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Military Times Deputy Editor Leo Shane III and Defense News Capitol Hill Bureau Chief Joe Gould introduce listeners to the stories behind the latest military happenings on Capitol Hill. Each week, they’ll bring an insider’s perspective on what the biggest headlines are, why the public should care, and what’s coming next.

Military Times Deputy Editor Leo Shane III and Defense News Capitol Hill Bureau Chief Joe Gould introduce listeners to the stories behind the latest military happenings on Capitol Hill. Each week, they’ll bring an insider’s perspective on what the biggest headlines are, why the public should care, and what’s coming next.
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Military Times Deputy Editor Leo Shane III and Defense News Capitol Hill Bureau Chief Joe Gould introduce listeners to the stories behind the latest military happenings on Capitol Hill. Each week, they’ll bring an insider’s perspective on what the biggest headlines are, why the public should care, and what’s coming next.

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Who’s a moderate wittle dog?

9/17/2018
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Leo and Joe discuss President Trump’s dissatisfaction with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (0:58) and who could potentially replace him as the civilian head of the military in coming months (6:30). They also discuss why lawmakers are now paying more attention to the civil war in Yemen (10:00) and end with warnings they’d like to send back to their younger selves in 2009 (17:00), the last time Congress finished the defense budget on time.

Duration:00:19:41

Secrets, Money and Threats

9/10/2018
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Leo and Joe discuss Sen. Jim Inhofe taking over the Senate Armed Services Committee (0:45) and what it could mean if Rep. Adam Smith goes from ranking member to chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (3:45). They also discuss what the resistance within the Trump administration means (9:00) and how believable reports are that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis threatened to ship a White House staffer to Afghanistan (12:30).

Duration:00:15:26

Summer Vacation Clean-Up

9/4/2018
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Leo and Joe discuss the fallout after Rep. Duncan Hunter’s indictment (1:00) and the possibility of another government shutdown at the end of the month (6:30). The pair also discuss what Trump cancelling the annual pay raise for federal employees means (11:15) before debating locations on Capitol Hill they want to rename (15:30).

Duration:00:18:21

Remembering John McCain

8/27/2018
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Leo and Joe discuss the life and legacy of Sen. John McCain, including his military service (:55), what he meant to national defense policy discussions (4:35) and his relationship with the defense press corps (11:00). They also share some of their favorite anecdotes of covering McCain on Capitol Hill (13:35).

Duration:00:17:41

All aboard

8/20/2018
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Leo and Joe invite Defense News naval expert David Larter to talk about the one-year anniversary of two deadly collisions at sea (1:00) and what that has meant for the military readiness debate on Capitol Hill (6:00). They also discuss why a 355-ship Navy could mean reduced readiness for the service (15:20), and finally, Leo and Larter try and convince Joe why he should care about the upcoming NFL season (20:25).

Duration:09:07:52

Summer shutdown showdown

8/14/2018
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Leo and Joe talk about President Donald Trump’s latest flirtation with a government shutdown this fall (1:10) and whether they think it will actually happen (5:45). They also discuss why the return of cases believed to be American troops missing in action has gotten caught in political fighting (8:55). And they end with a discussion of the weirdest political headlines they have written after accusations of Bigfoot erotica enters into a congressional contest (13:35).

Duration:00:17:03

A change in power

8/6/2018
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Leo and Joe talk about what the congressional armed services committees could look like after the November mid-term elections. What happens if Republicans hold both chambers (1:00), or if Democrats take the House (6:00) What if Democrats take the Senate (11:15) or manage to take both chambers (15:50) Joe also reveals a glaring gap in his pop culture knowledge (19:00).

Duration:00:21:09

Invisible planes on parade?

7/30/2018
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Leo and Joe talk about Congress wrapping up the annual defense authorization debate months ahead of schedule (1:00), the foreign policy provisions within it (5:45), and the big personnel changes that are included (8:20). They also discuss the confirmation of new Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie (13:50) and ideas for what military equipment may be included in the upcoming national military parade event (17:50).

Duration:00:20:10

Putin on a show

7/9/2018
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Putin on a show by Military Times

Duration:00:16:38

Getting actual work done on the Hill

7/2/2018
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Leo and Joe talk about the lack of fireworks at the VA secretary confirmation hearing (1:30) and progress on the defense appropriations bills in the House and Senate (7:30). Then they discuss the U.S. mission in Afghanistan getting its 17th new commander (14:00) and what that means for troops there. Finally, the pair discuss whether the military is building Skynet and what other pop-culture apocalyptic scenarios haunt their dreams (16:30).

Duration:00:18:21

Politics in space

6/25/2018
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Leo and Joe talk about President Trump’s move to create a sixth military branch focused on space (1:00) and when we might see servicemembers headed to the moon. They also discuss whether congressional plans to finish the annual defense authorization bill by August are realistic (6:30) and how the military has gotten drawn into the immigration debate (12:00). Finally, Joe sings his proposed anthem for the new Space Force (16:30).

Duration:00:18:08

No more exercising

6/18/2018
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Leo and Joe talk about the President Trump’s surprising decision to cancel military exercises after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (0:45) and how allies are taking the news (4:30). Then they talk about why the White House still hasn’t formally nominated its candidate to take over the top Veterans Affairs job (7:45). Finally, the pair discuss why the military hates Nike’s new logo but is OK with military-themed cologne (14:00).

Duration:00:16:41

No summer vacation

6/11/2018
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In this episode, Leo and Joe talk about the Senate’s cancellation of August break and what it might mean for defense policy on Capitol Hill (1:00). Then the guys discuss how the Defense Department got dragged into a trade war (5:30) and why burn pits are in congressional conversation again (10:45). Finally the pair discuss how Top Gun 2 is ruining Joe’s childhood memories (18:00).

Duration:00:20:28

F-35 is not a curse word

6/4/2018
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In this episode Leo and Joe welcome Defense News’ Val Insinna to talk about defense aviation issues, including the ongoing saga of the F-35 (1:00) and potential congressional fights over the JSTARS program (10:00). They also talk about issues with new Air Force tankers (14:30) and morale among military pilots. Finally, the trio talks about the coolest military flights they’ve taken (22:00).

Duration:00:26:07

North Korea confusion

5/27/2018
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Leo and Joe discuss what troops should take away from the drama surrounding on-again, off-again summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (0:45). They also discuss the 2019 military pay raise plan (5:00) and potential defense budget fights in the months ahead (8:45) before Joe gets nerdy about defense policy management and the sage grouse (12:30). Finally, the two end the episode with thoughts about Memorial Day and service member stories they have covered...

Duration:00:19:47

Why the US could never have another war 'authorization' again

5/21/2018
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Leo and Joe discuss the big VA and defense issues on Capitol Hill in recent weeks, including the inevitability of the annual defense authorization bill (1:30), the surprising passage of sweeping new veterans legislation (3:30), the hopelessness of the AUMF debate (5:30) and the never-ending fight over defense appropriations levels (8:45). Finally, the two discuss corporate sponsorship opportunities that the Pentagon should consider (11:30).

Duration:00:14:21

Micro episode: VA surprise!

5/18/2018
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Leo and Joe discuss the surprise announcement Friday of Robert Wilkie as the next VA Secretary nominee (0:30), Joe’s prediction weeks ago that Wilkie would be the pick (2:30) and what the confirmation process for the longtime bureaucrat may look like (4:30).

Duration:00:06:47

The defense policy all-nighter

5/11/2018
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Leo and Joe discuss the excitement of covering a 14-hour defense policy mark-up (0:30) including snacks handed out by lawmakers to the press on NDAA day. They also talk about proposals to cut civilian defense workers (4:00), nuclear strategy fights (8:00), Trump’s proposed military parade (10:30) and the sage grouse’s connection to military readiness (13:00). Finally, they wrap up with their own pitches for the script of Rambo 5 (17:00).

Duration:00:19:06

Aviation disasters and immigration

5/7/2018
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Leo and Joe welcome Military Times Pentagon Bureau Chief Tara Copp to discuss the latest military aviation tragedy (0:40) and why the Pentagon won’t talk openly about its growing aviation crisis (6:00). They also discuss Tara’s reporting on DOD immigration issues (8:45) and how both of those problems play into larger recruiting worries for the armed forces (11:40). Finally, the group discusses what the president’s proposed Space Force will mean for defense reporting (15:15).

Duration:00:16:59

Trump’s VA nominee implodes

4/27/2018
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Leo and Joe discuss what happened with the president’s pick to take over as the next VA secretary (0:45), what this means for the future of the nearly $200 billion department (5:10) and the potential legal fallout for White House physician Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson (7:50). They also cover Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ recent comments on Syria (11:00) and end with possible roles for Kayne West in the Trump administration (15:20).

Duration:00:17:12