In this episode, we are talking about the world of military special operations and its intersection with current social and political landscapes in the United States. Guests Jack Murphy and Dave Parke host the Team Room Podcast, and bring their rich military backgrounds to the table, offering unique insights. Both veterans of elite special operations units, they share their experiences and perspectives on how military training and experiences shape views on societal and political issues. We explore the challenges and triumphs of transitioning from military life to civilian, the evolving role of special operations in modern conflicts, and the impact of military perspectives in today's political discourse. Explore and sign up for Starlink Service here: https://www.starlink.com/residential?referral=RC-14303-34690-52&utm_source=Starlink2MoAndy **The 2-month free offer will only show in your account after you fully complete your account and activate the service** This offer expires on 12/1/23. Offer available for the United States and Canada only The Speed of War Comic Series: https://www.thespeedofwar.com/ Sign up for the new G14 newsletter here: https://www.clearedhotpodcast.com/exclusive Check out the newest Cleared Hot Gear here: https://shop.clearedhotpodcast.com/
Leroy Fletcher Prouty (January 24, 1917 – June 5, 2001) served as Chief of Special Operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President John F. Kennedy. A colonel in the United States Air Force, he retired from military service to become a bank executive. He subsequently became a critic of U.S. foreign policy, particularly the covert activities of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), which he believed was working on behalf of a secret world elite. Prouty's commentary on the Kennedy assassination circulated widely from the 1970s-90s, as a key source for conspiracy theories about it. He was the inspiration for the character "Mr. X" in Oliver Stone's film JFK. Email Us: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: email@example.comSnail mail:George HobbsPO Box 109Goldsboro, MD 21636
Peter Scott joined the Royal Australian Navy as a seventeen-year-old Midshipman, hopeful but uncertain, and over three decades rose to be the professional head of the Navy's elite: the Submarine Arm. During that journey, he served among the dedicated crews of the most highly specialised capability in any Navy in the most complex and demanding environment on earth: the undersea battlespace.He survived and led others through at-sea fires, floods and explosions, and passed the most demanding military command course in the world, Perisher. Peter commanded the longest deployment ever conducted by an Australian submarine and led the Arm through an unprecedented period of expansion. In all, he served in ten submarines and twenty different command and leadership appointments over thirty-four years. A veteran of multiple Special Operations with the Submarine Arm, he also saw war service in Iraq, the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan during 2006 and 2007.He was awarded a Commendation for Distinguished Service in the Australia Day Honours List 2008, having previously been decorated with the Conspicuous Service Cross for achievements in command of HMAS Collins. Peter holds a Master's degree in Coaching Psychology from the University of Sydney and now works as an executive coach to help leaders develop, perform and succeed. He has recently authored a memoir, published by Fremantle Press, on his naval and submarine service - ‘Running Deep. An Australian Submarine Life.'When not writing or coaching, Peter can be found on the trails running ultra-marathons or relaxing at home with his family.Peter's Top Leadership Tip: is to never add to the fears of your people. Rather, give them the courage to face what threatens them. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
DJ Captain Crunch is from the Boston area and has been cranking up rock and heavy metal since he was a pre-teen in the late 1970's! “Crunch”, aka Thomas, is an Army Veteran, former 18-wheeler driver; whose day job is now antenna and RF engineering. His university studies include computer aided drafting, computer programming, test and measurement, project management, physics, and electrical engineering. Military experience includes Special Operations and Leadership, intelligence analysis, wireless, satellite and fixed communications as well as non-commissioned officer leadership. The Captain is married for 20 years to a beautiful blond with blue eyes and has one son. He lives on a ranch in a secluded forest in southern New Hampshire. As a rock and heavy metal guitarist and bassist, the Captain knows his tunes! His knowledge of heavy metal and rock history is beyond that of your typical DJ, so you are always in tune with the greatest songs ever mastered! He may not have the radio voice and face of your common DJ, but his music and show antics will raise the hair on your arms! Be sure to “like” my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/djcaptaincrunchsbr/
In This Episode, We Get Tactical About: From FAST Company to Entrepreneur What You Do Doesn't Matter, Who You Are Does Having Your Priorities Straight: Being a Husband and Father First ‘The Ring Walk' in Boxing and in Life Using a Threshold Check We're Never in a Hurry to Rush to Our Deaths The Challenge of Working From Home Our Kids are Watching Adapting and Overcoming in Entrepreneurship The Chaos Sandwich or The Shit Sandwich Putting Chaos into Order in Your Life and Business The Tactics You Employ Get You to Your Long Term Goal Transitioning From a Structure Environment to Self Management Don't' Be a 40-Year Old Working Out like a 20-Year Old The Holistic View of Strength in Your Life Aesthetics vs. Functional Strength Your Relationship with Food and Pattern Recognition Fixing Ancestral Issues with Health Lifestyle Change vs. Lifestyle Evolution The Aggregation of Incremental Gains Get Strong and Do Stuff What is the Return on Investment? Brandon's Amazing Comeback Story and Mindset Tips Resources + Links: Connect with Kristofor on Instagram | @team_healey Connect with Kristofor on Substack | https://kristoforhealey.substack.com How can Kristofor help you become an indispensable man? https://linktr.ee/krhealey Download a FREE COPY of Indispensable: A Tactical Plan for the Modern Man Buy your copy of the book, here! Shoot us a message on Instagram with your biggest takeaway @team_healey Show Notes: A self-described Man, Husband, Father, Coach, & Entrepreneur; Brandon Mancine joined the Marines out of high school, working in Special Operations as a machine gunner with FAST Company. After his enlistment, he started a career in Personal Training/Coaching. With over 20 years of experience, Brandon has helped thousands of men & women change their lives for the better. He also has an incredible comeback story that you won't want to miss. Brandon is an online coach specializing in over 40 transformations. To connect with Brandon email him at "firstname.lastname@example.org" or follow him on Instagram @coachbrandonmancine & @bmfcoach Until Next Time… Out of role.
Society has long had a fascination with spies. Michael G. Vickers is as close to this world as anyone, having served as a Green Beret, an operator in the CIA, and a national security policy maker during some of the most pivotal moments in recent U.S. history. He joined host Andrew Kaufmann for a live recording in the George W. Bush Presidential Museum Store to discuss his book, By All Means Available, a vivid account of his life in intelligence, special operations, and strategy. Listen as Dr. Vickers discusses his remarkable career and the lessons he's learned along the way on this episode of The Strategerist, presented by the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Related content:By All Means Available: Memoirs of a Life in Intelligence, Special Operations, and Strategy
My guest today is Michael Lumpkin. Michael has served many roles in his extremely distinguished career including Navy SEAL Captain, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflicts, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Deputy Chief of Staff for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Special Assistant to Sec Def, and a Special Envoy at the Department of State. Michael's military career included numerous deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, serving as the Officer in Charge of training the West Coast SEAL Teams, Team Commanding Officer, service as the Deputy Joint Special Operations Task Force Commander for The Arabian Peninsula, and service at the USSOCOM Office of Legislative Affairs.His civilian government career has included the implementation of the 2010 Omnibus Caregivers Act for VA, overseeing the Osama Bin Laden operation, reorganizing the DOD POW/MIA effort, leading the DOD's response to Ebola in West Africa, negotiating and executing the recovery of Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, and direct appointment by the President to stand up the US Department of State Global Engagement Center to counter ISIS marketing efforts.Michael is currently the Chief of Staff at US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and a Commissioner on the Afghanistan War Commission.I really enjoyed this chat because Michael has a uniquely broad level of knowledge at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of national power including on both the military and civilian sides. This has given him a very unique perspective on leadership, selection, and standards. Books RecommendedMeditations by Marcus Aurelius
On this week's podcast we speak with former 4RAR Commando / SASR Veteran Jordan McCallum. Jordan served 19 years within the Australian Army, starting as an infantryman and first deploying to East Timor in 2003 with the 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment. Shortly after returning he passed the Special Forces (SF) barrier test for 2nd Commando Regiment (originally 4RAR) getting his first taste of SF. Jordan spent six years at the 2nd Commando Regt (2 Cdo) and deployed twice to Afghanistan within Special Operations Task Group (SOTG). Both trips were life changing for Jordan in many ways and only grew his appetite for Special Operations. He also served two rotations of TAG-East on Domestic Counter Terrorism Duties (DCT). During this time, he conducted numerous Personal Security Detachments (PSD) to the Middle East providing protection for the Minister for Defence, CJOPS, and CDF. This experience gained was pivotal, and his time spent at 2Cdo was cherished, and it was extremely hard to leave the unit behind in 2009. In 2009, Jordan attempted and passed the elite Special Air Service Regiments (SASR) Selection Course and was chosen to begin training. Over the following 18 months he qualified to become a member of the elite SASR, earning his Sandy Beret. He spent 6 years within the unit, deploying another two times to Afghanistan and another rotation within DCT, this time within TAG-West. Jordan's time serving within the SASR was unfortunately, cut short due to burnout and physical injuries. It was at this point that was the hardest decision to date to leave the SASR after so much blood, sweat and tears. Jordan spent two years posted to the 16th Royal Western Australian Regiment (RWAR) on a low tempo posting, teaching Army Reserves basic soldering skills and running short courses for their development. His final three years within Defence was with the 1st Intelligence Battalion involved within some specialist roles. This is where he discharged in 2020 Presenter: Adam Blum Guest: Jordan McCallum Editor: Kyle Watkins Investigative Consultant: Adam Holloway
In the second of a two-part series, former CIA Operations Officer and Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers discusses his new memoir, "By All Means Available: Memoirs of a Life in Intelligence, Special Operations, and Strategy." Recorded 29 Jun 2023. Interviewer: Jim Hughes, AFIO President and former CIA Operations Officer.
“Earn your trident every day!” Get your notes ready and join SOCOM Athlete for this educational and exciting episode, featuring LIVE Q&A from listeners across the United States. We're joined by active duty Navy SEAL SO1 Sanchez. The episode features questions such as how to be successful at MEPS, the Delayed Entry Program (DEP), BMT (basic military training), tips for success to become a Navy SEAL Officer, and more. The process to earn a Special Operations contract and simply get your foot in the door can be extremely challenging. Over 90% of those who start the journey will fail. SOCOM Athlete is here to equip you with the tools for success to accomplish your dreams. Enjoy this incredibly valuable episode loaded with helpful information covering this complicated process. "Send Me!"• Website: https://www.socomathlete.com/• Become a Patreon Donor to support us & keep the podcast going: https://www.patreon.com/socomathlete• Follow us on Instagram: https://instagram.com/socomathlete/• Subscribe to our YouTube Channel:(With One Click!): http://www.youtube.com/c/SOCOMAthlete?sub_confirmation=1
While the world is distracted, members of Congress are writing bills designed to steal Russia's money and give it to Ukraine. In this episode, listen to the pitch being made to Congress as we examine if this is a good idea. Please Support Congressional Dish – Quick Links Contribute monthly or a lump sum via Support Congressional Dish via (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: Please make checks payable to Congressional Dish Thank you for supporting truly independent media! Background Sources Recommended Congressional Dish Episodes Taking the Russian money: is it legal? Lee C. Buchheit and Paul Stephan. October 20, 2023. Lawfare. Chelsey Dulaney and Andrew Duehren. October 11, 2023. The Wall Street Journal. Lawrence H. Summers, Philip Zelikow, and Robert B. Zoellick. June 15, 2023. Foreign Affairs. Paul Stephan. April 26, 2022. Lawfare. Laurence H. Tribe and Jeremy Lewin. April 15, 2022. The New York Times. April 15, 2021. President Joe Biden. White House Briefing Room. What we're being told about Ukraine Secretary of State Anthony Blinken [@SecBlinken]. November 3, 2023. Twitter. Visual Journalism Team. September 29, 2023. BBC News. June 2023. Reuters. Biden wants to hide weapons deals with Israel Sharon Zhang. November 2, 2023. Bills Audio Sources October 31, 2023 Senate Appropriations Committee Witnesses: Antony Blinken, Secretary, U.S. Department of State Lloyd Austin, Secretary, U.S. Department of Defense Clips 1:05:05 Secretary of State Antony Blinken: If you look at total assistance to Ukraine going back to February of 2022, the United States has provided about $75 billion our allies and partners $90 billion. If you look at budget support, the United States has provided about $22 billion during that period, allies and partners $49 billion during that period; military support, we provided about $43 billion allies and partners $33 billion; humanitarian assistance, the United States $2.3 billion allies and partners 4.5 billion, plus another $18 to $20 billion in caring for the many refugees who went to Europe and outside of Ukraine. October 19, 2023 Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (The Helsinki Commission) Witnesses: Eliav Benjamin, Deputy Head of Mission, The Embassy of Israel to the United States Jamil N. Jaffer, Founder and Executive Director, National Security Institute at George Mason University Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, Senior Vice President, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies Dr. Dan Twining, President, International Republican Institute Oksana Markarova, Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States of America Clips 19:25 Eliav Benjamin: Understanding in the most unequivocal manner and in the clearest way that these are evil people. If we can even call them people. This is Israel's 9/11, only if you take the proportion of the size of Israel, this is 9/11 times 10, at least. 20:45 Eliav Benjamin: Because these terrorist organizations are not only against Israelis or against Jews, and not only in Israel, they are against mankind and anything which calls for decency, any entity and anybody who calls for protecting human rights and protecting individuals and protecting civilians. 21:25 Eliav Benjamin: Hamas have no value for human life, while Israel is doing its utmost to protect human life, including Palestinians in Gaza by even calling for them to go down south so that they won't be affected by the war. Hamas is doing everything in its power to harm civilians, to harm its own civilians. And everything that Hamas is committing -- and committed -- is no less than war crimes. And if you want crimes against humanity, and this is while Israel is working within the international human rights law, and within the military law. 28:15 Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN): Ambassador we have attempted to get some monies to from Putin and from the Soviet Un -- the oligarchs, to help rebuild Ukraine. Do you have any new information about that, or concerns? Oksana Markarova: Thank you for this question. First of all, I think it's very just that all this horrible destruction, which only for the first year of the war the World Bank estimated at $411 billion -- just the physical destruction -- has to be compensated and paid for by the Russians. So with regard to the Russian oligarchs and everyone who finances this war, supports this war, thanks to Congress we already have the possibility to confiscate it through the courts and DOJ has already moved forward with one confiscation of malfeasance money -- $5.4 million, and others. It is going to take time. But I think the major question right now to discuss with all the G7 is the Russian sovereign assets. We know that there are at least in the vicinity of 300-400 billion, or maybe even more, frozen by G7 countries. Not only that, but we recently discovered there are about $200 billion that are frozen in the Euroclear system in Belgium. So I'm very glad that there are more renewed talks right now between the G7 Ministers of Finance on how to confiscate and how to better use this money even now. I think we have to join forces there because again, we're very grateful for the American support, we are very much counting on this additional supplementary budget, but at the end of the day, it's not the American, or Ukrainian, or European taxpayers who have to pay for this, it is the Russians who have to pay for their damages. We look forward to working with Congress and we're working very actively with the administration, the State Department and Treasury, on how to better do it. As the former Minister of Finance, I not only believe -- I know -- that it can be done and I know this is a very specific case, that will not jeopardize the untouchability of the Sovereign Money, which is normal in the normal circumstances. This is a very specific case of a country that has been condemned by 154 countries in the UN for the illegal aggression. We have in all three major cases, the cases against Russia on both aggression and genocide and everything else. And it's only natural and just to use the sovereign assets as well as the private assets of Putin's oligarchs to compensate and to pay this. 32:50 Eliav Benjamin: Look at the charter of Hamas, which calls for destruction, annihilation of Jews, of Israel and yes, wants to control everything from the Mediterranean Sea until the Jordan River. 33:00 Eliav Benjamin: That is their aspiration, that is what they want to do, with zero care about civilians, including their own whom they take us human shields. As we're speak now, they're firing rockets from underneath hospitals, from underneath schools, from underneath mosques, from within residential areas, putting their own people at risk and sending them to die as well. This is not what Israel is about, but this is what Hamas is about and has been about. And now once and for all, unfortunately, really unfortunately, it took such a horrific war that they launched on Israel for the whole world to realize what Hamas is really about and what we've been saying for so many years that Hamas stands for. But it's not only Hamas: it's Hamas, it's the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, it's Hezbollah, it's all of these terrorist organizations who have zero care about human beings. This is who we should go after, and make sure they don't do any more harm. 39:10 Jamil Jaffer: It was the single deadliest day in Israel's history, single deadliest day for the worldwide Jewish community since the Holocaust. The equivalent of over a dozen 9/11 attacks on a population adjusted basis. Let me say it again. On the day of the 9/11 attacks, we had about 280 million Americans and we lost approximately 3000 Americans that day. Israel has lost 1400 have their own in a population of approximately 9 million -- over a dozen 9/11 attacks. 41:15 Jamil Jaffer: There's a key connection between these two fights. We know that Iran today supplies all manner of drones to Russia in its fight in Ukraine. We know that Iran has troops on the ground in Ukraine, training Russians on the use of those drones. We know that Iran is considering providing short range ballistic missiles to Russia, in that conflict. Russia, for its part, has provided Iran with its primary source of Conventional Munitions and nuclear technology for the vast majority of the time. Now, the key connection between these organizations is important to note. It's not just Russia and Iran; it's China and North Korea as well. These are all globally repressive nation states. They repress their own people, they hold them back, they give them no opportunity, and then they seek to export that repression to other parts of the globe, first in their immediate neighborhood, and then more broadly across the world. These nations are increasingly working together. We see China and Russia's no-limits partnership. We see President Xi saying to President Putin, in an off hand conversation that the world heard, that there are changes that haven't been seen in 100 years, and Russia and China are leading those changes. We know that for decades, Iran and North Korea have cooperated on ballistic missile and nuclear technology. We know that today in the fight in Gaza, Hamas is using North Korean rocket propelled grenades. So the reality is these globally repressive nation states have long been working together. And it is incumbent upon the United States to stand with our friends in Ukraine and our allies in Israel in this fight against global repression. 41:35 Dr. Dan Twining: It's vital not to mistake Hamas's control of Gaza with legitimacy. There have been no elections in Gaza since 2006. Hamas will not hold them because it thinks it will lose. Polling from September, a month ago, shows that only a quarter of Palestinians support Hamas leading the Palestinian people. Before the conflict, 77% of Palestinians told pollsters they wanted elections as soon as possible. A super majority tells pollsters that Hamas is corrupt. It is a terrorist organization, not a governing authority that seeks better lives for Palestinians. Residents of Gaza suffer poverty, isolation, and violence at its hands. 43:25 Dr. Jonathan Schanzer: Israel has just suffered in Iran-sponsored massacre, Ukraine is struggling to repel Russian forces, and Taiwan watches with grave concern as China threatens to invade. America must view these three embattled democracies as important assets. And it must view these three adversaries as a threat to the US-led world order. As we speak, there is a very real possibility of a regional war erupting in the Middle East. The Islamic Republic of Iran has armed and funded Hamas and Hezbollah along with other factions in the region. Recent reports point to the existence of an Iranian-led nerve center in Beirut that is designed to help these terrorist groups target Israel more efficiently. Fortunately, the IDF has thwarted Iranian efforts to create a new terror proxy in the Golan Heights. Israel has repeatedly destroyed most, if not all, of what Iran is trying to stand up there. However, Iran-backed militias do remain in Syria, and Russia's presence in Syria is complicated all of this. Moscow's missile defense systems have forced Israel to take significant precautions in the ongoing effort to prevent the smuggling of advanced Iranian weapons from Syria to Lebanon. These are precision guided munitions. We've never seen a non-state actor or a terrorist group acquire these before and Russia is making this more difficult. The operations to destroy these weapons in Syria are ongoing. They often take place with Russian knowledge. It's an uneasy arrangement and because of that, the Syrian front is still manageable, but Russia's role in the region is far from positive. Moscow continues to work closely with both Iran and Hezbollah. In fact, Russian-Iranian relations have deepened considerably since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022. This goes beyond the sanctions busting that was the basis of their relationship before all this started. Russia has received UAVs from Iran, which we've heard today, Tehran has sent advisors to train Russian personnel, and since last summer, Russia has launched over 2000 Iranian UAVs into Ukraine. Moscow now wants to produce some of these UAVs domestically and so Russia and Iran are currently working together to increase the drones' range and speed. Iran has supplied other material to Russia like artillery shells and rockets. In return, Tehran wants Russia to provide fighter jets, attack helicopters, radar and combat trainer aircraft, and more. Moscow has sent to Tehran some captured Western weapons from Ukraine. These include javelin, NLAW anti-tank guided missiles, and Stinger MANPADS. Amidst all of this, on top of it all, concerns are mounting about a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. Beijing has openly intimidated the island nation. Within a 24 hour time span in July, 16 PLA warships approached Taiwan, accompanied with over 100 different aircraft sorties. China's calculus about an invasion of Taiwan could be influenced heavily right now by what the United States does in Ukraine and in Israel. Ihe landscape is clear: China, Iran and Russia are working together. Our policy must be to deny them the ability to threaten our friends and our interests. 47:45 Dr. Jonathan Schanzer: It's great news. I was gonna recommend it, but it's already happened: the United States has sent two of its Iron Dome batteries based in Guam to Israel, en route already. 52:15 Dr. Dan Twining: If America's three greatest adversaries are going to actively collaborate in armed attacks on our allies, that's all the more reason for us to ensure that friendly democracies prevail in the fight. Giving Ukraine and Israel what they need to restore their sovereignty and security is essential. Appeasing aggression in one theater only invites belligerence in another. Make no mistake, China is watching our reaction to the wars on Ukraine and Israel with great interest. If we don't show the will and staying power to help our friends win, we only embolden Chinese designs in Asia. Defeating aggression in Europe and the Middle East is central to deterring aggression in Asia. 1:09:55 Dr. Jonathan Schanzer: I am going to use the current crisis right now to sort of explain how America can get a win. That attack by Hamas was sponsored by Iran. Hamas is an Iran-back terrorist organization that also enjoys the support of China and Russia. As Israel has now readied to go into the Gaza Strip and to destroy this terrorist organization with the support of the United States, we're now seeing Iran-backed proxies threaten a much wider war. We're watching Hezbollah and Lebanon, Shiite militias in Syria, potentially other groups in other parts of the region. What needs to happen here right now is America needs to determine the outcome of this conflict. And by that, I mean it needs to deter Iran, it needs to deter Hezbollah and any other actor that might intervene, and force them to watch helplessly as our ally destroys Hamas. Watch them look on helplessly as one of their important pieces is removed from the chessboard. If we can do that, then I think we're now in the process of reestablishing deterrence after having lost it for many years. 1:14:15 Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI): Along with Ranking Member [Jim] Risch, I'm the lead on the what we call the REPO Act, which would authorize the President to work with other countries in Europe that are also home to frozen Russian sovereign assets, and create a procedure for seizing those assets and directing them to Ukraine to be used for rebuilding and other purposes. I think there are mixed feelings in the administration about this, but they seem to be moving our way. I'd love to have your thoughts on the value of grabbing those sovereign assets, not just as additional resources for Ukraine, but also as a powerful signal to Putin that his behavior is going to have real punishment and hitting him good and hard right in the wallet, I think, would be a good added signal. 1:15:20 Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI): The second is simply to make sure that we do a better job of grabbing Russian oligarch assets. We have a predicament right now, which is that if you're a US citizen, and you're driving down the highway and you've got $400,000 in unexplained cash in your car, the police can pull you over and they can seize that. If you are a foreign, Russian, crooked oligarch, and you have a $400 million yacht someplace, you have more rights than that American citizen, in terms of defending your yacht. It's a very simple procedure, it's called "in rem." You move on the yacht rather than having to chase through all the ownership structures. And I would very much like to see us pass a bill that allows us to proceed against foreign oligarchs', criminals', and kleptocrats' assets in rem. 1:16:50 Dr. Jonathan Schanzer: The seizing of assets and redirecting them to Ukraine, I think, sounds like a solid thing for the United States to do. I think, though, it would make sense to do this with a coalition of countries. So that the US is not singled out -- Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI): That's what the legislation requires. In fact, the bulk of the funds are actually held in European countries, so acting on our own would not be sensible. Dr. Jonathan Schanzer: It wouldn't be effective, correct. So getting the Europeans on board, and by the way, getting the Europeans to chip in a bit more, just as we are, I think is also a very sound policy. As far as targeting the oligarch assets, I fully understand your frustration. When I worked at the Treasury Department trying to track those kinds of assets was never easy. We did work with a sort of shorthand version of, if we're 80% sure that we know what we're dealing with we're going to move first and then adjudicate after it's been done. And by and large, that worked out very well during the height of the war on terror. And there was an urgency that I think needs to be felt now, as we think about targeting Russian assets too. 1:18:00 Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI): To follow me on my path of in rem Latinate legal terms. There's also qui tam out there, which allows individuals to bring fraud actions in the name of the United States, and if it turns out there really is fraud, they get a share of it. It would be nice to have people who work for, let's say, a Russian oligarch to be able to be paid a bit of a bounty if they come in and testify and say, "Yep, definitely his boat every time we go out, he's on it. Every time the guests come they're his guests and we call him boss." Things like that can make a big difference, so we're trying to push that as well. Dr. Jonathan Schanzer: That sounds like something for the Rewards for Justice program at the State Department. They might be able to expand it. We already have bounties for those that provide evidence leading to arrests of terrorists, why not oligarchs? Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI): Correct. 1:24:40 Dr. Jonathan Schanzer: Qatar has, for the last 10 or 12 years, had a an external headquarters. Some of [Hamas's] political leadership has been based there: Ismail Haniyeh and Khaled Meshaal both call Qatar home. Of course, this is not new for the Qataris. They've also hosted all manner of other terrorist organizations in that country. It's the Taliban, al Qaeda, ISIS. It's well known at this point that Qatar is a hospitable place. They just don't agree with our definition of terrorism. Fundraising takes place there, all sorts of organizational activities take place there, and people are free to come and go. It is a safe haven for them. It is extremely dangerous that we have bestowed upon that country the label of major non-NATO ally, and that this is allowed to continue. They're offering right now their "good offices" -- I'll put those in air quotes -- to try to negotiate the release of the 302 hostages. This is not in Qatar's is interest. They are advocating on behalf of Hamas, as they have been for a long time. This should not be allowed to stand. 1:28:10 Dr. Jonathan Schanzer: Hezbollah is based in Lebanon primarily, although they've got a significant base of operations in Latin America right now, and of course they've got a lot of operatives running around in Tehran. They are a wholly-owned subsidiary of the regime in Iran. Just to give you a sense of the threat, right now Hezbollah is threatening to open up a second front with Israel. While the fighting rages in Gaza, in the north of Israel there is a second front that could very well be open. There have been dozens of rockets that have been fired, dozens of anti-tank missiles infiltrations into northern Israel. This is very disconcerting. This is one of the things that I think the President is trying to deter at this moment, to deter a second front from opening. Hezbollah is considered to have an army that is equal in strength to the average European army. It has 150,000 rockets right now facing south at Israel. It's got precision guided munitions that could hit strategic targets, like Israel's nuclear facility, or like its chemical plant. These are things that could create catastrophic attacks, and we could be hours or days or weeks away from watching those threats materialize. And so this is why it is imperative right now that the US mount the deterrence that is necessary to stare down Iran and to stare down Hezbollah and to allow Israel to be able to do what it needs to in Gaza and hopefully end this crisis. 1:31:15 Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX): What does it look like if a Palestinian family of four is being interviewed for safe passage into a neighboring country or nearby country? What exactly does that look like? What does that processing and that vetting look like? Dr. Jonathan Schanzer: I'm going to make a suggestion here. I don't know how that kind of vetting can happen. You know, you're looking at a territory roughly the size of Washington DC, with 2.2 million people that had been subjected to Hamas rule for 16 years. How you start to figure out who's okay and who's not at this stage in the game, who's a threat and who isn't, is going to be really challenging. I wrote a piece in the Wall Street Journal with a colleague of mine, Mark Dubowitz, our CEO, on Monday. I want to make this suggestion: I've already identified a number of the countries that have been Hamas supporters over the years, those that have financed and provided the weapons and the training to Hamas. I think there should be significant pressure on those countries to take in the refugees. Have a clear message from the United States that they created this problem, and it is now their problem to take care of these 2 million people. Quite frankly, I don't care who's radicalized when they go to these countries that have been supporting a radical cause for as long as they have. I think this would be justice. October 18, 2023 House Committee on Foreign Affairs Witnesses: Philip Zelikow, Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and White Burkett Miller Professor of History at the University of Virginia Rebeccah Heinrichs, Senior Fellow and Director of the Keystone Defense Initiative at the Hudson Institute Clips 14:35 Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX): The Russian sovereign assets is a winner in my judgment. If we can tap into the right -- the very people who started this war and this conflict, in my judgment, should be paying for the cost, and not as much the US taxpayer. And that's why I introduced the REPO Act, the bipartisan, bicameral legislation that demands that the Biden administration transfer frozen Russian sovereign assets to the Ukraine effort. It's beyond time that Russia pay for the war that it created. My bill prohibits the Biden administration from unfreezing Russian sovereign assets until Russia ends its unprovoked war of aggression and agrees to compensate Ukraine for the damages it has inflicted. 16:05 Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX): To be clear, the war crimes and genocide committed by Russia cannot be reversed by money alone. 22:30 Rep. French Hill (R-AK): My approach was crafted to be consistent with US Policy and International Law by amending the International Emergency Economic Powers Act IEEPA, and using its established framework and existing definitions. As a former Treasury official, in my view, this is a better legislative approach. This is consistent with well established international precedent, whereby the United States work with international partners to establish a fund like we saw in Afghanistan in 2022. The Iran-US Claims Tribunal in 1981, the UN compensation fund for Kuwait in 1991, following the invasion by Iraq. 22:40 Rep. French Hill (R-AK): I too have introduced a bill on this topic, HR 5370. And I appreciate the Foreign Affairs staff working with me on that. My bill would give the President authority to seize and transfer title of Russian sovereign assets within the United States jurisdiction into an international fund for the sole purpose of Ukraine's eventual reconstruction and humanitarian relief. I'm grateful to Chairman McCaul and I co-sponsor his bill on this topic, as well for his leadership. 24:10 Rep. French Hill (R-AK): Considering most Russian sovereign assets are actually located outside the United States, it's important for our partners and allies around the world to introduce and pass similar companion legislation rather than having the US act unilaterally. 24:30 Rep. French Hill (R-AK): Let me be clear, I consider Russian Federation sovereign assets inclusive of all state owned enterprise assets and those of Russian publicly traded companies, like Gazprom, that are controlled by more than 50% by the Russian Federation. 26:30 Philip Zelikow: Economic warfare is the real center of gravity in this war. Economic warfare is the center of gravity in the war. I know we all watch the daily updates from the battle front lines. You know, this movement here, that movement there. This is a war of attrition. It's going to be decided by economic and industrial staying power as the war continues almost certainly into 2025 and perhaps beyond. 27:00 Philip Zelikow: In that struggle, the economic warfare against Russia has achieved some gains, and will have some more gains over the long haul. Russia's economic warfare against Ukraine has been devastating and is not sufficiently appreciated. Ukraine lost 30% of its GDP in the first year of the war. 1/3 of the population of Ukraine is displaced, half externally half internally. Russia is waging economic warfare on three main fronts. It's destroying Ukraine's infrastructure, and will do another energy infrastructure war this winter, for which it's gearing up, including with North Korean weapons and Iranian weapons. Point two: they've destroyed Ukraine's ability to export through the Black Sea except for a trickle, which was the fundamental business model of a commodity exporting country. Point three: they have destroyed Ukraine's civil aviation. Ukraine has no civil aviation. Any of you who've traveled, as I have, to Ukraine will notice that you can't fly in the country, which makes travel and business in the country now back to the era of the railroads before there were airplanes. So the the Russian economic warfare against Ukraine is devastating. And as time passes, this is going to have deep effects on the ability of Ukraine's economy and society to hold together, which will play out politically. So point one: economic warfare is the true center of gravity in the war. 28:35 Philip Zelikow: Two, the Russian assets are the key strategy to change the outcome. The Russian assets are at least $280 billion. Now, even in our debased day and age, that's a lot of money. It's a lot of money in the context of the Ukrainian economy. Even using very conservative multipliers of how much private investment the public investment can unlock, let's say one to one, the impact of this money on the whole future prospects of Ukraine and its staying power are decisive. Otherwise, they're relying on US and European taxpayers whose readiness you can gauge. So this is potentially the decisive fulcrum of the economic warfare and Ukraine's prospects in the war. 29:25 Philip Zelikow: So, third point, why has this been so hard? First reason was there was a knee jerk neuralgia on the part of bankers and financiers to the actual confiscation of Russian assets in the foreign exchange holdings, with much talk of losing confidence in the dollar in the euro. On analysis, these worries quickly fall away, which is one reason that I worked with my colleagues, Larry Summers, the former Treasury secretary, and Bob Zoellick, the former president of the World Bank, who do know something about international finance to debunk those concerns. And I'd be glad to go into more detail about why the concerns about the dollar or the euro turn out to be overblown when they're analyzed. 30:10 Philip Zelikow: The other concern was how do we do this legally? There's been a ton of legal confusion about this. This bill will help dispel that legal confusion. 30:30 Philip Zelikow: What about sovereign immunity? Sovereign immunity is a doctrine that only exists in the context of national courts trying to usurp sovereign authority in a situation where it's sovereign on sovereign, whereas in this bill, there would be an act of state that goes after Russian sovereign property. There is no such thing as immunity; there is no doctrine of sovereign immunity. Ordinarily, under international law, if one sovereign takes another sovereign's property, then the loser is entitled to compensation for that nationalization or expropriation. So why isn't Russia entitled for that compensation in this case? Because it's a lawful state countermeasure. Countermeasures are different from sanctions. And countermeasures -- and this is a well recognized body of law -- you are allowed to do things that would ordinarily violate your sovereign obligations to a fellow sovereign, because that sovereign has committed such extreme outlaw behavior, that the countermeasure is a lawful recourse. And that is exactly the extreme case we have here. There is a well codified body of law on this, and Russia has hit every one of the marks for a set of lawful state countermeasures that deprives them of any right to compensation when states take their money and then use it, putting it in escrow to compensate the victims of Russia's aggression. 37:35 Rebeccah Heinrichs: The United States directly benefits from Ukraine's battlefield successes as Russia remains a top tier adversary of the United States. These are the weapons that Americans made and designed specifically to go after the kinds of things that the Ukrainians are destroying in the Russian military. 39:55 Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX): The EU has a plan just to tax frozen assets and send those proceeds to Ukraine. Our Treasury Secretary, Miss Yellen recently claimed that transferring sovereign assets to Ukraine was not legal. Do you agree with that, and if not, what is your opinion from a legal standpoint? Philip Zelikow: I think Secretary Yellen has now revised her view of this matter, having had a chance to be informed by some of the legal work that's been done since she first made that impromptu remark. There is the legal authority both under domestic law and international law, and the bill this committee is considering would reaffirm, consolidate, and elaborate that authority. So legally, this can be done. 40:55 Philip Zelikow: What the EU came up with in May was the idea -- they were encountering a lot of resistance to actually taking the Russian money, so they said, Well, can we come up with something, since a lot of these as the securities have now matured and are in cash and Euroclear, mainly -- the clearing house in Brussels -- is now managing the cash on behalf of Russia, because Russia is no longer able to manage it. So can we do something with the interest? And by the way, the EU couldn't get that through in June. Ursula von der Leyen couldn't get that adopted over, principally, French and German opposition at the time. So they're talking about just taking this interest. As a legal matter, if you have the legal right to take the interest, you have the legal right to take the principle. This was a cosmetic idea trying to overcome the opposition they had there. It's kind of a situation where, as one of my colleagues in this effort, Larry Tribe, has put it as well, instead of crossing the Rubicon, they're kind of wading in. From a legal point of view, it's actually clearer to do the transfer for Ukraine than to try to expropriate the money using tax authorities, which makes it look like you're expropriating it for your country, rather than for the benefit of the victims, which is a much cleaner, legal way to do it. So they ended up, for political reasons, with a half measure that takes only a tiny fraction of what they should and does so in ways that are actually legally awkward. I understand why they are where they are, but as they process this, I think they're just going to have to step up to going ahead and crossing the Rubicon. 50:20 Philip Zelikow: The whole argument that I made in an article with Summers and Zoellick in Foreign Affairs is that actually, this is a strategy for victory. You put this enormous war chest and the multiplier of private investment into play. And what you can envision is a whole new European recovery program, anchored on the rebuilding of Ukraine that not only saves Ukraine, revitalizes it, but links it to the EU accession process, to the enlargement of the European Union. In other words, to the victory of the whole cause of freedom, in a way almost regardless of where the final battle line ends up being in Ukraine, Ukraine will be growing with bright prospects, part of a Europe with brighter prospects, because of its alignment with the free world. 51:25 Philip Zelikow: When people worry about the significance of this in foreign exchange, I ask them to just remember two numbers 93 and three. If you look at the percentage of foreign exchange holdings held in the world today, 60% United States, 23% Euro, 6% yen, 4% Sterling: that's 93. The percentage of foreign exchange holdings in Chinese renminbi: three. And the Chinese were really encouraged that it's gone up from 2.5 to 3 in recent years. So when you look at 93 to three, that's what you get when we work with our allies in a concerted economic strategy. We can move on the Russian assets, and there's really no choice except to stick with the currencies of the free world because they're still the only basis for being a participant in the world economy. 54:20 Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI): Who actually has the authority to take possession of it? Because as you point out, if you've got the legal right to the interest, you got the legal right to the principal. Who is granted that authority? And then who is granted the authority to distribute that? Philip Zelikow: So the theory is that the national governments can transfer any of the Russian state assets in their jurisdiction into escrow accounts for the benefit of the victims, as a state countermeasure to Russia's aggression. So the way that would work is under the President's IEEPA authority, he could transfer all this -- and there are precedents for this -- into an escrow account held in the States and then an international escrow account, with this limited purpose of compensating the victims of Russian aggression, then you need to create an international mechanism, which the US would participate in creating, to then manage that distribution, which needs to have a proactive urgent speed of relevance. Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI): That was what I was afraid of. If it just simply takes one participant to bog the whole thing down, guess what? It's not going to work, in my humble opinion. Philip Zelikow: When they're debating this in the EU, some people say we should have a new EU directive to govern this, but under our Common Foreign and Security Policy, one member like Hungary, for example, could botch that. So if you create something perhaps managed by the G7 Donor Coordination Platform, that is a relatively simple instrument in which the United States could play a part. One thing that you've done in the bill you've drafted, Mr. Chairman and Congresswoman Kaptur, is you're creating mechanisms in which Congress has insight and some oversight into how the United States participates in that process, and what the mechanism does and how the money is spent, which I think is an appropriate role for the Congress. There are precedents for how to do this. The design of this international mechanism I'm discussing is both policy driven, but also has a reactive claim side, but can have some conditionality on reform and the EU accession process. That's a heavy lift. Building that mechanism will be the biggest job since we built the Economic Cooperation Administration to run Marshall Plan aid 70 years ago. That serious work has not really begun, because we're just working on the preliminary phase of mobilizing and using this money. 58:25 Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA): You believe the Administration, even without this bill, has authority right now to transfer the frozen Russian assets to Ukraine. Philip Zelikow: Yes, it does. It has it under the existing IEEPA authorities that the President has already invoked. The Renew Democracy Initiative has put out a really extensive legal brief that goes into great detail about this. I think actually the administration's lawyers are coming around to the view that yes, they do have the authority under existing law. What the REPO Act does is, one, it reaffirms that, but two, it makes Congress a partner in this with regulation and oversight that's an appropriate Congressional role. So by both reaffirming the authority and getting Congress to join the executive and doing this together I think it makes it a truly national effort with an appropriate Congressional part. 59:20 Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA): How would you respond to critics who say this would make it harder for other folks in the future to want to invest in the United States? Philip Zelikow: You can look at the numbers. After we froze Russian assets, everybody understood the political risks that might be involved with putting their money into dollar holdings. The Chinese called in all their bankers and asked them, "Do we have any other options?" That happened last year. You can just simply track what's happened in the international financial markets and see how folks have now priced in that political risk. But the result is still very strong demand and interest in the dollar. But here again, to come back to Congressman [Gregory] Meeks point, by working with the Euro and the yen and Sterling, we give them no place to go. If they want to participate in the world economy, then they're just going to have to invest in assets like that. 1:00:30 Rebeccah Heinrichs: The other thing that's very interesting and good in the REPO bill that is different is this provision, Section 103, that would prohibit the release of blocked Russian sovereign assets. I think that's an incredibly important element of this bill. That would remove the temptation for any kind of sweetener for the Russians to have access to these funds and leave Ukraine in a lurch whenever they have to rebuild their society. That's a very important part of the bill. 1:01:10 Rep. Nathaniel Moran (R-TX): Why would it be better to transfer these assets for Ukraine's direct benefit than to use them for leverage in negotiations and ending this conflict at some point? Rebeccah Heinrichs: It comes back down to the fundamental question at the end: who's going to foot the bill for rebuilding Ukrainian society? Somebody's going to have to do it. It should not be the American people primarily. They're footing a pretty significant bill. I think that benefits American industry and benefits our own military, but this particular piece should be carried out by the perpetrators of this act. So I think that it'd be a mistake to hold that out as a sweetener to get the Russians to come to the end or the conclusion. 1:01:55 Rep. Nathaniel Moran (R-TX): Mr. Zelikow, you mentioned earlier in response to one of my colleague's questions that it looks like that under current law under the IEEPA authorities, the president can do this activity now. Do you know why the President is not doing that? And if he chose to do that, could he do it immediately? Or is there any delay in that? Philip Zelikow: They could act immediately. They've delayed a long time, partly, to be very blunt -- because I've been talking to a lot of people about this -- they had very deep interagency disagreements inside the administration over how to proceed and they found that their bandwidth was totally overwhelmed by other Ukrainian-related concerns, and they didn't give this heavy attention until fairly recently. And now that they have given it sustained attention, I think the President has actually settled, at a fundamental level, those interagency disputes and they are now moving forward to try to find a way to make this work. 1:02:50 Philip Zelikow: I think the point you raised a minute ago about whether we want to hold this back as leverage was one factor in the back of the minds of some people. I think as the war has continued on through this year, hopes of a quick settlement of the war have dissipated. I think they realize that this is going to be a long war. That sobering realization has kind of sunk in. Also, from a legal point of view, if you want to, you could credit the Russians in any peace negotiation. You can basically say this is a credit against your liability for the for rebuilding Ukraine. 1:04:55 Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA): As a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, we have been to many European nations. To a nation, they say the United States is the indispensable partner here, and they say that with all humility and not blowing smoke. We visited the Hague and sat with lead prosecutor Khan, and everyone is talking about waiting us out. Not just waiting out Congress's support, but waiting out the outcome of the next election. They asked us specifically about that. Mr. Putin is clearly waiting for the outcome of the next election in hopes that it will not be the reelection of Joe Biden, who I'm really proud is in Israel right now. Timing. How does this work? You already said it's going to be into 2025. How do we use this leverage, this economic warfare as the center of gravity in this conflict, to bring the timing tighter to a successful conclusion for Ukraine? Philip Zelikow: So that's a great question. And this is why action on this issue is so urgent now, because the operational timeline to stand this up on a massive multi 100 billion dollar scale is if we move on this in the next couple of months and mobilize the money. We could get an enormous operation up and running with a relatively secure source of funding by next year. If we get that up and running by the middle of next year, we then insulate ourselves, to some extent, against the kind of electoral risk to which you gently alluded. 1:07:55 Rep. Thomas Kean Jr. (R-NJ): If the United States did transfer Russian sovereign assets to Ukraine, how could Ukraine best use these in the near term? Philip Zelikow: In the near term, what they would do, I think, is begin undertaking a comprehensive program to shore up their infrastructure, withstand the coming Russian campaigns to further damage that and begin to rebuild the basic transportation infrastructure and other things that can then begin to unlock a really bright future for the rest of the Ukrainian economy. There are things that can be done then to move Ukrainian industry into new sectors. I think the Ukrainian goal is not just to restore what they had five years ago, but actually to use this as a way to build back better, to imagine a brighter future in partnership with Europe. And then if the money is managed well, this gives leverage to encourage the Ukrainian reform process as part of the EU accession. Putin's whole effort here is, "if I can't conquer Ukraine, I will wreck it and make it ungovernable," and we'll show decisively that that objective cannot be achieved. 1:10:35 Rebeccah Heinrichs: If I may, sir, another principle that has been misunderstood throughout this conflict is this notion of escalation. Escalation is not bad. It's only bad if it's the adversary who's escalating to prevail. We want Ukraine to escalate to win, to convince the Russians to end the war. If you do not permit the Ukrainians to escalate, then you only have a long protracted war of attrition that none of us can afford. 1:12:05 Philip Zelikow: Whenever you do a large thing in international affairs, there are going to be unintended consequences from that, and rather than be dismissive about that concern, I'll say if you embark on this, then people will be tempted to try to use these sorts of precedents against us. They'll be limited in their ability to do that because of the fundamental places where money is held in the world economy. A lot of people don't do business with the United States because they love us; they do business with us because they think it's necessary. If they could expropriate our property with no penalty, they would. Venezuela tried that. Most of the world doesn't want to follow Venezuela's example. So yes, there are some potential unintended consequences of people trying to use this precedent. But one reason we've tried to set this under international law is to use the standards of international law to govern this countermeasure. International law allows these countermeasures, but it says you can only do this if the target country's outlaw behavior is extreme, and there's a standard for that. It turns out Russia totally meets that standard. This is the most extreme case of international aggression since the Second World War, bigger than Korea, bigger than Kuwait. But by setting that kind of standard, it makes that slippery slope a little less slippery. 1:14:25 Rep. Greg Stanton (D-AZ): There are some concerns that if we were to transfer these assets, use it for the benefit Ukraine, would there be an impact on the US dollar? Just get your thoughts on that? Philip Zelikow: Yeah, that's why we got in some of the best people we could on international plans, just to do the analysis on that. 93% of the foreign exchange holdings are held in G7 countries and only 3% in renminbi. Running to the renminbi because they're worried about the dollar is something people would do if they wanted to do it already. They've already priced in the political risk of dollar holdings after they've seen what we've done. And you can see their asset allocations. Now, the dollar is involved in 88% of all foreign commercial transactions on one side of the transaction or another. So it's hard to run away from it, especially if the Euro, Yen, and Sterling are in there with you. There's really kind of no place to go if you want to participate in the international economy. Working with Larry Summers, the former Treasury Secretary, Robert Zoellick, with Brad Setser, who studies international finance, we ran some numbers about worst case scenarios and so on, and we think that concern, which sounds good as a soundbite, it turns out on analysis, it fades away. 1:16:10 Philip Zelikow: The US only holds a fraction of the relevant Russian money because the Russians tried to get their money out of our jurisdiction. But when you go to Europe and ask them what's holding them up, they all say "We're waiting for the American lead." So even though we may only hold a fraction of the money, we hold a lot more than a fraction of the relevant clout, and we need to go together, exactly as you imply. September 28, 2023 House Committee on Foreign Affairs Witnesses: Victoria Nuland, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, United States Department of State Christopher P. Maier, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, United States Department of Defense Caroline Krass, General Counsel, United States Department of Defense Richard C. Visek, Acting Legal Adviser, United States Department of State Clips 33:00 Victoria Nuland: First with regard to the Taliban, we've been very clear we're going to judge the Taliban by their actions. It is our assessment that the Taliban have partially adhered to their counterterrorism commitments. We've seen them disrupt ISIS-K, for example. But there's obviously plenty more to to do to ensure that Afghanistan doesn't become a safe haven, or return to safe haven, or persist as a safe haven. That said, I would note that the director of the National Counterterrorism Center Christy Abizaid recently said publicly that al Qaeda is at its historic nadir in Afghanistan, and its revival is unlikely. 34:20 Victoria Nuland: Iran is obviously a state sponsor of terrorism; it is the leading state sponsor of terrorism in the world. Music by Editing Production Assistance
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This week I was so unbelievably fortunate to sit down with Andrew"Sully" Sullivan, retired Navy Seal, and founder of the Community First Project and Blue Force Strategies. Sully started his military career enlisting in the navy with a seal contract after our country was attacked on 9-11. A team career that spanned 18 years with numerous combat deployments, He was taking the fight to terrorists for the entirety of his career. He has taken those life experiences and the real world training that he has to the first responder community. Sully is passionate about giving our law enforcement brothers and sisters the skill sets and confidence they need to effectively confront the terrorist at home, the active shooter. Sully's non-profit brings the tactical training to the agency at no cost with the assistance of sponsors and donations. We also had a discussion about the mental health crisis within the military and lea enforcement community and how we go about supporting each other. Sit back and give this episode a listen, I know you'll enjoy the conversation as much as I did, Until next week, take care of yourselves and each other, God Bless, John More information Andrew "Sully" Sullivanhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-sullivan-647826175?lipi=urn%3Ali%3Apage%3Ad_flagship3_profile_view_base_contact_details%3BH6dbSfWQRJaHcJUh0fUwQQ%3D%3Dhttps://ww.communityfirstproject.org/https://www.C1P.orgRetired United States Navy SEAL Senior Chief Petty Officer with a passion for leading in complex environments. Flourishes in high-stress, challenging settings focused on strategic planning, operations, and communication. Motivated team player and problem-solver adept in improving performance and business growth. Transformational leader highly experienced in strategic planning, operations, and communication. Outstanding consultant and mentor relied on for strategic vision to design, direct and lead initiatives, guide organizational change, and maximize new business opportunities. A trusted advisor with an unparalleled vision to shepherd organizational change, and maximize new business opportunities Subject matter expert in Special Operations and law enforcement training, instructing, leading, and mentorship, with a passion for service. Founder and President of BlueForce Strategies Inc, a service-disabled veteran-owned non-profit corporation established to counter the impact of high-stress incidents on the safety and well-being of law enforcement personnel and their communities.Strong business development professional with a Master of Science - MS focused in Military and Strategic Leadership from University of Charleston.Gallup Strengths: Strategic, Self-Assurance, Achiever, Arranger, AnalyticalThank you for taking the time to give this podcast a listen. If you would like more information on other Law enforcement Life Coach initiatives, our "Sometimes Heroes Need Help" wellness seminar or our One-On-One life coaching please visit :www.lawenforcementlifecoach.comJohn@lawenforcementlifecoach.comAnd if you would like to watch the interview you can view it in it's entirety on the Law Enforcement Life Coach YouTube Channel : https://studio.youtube.com/channel/UCib6HRqAFO08gAkZQ-B9Ajw/videos/upload?filter=%5B%5D&sort=%7B%22columnType%22%3A%22date%22%2C%22sortOrder%22%3A%22DESCENDING%22%7D
We welcome back Mary Kate Soliva to update us on her life since transitioning 2 years ago. Mary Kate served more than 11 years in the US Army, with much of her service dedicated to Special Operations Forces. In 2021, Mary Kate separated and transitioned into the Army Reserve. She worked as a program manager for the Project Management Institute and is now supporting Special Operations at Motive International. As the host of the Veteran Voices podcast, Mary Kate brings to light insights, perspectives and stories from those that have served or who are currently serving. She is the co-founder of the Guam Human Rights Initiative and volunteers with a host of organizations.Mary Kate started her transition early. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the in-person transition services were not available, so she leaned heavily into building her network and scheduling virtual coffees with people through LinkedIn. Like many veterans, Mary Kate had moments of panic and questioned whether she was making the right choice by leaving. Through her networking and LinkedIn involvement, she was approached by the Project Management Institute for a role that they were looking to fill. Some of the connections that she made virtually on LinkedIn have since become some of her closest friends and mentors. It is possible to build quality relationships virtually. Since Mary Kate has shifted her service from active duty to reserve, she has become very aware of the unique challenges that reservists face. Many of these soldiers live hours away from their unit's base. In addition, many of the resources we commonly think about are only for active-duty service members or there are caveats attached to the resource. Mary Kate hopes to find solutions to common issues surrounding the reservist service member.In 2022, Mary Kate co-founded the Guam Human Rights Initiative. Because she graduated from the University of Guam, the US territory holds a special place in her heart. As a current doctoral student, she is researching human rights issues impacting Guam and Micronesia. In addition, she collaborates with other scholars and students in other parts of the country and world to find solutions for the issues plaguing Guam. Although human trafficking - specifically sex trafficking - is a priority, there are other human rights issues such as family violence and food insecurity that she is also researching. The Hoover Institution Veteran Fellowship Program started in 2021 and is a nonresident year-long program based out of Stanford University and under the direction of Dr. Condoleezza Rice. Each fellow focuses on a bipartisan topic that is impacting the American people. Mary Kate gained the support of Dr. Rice along with the Governor of Guam and other high-profile people and entities for her research into human rights issues in Guam. Mary Kate has never been paid for her advocacy or volunteering work, but the opportunity to really make an impact on the lives of others keeps her motivated and inspired. Both of her employers since leaving the military have been supportive of her and have given her the flexibility to pursue her other interests.Subscribe to our YouTube channel at https://tinyurl.com/llforvets22Connect with Mary Kate at https://www.linkedin.com/in/marykatesoliva/Explore the Guam Human Rights Initiative at https://www.guamhri.org/Listen to the Veteran Voices podcast at https://supplychainnow.com/program/veteran-voices/SUBSCRIBE & LEAVE A FIVE-STAR REVIEW and share this with other veterans who might need help as they transition from the military!
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Summary Lt. Col. (ret.) Aviram Halevi (LinkedIn) joins Andrew (Twitter; LinkedIn) to discuss Israel's top secret commando unit, Sayeret Matkal. Aviram formerly served as Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Sayeret Matkal. What You'll Learn Intelligence The origins of Sayeret Matkal Collaboration across Israeli intelligence Operation Spring of Youth & the Entebbe Raid Intelligence & hostage retrieval Reflections The value of teamwork No room for fear And much, much more … Episode Notes This week on SpyCast, Andrew was joined by Aviram Halevi, former Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Sayeret Matkal, Israel's top-secret elite commando unit. Aviram served over two decades in various branches of Israeli intelligence, and recently co-wrote the book Sayeret Matkal: The Greatest Operations of Israel's Elite Commandos. Andrew and Aviram discuss the origins and history of the unit, including the stories of some of Sayeret Matkal's most notable operations. And… Sayeret Matkal's motto is “Who Dares Wins” – A motto first used by Britain's Special Air Service during World War II. Since then, 11 other elite special forces units have also adopted the saying. Quotes of the Week “What makes [Sayeret Matkal] so unique? The fact is that these people, and you mentioned that before, we are not rambos and there is no ramboism in the unit in Sayeret Matkal. On the contrary, the basic building block of the Sayeret is the team. The team is what you're kind of imprinted with once you get drafted. And this will be your designation forever. I'm team Raz. Raz was my commander, and my soldiers are team Aviram for the rest of their lives.” – Aviram Halevi. Resources SURFACE SKIM *SpyCasts* The Intelligence Legacy of the Yom Kippur War with Uri Bar-Joseph (2023) Intelligence, Special Operations, and Strategy with Michael Vickers (2023) Israeli Military Intelligence with IDF Brig. General (Res.) Yossi Kuperwasser (2022) Black Ops: The Life of a Legendary CIA Shadow Warrior with Ric Prado (2022) *Beginner Resources* Massacre at the 1972 Olympic Games, National Park Service (2023) [Short article] What Is Sayeret Matkal, Israel's Special Forces Unit Set For Hostage Rescue Operation In Gaza?v, YouTube (2023) [7 min. video] Entebbe Raid, Encyclopedia Brittanica (n.d.) [Short encyclopedia entry] DEEPER DIVE Books Sayeret Matkal: The Greatest Operations of Israel's Elite Commandos, A. Shur & A. Halevi (Skyhorse, 2023) No Mission Is Impossible: The Death-Defying Missions of the Israeli Special Forces, M. Bar-Zohar & N. Mishal (Ecco, 2016) Operation Thunderbolt: Flight 139 and the Raid on Entebbe Airport, the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History, S. David (Little, Brown and Company, 2015) Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, G. Jonas (Simon & Schuster, 2005) Video Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story (2012) One Day in September (1999) Primary Sources Entebbe Protocols (1976) [Rabin, Allon, Peres, etc.] Ambassador Dinitz and Secretary Kissinger (June 30, 1976) Ambassador Dinitz and Secretary Kissinger (July 5, 1976) Uganda, Kenya Dispute (1976) Amin Says Uganda Retains Right to Reply to the Raid (1976) Speech by Ugandan Prime Minister on the 40th Anniversary of Entebbe (2016) *Wildcard Resource* Elite commando units like Sayeret Matkal, while not as focused on intelligence, go back as far as military history. To read about the special forces of antiquity, check out Persia's The Immortals, Byzantine's Tagma, and Rome's Extraordinarii
When you think about child care in Georgia, you probably picture infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and Pre-K students. But a large number of families rely on child care for their school-age children attending elementary and even middle school. In these cases, child care providers offer homework help, tutors, STEAM activities, health & fitness, character development, crafts, and more. Joining us to talk about school-age children served by Georgia's child care industry is Michelle Garris, DECAL School Age and Youth Program Specialist, and Brittany Sams, CCS Director of Administrative Services and Special Operations. Support the show
On this episode of the Men's Journal Everyday Warrior Podcast, Mike sits down with Jacob Centeno. Jacob is a filmmaker, founder of Poor Bear Stories, and surviving son of Senior Petty Officer Dan Healy who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005 during a rescue attempt as portrayed in the book and film, Lone Survivor. After graduating from the University of San Diego Jacob started mentoring children with fallen parents of military service and eventually began working for Children of Fallen Patriots helping to secure scholarship funds for candidates. Jacob has since founded Poor Bear Stories, a multimedia production company focused on storytelling around the Special Operations and Gold Star communities. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Pineland team has the opportunity to sit down with Clyde Seepersad, the General Manager of the Linux Foundation. We dive deep into cooperative innovation and leadership and discuss how the principles for success transcend business and warfighting. Clyde Seepersad has decades of experience running successful companies and startups and shares his vast knowledge and lessons learned. MAJ Ash Holzmann is an experienced Psychological Warfare Officer serving in the 1st Special Warfare Training Group at the United States Army Special Warfare Center and School. SGM Derek Riley is one of the most experienced Civil Affairs Noncommissioned Officers in the Army Special Operations Regiment. He has an incredible amount of deployment experience and currently serves the Proponency at the United States Army Special Warfare Center and SchoolThe Official Podcast of the United States Army Special Warfare Center and School!USAJFKSWCS selects and trains all Army Special Forces, Civil Affairs, and Psychological Operations soldiers. Please visit our website at: https://www.swcs.milBe sure to check us out and follow at:https://www.facebook.com/jfkcenterandschoolhttps://www.instagram.com/u.s.armyswcs/https://www.youtube.com/c/USAJFKSWCS/videosPlease like, subscribe, and leave a review!#specialops #usajfkswcs #pinelandunderground #pineland #podcast #military #ussocom #socom #usasoc #specialforces #army #leadership #leader #mentorship #education #innovation #warfighter #combat #war #conflict #irregularwarfare #uw #nco #officer #linux #swcs #specops #business #swcs #fortliberty #cooperation
Richard and Bernardo are two distinguished veterans of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), who have navigated the transition from civilian life in the US and later dedicated themselves to the defense of Israel amidst regional tensions. Richard, spurred by the antisemitism he encountered at Portland State University, found a new homeland in Israel despite initially knowing less than six words in Hebrew. His journey through the infantry to the reconnaissance brigade unveiled his relentless determination to safeguard the nation's borders. Bernardo, with a rich tapestry of 16 years in operational roles, opens up about the high-stake realm of Counter Terrorism, Special Operations, and Dignitary Protection, all while nurturing the next generation of leaders through his nonprofit, Team of Warriors. Their poignant narratives transcend the battlefield, touching on their engagements in educational dialogues and non-profit endeavors back in the US, illuminating the essence of national service and the dire necessity for a sovereign nation to self-defend. As they delve into the current strife embroiling the Middle East, their firsthand experiences and in-depth analysis shed light on the complex dynamics at play. Together, Richard and Bernardo offer not only a glimpse into the rigorous life of an IDF soldier but also share candid reflections on the broader geopolitical environment, providing a nuanced understanding of the ongoing conflict from those who have lived through its manifold dimensions. The Speed of War Comic Series: https://www.thespeedofwar.com/ Sign up for the new G14 newsletter here: https://www.clearedhotpodcast.com/exclusive Check out the newest Cleared Hot Gear here: https://shop.clearedhotpodcast.com/
On today's episode, Dennis speaks with former Force Green Beret and Tactical Training Director at Cloud Defensive. Casey Hildreth retired from the United States Army on November 12 th of 2019. His last assignment was as an active duty Special Operator in the 5th Special Forces Group's Crisis Response Force (CRF) where he served as one of twenty four CRF reconnaissance cell leaders in the Defense Department. This unit was previously known as the Combatant Commander's In-extremis Force (CCIF) and the CINC's (Commander in Chief's) in-extremis Force (CIF). He began his career in the 3rd Ranger Battalion and has over nineteen years, collectively, in Special Operations. He has deployed to the Middle East twelve times since 2001, all while assigned to SpecialOperations Units. He has served in several capacities during his time in Special Forces. He has served as an Assault Cell Leader as well as a Reconnaissance Cell Leader in the CRF. He was selected to represent 5th Special Forces Group in the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) Sniper Competition on three separate occasions and consistently placed in the top of the field. He also served as an instructor at the 5th Special Forces Group Level 2 Special Operations Target Interdiction Course (SOTIC). In addition to the forementioned, he was assigned to Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 5213 for five years where he served as the Senior Engineer Sergeant, and Operational Detachment Bravo (ODB) 5110 for one year in the same position. Today, Dennis and Casey betting on yourself and trusting yourself, inflation and the tough economy, not living in the past, taking control of your life, creating the life you want, taking care of yourself and your community and doing whatever it takes. Find out more about Cloud Defensive here: https://www.clouddefensive.com/ USE CODE "STREETCOP" FOR 20% OFF +FREE SHIPPING! Follow Casey here: https://www.instagram.com/hildreth.casey/?hl=en If you like what you are hearing and want to stay in the loop with the latest in Street Cop Training, please follow our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/StreetCopTraining Don't forget to subscribe and rate the podcast, it truly helps! Sign up for classes here: https://streetcoptraining.com/course-list/Follow our podcast here: https://streetcoptraining.com/street-cop-podcast/ or https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/street-cop-podcast/id1538474515
Is leadership overrated? Do you have a culture that reinforces your mission? Chris Mefford and Kyle Buckett join Kevin to discuss topics such as, moving from unhealthy workplace cultures to empowering teams to thrive. They bring a unique perspective on leadership, drawing from their experiences as Navy SEALs and successful business leaders. Too often, a leader fears becoming irrelevant and losing their job. However, true empowerment involves trusting team members to make decisions. Listen for... 00:00 Introduction 00:33 The Team-Centric Approach 01:21 Introduction to Guests and Their Book 04:02 Identifying Broken Leadership Development Systems 05:18 Translating Military Experience to Business 08:08 Unhealthy Cultures and Lack of Appreciation 09:42 Lack of Appreciation as the Top Issue 11:56 Culture's Role Beyond Perks 15:03 The Three Phases of Culture: Define, Develop, Sustain 17:13 Hiring for Culture Improvement 18:17 Embracing Hiring People Smarter 19:32 Focusing on the Team Over Individual Leadership 20:00 Culture's Impact on Revenue and Finances 21:38 Self-Led Teams: What It Means 25:39 Achievements of Empowered Teams 27:06 Training the Next Leader in the Military 29:55 Empowering Leaders in Corporate America 30:20 Overcoming the Fear of Being Replaced 35:54 Where to Learn More and Get the Book 38:04 Closing Meet Chris Name: Chris Mefford His Story: Chris Mefford is a seasoned, award-winning business executive with over twenty years of experience in leadership and marketing. Mefford has been a Vice President of the Dave Ramsey Organization and co-founded and runs Culture Force, a consulting firm that promotes intense coaching and training programs to help companies grow and evolve their cultures. Meet Kyle Name: Kyle Buckett His Story: Kyle Buckett is a retired US Navy SEAL and led the advanced training for both junior and seasoned Navy SEALs. He has scaled numerous companies and has been instrumental in the business development of numerous Navy SEAL–founded businesses. He runs Culture Force, a consulting company, with Chris and is also regularly involved in multiple charities supporting veterans from the special forces communities. https://www.cultureforce.team/ https://www.instagram.com/cultureforce.team/ Book Recommendations Leadership Is Overrated: How the Navy SEALs (and Successful Businesses) Create Self-Leading Teams That Win by Kyle Buckett, Chris Mefford Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World by Chris Wallace By All Means Available: Memoirs of a Life in Intelligence, Special Operations, and Strategy by Michael G. Vickers Chameleon: A Black Box Thriller by Remi Adeleke Related Episodes Lessons from a Major General with Major General David Bassett What Makes Teams Great with Sam Walker Join Our Community If you want to view our live podcast episodes, hear about new releases, or chat with others who enjoy this podcast join one of our communities below. Join the Facebook Group Join the LinkedIn Group Leave a Review If you liked this conversation, we'd be thrilled if you'd let others know by leaving a review on Apple Podcasts. Here's a quick guide for posting a review. Review on Apple: https://remarkablepodcast.com/itunes Podcast Better! Sign up with Libsyn and get up to 2 months free! Use promo code: RLP
Today, a double interview. First, Mike is joined by David Wain, founding member of the influential and anarchically funny sketch comedy group The State, who are touring now. Then, we turn to Michael Vickers, former under secretary of defense for intelligence in the Obama Administration, about his new book By All Means Available: Memoirs of a Life in Intelligence, Special Operations, and Strategy. Plus, Georgia State Prosecutors crack the case of the Kraken, as Sidney Powell pleads. Produced by Joel Patterson and Corey Wara Email us at email@example.com To advertise on the show, visit: https://advertisecast.com/TheGist Subscribe to The Gist Subscribe: https://subscribe.mikepesca.com/ Follow Mikes Substack at: Pesca Profundities | Mike Pesca | Substack Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
This show we have Matt Pranka of Xray Alpha on to talk Shooting, the Combatives Summit, CQB, training, dry fire and much more. Matt is a USPSA Grand Master providing training to Military, Law Enforcement and Civilians. and is quickly becoming one of the most sought after instructors in the industry. Matt has decades of special operations experience, yet he believes that being a high level competitor in practical shooting sports is one of the most important attributes of an operator and he hits on that in this interview. Just recently Eric met Matt at the Combatives Summit in FL where he was continuing his education and providing his expertise to the event as well. https://www.xrayalpha.com/ We are offering our Defensive Pistol 1 course in the Tulsa OK area October 28th. This is an 8 hour course focusing on what truly matters for men and women who carry fireams for lawful protection. Details at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/defensive-pistol-i-oct-28-2023-tickets-704954045527?aff=ebdssbdestsearch Intro and Outro Music by: The Tactical Twins, Jason Bieler and The Baron Von Bielski Orchestra and Tim Alexander/Fata Morgana Please subscribe and share our podcast with friends and family. Visit our website for bios, future events and info at www.evosec.org Like, follow and share us on Facebook and Instagram @evosecusa WE ARE PUMPED TO HAVE A NEW AFFILIATE LINK FOR ORIGIN AND JOCKO FUEL!!! Help support this show by purchasing any of your JiuJitsu gear, Jocko Supplements, books clothing and more... link below. Origin/Jocko Fuel – Bringing back American manufacturing, producing the best Jiu-Jitsu Gis on the market, Jeans, rash guards, and world class supplements to help you on the path. Use EvoSec10 at checkout for 10% off, this helps us greatly. EVOSEC Originusa.com AFFILIATE LINK Tenicor – www.tenicor.com they are educators, and innovators in the holster market. They are firearms instructors themselves, pressure testing their gear in multiple force on force events every year. We support those who do the work. Again, patronizing our sponsors helps us greatly. Evolution Security is Eric Davis and Aaron Davis specializing in self-protection education, defensive pistol and carbine, consulting, and weapons based grappling. Their mission is to help those serious about protecting themselves and their loved ones become more capable though filtered information, recommended study, and highlighting their mentors who are the best in the field. In addition, Eric and Aaron (twins) are musicians keeping with Musashi's adage that martial artist should focus on art outside of the martial.
IN THE NEWS Will all NFL teams retire Pat Tillman's number? THIS WEEK'S GUEST This week we visit with two female veterans who work with the PenFed foundation keep faith with the Afghans who served alongside U.S. forces by assisting with their rescue and successful resettlement into American communities. Mahnaz Akbari served 10 years the in Afghan special forces as the Commander of a Female Tactical Platoon – a small unit of Afghan women who worked with U.S. special operations forces (SOF) in Afghanistan to search, questioning, and medical assistance of women and children - in a way that was respectful of Islam and Afghan culture. Rebekah Edmondson served 10 years in U.S. Army and deployed to Afghanistan several times to support a program called the Cultural Support Team, where she trained FTPs. Both women talk about how they got started in their military careers, the missions they were part of an Afghanistan, and the work they are doing in support of Afghan allies today. RAPID FIRE Air Force to review discharges of troops with mental health conditions Drunken Special Operators Struggle to Finish a Mission in New Action Comedy 'Obliterated' American Legion Post 109 Donates $4,500 to Feed Vail's Schoolchildren Special Guests: Mahnaz Akbari and Rebekah Edmondson.
Israeli Special Operations Veteran Aaron Cohen joins the program to discuss the Israeli AND American hostages being held by Hamas right now and how it is feasible for some to be brought home alive before the IDF completely levels Gaza and Hamas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
DeliverFund's Founder and Chairman, Nic McKinley, joins Coruzant Technologies for the Digital Executive podcast. Nic shares his fruitful career first serving in Special Operations as a pararescue in the Air Force, the Department of State, and eventually on the front lines as a CIA operative. Today, Nic runs a successful tech company that helps law enforcement capture human and sex traffickers, and to provide freedom to the victims.
Greetings, Manlihood ManCast listeners! In today's episode, we have the honor of hosting an extraordinary guest who has dedicated his life to empowering men and helping them transform not just their bodies but their minds as well. Let's dive into the story of Josh Holyfield. Brief Bio Introduction: Josh Holyfield is a man with a remarkable journey that encompasses service, resilience, and an unwavering commitment to empowering others. He is an Army Veteran with over 15 years of experience in deploying and supporting the US Army and Special Operations. His journey into the world of fitness and well-being began in 2005 when he embarked on a weightlifting journey. Simultaneously, he started studying exercise science and nutrition as a personal hobby. Fitness became more than just a hobby for Josh; it became a lifeline. He used it as a powerful tool to overcome the mental and emotional challenges of serving in the military during combat deployments and, eventually, transitioning into civilian life. For over a decade after his military service, Josh worked as a federal contractor and federal employee, serving global Special Operations Forces (SOF) operations. In 2019, he took a monumental step and initiated "The Josh Holyfield Project." Since its inception, this project has impacted the lives of over 40,000 men, equipping them with the tools and resources necessary to transform both their bodies and minds. What sets Josh apart is his approach, which focuses on creating sustainable habits rather than short-term results. In early 2021, Josh made a bold decision to walk away from his secure federal position, fully dedicating himself to helping men all over the world by offering programming and coaching designed to unleash their full potential. But Josh's journey doesn't stop there. Since 2017, he has achieved significant success by building and scaling two 7-figure online businesses. Furthermore, he works privately with entrepreneurs and advertisers to assist in building and scaling e-commerce and service-based businesses. To connect with Josh Holyfield and explore his work further, visit the following URLs: Josh's Podcast: https://podcast.joshholyfield.com/ Josh's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/joshholyfieldpd Josh's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQx2MkYiayaxyi4uhyOOdug Josh's Website: https://joshholyfield.com/ Josh Holyfield's story is one of strength, service, and a deep commitment to helping men unlock their inner warriors. Tune in to this inspiring episode of the Manlihood ManCast as we delve into the wisdom and insights he has to offer. Stay tuned, gentlemen! --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/manlihood/message
The must listen to final episode of the Pineland Underground Podcast with Major Bobby Tuttle and Sergeant Major Chuck Ritter as the hosts/producers of the show. What sets great leaders and noncommissioned officers apart from their peers? What's expected of officers when they arrive fresh out of the qualification course to a Special Operations Team? How do you stay relevant as you progress in rank? We dive deep into these topics and more. Special Operations Chess Theory digs deep into the question of "What is the power of a U.S. Army Noncomissioned Officer, and more specifically, a Special Operations Noncomissioned Officer? We talk to two highly experienced soldiers, Lieutenant Colonel Mike Salazar, and SFC Joe, about what an NCO is and what sets us apart. We then dive deep into Special Operations Theory and how it can be applied to the military or any business sector mindset. This episode is bittersweet as it's the last where Bobby Tuttle and Chuck Ritter serve as hosts on the Pineland Underground Podcast. LTC Mike Salazar is an active duty U.S. Army Special Forces officer and currently serves as the Deputy Commander at the 1st Special Warfare Training Group within the United States Army Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Liberty, North Carolina, He previously served as a Special Forces officer in the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), as an Infantry officer and has numerous deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. SFC Joe is an active duty U.S. Army Special Forces Noncommissioned Officer who currently serves as an Academic Team Sergeant at the David K. Thuma Special Operations Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Fort Liberty, North Carolina, and is returning back to an operations Special Forces Group in the near future. He previously served in the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) and has numerous deployments to Afghanistan and other countries in the CENTCOM Area of Operations. Major Bobby Tuttle and Sergeant Major Chuck Ritter are both experienced Special Forces soldiers with years of experience as leaders operating around the world. After over a year of hosting and producing the Pineland Underground Podcast for the United States Army Special Warfare Center and School, they are handing over the reins. The new hosts, SGM Derek Riley and MAJ Ash Holzmann will take the podcast to new heights and tackle topics important to the Army and Special Operations. The Official Podcast of the United States Army Special Warfare Center and School!USAJFKSWCS selects and trains all Army Special Forces, Civil Affairs, and Psychological Operations soldiers. Please visit our website at: https://www.swcs.milBe sure to check us out and follow at:https://www.facebook.com/jfkcenterandschoolhttps://www.instagram.com/u.s.armyswcs/https://www.youtube.com/c/USAJFKSWCS/videosPlease like, subscribe, and leave a review!#specialops #usajfkswcs #pinelandunderground #pineland #podcast #military #ussocom #socom #usasoc #specialforces #army #leadership #leader #mentorship #education #pme #warfighter #combat #war #conflict #irregularwarfare #uw #nco #ncoa #officer #swcs #specops #chesstheory #oda #3rdgroup #swcs #fortliberty
Note: Audio is choppy in some parts however, overall the interview is good. Just be patient.James Bartley has been researching Alien Abductions and the Military/Aerospace Connection to UFOs and Alien Life Forms for twenty five years. He is a protege of legendary Alien Abduction Researcher Barbara Bartholic of Tulsa Oklahoma. James has spent a lot of time conducting field investigations in the High Desert of Southern California, Arizona and Nevada. He specializes in research and investigations into Reptilian Aliens and Military Abductions.Bartley is an Independent Historian with an emphasis on Military History, Intelligence/Counterintelligence and Special Operations. James has lectured in San Diego California, Las Vegas Nevada, at the UFO Friendship Camp Outs at the Lil A'Le Inn in Rachel Nevada adjacent to the Groom Lake/Area 51 complex, Memphis Tennessee, Mississippi, Philadelphia, Bury England at the first ever REPCON (Reptilian Conference), Sydney Australia, The Blue Mountains west of Sydney, Brisbane Australia, Melbourne Australia and numerous other places.He was formerly a member of the Night Search Paranormal Network (NSPN) and hosted his own show called “The Bureau of Alien Human Affairs: Directorate V, Reptilian Section or BAHA DV RS for short.Bartley co-facilitated support groups for Alien Abductees and Military Abductees (Milabs.) Bartley is available for consultations.Website thecosmicswitchboard.com
Dive deep into an emotional roller-coaster with Jeremy Locke as he recounts his experiences from war zones to the heart-wrenching stories of children in distress. Jeremy is the Founder and Chief of Special Operations for AERIAL RECOVERY, a organization dedicated to aiding in the fight against human and child trafficking. From confronting the harsh realities of war to battling personal demons and addictions, Jeremy's journey is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Join Jon as he unravels the layers behind the man who's made it his mission to rescue and uplift those in dire situations. Learn more about Aerial Recovery here. Follow them on Instagram JOIN THE REAL ONES COMMUNITY on Patreon FOLLOW @jonnybernthal Instagram | Twitter FOLLOW REAL ONES YouTube | Instagram | Tik Tok https://www.realonescontent.com
In episode 81 @AfterburnPodcast Colonel Samuel G. McIntyre, a U-28A Air Force Special Operations Pilot, who distinguished himself during the tumultuous events unfolding at Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan. Amidst the initial Taliban invasion and the emergency United States embassy evacuation, Colonel McIntyre's exceptional flying skill, courage, and precision defensive maneuvers were pivotal in safeguarding the lives of his crew, Afghan civilians, and U.S. embassy and military personnel. For his actions, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor. Read the DFC citation here: https://bit.ly/McIntyre_DFC_Citation Join our free weekly newsletter for insights into aviation, defense, and geo-politics - https://bit.ly/AfterburnNewsletter Colonel McIntyre's valor is encapsulated in his receipt of the Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded for his extraordinary achievement during Operation Freedom's Sentinel. Facing a runway obstructed by a stampede of civilians and enemies, emergency fuel conditions, and violent urban warfare, Colonel McIntyre executed unprecedented feats of airmanship, landing amidst chaos and ensuring the safe recovery of his crew. This episode delves into the intricate dynamics of U-28A tactical capabilities, offering a glimpse into the life of a pilot marked by complexity, challenge, and courage. It's a narrative that transcends the ordinary, unveiling the profound impact of precision, skill, and dedication in the theatre of war.
Israeli Special Operations Vet Aaron Cohen calls in to discuss the war in Israel and what's to come regarding the hostages taken both within Israel and in Gaza. Cohen reports that Israel's Special Ops team should have an easier time retrieving hostages within the country, and how they can remove the hostages from Gaza before they are scattered further. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In a career spanning from the height of the Cold War to the fight against Al Qaida, Michael Vickers worked at every level of the US national security community. From his time as an Army Green Beret trained to parachute behind Soviet lines in Europe with a “backpack” nuclear weapon, to his final assignment as the senior official responsible for all Department of Defense intelligence activities, few people have accumulated as much experience. Join host Bob Hamilton as he talks with Dr. Vickers about his career and the lessons he draws for today's national security practitioners.By All Means: Memoirs of a Life in Intelligence, Special Operations, and Strategy by Michael G. Vickers
This week on SRS, we welcome Command SGT Major (R), Tom Satterly to the show. Satterly is a former Delta Force Operator with over twenty years of combat experience. He has participated in operations all across the globe. We're breaking his incredible story into a three part series. Part 3 In this episode, Satterly tells us about the aftermath of Somalia and his career during the Global War on Terror. Then, we get into Satterly's transition out of Special Operations and into his civilian life where his personal war was just beginning. SRS also welcomes special guest Co-Founder & CEO of All Secure Foundation. Jen & Tom share some eye opening statistics around Veteran suicide and give an unfiltered look at what families go through when their warriors come home. They give us this insight through the lens of their own marriage. Shawn Ryan Show Sponsors: https://lairdsuperfood.com - USE CODE "SRS" https://hvmn.com/shawn https://betterhelp.com/shawn Tom & Jen Satterly Links: Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tomsatterly All Secure Foundation - https://www.allsecurefoundation.org All Secure Foundation IG - https://www.instagram.com/allsecurefoundation Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/virago_allsecurefoundation Jen IG - https://www.instagram.com/jen.satterly Books - https://www.allsecurefoundation.org/category/books Please leave us a review on Apple & Spotify Podcasts. Vigilance Elite/Shawn Ryan Links: Website | Patreon | TikTok | Instagram | Download Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
From combat to coral, Force Blue is providing buoyancy to veterans around the world. Steve “Gonzo” Gonzalez is a former Navy SEAL who is now the Special Projects and Events Director for Force Blue, a nonprofit organization that trains and deploys special operations veterans for marine conservation projects. Force Blue's mission to utilize the skills of special ops veterans to help scientists with initiatives like coral reef restoration, invasive species removal, and marine debris cleanups. JT and Gonzo discuss how his military background led him to Force Blue and shares stories of the personal rewards he sees in giving veterans a new mission.To learn more about Force Blue, visit their website and follow them on Instagram.
In this episode of the Psychedelic Therapy Frontiers podcast, Dr. Steve Thayer and Dr. Reid Robison are joined by former Navy SEAL, Michael Higgs. Since retiring from a long military career, Michael has worked as the Director of Programs at The Honor Foundation–a unique transition institute created to help members of the U.S. Special Operations community realize their maximum potential during and after their elite service careers. He has also served as Director of Operations at The Mission Within–a 6 week entheogenic psycho-spiritual therapy program focussed primarily on Special Operations Forces veterans, combat veterans, first responders, and contact sports athletes who suffer from treatment-resistant and complex conditions such as Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTbi), Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Depression, and/or addictions.Michael discusses his personal healing journey with psychedelics, his approach as preparation and integration coach, the unique challenges military members and veterans face when seeking help for trauma and moral injury, the importance and power of self-love and forgiveness, and much more. https://missionwithin.orghttps://heroicheartsproject.orghttps://sealff.orghttps://vetsolutions.org/https://www.reason-for-hope.org/Learn more about our podcast at https://numinus.com/podcast/Learn more about psychedelic therapy training opportunities at https://numinus.com/our-training-selection/Learn more about our clinical trials at https://numinus.com/research/ Learn more about Numinus at https://numinus.com/Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drstevethayer/https://www.instagram.com/innerspacedoctor/https://www.instagram.com/numinushealth/
IN THE NEWS How the US Army made the world's toughest sandwich THIS WEEK'S GUEST Executive Producer and Director Chase Millsap and Executive Producer Dale King, join us to talk about their documentary, “Small Town Strong.” Filmed over four years in Portsmouth, Ohio, the one-time pill mill capital of America, “Small Town Strong” follows Dale, a former Army Intelligence Officer, who returns to his hometown after two tours in Iraq, to find it in shambles amid the growing opioid epidemic. With no one coming to save them, King starts PSKC Crossfit gym and offers job opportunities to those in recovery. Their unorthodox strategy takes on fentanyl with fitness – resulting in one of the biggest comebacks in small-town America history. RAPID FIRE Women in Army SOF resorted to buying their own armor, study finds Share your Buddy Check Week plans with us How rucking can give your walking routine a boost Special Guests: Chase Millsap and Dale King.