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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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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

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

Russia, Russia, Russia

7/23/2018
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Leo and Joe talk about what President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin may mean for the U.S. military (0:45) and sanctions meant to hurt Russia could instead isolate other American allies (7:45). They also discuss whether Congress can get done its NDAA work in the final week of summer session for the House (12:15) and the best Twitter jokes they heard this week related to Trump’s backtracking from his press conference comments.

Duration:00:16:41

Shake it off, NATO

7/16/2018
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Leo and Joe talk about the after effects of President Trump’s trip to the NATO summit (1:00) including his shots at allies and the confusion over his defense funding requests. They also talk about plans to up military troop numbers (8:30) even as Trump talks of mission draw downs, and the latest problems with the annual appropriations process (????). Finally, the pair discuss Taylor Swift’s almost visit to Capitol Hill.

Duration:00:19:13

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