that China has sought to pressure Russia in any way or form. China has amplified Russian disinformation and pushed back against Western sanctions. To date, Beijing has not provided direct military support to Russia and has not engaged in systemic efforts to help Russia evade sanctions. However, China's ambassador to Russia has encouraged Chinese companies to quote "fill the void in the Russian market." 19:14 Bonny Lin: The Ukraine crisis has reinforced China's view that US military expansion could provoke conflict in the Indo-Pacific. Chinese interlocutors have voiced concern that the United States and NATO are fighting Russia today, but might fight China next. China views NATO expansion as one of the key causes of the Korean conflict and sees parallels between NATO activities in Europe and US efforts in the Indo-Pacific. Beijing is worried that increasing US and ally support for Taiwan and other regional allies and partners elevates the risk of US-China military confrontation. This pessimistic assessment is why Beijing will continue to stand by Russia as a close strategic partner. 19:56 Bonny Lin: The Ukraine crisis has reinforced and strengthened China's desire to be more self reliant. China is investing more to ensure the security of food, energy, and raw materials. Beijing is also seeking more resilient industrial supply chains, as well as PRC-led systems, including alternatives to Swift. At the same time, Beijing is likely to further cultivate dependencies on China, such that any potential Western led sanctions on China or international-community-led sanctions on China in the future will be painful to the West and difficult to sustain. 21:15 Bonny Lin: China has observed that Russia put its nuclear and strategic forces on high alert and NATO did not send conventional forces to Ukraine. This is leading China to question its nuclear policy and posture. 21:57 Bonny Lin: As Beijing watches the Western and particularly G7-led unity among advanced democracies, it is also seeing that a number of countries in the developing world are not joining in on the sanctions. As a result, Beijing has tried to increase its influence and in many ways building on Russian influence in developing regions. And Beijing is likely to try to get all that influence moving forward. 24:24 Dan Blumenthal: China took the opportunity of Russia's invasion on February 4 to lay out a document that criticizes, very specifically, almost all aspects of United States global policy. Very specifically, including Oculus for NATO enlargement to Oculus to the Indo Pacific strategy. It got Russia to sign up to Xi Jinping's theory that we're in a new era of geopolitics that will replace US leadership, that US leadership is faulty and it's dividing the world into blocks such as NATO, that NATO expansion is the problem, that Indo-Pacific strategy is the same thing as NATO expansion. 25:45 Dan Blumenthal: We should take very seriously what they say, particularly in Chinese, and what they're saying is very clearly pro-Russia and very clear, specific, searing critiques of the US-led world order. 26:47 Dan Blumenthal: And frankly, while the West is unified, and the US and the West and some of our Asian allies are unified, most of the rest of the world is not with us on this issue of China and Russia being these authoritarian, revisionist great powers, and that's a real problem. Middle East, North Africa, and Global Counterterrorism May 18, 2022 House Committee on Foreign Affairs: Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and Global Counterterrorism Witnesses: Dr. Hanna Notte, Senior Research Associate, Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Dr. Frederic Wehrey, Senior Fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Caitlin Welsh, Director of the Global Food Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies Grant Rumley, Senior Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy Clips 12:55 Hanna Notte: First, Moscow's military presence in Syria has given it a buffer zone on its southern flank to counter perceived threats from within the region, but also to deter NATO outside the European theater. And second, Russia has turned to the region to diversify its economic relations with a focus on arms sales, civilian nuclear exports and wheat supplies. And in building influence, Russia has largely followed what I call a low cost high disruption approach, also using hybrid tactics such as private military companies and disinformation. Now, these Russian interests in the region will not fundamentally change with the invasion of Ukraine. Today, Russia's regional diplomacy remains highly active, aimed at offsetting the impact of Western sanctions and demonstrating that Moscow is not isolated internationally. 14:09 Hanna Notte: Starting with arms control and Non-Proliferation, though Moscow seemed intent on spoiling negotiations to restore the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] in early March. It subsequently dropped demands for written guarantees that its cooperation with Iran would not be hindered by sanctions imposed over Ukraine. But still, I think the geopolitical situation might make Moscow less willing to help finalize a nuclear deal. As in the past, Russia is also unlikely to support any US efforts to curb Iran's use of missiles and proxies in the region, because essentially, Iran's regional strategy pins down us resources while elevating Russia as a regional mediator, which serves Russian interests well. 15:17 Hanna Notte: Just a few words on Syria. Security Council resolution 2585 on the provision of humanitarian aid to northwest Syria is up for renewal in July. Now, Rationally speaking, the Kremlin should cooperate to avoid a worsening of serious food crisis, especially if an end game in Ukraine remains out of reach. But considering the current level of tensions between Russia and the West, I think the United States should be prepared for a Russian Security Council veto regardless, alongside continued Russian stalling on the Syrian constitutional committee. Moscow has no serious interest in seeing the committee advance. It will instead try to foster a Gulf Arab counterweight to Iran in Syria through normalization, especially for the contingency that Russia may need to scale back its own presence in Syria due to Ukraine. 16:14 Hanna Notte: First, unfortunately I think there's a widespread perception that the Ukraine war is not their war, that it's a Great Power NATO-Russia war, partially fueled by NATO and US actions visa vis Russia. 16:27 Hanna Notte: Second, there are accusations of Western double standards. The military support to Kyiv, the reception of Ukrainian refugees, these are rightly or wrongly viewed as proof that the West cares significantly more about conflict in Europe's neighborhood than those in the Middle East. 16:42 Hanna Notte: Third, regional elites worry about US conventional security guarantees. They fear that the threats posed by Russia and China will accelerate a decline in US power in the Middle East. And they also fear that the US will have limited bandwidth to confront Iran's missile and proxy activities. And with those fears, they feel they cannot afford to put all their eggs into the US basket. 17:07 Hanna Notte: And then finally, each regional state has very distinct business and security interests with Russia. As a result, and I'll end here, I think us opportunities to get regional states to turn against Russia are circumscribed. loosening these ties that states have been building with Russia will require a heavy lift. 18:57 Frederic Wehrey: This engagement is largely opportunistic and ad hoc. It seizes on instability and power vacuums and exploits the insecurities of US partners in the region about the reliability of US support, and their displeasure with the conditionality that the US sometimes attaches to its arms sales. Russian arms deliveries, in contrast, are faster and free from restrictions related to human rights. But Russia cannot provide the security guarantees that many Arab states have depended on from the United States. 19:29 Frederic Wehrey: Now, in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine, Russia is trying to reap dividends from its investment in the region, call in favors, and capitalize on local ambivalence and hostility to the United States, both from states and from Arab publics. America's Arab security partners have differed on joining the Western condemnation of Russian aggression, and some of refuse to join efforts to isolate Russia economically. 20:31 Frederic Wehrey: Russia's disastrous war in Ukraine is tarnishing its reputation as an arms supplier in the Middle East. Russian weapons have been shown to be flawed in combat and often fatally. So, Battlefield expenditures and attrition have whittled away Russia's inventory, especially precision munitions, and sanctions have eroded its defense industrial base, especially electronic components. As a result, Russia won't be able to fulfill its existing commitments, and potential buyers will be increasingly dissuaded from turning to Russia. This shortfall could be modestly exploited by China, which possesses large quantities of Russian made arms and spare parts, which you could use to keep existing inventories in the region up and running. It could also intensify its efforts to sell its own advanced weaponry like drones. 23:50 Caitlin Welsh: The war has reduced supplies and increased prices of foods exported from Ukraine and Russia, namely wheat, maize and sunflower oil, driven up demand for substitute products and reduced fertilizer exports from the Black Sea. Today's high cost of energy puts further pressure on food and fertilizer prices. Most vulnerable to the impact of these price spikes are countries for whom wheat is a major source of calories that rely on imports to meet their food security needs, and that source a significant proportion of their imports from Ukraine and Russia. 24:38 Caitlin Welsh: Egypt is the world's largest importer of wheat, sourcing over 70% of its wheat from the Black Sea. 25:42 Caitlin Welsh: The Russian Ukraine war is limiting access to wheat for Lebanon, already in one of the worst economic crises in the world. Lebanon has not recorded economic growth since 2017 and food price inflation inflation reached 400% in December 2021. Lebanon procures approximately 75% of its wheat from Russia and Ukraine. 28:48 Grant Rumley: Russia is one of the few countries in the world to maintain a relatively positive diplomatic standing with nearly every country in the Middle East. It does so through a combination of an active military presence, high level diplomatic engagement, and a concerted effort to position itself as a viable source of arms, should countries seek non-US material. 29:08 Grant Rumley: Russia's military presence in the region is well documented by Russian MOD statements. Russia has deployed over 60,000 troops to Syria since intervening in 2015. From its two bases in Syria, Hmeimim and Tartous, Russia is able to project power into the eastern Mediterranean, influence the course of the Syrian civil war, and intervene in countries like Libya. 29:47 Grant Rumley: Russia's invasion of Ukraine, however, threatens Russia standing in the region. Already reports indicate Russia has begun withdrawing some troops and mercenaries from the region to support its invasion of Ukraine. While we can expect these reports to continue if the war continues to go poorly for Russia, I'm skeptical of a full Russian withdrawal, and instead expect Russia to continue to consolidate its forces until it's left with a skeleton presence at Hmeimim and Tartous, its most strategic assets in the region. 30:26 Grant Rumley: On arms sales, the Russian defense industry, which has struggled to produce key platforms following sanctions initially placed after its 2014 invasion of Ukraine, will likely have to prioritize replenishing the Russian military over exporting. Further, customers of Russian arms may struggle with the resources to maintain and sustain the material in their inventory. Still, so long as Russia is able to make platforms, there will likely always be potential customers of Russian arms. 41:25 Grant Rumley: I definitely think customers of Russian arms are going to have several hurdles going forward, not only with simply maintaining and sustaining what they've already purchased, but in some of the basic logistics, even the payment process. Russian bank complained last month that it wasn't able to process close to a billion dollars in payments from India and Egypt over arms sales. I think countries that purchase Russian arms will also now have to consider the potential that they may incur secondary sanctions, in addition to running afoul of CAATSA [Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act-Related Sanctions]. I think from from our standpoint, there are many ways that we can amend our security cooperation approach. The Middle East, I think is a key theater for the future of great power competition, not only have we been competing with Russia in terms of arms sales there, but China increasingly has sold armed drones to the region. They've sold it to traditional partners, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the UAE. And what they're doing is is oftentimes what we're not willing to do, our partners in the region seek co-production, they seek technology sharing. China and Russia are willing to work together to build these advanced platforms, Russia and the UAE inked an agreement several years ago to produce a fifth generation fighter. Nothing's come of that yet. China and Saudi Arabia, however, signed an agreement a couple of months ago to jointly produce armed drones in Saudi Arabia. And so I think the US may want to think creatively in terms of both what we sell, how we sell it, and what we're doing to make this more of a relationship and something beyond a strict transaction. 43:39 Grant Rumley: Their presence in Syria has evolved from a modest airstrip in 2015, to a base at Hmeimim that by open source reporting can serve as a logistics hub, a medical hub, it has the runways to host Russia's most advanced bombers. There was reports before Ukraine that Russia was deploying two 22 bombers there and hypersonic missiles. Their facility at Tartous, likewise. Their ability to stage naval assets there has expanded to they can now stage up to 11 ships there. So it has grown from from a rather modest beginning to something much more challenging from a US standpoint. In terms of what we can we can do, I think we can continue to support Ukraine and the defense of Ukraine, and the longer that Russia is bogged down in Ukraine, the harder it will be for Russia's military to extend and maintain its presence in the Middle East. 1:01:45 Grant Rumley: I think the US has several partners in the middle of major Russian arms purchases that we can, like Turkey and the S 400, that has requested the F 16, or Egypt and Sukhoi Su-35, that has requested the F 15. I'm not saying we have to make a deal right now for that, but I think it's clear that these countries are going to have gaps in their capabilities where they had planned on having Russian platforms to complement, and we can work with our partners and work with our own defense industry and see if there's ways in which we can provide off ramps for them to gradually disinvest these Russian platforms. 1:03:00 Frederic Wehrey: When countries in the in the region buy US arms, they believe they're buying much more than the capability, the hardware, that they're purchasing an insurance policy. I think especially for states in the Gulf, there's a fundamental sense of insecurity. These are states that face Iran, but they're also autocrats. They're insecure because of their political systems. They face dissent from within. We saw that with Egypt. So they're purchasing a whole stream of US assurances -- they believe they are. 1:06:00 Grant Rumley: The issue of of co-production is one means to address a common complaint, which is buying from America takes too long. That its too complicated, that if we get in line to buy something from the US, we're going to have to wait years to get it. A good example is the F 16. There are over 20 countries in the world that fly the F 16. We currently -- Lockheed Martin builds it out of one facility. That facility, if you get in line today, you're probably not getting the F 16 for five years from when you sign on the dotted line for it. In the 70s and 80s, we co-produced the F 16 with three other European countries and we were able to get them off the line faster. The initial order at those facilities was for 1000 F 16s. The initial order for the F 16 plant in South Carolina was for 90 F 16s for Taiwan and Morocco. And so from an industry standpoint, it's a question of scale. And so they're not able to ramp up the production because while the demand may get closer to 1000 over time, it's at 128. Last I checked, it's not there yet. And so I think we can use foreign military financing, longer security cooperation planning, working with our partners on multi-year acquisition timetables to then also communicate and send a signal to the defense industry that these are orders for upgrades, for new kits that are going to come down the road. You can start to plan around that and potentially address some of these production lags. 1:17:52 Grant Rumley: China has a lot of legacy Russian platforms, and will likely be a leading candidate to transfer some of these platforms to countries that had purchased Russian arms in the past and may be seeking maintenance and sustainment for them. I think China's already active in the Middle East, it's already flooding the market with armed drones. It's already looking to market other platforms as well. It's sold air defense systems to Serbia. It's looking to advance its arm sales. And so if if we aren't going to be the supplier, China is going to step in. 1:18:57 Caitlin Welsh: USDA has projected that 35% of the current wheat crop from Ukraine will not be harvested this year. So their exports are curtailed, at the same time Russia's exports are continuing. Russia has been exempted. Russia's agricultural exports and fertilizer has been exempted from sanctions for the United States, EU and other countries. So Russia continues to export. In fact, USDA is estimating that Russia's exports are increasing at this time. And I'm also seeing open source reporting of Russia stealing grain from Ukraine, relabeling it, and exporting it at a premium to countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Sen. Rand Paul: ‘We cannot save Ukraine by dooming the U.S. economy' May 12, 2022 NBC News Clips Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY): My oath of office is to the US Constitution, not to any foreign nation. And no matter how sympathetic the cause, my oath of office is to the national security of the United States of America. We cannot save Ukraine by dooming the US economy. This bill under consideration would spend $40 billion. This is the second spending bill for Ukraine in two months. And this bill is three times larger than the first. Our military aid to Ukraine is nothing new, though. Since 2014, the United States has provided more than $6 billion dollars in security assistance to Ukraine, in addition to the $14 billion Congress authorized just a month ago. If this bill passes, the US will have authorized roughly $60 billion in total spending for Ukraine Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY): The cost of this package we are voting on today is more than the US spent during the first year of the US conflict in Afghanistan. Congress authorized force, and the President sent troops into the conflict. The same cannot be said of Ukraine. This proposal towers over domestic priorities as well. The massive package of $60 billion to Ukraine dwarfs the $6 million spent on cancer research annually. $60 billion is more than the amount that government collects in gas taxes each year to build roads and bridges. The $60 billion to Ukraine could fund substantial portions or entire large Cabinet departments. The $60 billion nearly equals the entire State Department budget. The 60 billion exceeds the budget for the Department of Homeland Security and for the Department of Energy. And Congress just wants to keep on spending and spending. U.S. Efforts to Support Ukraine May 12, 2022 Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Witnesses: Jessica Lewis, Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Erin McKee, Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia, U.S. Agency for International Development Karen Donfried, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State Beth Van Schaack, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice, U.S. Department of State Clips Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA): Are we making it very clear to Russia that we do not want to pose an existential threat to them, that our only goal is to restore the territorial integrity of Ukraine? Karen Donfried: We are making it very clear to Russia that this is not a conflict between Russia and the United States. We are not going to engage directly in this war. President Biden has been explicit in saying we are not sending US troops to fight in this war. So I do believe we have made that clear. Our goal here is to end a war not to enlarge it. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH): As you all are waking up every morning, I know with the thought in mind that America's role here is to help Ukraine win and I want to talk a little about how we define victory. When Secretary Austin said after meeting with President Zelenskyy, that we can win this war against Russia -- this happened a few weeks ago -- I thought that was positive. On Monday, the foreign minister of Ukraine, who all of us have had a chance to visit with said, of course, the victory for us in this war will be a liberation of the rest of the territory. So Assistant Secretary Donfried, first, just a yes or no. Do you believe Ukraine can win this war? Karen Donfried: Yes. Sen. Rob Portman: And how would you define victory? Would you define victory as requiring the return of all Ukraine sovereign territory, including that that the Russians seized in 2014? Karen Donfried: Well, Senator Portman, thank you for that question. And thank you for your engagement on these issues. Your question very much relates to where Chairman Menendez began, which is, are we in a position of believing that it is Ukraine that should be defining what winning means? And I agreed with Chairman Menendez's statement on that, and that is where the administration is. We believe Ukraine should define what victory means. And our policy is trying to ensure Ukraine success, both by — Sen. Rob Portman: So the administration's official position on victory is getting Crimea back and getting the Donetsk and Luhansk region back as well. Karen Donfried: Again, I believe that is for the Ukrainians to define. Karen Donfried: Against this threat to regional security, global stability, and our shared values, we are supporting freedom, democracy, and the rules based order that make our own security and prosperity and that of the world possible. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ): I believe we must also think about reconstruction efforts in Ukraine, the tools and ongoing governance and economic reforms, specifically in the judicial space, that will facilitate rebuilding critical Ukrainian sectors and attracting foreign investment. The Impact of Russia's Invasion of Ukraine in the Middle East and North Africa May 11, 2022 House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Defense held a budget hearing on the Department of Defense. Witnesses: Lloyd J. Austin III, Secretary of Defense Michael J. McCord, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer General Mark A. Milley, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Clips 21:40 General Mark Milley: Alongside our allies and partners, at any given time approximately 400,000 of us are currently standing watch in 155 countries and conducting operations every day to keep Americans safe. 21:56 General Mark Milley: Currently we are supporting our European allies and guarding NATO's eastern flank, in the face of the unnecessary war of aggression by Russia, against the people of Ukraine, and the assault on the democratic institutions and the rules based international order that have prevented great power war for the last 78 years since the end of World War Two. We are now facing two global powers, China and Russia, each with significant military capabilities, both who intend to fundamentally change the current rules based order. Lindsey Graham declares, "let's take out Putin" and says there is "no off-ramp in this war" May 9, 2022 Clips Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC): If Putin still standing after all this then the world is going to be a very dark place China's going to get the wrong signal and we'll have a mess on our hands in Europe for decades to come so let's take out Putin by helping Ukraine Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary ofDefense Lloyd J. Austin III Remarks to Traveling Press April 25, 2022 Jen's Highlighted PDF Remarks by President Biden on the United Efforts of the Free World to Support the People of Ukraine March 26, 2022 Jen's Highlighted PDF U.S. Policy and Russian Involvement in Syria November 4, 2015 House Foreign Affairs Committee Cover Art Design by Only Child Imaginations Music Presented in This Episode Intro & Exit: Tired of Being Lied To by David Ippolito (found on Music Alley by mevio)

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Eye on Veterans
Killer Drugs: How to fight Addiction, Heroin and Fentanyl

Eye on Veterans

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 45:40


Last year 100K Americans died from a drug overdose. Several years ago, (Ret.) Navy Admiral and former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Sandy Winnefeld's son overdosed and died while in college. Adm. Winnefeld and his wife Mary directed their grief toward finding solutions to this epidemic. They founded the SAFE Project and together with Navy veteran and CEO Jeff Horwitz they are showing cities, campuses, and military vets how to stop OD deaths ... and it's not just telling them to get clean. They offer some surprisingly candid and raw advice for addicts in the grips of addiction.Find more information and resources from the SAFE Project here:https://www.safeproject.usSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

The 'X' Zone Radio Show
Rob McConnell Interviews - DANIEL ESTULIN - TransEvolution

The 'X' Zone Radio Show

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 49:31


TransEvolution - The Age of Human Deconstruction - Daniel Estulin is an award winning investigative journalist and best selling author of THE TRUE STORY OF THE BILDERBERG GROUP published in 64 countries and translated into 41 languages. He has given two speeches at the European Parliament on the Bilderberg Group and the international monetary crisis. In a front page article, Wall Street Italy called Estulin, "one of the few people who understands the current crisis." In August 2010, he was invited by Fidel Castro for a personal meeting in Habana after Castro had read Bilderberg. In October 2010, Estulin became the first journalist to give a speech to the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Venezuelan armed forces on global financial structures and the Bilderberg group. He is the author of 12 books, five of them international best sellers. He has sold over 6 million copies worldwide. In November-December 2013, his much awaited Bilderberg documentary will be released worldwide. His latest book, TransEvolution: The Age of Human Deconstruction, describes the change of paradigm for humanity that shall define its future and threaten its very existence. - www.danielestulin.com.For Your Listening Pleasure for these Lockdown / Stay-At-Home COVID and Variants Times - For all the radio shows available on The 'X' Zone Broadcast Network visit - https://www.spreaker.com/user/xzoneradiotv.Our radio shows archives and programming include: A Different Perspective with Kevin Randle; Alien Cosmic Expo Lecture Series; Alien Worlds Radio Show; America's Soul Doctor with Ken Unger; Back in Control Radio Show with Dr. David Hanscom, MD; Connecting with Coincidence with Dr. Bernard Beitman, MD; Dick Tracy; Dimension X; Exploring Tomorrow Radio Show; Flash Gordon; Imagine More Success Radio Show with Syndee Hendricks and Thomas Hydes; Jet Jungle Radio Show; Journey Into Space; Know the Name with Sharon Lynn Wyeth; Lux Radio Theatre - Classic Old Time Radio; Mission Evolution with Gwilda Wiyaka; Paranormal StakeOut with Larry Lawson; Ray Bradbury - Tales Of The Bizarre; Sci Fi Radio Show; Seek Reality with Roberta Grimes; Space Patrol; Stairway to Heaven with Gwilda Wiyaka; The 'X' Zone Radio Show with Rob McConnell; Two Good To Be True with Justina Marsh and Peter Marsh; and many other!That's The ‘X' Zone Broadcast Network Shows and Archives - https://www.spreaker.com/user/xzoneradiotv

Podcast Quincy
*Special Episode* Mayor Koch's interview with General Joseph Dunford, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Armed Forces. Part 2

Podcast Quincy

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 24:26


*Special Episode* Mayor Koch's interview with General Joseph Dunford, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Armed Forces. Part 2On part 2 of Mayor Koch's interview with General Dunford, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs weighs in on the war in Ukraine, Russia and China. 

US Naval History Podcast
14- The Cuban Missile Crisis

US Naval History Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2022 17:22


This episode finishes the story of the Cuban Missile Crisis, when President Kennedy and Soviet Premier Khrushchev brought the world to the brink of nuclear annihilation. With the benefit of secret tapes which revealed the tense decision-making of President Kennedy and his advisors, as well as the secret archives of the Soviet Union that opened up after the end of the Cold War we know that General Maxwell Taylor, Kennedy's Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the highest-ranking officer in the United States military, advised Kennedy to launch massive airstrikes against Cuba with no advance warning in order to disable the Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba before they became operational and a threat to the US homeland. We also now know that some of the missiles were, in fact, already operational and ready to launch on short notice. The Air Force Chief of Staff, General Curtis Lemay told Kennedy, quote, “we don't have any choice other than direct military action.” Of course, with 20/20 hindsight, we did. Had different choices been made then by President Kennedy, you would likely not be listening to this podcast here today. There probably would not be any podcasts at all. There may not be many humans left at all. October and November 1962 of the Cuban Missile Crisis were probably the most dangerous days in recorded human history. This is the story. IG/Twitter: @USNavyPodcast Email: usnavalhistoryposcast@gmail.com

Podcast Quincy
*Special Episode* Mayor Koch's interview with General Joseph Dunford, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Part 1

Podcast Quincy

Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 23:08


*Special Episode* Mayor Koch's interview with General Joseph Dunford, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Armed Forces. Part 1On part 1 of Mayor Koch's interview with General Dunford, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff talks about his distinguished military career, Afghanistan, wounded veterans and of course Quincy. 

TRENDIFIER with Julian Dorey
#100 - Special Agent Jim DiOrio: Inside The Psychology Of A Legendary FBI Undercover Agent

TRENDIFIER with Julian Dorey

Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 186:25


(***TIMESTAMPS in Description Below) ~ Jim DiOrio is a Former FBI Interrogation Expert, Military Veteran, Undercover Operative, and Savage. A member of West Point's Class of 1986 (along with his roommate and former Secretary of State/Director of The CIA, Mike Pompeo), Jim served overseas as an Army Ranger in the late 80's and early 90's before leaving the military and joining the FBI. He went on to spend 10 years as one of the most successful undercover agents in the Bureau's history––and another 15 as a ferocious Special Agent In-Charge and heralded FBI interrogator around the world. Basically, he was the guy who told Captain Phillips he could have his boat back.    Currently, Jim is the CEO of J3 Global, an international crisis/security firm (or as he explains it: “I'm Ray Donovan with more experience”). In his spare time, he also owns a Jersey Mike's because why not. ***TIMESTAMPS*** 0:00 - Intro; Jim talks about getting in meditation; a funny story about Jim's dog; Thinking of life “in sets”; Jim talks about how he wants to be viewed when he's gone 21:14 - Jim analyzes his West Point classmate and friend, former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper's, new book about his time working for the Trump Administration; Reacting to the “policy requests” Trump made during his Presidency 42:34 - How the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Secretary positions work in the executive branch; Trump wanted to bail everybody out of South Korea and Esper disagreed; Why did Esper write the book now?; Endless Wars and debating military outreach in the US 1:01:10 - Why did Esper take job if he knew Trump was crazy?; The two sides of the debate over guys like Esper who comment on Trump; The moment Esper had had enough; Jim reflects on the cool guys at West Point; Jim explains Esper's style and personality 1:20:38 - Jim goes through the backstory of his 9 year career as an Army Ranger; How the military gave Jim instantaneous rank at the FBI 1:34:32 - Jim discusses his own PTS and how he spots it in other people; “War is hell”; Survivor's guilt; Jim tells a story about a time somebody pushed a woman in bar; Why Jim went into the ocean at dark 1:52:28 - Jim explains his Undercover career at the FBI; His previous undercover experience while in the military; Jim's lifestyle while undercover; How Jim infiltrated groups undercover; “The ask” moment; Why bad guys always come back to chase the answer 2:19:02 - Jim expands upon his interrogation approaches; How Jim gets in people's heads; How Jim's fear of dismissal played a role in his skill as an interrogator; Taking interrogations home with you; Chip on shoulder vs boulder on shoulder; Understanding a criminal's actions by understanding their childhood, environment, and background; empathy for criminals? 2:48:09 - Jim gives some of the details about his role in the mission to rescue Captain Phillips from Somali Pirates off the coast of Africa in April 2009; Jim discusses his role in the investigation of the 1996 TWA 800 plane crash ~ YouTube EPISODES & CLIPS: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0A-v_DL-h76F75xik8h03Q ~ Get $150 Off The Eight Sleep Pod Pro Mattress / Mattress Cover (USING CODE: “TRENDIFIER”): https://eight-sleep.ioym.net/trendifier   PRIVADO VPN FOR $4.99/Month: https://privadovpn.com/trendifier/#a_aid=Julian Julian's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/julianddorey ~ Beat provided by: https://freebeats.io Music Produced by White Hot

Conversations with Joan
Angie Morgan: Take A Risk

Conversations with Joan

Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 19:44


In order to challenge yourself, grow stronger and become better, you need to step out of your comfort zone and take risks. Anytime you consider doing so, your brain will try to convince you to play it safe. But, even when your thoughts lack a rational basis, you may allow your anxiety to prevail. Then, the fear holds you back. Angie Morgan received a master class in how to take risks when she signed up for the Marines. She discusses how we can develop our risk muscle. In her book, Bet On You: How to Win with Risk, coauthored with Courtney Lynch, Angie reveals insights that are the secret sauce behind your transformative journey to a success-filled and meaningful life. Angie served as a Marine Corp officer. She's been a special advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on diversity initiatives. She's New York Times bestselling author and co-founder of LeadStar. Music: www.purple-planet.com Show site: www.cyacyl.com

The Untold Story with Martha MacCallum
Mark Esper: Fighting For Trump's Agenda, Not Trump

The Untold Story with Martha MacCallum

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 13:50


This week, Martha sits down with former Secretary of Defense under the Trump administration, Mark Esper, who explains why he believes President Vladimir Putin ultimately decided to invade Ukraine.   Then, Secretary Esper gives an inside look at the Trump presidency. He tells Martha where he believes Trump was successful, and where he went wrong.  Then he details why he and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley took steps in the final days of the Trump presidency to ensure the military wouldn't be used to overturn the election.   Follow Martha on Twitter: @MarthaMacCallum  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

C-10 Mentoring & Leadership Podcast
Lt. Col. Jacob Jones on CHARACTER, Ep. 83

C-10 Mentoring & Leadership Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 34:30


This week's guest is Marine pilot Lt. Col. Jacob Jones, who works with one of our C-10 mentors, Alan Epps….so you might hear a reference to Alan.Upon graduation from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and after two deployments as a reservist, Lt. Col. Jones was commissioned through the Officer Candidate Course in August 2004.During his career in the Marines, he's been a pilot and an Aircraft Maintenance Officer. He was involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Odyssey Lightning.In the summer of 2017, he transferred to Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Monterey where he earned dual degrees, a Master's of Science in Information Technology Management and a Master's of Business Administration in Information Technology.Following Naval Postgraduate School, Lt. Col. Jones was assigned to the Manpower Information Systems Support Activity, where he currently serves as the Deputy Director.Among Lt. Col. Jones' awards, he's received three Navy and Marines Commendation Medals, the Navy and Marines Achievement Medal, and a Combat Action Ribbon.This chat with Lt. Col. Jones was recorded on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at Music Theater Heritage in front of our C-10 Mentoring & Leadership students and mentors.Unlike most of those conversations, you'll hear our main interview, plus the students' questions.We chat about Lt. Col. Jones' career in the Marines, why he wanted to serve, and a near-death experience, but we lead things off with some pregame batting practice. LINKS:In case you're interested in previous podcasts that featured retired members of the military, there's this one with actor/comedian Rob Riggle, one with Ret. Gen. and former Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard Myers, plus this roundtable discussion that included Gen. Myers, and this one with George Norton.For more information about the C-10 Mentoring & Leadership program for high school students, visit our website.To make a financial gift to give students life-changing one-on-one mentoring, visit our secure donation page.For all episodes of the C-10 podcast and ways you can listen, click here.If you'd like to make a comment, have a suggestion for a future guest, or your company would like to help underwrite this podcast, please visit our contact page.

War Stories by Preston Stewart
197: Modern Day Urban Combat with John Spencer

War Stories by Preston Stewart

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 62:38


Preston and Sayre are joined today with John Spencer–one of the world's leading scholars and experts in the field of urban warfare. He has studied, taught, and written about urban warfare for over a decade. John is the creator of The Mini-Manual for the Urban Defender and currently serves as the Chair of Urban Warfare Studies with the Madison Policy Forum. He recently served as the Chair of Urban Warfare Studies at the Modern War Institute at West Point, Co-Director of the Urban Warfare Project, and host of the Urban Warfare Project podcast. This was a great conversation coming from a scholar and warrior with first hand experiences on both fronts as Spencer has one of the most infantry resumes possible. Serving over twenty-five years in the active Army as an infantry soldier, Spencer has held ranks from Private to Sergeant First Class and Second Lieutenant to Major. His assignments as an Army officer included two combat deployments to Iraq as both an Infantry Platoon Leader and Company Commander, a Ranger Instructor with the Army's Ranger School, a Joint Chief of Staff and Army Staff intern, fellow with the Chief of Staff of the Army's Strategic Studies Group, and Co-Founder, Strategic Planner, and Deputy Director of the Modern War Institute at West Point. We hope you enjoy.

Roots of Reality
#66 Nuclear War Prevention with Dr. Scott Silverstone

Roots of Reality

Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2022 42:27


In this Roots of Reality Experiences episode, historian Ben Baumann talks with Dr. Scott Silverstone about the risk of nuclear war, what to make of authoritarian nations with nuclear weapons, and how to prevent the use of nuclear weapons in modern warfare. (Dr. Scott Silverstone is a Professor of International Relations in the Department of Social Sciences, where he has served on the faculty since 2001. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire. He is a Senior Fellow with the Center on the Future of War at Arizona State University and New America and a Senior Fellow with the Center on the Study of Statesmanship at Catholic University. He is the author of three books - From Hitler's Germany to Saddam's Iraq: The Enduring False Promise of Preventive War (2018), Preventive War and American Democracy (2007), and Divided Union: The Politics of War in the Early American Republic (2004) – and numerous articles and book chapters. Earlier in his career Dr. Silverstone was a U.S. naval officer. He served as a Naval Flight Officer with a P-3 Orion squadron based at Naval Air Station Barbers Point in Hawaii from 1987 to 1990, deploying extensively throughout the western Pacific, the Indian Ocean, the Persian Gulf and East Africa conducting anti-submarine operations and maritime reconnaissance. From 1990 to 1993 Dr. Silverstone served as a crisis management officer and planner on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy, and Operations in the Pentagon. In this position Dr. Silverstone managed the Navy's portion of the White House-directed nuclear attack survivability program and directed all Navy participation in the Joint Chiefs of Staff-sponsored global crisis management exercise program and the NATO crisis exercise program. In September 1992 he was appointed Director of the Navy Staff's Crisis Action Center to focus on Operation Southern Watch in Iraq, the naval embargo against Yugoslavia, and the Navy's role in hurricane Andrew relief in southern Florida. He also served as the Navy representative with the inter-agency team that planned Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. After leaving active duty Dr. Silverstone served as a Naval Reservist in support of the Navy Command Center in the Pentagon from 1994 to 2000. ) Westpoint Bio- westpoint.edu/social-sciences/profile/scott_silverstone Books- www.amazon.com/Scott-A-Silverstone/e/B001H6OY8A/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_1 (The memories, comments, and viewpoints shared by guests in the interviews do not represent the viewpoints of, or speak for Roots of Reality)