Drones are quickly becoming a crucial part of many US military and government toolboxes in order to deal with specialized situations. This morning, I saw that the FAA granted a special exemption to allow drones to help fight massive forest fires happening in Idaho. Police departments are using drones for building searches and crisis situations … Continue reading Ep 17.0 – US drone warfare
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It’s been sixteen years since I sat in a recruiter’s office. I remember visiting there many times (even after I was signed up to join) and asked all kinds of questions. What was basic training like? How was the food? Did they like their non-recruiter MOS? Did I have to make that MANY trips to … Continue reading Ep 16.5 – US military recruiting tactics and a far right Supreme Court
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Even with the usual drowning of military news topics in circulation today, this last week has raised the bar considerably on how much horrible news can be crammed in such a small amount of time. Yemen, already awash in the humanitarian disasters caused by the Saudi / UAE / US campaign to remove the Houthis, … Continue reading Ep 16.0 – America the beautiful…and ugly
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We bring you part 2 of our sitdown with Keagan Miller. Keagan is a former CTT (Cryptologic Technical Technician) who served in the Navy from 2009-13. He worked at NSA Georgia in support of 5th fleet and intelligence agency operations in North Africa and Middle East such as the Libya mission in 2011, the anti-piracy mission … Continue reading Ep 15.5 – Interview with Keagan Miller, former Navy – NSA intel analyst – Part 2
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Military operations grind to a halt without intelligence. Both the human side (HUMINT) and the electronic side (SIGINT for signal intelligence) must be pursued relentlessly to give military operational forces their picture of the battlespace. Yes, it’s a lot of jargon and bullshit to say intelligence speaks to people and gets info from them, along … Continue reading Ep 15.0 – Interview with Keagan Miller, former Navy – NSA intel analyst – Part 1
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Danny and I are very excited to bring you the second half of our sit down with Tom Engelhardt, editor-in-chief and founder of TomDispatch, where he brings us amazing long form journalism from a huge group of writers about our national security apparatus and especially America’s endless addiction to militarism. Please go and pick up … Continue reading Ep 14.0 – Interview with Tom Engelhardt of TomDispatch – Part 2
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Danny and I are very excited to bring you the first half of our sit down with Tom Engelhardt, editor-in-chief and founder of TomDispatch, where he brings us amazing long form journalism from a huge group of writers about our national security apparatus and especially America’s endless addiction to militarism. Here, we discuss Tom’s new … Continue reading Ep 13.5 – Interview with Tom Engelhardt of TomDispatch – Part 1
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America has many three letter agencies that perform a variety of tasks. Law enforcement, tax collection, firearms investigations, customs and border security, and so forth. Today, Danny and I discuss our intelligence community, and when we say ‘intelligence community, we mean the SEVENTEEN intelligence agencies that perform intelligence missions of all sorts. Somehow, we have … Continue reading Ep 12.5 – Military intelligence indeed! – the intelligence community
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I’ve fired around a half dozen belt fed weapons systems during my time in service; some bigger and louder than others, and all of them a kick ass way to spend an afternoon. Well, that is until you realize the effects of firing them over a longer period of time. It’s not just loud noise … Continue reading Ep 12.0 – Veterans ‘under pressure’ – Blast pressure, water contamination, and Afghanistan
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As a prolific news junkie, there are some stories that I’m tired of reading about and the Niger investigation has become one of those stories. Not because the news about Niger is especially horrible or specifically newsworthy, or because we’re seeing more and more expansion by AFRICOM into new corners of Africa; obviously, both those … Continue reading Ep 11.5 – Africa on fire and too many military brats
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Being honorably discharged from the military is the reality most veterans face. They receive all benefits from their time in service and help from the VA with healthcare and other significant issues. To me, it’s always been a given. I served my country and for that, I receive these services. But what if you had … Continue reading Ep 11.0 – ‘Bad paper’ discharges with Tyson Manker
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Whistleblowers are a divided and dense topic. Bringing up Edward Snowden or Chelsea Manning generally invites conflict, especially for those who work in national security. However, our government has worked hard to keep secrets while its citizens are kept in the dark. So, often times, whistleblowers are the only remedy to bring these facts into … Continue reading Ep 10.5 – Whistleblowers
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Wow, these last few weeks have had so much news for Danny and I to comb through. The gas attack in Douma and our government’s response, John Bolton becoming national security adviser, the killing of Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip, and a whole host of other major stories. Here’s the Fortress breakdown of recent … Continue reading Ep 10.0 – John Bolton and deported veterans
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Nuclear weapons are a complicated and pretty morose topic. Most of what Americans know about our nuclear capabilities comes more from movies and TV than actual news and content. We might discuss how far and how much damage an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) from a nuke would cause or maybe discuss the bombings in Hiroshima and … Continue reading Ep 9.5 – So many ICBM’s, so little humanity – US nuclear weapons policy
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Here’s Part 2 of our in-depth interview with Iona Craig of The Intercept on all things Yemen. Thanks to Iona for taking so much time to talk with us and sitting in on some of our headlines. We also dig into the recent news involving denied claims for veterans and family members who were poisoned … Continue reading Ep 9.0 – Interview with Iona Craig at the Intercept – Part 2
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I spent a lot of my time searching and reading news from all kinds of sources. And as such, I read a lot of the same journalists, sometimes even at different outlets. Glenn Greenwald would be a good example, as he appears on various outlets to share his work. One day, you might be reading … Continue reading Ep 8.5 – Interview with Iona Craig of The Intercept – Part 1 on Yemen
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Today, Danny and Henri take the FOH lens to Africa, as they attempt to make sense of new information (and lack thereof) on both the Niger ambush and the overall AFRICOM mission. They also dig into new developments involving foreign born service members and ‘foreign born terrorists.’ 00:35 – The pursuit of ‘foreign born terrorists’ … Continue reading Ep. 8.0 – Africa under the microscope
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Here is our first bonus episode!! This one first appeared on Patreon only, but Danny and I wanted you all to have a chance to see a bonus episode without paying. Enjoy!!! Enjoy the show?! Please leave us a review right here. Got news to share about our military or veterans?! Or just need to … Continue reading Bonus Ep 1 – American adventures in militarism
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Our national defense is an important subject for every American. And certainly, not the least of which is how our capitalist society supports and enables our military, spending billion of dollars on troops and equipment, but very seldom discussing whether those dollars spent actually mean America is somehow safer. Here’s our breakdown of the current … Continue reading Ep 7.5 – Bombs, bullets, and bandages in a global market – the military industrial complex
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This week, we take a look at a new report on Veterans Affairs (VA) mental health care from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, then discuss a story about Senator Tom Cotton and his war mongering policies along with a breakdown of President Trump’s recent comments on the Iranian protests. 01:00 – National … Continue reading Ep 7.0 – Iranian protests and the hatred of Tom Cotton
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