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A weekly look at the weapons systems and tactics that both endanger the world and keep it safe.

A weekly look at the weapons systems and tactics that both endanger the world and keep it safe.
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A weekly look at the weapons systems and tactics that both endanger the world and keep it safe.

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From Vikings to Zombies: A History of Drug Use in the Military

10/22/2018
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Why do soldiers fight? Maybe it’s patriotism. Maybe it’s comradeship. Maybe it’s fear of their own side. Or maybe it’s the drugs. For as long as there have been people, there have been people trying to get high. It’s no different in warfare. Fighters have used drugs to make themselves bloodier, stronger, more able to go without sleep. Lukasz Kamienski, author of "Shooting Up: A Short History of Drugs and War," joins us.

Duration:00:35:36

What 'War by Other Means' Means Now

10/15/2018
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Taylor Swift and Islamic State are in a battle for our hearts, minds and eyeballs. Russia wants your vote, or for you not to vote at all. And if you think the amount of false information out there online is dangerous now, just wait. Artificial intelligence is about to make fake news virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. Peter W. Singer, author of the new book "LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media," takes us beyond the troll farms and into some even creepier territory.

Duration:00:32:29

Why an Ancient Greek Historian Is Still Taught at West Point

10/8/2018
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More than 2,400 years ago, Thucydides of Athens wrote about his city's war with Sparta. Today, that book is still read at military academies all over the world. Why? That's what we asked Dr. Cliff Rogers of West Point.

Duration:00:29:26

ICYMI - How Modern China Got That Way

10/3/2018
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Xi Jinping’s China tends to look at itself as a historical victim, an underdog fighting to roll back indignities of the past and prove its strength. Author and journalist Paul French has been chronicling China’s rise since the 1980s, but has also focused on understanding the development of the country since the Opium Wars of the 19th century. In this episode, French offers his view of how China’s past is informing its aggressive foreign policy now. You can listen to War College on iTunes,...

Duration:00:37:43

Interviewing the Alleged Secret Master of the Qanon Conspiracy

9/27/2018
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Qanon is a conspiracy theory that supposes President Donald Trump is at war with an ancient pedophile cult. When Qanon believers began to show up at Trump rallies, the mainstream media took notice. In early August, BuzzFeed published an article that theorized the whole thing was an elaborate prank by leftists activists. Their evidence was a 1999 book about religious rebellions during the 16th century. It’s title? Q. Wu Ming 1, one of the authors of that book joins us today to talk about Q,...

Duration:00:48:56

Erik Prince Wants a Private Air Force

9/19/2018
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The man behind defunct mercenary provider Blackwater sees private air power as the key to winning the war in Afghanistan. A new report links Erik Prince to efforts to buy or build private gunships - the kind of weapon only the United States and a few other countries have at their disposal. David Axe, who writes for the Daily Beast, joins us to discuss the results of his investigation.

Duration:00:34:32

Venezuela: A Riches to Rags Story

9/10/2018
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People in Venezuela are murdering each other at the highest rate in the world. Workers are fainting on the job because of hunger. Citizens have lost 20 pounds on average since the country’s economic crisis began. It’s a nation in collapse with no clear way out. How did Venezuela, once one of the world’s richest countries, plummet so far? Keith Johnson of Foreign Policy helps us understand. You can listen to War College on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our...

Duration:00:27:18

ICYMI - Why Nuclear War Looks Inevitable

9/8/2018
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Several recent developments have the potential to move the hands of the nuclear doom clock closer to midnight. In this episode from a while back, we talked with the Washington Post's Dan Zak about his reporting on the potential for nuclear war. What he had to say wasn't cheering. You can listen to War College on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is warcollegepodcast.com. You can reach us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/warcollegepodcast/;...

Duration:00:31:36

From JFK to Qanon: Why Conspiracy Theories Won’t Go Away

9/4/2018
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Conspiracy theories are as old as the republic. Actually, they're a lot older than OUR republic. In every country, in every culture, people believe powerful forces are colluding in ways they know nothing about. Why is that? In this week's bonus episode we talk with Jesse Walker, books editor of Reason magazine and author of "The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory." You can listen to War College on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is...

Duration:00:31:40

Insider Attack Leaves Wounded Marine, Lingering Questions

8/27/2018
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Sometimes called insider, or “green on blue” attacks, when U.S. forces are assaulted by their allies, it usually makes the news. That wasn’t the case in Syria when a member of the Syrian Defense Forces shot a Marine sergeant twice in the leg. Instead, there was no mention of it by the military, no press release. Instead, there was contradictory information and a curious reporter who refused to let it lie. When Paul Szoldra of Task & Purpose first heard of the incident, the only thing that...

Duration:00:27:18

Space Is Dangerous, but Is Space Force the Answer?

8/20/2018
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Humanity has never been farther from home than the moon (and that was nearly 50 years ago), but the United States may soon be getting its own Space Force. So, what are the dangers a Space Force is meant to grapple with? And what would it do that isn’t being done now by the Air Force and the other services? The War Zone’s Joseph Trevithick joins us to explain that the dangers in space are very real, even if it isn’t clear that a Space Force is the answer. You can listen to War College on...

Duration:00:31:14

Different Perspectives on America’s Wars

8/13/2018
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Children born on Sept. 11 are old enough to fight in the war that began that day. When they go into battle, they will only know the video of the Twin Towers falling, of the Pentagon wounded and smoking, as historical footage, much like the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination looks to an earlier generation. Will they know why they’re fighting in Iraq in Afghanistan? Do we still know? CJ Chivers of The New York Times joins us to talk it through. You can listen to War College on...

Duration:00:27:18

How the US May Have Lost a War It Didn't Fight

8/6/2018
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When Syria was pulled apart seven years ago, the United States opted to stay on the sidelines. It was clear that President Bashar Al-Assad was a bad guy, but it was far less clear who the good guys were. Unfortunately, inaction has also had its price for the U.S., according to our guest Steven A. Cook, who is the Eni Enrico Mattei Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Duration:00:29:55

What We Learned From an Attack on Facebook

8/3/2018
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Bonus Episode: Facebook recently revealed that trolls had been at it again: creating pages intended to drive Americans ever further apart, turning the volume of online political discourse up to 11. All signs point to Russia as the instigator. Graham Brookie of the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab joins us to explain what the perpetrators revealed about themselves and what we have to look forward to in the midterms. You can listen to War College on iTunes, Stitcher, Google...

Duration:00:28:15

Why Germany Isn’t Picking Up More of NATO’s Tab

7/31/2018
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One of the great strains on NATO is the question of who’s paying how much for what. But that’s not a new problem. Almost as long as the alliance has been around - 69 years - there’s been arguing over the bills. Germany has been a particular target of late, with the United States calling on the economic powerhouse to pay up. Kathleen Hicks of the Center for Strategic and International Studies offers some needed perspective. You can listen to War College on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or...

Duration:00:30:58

The Taboo Against Chemical Weapons Is Eroding

7/26/2018
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Bashar Al Assad has gassed his own people. An assassin used VX to murder Kim Jong Un’s half-brother. Now, Russia has allegedly used an obscure Cold War era chemical weapon to assassinate an old spy on British soil. The taboo against chemical weapons has eroded and, for those willing to use them, they’re an effective weapon of war. This week on War College, The Daily Beast reporter Adam Rawnsley walks us through the lastest on the chemical weapon attacks in Britain and what these eroding...

Duration:00:42:56

Your Handy-Dandy Guide to the Russian Mafia

7/16/2018
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From blue-tattooed psychopaths to “businessmen” with a twist, Russia’s vory developed a code all their own - if you can call it that. Mark Galeotti takes us through the history of Russia’s mafia and how that history helped to shape Vladimir Putin’s state. For a more detailed look, check out his book “The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia.” You can listen to War College on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is warcollege.co. You can reach us on our Facebook page:...

Duration:00:50:14

Is the Land of the Free on the ‘Road to Unfreedom’?

7/9/2018
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This week we talk with the author of “Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin,” Timothy Snyder, about the current threat coming out of the East. He argues, in “The Road to Unfreedom,” that there’s more than greed behind Russian President Vladimir Putin - there’s also an ideology that directly targets democracy. You can listen to War College on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or follow our RSS directly. Our website is warcollege.co. You can reach us on our Facebook page:

Duration:00:24:01

Rumors of Peace While Embedded With Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan

7/3/2018
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Afghanistan is America’s longest war and the cynical view is that it’ll never end. Marty Skovlund Jr. doesn’t think that’s true. He just returned from Afghanistan where he embedded with American Special Operations Forces on the ground and though he says the war he saw now looks a lot like the war he himself fought years ago, there’s plenty of reasons to hope. Skovlund Jr. is a documentarian, writer, and journalist. He’s a frequent guest of the show and wrote about his recent embed in...

Duration:00:32:45

China’s Stealing Our AI, but May Not Have to for Long

6/26/2018
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Artificial intelligence poses a number of different threats. It can make existing weapons more sophisticated and dangerous, it can help develop new weapons entirely and it can easily be used to create the ultimate surveillance state. All of that is happening particularly quickly in China, which has stated ambitions to lead the world in AI in the near future. Security expert Elsa Kania joins us to explain what’s going on. You can listen to War College on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play or...

Duration:00:26:25