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From the University of Chicago Public Policy Podcasts, "Thank You For Your Service" is an educational exploration of the dynamics of American civil-military affairs, covering topics like politicization of the military, defense policy in the news, and the importance of staying informed in a democracy.

From the University of Chicago Public Policy Podcasts, "Thank You For Your Service" is an educational exploration of the dynamics of American civil-military affairs, covering topics like politicization of the military, defense policy in the news, and the importance of staying informed in a democracy.
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From the University of Chicago Public Policy Podcasts, "Thank You For Your Service" is an educational exploration of the dynamics of American civil-military affairs, covering topics like politicization of the military, defense policy in the news, and the importance of staying informed in a democracy.

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Episodes

#NatSecGirlSquad: Building Competent Diversity in National Security

9/10/2019
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Maggie Feldman-Piltch is the founder of #NatSecGirlSquad, a professional development community committed to promoting competent diversity in national security and defense. She joins the podcast to discuss her experiences as an organizer and strategist, what motivates her to work towards putting more women at the table for national security discussions, and to share her vision for the future of #NatSecGirlSquad. We also discussed her perspective on the brand-new Leadership Council for Women...

Duration:00:37:32

Dr. Peter Feaver on Why the Civil-Military Gap Matters

8/28/2019
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Few scholars have had a greater influence on the academic study of American civil-military relations than Dr. Peter Feaver. But Dr. Feaver’s career has reached far beyond the campus of Duke University, where he is a professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy and director of the American Grand Strategy Program. The author and editor of several books and innumerable papers on national security, he has also served twice on the National Security Council staff and as an intelligence officer...

Duration:00:48:59

Jake Tapper on Bridging the Civil-Military Divide

6/25/2019
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From his hard-hitting interviews with prominent politicians to his work reporting from the Middle East, Jake Tapper has been a forceful presence in political journalism for the last 20 years. He is currently CNN’s Chief Washington Correspondent and the anchor of The Lead with Jake Tapper, as well as the host of CNN’s Sunday political show, State of the Union. In 2012, Mr. Tapper published a book, The Outpost, which covers the history of Combat Outpost Keating in Nuristan Province,...

Duration:00:40:53

David Axelrod on the Domestic Politics of Wartime Decisions

6/11/2019
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David Axelrod, the longtime political consultant and commentator now serving as director of the UChicago Institute of Politics, has a unique perspective on civil-military relations. In 2004, Mr. Axelrod joined the U.S. Senate campaign of a young Illinois state senator named Barack Obama. Just four years later, he and his team of strategists orchestrated Mr. Obama’s historic campaign for the presidency. Then during the first two years of the administration, Mr. Axelrod served as a White House...

Duration:00:52:53

Michèle Flournoy on Civil-Military Relations at the Pentagon

5/28/2019
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The Honorable Michèle Flournoy, one of the most accomplished national security professionals working in the United States today, served as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from 2009 to 2012 and co-founded the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). She is now the CEO of WestExec Advisors, where she helps make connections between the U.S. national security establishment and important industry partners. In this episode, Ms. Flournoy joins the podcast for a wide-ranging discussion of...

Duration:00:38:25

Phil Klay on America's Moral Contract With Its Servicemembers

5/14/2019
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After serving as a Marine Corps public affairs officer in Iraq, Phil Klay won the 2014 National Book Award for Redeployment, his collection of short stories about the war. Widely recognized as one of the best writers of his generation, Phil has also published essays on the military and society in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, TIME, and many other outlets. In this episode, Phil joins the podcast for a discussion of his previous writing, the moral contract between America and its soldiers, and...

Duration:00:48:30

Admiral James Stavridis on NATO, Scholarship, and the Military Profession

4/30/2019
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Admiral (ret.) James Stavridis, PhD, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO and former Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University, was vetted as Hillary Clinton’s VP nominee and then interviewed by President-elect Donald Trump for a potential cabinet level position. He joins the podcast to discuss the importance of NATO, the role of retired military officers in politics, relations between the U.S. military and the media, and how policymakers and voters should evaluate the success of...

Duration:00:32:44

A Congress (Not?) At War

4/16/2019
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The Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) allows the US military to be deployed against Al-Qaeda and any “associated forces.” Because of its broad nature, it has been used as a justification for military force across the globe, from Afghanistan and Iraq to Yemen and Niger. It was passed in 2001. Congress hasn’t renegotiated it since then. How does Congress’s responsibility of oversight apply to the military? And how has the relationship between Congress and the military evolved...

Duration:00:30:48

Supporting the Tropes: Hollywood & Our Military

4/2/2019
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Many Americans, especially those who don’t personally know a service member, learn much of what they know about the U.S. military through portrayals in film and television. While military movies often make for high-quality and high-revenue entertainment, they can also tend to traffic in stereotypes – stereotypes that can perpetuate the already-growing civil-military divide by hindering realistic and rich conversation between veterans and civilians. This lack of informed interaction can have...

Duration:00:32:16

Senator Claire McCaskill on Congressional Oversight of the Military

3/19/2019
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Claire McCaskill, the former U.S. Senator from Missouri, joins the podcast for a wide-ranging discussion of her twelve years as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. We talked about oversight of defense contracting, the military-industrial complex, sexual assault reform, military justice, and congressional debate over the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). Haliburton, the F-35, New Balance shoes, Kirsten Gillibrand, Saudi Arabia, ice cream flavors, and Boeing may or...

Duration:00:35:41

General Stanley McChrystal on Military Leadership and Policymaking

3/5/2019
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General (ret.) Stanley McChrystal, former commander of the U.S. troops in Afghanistan, joins the podcast for a discussion of his career. General McChrystal reflects on his role serving at the Pentagon while the U.S. invasion of Iraq was planned, his often-tense relationship with the Obama administration, and his decision to speak out on the current president. Also in this episode: what future military leaders should learn from his firing, the military’s relationship with the press, and what...

Duration:00:47:21

How To Politicize A Military

2/19/2019
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The phrase “politicization of the military” is used often by the scholars and guests we’ve talked to on this podcast – but what exactly does it mean? If it’s a bad thing, then why? What kinds of actions qualify as “politicized,” and how can civilian officials and military leaders avoid inappropriately politicizing the armed forces? In this episode, we take a deep dive into the topic of military politicization and why it’s such an important element of our national security policymaking....

Duration:00:24:25

Defense Secretary, Departed

2/3/2019
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At the end of 2018, the dramatic resignation of James Mattis from his post as U.S. Secretary of Defense sparked new concerns about the Trump administration’s conduct of foreign policy and its relationship with the military. Kevin Weng, a PhD candidate and lecturer at the University of Chicago’s Committee on International Relations, joins the podcast to discuss the civil-military implications of the Mattis resignation and the ongoing debate over policy towards Syria. Apologies for the poor...

Duration:00:27:37

The Dangers of Deference, Part Two

12/23/2018
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In these episodes, Thomas Krasnican and Sarah Claudy (from the Pearson Institute) interview Dr. Ron Krebs, a professor at the University of Minnesota, and Robert Ralston, a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, about their research recently published in Foreign Policy Magazine. Part Two addresses the potential implications of the American ‘ritualistic hero worship’ of the military, and how the rhetoric and narratives associated with this practice shape national security policy...

Duration:00:20:12

The Dangers of Deference, Part One

12/23/2018
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In these episodes, Thomas Krasnican and Sarah Claudy (from the Pearson Institute) interview Dr. Ron Krebs, a professor at the University of Minnesota, and Robert Ralston, a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, about their research recently published in Foreign Policy Magazine. Part One covers different theories of that seek to answer the fundamental question of civil-military relations in a democracy: “who guards the guardians?” Part One also covers Dr. Krebs and Mr. Ralston’s...

Duration:00:27:53

Admiral Mike Mullen on the State of Civil-Military Relations

12/2/2018
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Admiral (ret.) Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents Bush and Obama, joins the podcast for a discussion of his experiences serving at the highest levels of civilian and military leadership. Admiral Mullen reflects on his role in repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (the military’s controversial ban on openly gay and lesbian service-members), his public outreach as Chairman, and his opinions of the men and women with whom he served. This podcast is in no way...

Duration:00:22:39

Dr. Kori Schake on How America Views Its Military

11/9/2018
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Dr. Kori Schake, Deputy Director-General of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and co-editor of a book with current Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, joins the podcast for a discussion of current issues in civil-military relations. Dr. Schake shares the story of her own career path as a policymaker and analyst, and delves into topics like American views of the armed forces, politicization of the military, and defense budgeting. Credits: Thomas Krasnican, host Nick Paraiso, host...

Duration:00:25:20

Introduction

11/9/2018
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Welcome to "Thank You For Your Service," a new UC3P Original Series. Our hosts Thomas Krasnican and Nick Paraiso, first-year MPPs at the Harris School of Public Policy and active-duty naval officers, preview the show. In this introduction, Thomas and Nick give an overview of the "civil-military gap" and what it might mean for society. They also discuss ways citizens can support military members and veterans beyond a simple "thank you for your service." Credits: Thomas Krasnican, host Nick...

Duration:00:11:44