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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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Episodes

Shut it all down

1/22/2019
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Leo and Joe welcome in Federal Times’ Jessie Bur to talk about the unseen impact of the ongoing government shutdown (1:10). They also talk about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s cancelled trip to Afghanistan (9:10) and the chances of the State of the Union speech being postponed (12:30) before discussing possible alternate menus for special events at the White House, following the recent fast-food feast there (17:00).

Duration:00:20:19

Shutdown downturn

1/14/2019
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Leo and Joe discuss the possibility of President Trump using military funds to build the southern border wall (1:00) and some of the just emerging impacts of the ongoing government shutdown (5:25). They also discuss new faces on the Senate Armed Services Committee (10:00) before offering more terrible ways for Coast Guard families hurt by the shutdown to bolster their finances (15:45).

Duration:00:18:33

Mad Dog takes a walk

1/7/2019
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Leo and Joe recap the saga surrounding the departure of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (1:55) and what impact that will have on his fan base in the military and on Capitol Hill (5:35). They also discuss President Trump’s plans for Syria (9:45) and introduce Joe’s new weekly defense budget obsession segment (13:00) before brainstorming some outside-the-box names for Mattis’ replacement (15:45).

Duration:00:17:55

Bold predictions for 2019

12/24/2018
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Leo and Joe give their defense and veterans policy predictions for 2019: Jim Mattis’ job status (1:15), Democrats lowballing the defense budget (3:15), VA health policy going viral (6:45), war powers resolutions (9:15), the next joint chiefs chairman (12:20), NDAA final passage (14:15), and possible forced changes to the podcast next year (16:40).

Duration:00:20:22

Build that wall

12/17/2018
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Leo and Joe talk about President Donald Trump’s idea to have the military build the southern border wall (0:50) and how that may play into another government shutdown (4:50). They also discuss the latest defense budget numbers from the White House (7:55) before following PETA’s lead to come up with more politically correct military phrases (12:55).

Duration:00:15:35

Back at home

12/10/2018
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Leo and Joe talk about their recent trips to the Halifax International Security Forum and Reagan National Security Forum (0:40) and how concerns about the defense budget there traveled back to Capitol Hill (6:00). They also discuss Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ credibility (10:30) and Sen. Jim Inhofe’s comments about the press (15:15) before discussing the late President Bush’s love of professional wrestling (17:30).

Duration:00:21:22

Cyber Nightmares

12/3/2018
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Leo and Joe welcome Fifth Domain’s Justin Lynch to discuss Congress’s promises on cyber security for 2019 (1:00) and just how vulnerable Pentagon equipment is to hacking (4:45). They also discuss U.S. officials going on the offense in cyber (8:15) and the legacy of Kirstjen Nielsen on those issues (13:30) before ending with very bad online holiday shopping ideas (17:30).

Duration:00:19:11

Lawmakers, assemble!

11/19/2018
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Leo and Joe discuss Congress’ return to Capitol Hill for the final lame-duck weeks of the 115th session (0:50) and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ trip to the southern border to meet with troops deployed there (5:15). They also discuss the president’s recent slights against veterans (8:15) before offering a tribute to Army vet and comic book legend Stan Lee (14:20)

Duration:00:16:53

The midterm hangover

11/13/2018
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Leo and Joe discuss the results of Tuesday’s midterm elections, including surprises from the defense beat (1:00), what it means for the House Armed Services Committee (3:00), and how many veterans are headed to Capitol Hill (9:30). The pair also discuss Rep. Mike Coffman’s unpleasant goodbye from the president (12:30) before brainstorming ideas to stop military pilots from drawing dirty pictures in the sky (14:30).

Duration:00:17:42

Election night preview

11/5/2018
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Leo and Joe discuss the growing military force headed to the U.S. southern border (1:10) and its political ramifications. They also talk about whether the National Guard counts as part of the military (8:10) and what they’ll be tracking on election night (10:00). Finally, the pair applaud the visiting American troops who drank Iceland’s bars dry last week (15:40).

Duration:00:18:13

A spooky defense policy preview

10/29/2018
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Joe and Leo talk about why threatening political opponents is bad (1:00) before discussing the upcoming midterm elections and potential defense policy pitfalls for Democrats if they flip a chamber of Congress (3:45). They also discuss the Pentagon's planning for a $700 billion defense budget in 2020 (10:00) before planning some military-themed costumes for Halloween (14:00).

Duration:00:16:30

What service members are saying

10/22/2018
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Leo and Joe discuss the findings of the latest Military Times poll (1:15) and why more troops may be fearing a new war on the horizon. They also discuss President Donald Trump’s latest comments about the defense budget (11:30) and using the military to help secure the border (15:45). Finally, the pair discuss actor Gerard Butler’s recent visit to the Pentagon (17:30).

Duration:00:20:46

A Pentagon potpourri with guest Aaron Mehta

10/15/2018
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Leo and Joe welcome in Defense News Deputy Editor Aaron Mehta discuss staff morale at the Pentagon and Jim Mattis’s future (1:30) as well as a new push to get the military’s aircraft fleet into better shape (8:45). They also discuss what might happen with U.S. military equipment sales to Saudi Arabia (13:30) before making fun of Aaron’s beloved hometown of Boston (20:25).

Duration:00:24:44

My campaign opponent hates the military

10/8/2018
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Leo and Joe discuss how defense budget complexities are being handled poorly on the campaign trail (1:00) and whether Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson’s job is in jeopardy over Space Force (6:00). They also discuss last week’s ricin attacks on the White House and Pentagon by a Navy vet (9:00) and start the casting calls for actors to play recent defense secretaries (11:30).

Duration:00:15:20

News that’s not Kavanaugh

10/1/2018
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Leo and Joe discuss how the ongoing Supreme Court confirmation scandals overshadowed defense’ lawmakers legislative victory (0:50) and the VA secretary’s first big Capitol Hill visit (4:30). They also talk about President Trump’s ongoing attacks on U.S. military exercises with South Korea (10:15) and try to find some happy thoughts for the upcoming month of news (14:45).

Duration:00:16:28

May the funds be with you

9/24/2018
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Leo and Joe discuss the defense appropriations deal: what it means for it to be done before Oct. 1 (0:45), what’s in the package for the military (2:45), why President Trump still isn’t happy (6:45), and whether we’ll see similar budget success next year (11:00). They also discuss what lessons the military can learn from watching the Star Wars series (12:15).

Duration:00:15:58

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