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Welcome to the Global Recon Podcast! Tune in for a chance to hear from former SOF Operators, as well as military personnel from across the spectrum of military specialties.

Welcome to the Global Recon Podcast! Tune in for a chance to hear from former SOF Operators, as well as military personnel from across the spectrum of military specialties.
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Welcome to the Global Recon Podcast! Tune in for a chance to hear from former SOF Operators, as well as military personnel from across the spectrum of military specialties.

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@IgRecon

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GRP 132-Do every act of your life as it were your last: SEAL to a Special Ops Aviator Mike Rutledge

7/10/2019
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On with me for this week’s podcast is recently retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mike Rutledge. Rutledge has had a unique career path having served for 30 years in the United States military. He entered the Navy as a Search and Rescue crewmen deploying around the world in that capacity. He later became a Navy SEAL where he served for 8 years. He’s always had a passion for flying. After serving in the SEAL Teams Mike went on to serve as an Aviator in the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation...

Duration:01:10:06

GRP 131: Thorns and Roses grow on the same tree: The story of a female Kurdish fighter

7/3/2019
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This week’s podcast was recorded in July 2017 with Kurdish fighter Joanna Palani. Joanna is currently in prison in Denmark due to their laws against Danish citizens traveling to Syria to fight. Joanna’s family is from the western region of Iran. She was born in a U.N refugee camp in the desert of Ramadi, Iraq. Growing up there were sections of the road her brother and his peers traversed en route to school that was littered with IED’s. During a commute to school, he was killed by a roadside...

Duration:00:44:28

GRP 130- Great deeds are wrought at great risks: From the south Bronx to the SEAL teams Remi Adeleke

5/16/2019
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On for this episode is author and former U.S Navy SEAL Remi Adelake. Remi has a unique story growing up in Nigeria. Shortly after his father passed away his mother moved him and his brother back to the Bronx. Growing up poor and in a violent section of NYC he learned the ways of the streets at an early age. It wasn’t until years later where he was working undercover as a SEAL that he realized some of those tough lessons learned in the South Bronx helped him stay alive in combat. Since making...

Duration:01:53:38

GRP 129-From Africa to the French Special Forces-Qui ose gagne: The Story of a French SAS Operator

5/8/2019
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I have a very special guest on for this week’s podcast. Retired French SAS operator Raymond. Raymond was born in Africa and moved to France during his teenage years. He eventually joined the Army and became a member of the French Foreign Legion. It was on a deployment with the Foreign Legion where he met members of the French SAS, France’s premier counter terrorism unit. We discussed his early life, the racism he experienced in France and in the Army being African. We touched on what effects...

Duration:00:57:39

GRP 128-The 20 Year Journey of a Navy SEAL Sniper: Jack Carr

4/24/2019
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GRP 128-The 20 Year Journey of a Navy SEAL Sniper: Jack Carr On for this week’s podcast is former Navy SEAL Officer turned author Jack Carr. He led special operations teams as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander and Task Unit Commander. Over his 20 years in Naval Special Warfare he transitioned from an enlisted SEAL sniper specializing in communications and intelligence, to a junior officer leading assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was on a pre 9/11 training...

Duration:01:10:38

GRP 127-An American Spy Master: The former Director of Overseas Operations for the CIA Jack Devine

4/17/2019
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We have a very special guest for this episode. Former Director of Overseas Operations for the Central Intelligence Agency, Jack Devine. Mr. Devine served with the agency for over 30 years, working some of the most impactful operations during that time. We discussed his interactions with KGB Spy Aldrich Ames, from the beginning of his career until they met again when Jack was the station chief in Rome. Jack ran a covert operation arming the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan during the 1980s in their...

Duration:01:11:19

GRP 127-An American Spy Master: The former Director of Overseas Operations for the CIA Jack Devine

4/10/2019
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GRP 127-An American Spy Master: The former Director of Overseas Operations for the CIA Jack Devine. We have a very special guest on for this episode. Former Director of overseas operations for the Central Intelligence Agency Jack Devine. Mr. Devine served with the agency for over 30 years while working some of the most impactful operations during that time. We discussed his interactions with KGB Spy Aldrich Ames from the beginning of his career until they met again when he was the station...

Duration:01:11:19

GRP 126-In chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order: CIA Security Officer Tom Pecora

4/3/2019
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GRP 126- For this weeks podcast I have a very special guest on career CIA Security Officer and author of "GUARDIAN - Life in the Crosshairs of the CIA's War on Terror" Thomas Pecora. “GUARDIAN” is a historical memoir chronicling Mr. Pecora’s 24 years in the CIA in protective operations, counter-terrorism and security, working in some of the worst terrorist hotbeds in the world. We discussed several events which you’ll find as I have that Tom’s perspective is valuable and unique. Enjoy. 0:00-...

Duration:01:59:43

GRP125-There is wisdom of the head and a wisdom of the heart:Dave Nielsen a Special Missions Sniper

3/27/2019
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Back on the podcast is Dave Nielsen. Dave served in Special Missions as a Breacher, Dog Handler, and sniper. His first experience in war was in 1989 during a combat jump into Panama as a young Ranger. Dave finished up his career over two decades later having deployed multiple times. We discussed in detail the operation which was covered in the HBO documentary “War Dog” where Dave’s K9 partner “Pepper” was killed in Iraq. We discussed Iraq, language training, Egypt and much more. Enjoy. 0:00-...

Duration:02:20:09

GRP 124- The Work of a Nation, the Center of Intelligence: Insight from an Intelligence Advisor

3/6/2019
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GRP 124- “We accomplish what others cannot accomplish and go where others cannot go. On for this week’s podcast is my co host Tim Kolczak and U.S. intelligence specialist JT Patten. Patten, became involved in the intelligence and counter terrorism shortly after 9/11. Possessing a skill set uniquely suited to working specific elements of intelligence operations we were able to discuss some of what that entails. We touched on what is known as the “Deep State” as well as conspiracy theories,...

Duration:01:56:16

GRP 123-Only light can drive out darkness-Guardian Group: Countering Child Sex Trafficking

2/6/2019
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On for the podcast in our latest episode are retired Special Missions Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Tiegs, and the founder of the Guardian Group Jeff Keith. LT Tiegs became aware of the crime of child sex trafficking while disrupting terrorist networks overseas. After a brief stint in Law Enforcement and the Air Force Special Operation’s, Jeff Keith continued to serve but as a Pastor. Jeff, in his travels overseas learned of the problem and returned to the United States intending to scale it down....

Duration:01:06:04

GRP 122- We’ll do the Voodoo so that you can do what you do: Australian Special Forces Medics

12/5/2018
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GRP 122- We’ll do the Voodoo so that you can do what you do: Australian Special Forces Medics at war On for this week’s podcast are two Voodoo Medics who served in the Australian Special Forces for a number of years. Corporal Tom Newkirk, 2nd Commando Regiment and the Special Operations Engineer Regiment. Sergeant Brad Watts Medic Distinguished Service Medal, SASR (Special Air Service Regiment) who also spent time with the Engineer Regiment. We talked about the Voodoo Medics documentary by...

Duration:01:16:39

GRP 121-Voodoo Medics: Australian Special Forces Medics in Afghanistan

11/21/2018
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On for this week’s podcast is Australian Journalist Kristin Shorten, and Australian Special Forces Medic veteran Jody Tieche. Shorten produced and published a documentary in conjunction with the Daily Telegraph called Voodoo Medics. This documentary chronicles the experiences of Australian Special Forces medics in Afghanistan in a very vivid and real way. We discussed Tactical Casualty Combat Care (TCCC), the process of creating the documentary, and Jody shared some of his experiences in...

Duration:01:00:38

GRP 120-Warriors Heart: Two Brothers Serving in Special Missions in The War on Terror

11/7/2018
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GRP 120-Warriors Heart: Two Brothers Serving in Special Missions in The War on Terror For this weeks podcast I have on Tom and Scot Spooner. Both served in the infantry than became Special Forces Engineers. After 9/11 Tom who joined the Army before Scot went to selection and made it into the Army’s Special Missions Unit as an operator. For the next decade he deployed without a break into combat as an operator and a sniper. Scot, was on an instructor tour at the Special Forces school house...

Duration:01:23:11

GRP 119- A Navy SEALs Humanitarian Struggle in The Battle For Mosul: The City of Death

9/19/2018
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GRP 119-I have a great guest on with me for this episode. Ephraim Mattos, is a former U.S. Navy SEAL turned humanitarian aid worker. Mattos has an upcoming book releasing in October co authored by Scott McEwen (the author of American Sniper) called “City of Death: Humanitarian Warriors in the battle for Mosul”. Ephraim spent months in Iraq with the Free Burma Rangers providing medical care to Iraqi’s wounded during the battle to re take Mosul from ISIS. There is a viral video taken during...

Duration:01:20:50

GRP-118: Know thy self know thy enemy A thousand battles a thousand victories: The Guardian Group

9/12/2018
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GRP-118: On for this episode is retired Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Tiegs. LTC Tiegs spent a long career in the US Army serving with multiple special operations units. He finished up with the Army’s Special Missions Unit. Throughout his long career he’s spent years going after and dismantling terror networks across the world. During his operational service he came across child sex trafficking. He’s now running an organization called “Guardian Group”. “Guardian Group (GG) is committed to an...

Duration:01:00:45

GRP 117-The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang: Insight from a Special Missions Commander

7/18/2018
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GRP 117-The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang: Insight from a Special Missions Commander We’re back from a podcasting hiatus with a great episode. I spent my fourth of July morning talking with Army Colonel Scott Kelly. Colonel Kelly spent over 23 years in the military working in various roles as a commanding officer. We touched on several topics including special operations selection, leading men at the pinnacle of combat arms in special missions, family, and the large task of...

Duration:01:42:10

GRP 116-All warfare is based on deception: A Warfighters Perspective

6/6/2018
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Back on this week's podcast is Bob Keller. Bob is a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Army Special Operations community with time served in the Ranger Regiment, Army Special Forces, and elsewhere. Bob now runs a tactical training company called Gamut Resolutions. We talked about his pre-army days, the tactical training industry, and training law enforcement. Enjoy 0:00-Intro 11:32-The tactical training industry. 37:18- Operation Blue: free training for law enforcement Check out Bob Keller:...

Duration:01:11:02

GRP 115-ARMY OF NONE: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War

5/9/2018
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GRP 115- Our guest for this week’s episode is Pentagon defense expert and former U.S. Army Ranger Paul Scharre. Paul’s new book, ARMY OF NONE: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War is a necessary analysis of this new world. In the book, Scharre traces the emergence of this technology, drawing on incisive research and his personal experiences through four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan to explore the moral and practical challenges of machine-decision making in today’s messy, modern...

Duration:01:43:45

GRP 114- Force has no place where there is need of Skill: A Special Missions Command Sergeant Major

4/18/2018
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GRP 114- Force has no place where there is need of Skill-Herodotus: A Special Missions Command Sergeant Major We have a very special guest on for this week’s podcast. Command Sergeant Major Thomas Satterly joins us. CSM Satterly served as a Special Missions operator in the U.S. Army for 20 years serving in various leadership roles. His first experience in combat was during the various operations working as apart of Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu in 1993. We talked about his role in capturing...

Duration:01:28:32