War College

from The Great Debate:

The women warriors giving ISIS nightmares

December 17, 2015

Islamic State has many enemies, both around the world and in the Middle East. But there’s one group of fighters that the men of Islamic State fear more than others because, rumors say, to be killed by them doesn’t lead to martyrdom, but to an eternity in hell. These fearsome warriors are members of the Kurdish Women’s Protection Units, and in this week’s War College, we look at the role they – and other women – are playing in the war against Islamic State.

from The Great Debate:

What will cause the next Holocaust?

December 9, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Timothy Snyder

We live in the shadow of World War Two and the Holocaust.

from The Great Debate:

Vladimir Putin: 25 percent violence, 75 percent propaganda

December 1, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Peter Pomerantsev

The media in Russia is lively, often entertaining and largely state controlled. Still, an illusion of freedom remains key for the Kremlin to maintain its grasp over a country that spans 11 time zones. In this episode of War College, we look at how Vladimir Putin crafts his message for both internal and external consumption.

from The Great Debate:

Are drone strikes working if something like the Paris attacks can still happen?

November 24, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Joseph Trevithick

Predator and Reaper drones hang in the sky above Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq and Syria. Mostly they observe, search for targets – and occasionally they unleash Hellfire missiles. Targets may be large gatherings of suspicious figures, convoys or training camps. They can also be private houses, and sometimes they turn out to be weddings.

from The Great Debate:

One phrase from Saudi clerics could begin the end of Islamic State

November 19, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Malcolm Nance

The recent terror attacks in Paris shook the world and put the focus back on Islamic State. This week on War College, we talk with American Special Operations intelligence veteran Malcolm Nance. Nance literally wrote the textbook on Iraq’s terrorists and is the executive director of the Terror Asymmetrics Project.

from The Great Debate:

Who picks up your trash when you live in the ‘Islamic State?’

November 11, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Kevin Sullivan

Many in the West think of the Islamic State as a loose collection of fighters -- rabble who kill, loot and burn. But the truth is more complex, though no less terrifying. Islamic State actually governs the territory it takes and it’s not terrible at it. The group levies taxes, teaches children and organizes garbage pickup.

from The Great Debate:

What makes a historical arsonist? A conversation with Dan Carlin.

November 4, 2015
Participants: Dan Carlin, Jason Fields, Matthew Gault

The host of the Hardcore History podcast joins War College to discuss some of the most powerful figures in history - men and women who burned down the world they were born into and -- many generations later -- are sometimes credited with laying the foundation for progress. But that doesn't mean that's what the arsonist set out to do, or that the people in their way were happy to pay the price.

from The Great Debate:

Most of Russia’s military still ‘rubbish’ despite Ukraine, Syria deployments

October 20, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Mark Galeotti, Matthew Gault

To some in the West, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intervention is a comment on the failure of the United States and its allies to take control of a horrific situation. These pundits view Putin as a strongman, playing a complicated game of chess against the West … and winning.

from The Great Debate:

How the machine gun brought modern war to the world

October 15, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Ian McCollum

“Whatever happens, we have got/ The Maxim gun, and they have not.”

from The Great Debate:

Podcast: Coming soon, pizza that stays fresh for three years – courtesy of the U.S. Army

October 1, 2015
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Anastacia Marx de Salcedo

A military can only project power as far as it can ship food to feed its hungry soldiers. The need for armies, both ancient and modern, to travel long distances to thwart enemies and take territory has made militaries one of the driving factors behind food science.