The Meaning of Public Service
Chris and Melanie sit down with Mark Cancian of CSIS to discuss the final report of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. They discuss what public service is, what role the government should play in encouraging it, and how COVID-19 and the response to it might affect what opportunities people see for service. Looking at military service specifically, they consider possible reforms to the Selective Service System and take up the commission's recommendation that women be required to register for the draft. Finally, Chris is making progress on a new book, Mark applauds the president for talking about COVID-19 and risks we may have to learn to deal with, and Melanie is grateful for the spontaneous public service we see from so many people during this difficult time.
- "Most Women Oppose Having to Register for the Draft," Rasmussen Reports, February 10, 2016
- Christopher Preble, "Don’t Make Women Register for the Draft. Just End Draft Registration for Everyone," Washington Post, February 5, 2016
- “Poll: Include Women in U.S. Military Drafts,” Sachs Media Group, June 21, 2013
|Apr 02, 2020
Defending U.S. Interests in Cyberspace
Amidst the deepening Coronavirus crisis, Melanie and Chris discuss another type of invisible danger: the threats posed by both state and non-state actors in cyberspace. They’re joined by the Marine Corps University’s Benjamin Jensen, senior research director and lead writer for the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, which issued its report earlier this month. Ben offers an insider’s perspective on how the commission approached its work, and outlines its key findings. What strategies should the United States employ to reduce its vulnerability to cyber threats? And what must the U.S. government and private sector do to implement these strategies? Melanie delivers a heartfelt attagirl to her amazing mom; Ben praises Solarium Commission chairmen Sen. Angus King and Rep. Mike Gallagher; and Chris offers thanks to Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health.
- Cyberspace Solarium Commission Report, March 2020,
- “Tracking the Coronavirus,”
- “The Ultimate Guide to Oregon Women's Basketball Star Sabrina Ionescu,” ESPN, February 29, 2020
- James Fallows, “2020 Time Capsule #2: The Exceptional Dr. Fauci,” The Atlantic, March 13, 2020
- Brandon Valeriano and Benjamin Jensen, “The Myth of the Cyber Offense: The Case for Restraint,” Cato, January 15, 2019
|Mar 19, 2020
Why Is America Leaving Afghanistan Now?
The Net Assessment crew is back to discuss Carter Malkasian’s Foreign Affairs article, “How the Good War Went Bad: America’s Slow-Motion Failure in Afghanistan.” In this episode, Melanie and Chris are joined by Chris Brose, head of strategy at Anduril Industries. The trio dissect whether this peace deal is better than any other deal the United States could have struck in the past 18 years of fighting, and how much confidence the United States can have in the agreement. Are there facts on the battlefield that have made this agreement possible or is America just tired of fighting the war in Afghanistan? Also, Chris P. gives an attaboy to Mayor Pete, Chris B. tips his hat to Joe Biden, and Melanie gives a shout out to modern medicine.
- Carter Malkasian, “How the Good War Went Bad: America’s Slow-Motion Failure in Afghanistan,” Foreign Affairs, March/April 2020
- John Glaser and John Mueller, “Overcoming Inertia: Why It’s Time to End the War in Afghanistan,” Cato, August 13, 2019
- Lauren Egan, “Trump Calls Coronavirus Democrats' 'New Hoax,'” NBC News, February 28, 2020
- Frank Bruni, “Mayor Pete Flew Sky High,” New York Times, March 1, 2020
- Michele Flournoy and Stephen Hadley, "The US Deal with the Taliban is an Important First Step," Washington Post, February 29, 2020
- Mark Esper, "This is Our Chance to Bring Troops Home from Afghanistan for Good," Washington Post, February 29, 2020
- Ari Levy and Alex Sherman, "Vox Media to Cut Hundreds of Freelance Jobs Ahead of Changes in California Gig Economy Laws," Washington Post, December 16 ,2019
- Katy Grimes, "California's AB5 Kills off 40-Year Lake Tahoe Music Festival," California Globe, March 1, 2020
- Jeremy Brown, "The Coronavirus is No 1918 Pandemic," Atlantic, March 3, 2020
|Mar 05, 2020
In this episode, Chris and Melanie are joined by Thomas Spoehr of the Heritage Foundation to talk about President Trump's FY2021 defense budget request: What's good in this budget, what's really bad, and what surprised them the most. Chris presses the issue of hearings on Afghanistan, Melanie recommends a new book on the presidency, and Thomas applauds a celebration of Washington's birthday.
- "President's Budget FY 2021," White House, February 10, 2020
- "Defense Budget Overview: Irreversible Implementation of the National Defense Strategy," Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, February 2020
- Aaron Mehta, "Here's How Much Money the Pentagon Found through Internal Savings and Where It's Going," Defense News, February 6, 2020
- David Larter, "As China Continues Rapid Naval Expansion, the US Navy Begins Stockpiling Ship-Killing Missiles," Defense News, February 11, 2020
- Andrew Taylor, "Trump's $4.8 Trillion Budget Proposal Revisits Rejected Cuts," AP News, February 10, 2020
- Marcus Weisgerber, "DOD's 2021 Budget Would Trim Arsenal, Shift Funds to Arms Development," Defense One, February 10, 2020
- Stephen F. Knott, The Lost Soul of the American Presidency, (University of Kansas Press, 2019)
- Ashley Townsend, Brendan Thomas-Noone, and Matilda Steward, "Averting Crisis: American Strategy Military Spending, and Collective Defense in the Indo-Pacific," United States Studies Centre, August 19, 2019
- Thomas Spoehr, “Why the US Navy Needs At Least 355 Ships,” National Interest, February 11, 2020
|Feb 20, 2020
Special guest Alice Hunt Friend joins Melanie and Chris for a very timely discussion about the possible repeal of the Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs) that presidents have used to justify a range of military operations since 9/11. A few members of Congress have been pushing to repeal these AUMFs for years, and even some reliably conservative voices now support such a move in the interest of restoring the proper balance between the legislative and executive branches on the critical question of war and peace. But most House and Senate Republicans oppose repeal. Would they change their tune with a Democrat in the White House? Or is there a partisan divide on the president’s war powers, with Republicans more inclined to defer to the chief executive and Democrats more inclined to rein in such power? Alice gives a shout out to SOCOM and throws shade on U.S. policy toward Libya, while Melanie dishes on former SEAL Eddie Gallagher. Chris doesn’t like Sen. Tom Cotton’s comments on China and the coronavirus, but he does like puppies!
- Charles Stimson, "Why Repealing the 1991 and 2002 Iraq War Authorizations Is Sound Policy" Heritage Foundation, January 6, 2020
- Kevin Williamson, "Repeal the AUMF," National Review, January 5, 2020
- Elaine Luria and Max Rose, “Why We Voted Against the War Powers Resolution,” New York Times, January 11, 2020
- Megan Thielking and Lev Facher, “Health Experts Warn China Travel Ban Would Hinder Coronavirus Response,” STAT, January 31, 2020
- Adam Taylor, “China’s Coronavirus Has No Links to Weapons Research, Experts Say,” Washington Post, January 29, 2020
- Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl XVI”
- Andrew Dyer, "Retired Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher Strikes Back at SEALs Who Testified Against Him," San Diego Union-Tribune, January 28, 2020
- Gene Healy and John Glaser, "Repeal, Don't Replace, Trump's War Powers," New York Times, April 17, 2018
- Matthew Rosenberg, "Faulty Iowa App was Part of Push to Restore Democrats' Digital Edge," New York Times, February 4, 2020
- Noah Rothman, "Iowa in the Age of Mistrust," Commentary, February 4, 2020
|Feb 06, 2020
Trying Hard to be Good?
Chris Brose of Anduril Industries joins Chris and Melanie to talk about Joseph Nye’s Texas National Security Review article, “What is a Moral Foreign Policy?” Should morality be taken into consideration when making foreign policy? How should we assess whether or not a president’s foreign policy is moral? Does using the language of morality make our foreign policy more or less clear? Do people in other countries view our foreign policy as moral? Should perception matter at home or abroad? Also, Chris Preble gets another opportunity to stick it to Saudi Arabia, Melanie shows some love for history, and Chris Brose recognizes the excellent work of some friends.
- Joseph S. Nye Jr., “What is a Moral Foreign Policy?” Texas National Security Review, November 2019
- Joe Heim, "National Archives Exhibit Blurs Images Critical of President Trump," Washington Post, January 17, 2020
- Craig Whitlock, "Afghan War Plagued by 'Mendacity' and Lies, Inspector General Tells Congress," Washington Post, January 15, 2020
- Barack Obama, Presidential Study Directive 10, White House, August 4, 2011
- Rahul Sagar, "Rediscovering Indian Thought: How a Scholar Built a Database of Pre-Independence Magazines," Scroll, November 24, 2019
- "War with Iraq Is not in America's National Interest," New York Times, September 26, 2002
- Marc Fisher and Steven Zeitchik, “Saudi Crown Prince Implicated in Hack of Jeff Bezos’s Phone, U.N. Report Will Say,” Washington Post, January 21, 2020
- Heritage Pride Productions' Elf: The Musical, January 23, 24, and 25th
- “The Future of Progressive Foreign Policy: 2020 and Beyond,” Cato Policy Forum, January 28th, 5:00 PM
- "Is War Over?” Cato Policy Forum, February 6th, 12:00 PM
|Jan 23, 2020
Is America’s China Strategy Working?
After a long holiday hiatus, Hudson’s Patrick Cronin joins Melanie and Chris in a spirited discussion of U.S. policy toward China. How is this competition like the Cold War with the Soviet Union, and what’s different? What aspects of China’s behavior are most worrisome? What steps can be taken to reduce the likelihood of conflict? Or is a clash, even if it is mostly non-military in nature, inevitable? Patrick gives a shout out to the heroic men and women fighting wildfires in Australia, Melanie expresses her appreciation for Ricky Gervais, and Chris offers kudos to the U.S. press corps.
- Fareed Zakaria, "The New China Scare: Why America Shouldn’t Panic About Its Latest Challenger" Foreign Affairs, January/February 2020
- Christopher Preble, “A Useful Corrective to China Fearmongering,” Cato, December 6, 2019
- Christopher A. Preble, “NDAA 2020: Congress Neglects Its Responsibility Once Again,” Cato, December 10, 2019
- Salvador Rizzo, "Anatomy of a Trump Rally: 67 Percent of Claims Are False or Lacking Evidence," Washington Post, January 7, 2020
- “In 1,055 Days, President Trump Has Made 15,413 False or Misleading Claims,” Washington Post, December 10, 2019
- Jordan Hoffman, "No One Knows Where Mike Pence Got His Soleimani 'Facts' From," Vanity Fair, January 4, 2020
- John Hudson, Josh Dawsey, Shane Harris, and Dan Lemothe, "Killing of Soleimani Follows Long Push From Pompeo For Aggressive Action Against Iran, but Airstrike Brings Serious Risks," Washington Post, January 5, 2020
- Richard Fontaine, “Great Power Competition is Washington’s Top Priority, but Not the Public’s,” Foreign Affairs, September 11, 2019
- Nils Gilman, “China, Capitalism, and the New Cold War,” American Interest, November 18, 2019
- Justin Rohrlich, “A Chinese Tourist Accused of Espionage is the Latest Example of a Growing Threat to US Security,” Quartz, January 5, 2020
- Josh Blackman, Tweets, January 6, 2020
- Ricky Gervais, 2020 Golden Globes, January 5, 2020
- Patrick M. Cronin and Ryan Neuhard, “Total Competition: The China Challenge in the South China Sea,” Center for a New American Security, January 9, 2020
- Ann Lee, “The Real Target of the US Assassination of the Iranian Military Leader Qassem Soleimani-China,” South China Morning Post, January 8, 2020
- Heritage Pride Productions' “Elf: The Musical,” January 23, 24, and 25th
- “The Future of Progressive Foreign Policy: 2020 and Beyond,” Cato Policy Forum, January 28, 2020
|Jan 09, 2020
The Looming End of Pax Americana?
The Net Assessment crew is back and this week they are breaking down an article written by Brian Stewart in Quillette titled, "Tensions in NATO and the Looming End of Pax Americana." Is NATO worth American attention and money? Why don't the Europeans just get their act together? The crew discusses what threat NATO is designed to counter and whether it should forget about Russia and focus on terrorism. Also, Bryan has a grievance with attorney general Bill Barr, Melanie takes issue with the Danish Atlantic Council, and Chris gives an attaboy to the students at the University of California, Washington Center. Join Melanie, Chris, and Bryan as they dive once more into the breach.
- Brian Stewart, "Tensions in NATO and the Looming End of Pax Americana," Quillette, December 5, 2019
- Bret Stephens, "NATO is Full of Freeloaders. But It's How We Defend the Free World," New York Times, December 5, 2019
- "Emmanuel Macron in His Own Words," Economist, November 7, 2019
- Katie Benner, "Barr and Durham Publicly, Disagree with Horowitz Report on Russian Inquiry," New York Times, December 12, 2019
- Ben Werner, "CNO Gilday Releases New, Simplified Command Guidance to Fleet," USNI News, December 4, 2019
- Christopher Preble, "Cops of the World No More," CATO, January 30, 2015
- Craig Whitlock, “At War with the Truth,” Washington Post, December 9, 2019
- James Laporta, "Afghan War Report Enrages Veterans and Gold Star Families: Even as More of Us Died, They Lied," Newsweek, December 9, 2019
- Jonah Schepp, "A NATO Summit to End All NATO Summits," New York Magazine, December 5, 2019
- Mariel Padilla, "NATO Conference is Canceled after US Ambassador Barred a Trump Critic," New York Times, December 8, 2019
- "The Day Will Come," Netflix
- Orlando Parfitt, "The Day Will Come' Claims Top Prize at Denmark's Robert Awards," Screen Daily, February 6, 2017
|Dec 12, 2019
Can Bryan Pass the Turing Test?
Chris, Bryan, and Melanie talk about the Interim Report issued by the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence last week. What kinds of expectations should we have about AI being used for national security purposes? What kind of investments should be made in this technology, and where will the money come from? What about concerns that AI developed by American companies or the United States government might be used by authoritarian regimes to violate their citizens' human rights? Can we continue to reap the benefits of research collaboration with people from other countries, particularly China, and still protect national security secrets? Finally, Bryan tells us of his exploits in Italy, Chris gives a heartfelt appreciation to a friend and colleague, and Melanie looks forward to some long-awaited playtime with her nephews.
- National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, Interim Report, November 2019
- Jacey Fortin, “Uber C.E.O. Backtracks After Comparing Khashoggi’s Killing to an Accident,” New York Times, November 11, 2019
- Andrew Bacevich, “The Berlin Wall Fell and the U.S. learned the Wrong Lessons. It Got Us Donald Trump,” Los Angeles Times, November 8, 2019
- Christopher Preble, John Glaser, and A. Trevor Thrall, Fuel to the Fire: How Trump Made America's Broken Foreign Policy Even Worse, (Cato Institute, 2019)
- Robert Work and Eric Schmidt, "In Search of Ideas: The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Wants You," War on the Rocks, July 18, 2019
- Ilanit Chernick, "Holocaust Survivors Reunite with Rescuer at Yad Vashem," November 3, 2019, Jerusalem Post
- "Holocaust Survivor Reunited with a Baby He Saved During World War II," BBC, November 8, 2019
- Gina Kolata, "Vast Dragnet Targets Theft of Biomedical Secrets for China," New York Times, November 4, 2019
- Melanie Marlow, Tweets, November 11, 2019
- “Puffs,” Heritage Pride Productions, November 14-15-16, and 21-22-23
|Nov 14, 2019
Strategy and Exit Strategies: Essential or Misleading?
Melanie, Chris, and guest host Claude Berube discuss the promise and pitfalls of exit strategies. When policymakers plan to embark on foreign wars, should they also prepare a plan for extricating the nation from these wars when they are completed? Is an exit strategy a vital component of strategy? Or do exit strategies create unreasonable expectations of easy victory? Can an exit strategy focus attention on a desired end state, and prevent mission creep? Or are prudent adjustments only possible when policymakers are not shackled to pre-war objectives? Chris congratulates New England Patriots’ coach Bill Bellichick on victory number 300, Melanie blasts Sean Duffy for questioning a decorated U.S. Army officer’s patriotism, and Claude delivers a Net Assessment first -- a heartfelt attadog for his beloved four-legged companion, Reagan.
- David Kampf, "When Are Exit Strategies Viable?" War on the Rocks, October 14, 2019
- Adam Wunische, "The Lost Art of Exiting a War," War on the Rocks, October 21, 2019
- Devon Clements, "Bill Belichick Becomes 3rd NFL Head Coach Ever to Accumulate 300 Career Wins," Sports Illustrated, October 27, 2019
- Christopher Preble, “New Rules for U.S. Military Intervention,” War on the Rocks, September 20, 2016
- Richard Fontaine, “The Nonintervention Delusion: What War Is Good For,” Foreign Affairs, November-December 2019
- Spencer Ackerman, “Baghdadi Is Dead. The War on Terror Will Create Another,” Daily Beast, October 28, 2019
- Doug Bandow and Christopher Preble, “Lost in the Furor Over Syria: Alliances Are a Means, Not an End,” War on the Rocks, October 23, 2019
- Ashley Feinberg, "This Sure Looks Like Mitt Romney's Secret Twitter Account," Slate, October 20, 2019
- "Sean Duffy on CNN," CNN, October 29, 2019
- Aaron Stein, "US Officials Ignored Trump on Syria and We are All Paying the Price," War on the Rocks, October 22, 2019
- "The Weinberger Doctrine," Washington Post, November 30, 1984
- Jason Whiteley, "No Exit, No Problem," Small Wars Journal, April 21, 2011
- James Nolt, "Exit Strategy," World Policy," World Policy, February 23, 2017
|Oct 31, 2019
We Just Don’t Make Policy Like We Used To
Join Chris, Melanie, and Bryan as they dive into Professor Philip Zelikow’s recent article in the Texas National Security Review titled, “To Regain Policy Competence: The Software of American Problem Solving.” Has policymaking gotten worse, or is it a problem with implementation? Or is implementation part of the policymaking process? The gang also discusses whether there is a lack of professionalism in the education and training of future policymakers. This week's episode is a little wonky, but well worth the time.
At the end of the show, Bryan gives an attaboy for the first person to complete a marathon in under two hours, while Chris gives a shout out to his wife.
- Philip Zelikow, "To Regain Policy Competence: The Software of American Public Problem-Solving," Texas National Security Review, September 2019
- John Glaser, Christopher Preble, A. Trevor Thrall, Fuel to the Fire: How Trump Made America’s Broken Foreign Policy Even Worse (and How We Can Recover) (Cato Institute, 2019)
- Justin Logan, “Cult of the Irrelevant: National Security Eggheads & Academics,” American Conservative, June 12, 2019
- Danielle Pletka, Tweet, October 13, 2019
- Justin Logan, Tweet, October 13, 2019
- Danielle Pletka, Tweet, October 13, 2019
- Krista Preble, LinkedIn
- Alex Horton, "A Latina Novelist Spoke About White Privilege. Students Burned Her Book in Response," Washington Post, October 11, 2019
- Tim Hains, "Beto O'Rourke: Churches That Oppose Same-Sex Marriage Should Lose Tax-Exempt Status," Real Clear Politics, October 11, 2019
- Ryan Prior, "Farmers in Idaho Rallied to Harvest a Neighbor's Potatoes as a Deep Freeze Threatened to Ruin Them," CNN, October 11, 2019
- Tariq Tahir, "Nobel Peace Prize 2019 – Greta Thunberg Snubbed as Award Given to Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed for Ending 20 Year Eritrea Conflict," Sun, October 11, 2019
- Chris Stein, "Nobel Snub No Obstacle in Great Thunberg's Climate Quest," Yahoo News, October 11, 2019
- Andrew Keh, "Eliud Kipchoge Breaks Two-Hour Marathon Barrier," New York Times, October 12, 2019
- The Bulwark Podcast, "Bryan McGrath on Trump and American Exceptionalism," October 14, 2019
|Oct 17, 2019
Bryan is celebrating the anniversary of our first episode on a beach, so this week, Chris and Melanie are joined by Tom Karako of CSIS. In this episode they discuss the Syria Study Group Report, which concludes that "the US can still influence the outcome of the Syrian war in a manner that protects US interests." Does America have interests in Syria? If so, can they be managed and protected, particularly with a president who seems uninterested in investing political capital and American resources there? How has the Syrian civil war affected Russia, Iran, and Turkey, and does that matter to America? Finally, is there anything the United States should do about the terrible humanitarian situation, the effects of which have spilled over to other countries?
Tom tells us about taking his son to his first baseball game (go Nats!), Chris has a birthday wish for a former president, and Melanie both sticks it to and congratulates the press. We can't wait for Bryan to return and give us his review of the Downton Abbey movie!
- "Syria Study Group Final Report," United States Institute of Peace, September 24, 2019
- Josh Blackman, "When Is It Acceptable Journalistic Practice to Surface Old Social Media Posts?" Reason, September 27, 2019
- Vance Serchuk, "Russia's Middle East Power Play," National Review, September 12, 2019
- Michael Singh, Tweet, September 23, 2019
- Trevor Thrall, “Resettling Syria’s Refugees Would Be Cheaper Than Widening the War,” Defense One, October 21, 2015
- Alex Nowrasteh, “Terrorists by Immigration Status and Nationality: A Risk Analysis, 1975 – 2017,” Cato, May 7, 2019
- Kareem Fahim, “In ‘60 Minutes’ Interview, Saudi Crown Prince Denies Ordering Khashoggi Killing,” Washington Post, September 29, 2019
- Anna Massoglia, “Saudi Arabia Ramped Up Multi-Million Foreign Influence Operation After Khashoggi’s Death,” Open Secrets, October 2, 2019
- Elizabeth Wolfe and Brian Ries, “Jimmy Carter, the Oldest Living Former US President, Is 95 Today,” CNN, October 1, 2019
- Reis Thebault and Brittany Shammas, "Amber Guyger, Police Officer Who Shot a Man to Death in His Apartment, Found Guilty of Murder," Washington Post, October 1, 2019
- Josh Blackman, "When is It Acceptable Journalistic Practice to 'Surface' Old Social Media Posts?" Reason, September 27, 2019
- Jack Detsch, "Congress Aims to Restore Syria Stabilization Aid," Al-Monitor, September 18, 2019
- Brett McGurk, "Hard Truths in Syria," Foreign Affairs, May 28, 2019
- Eric Schmitt, "US Sees Rising Threat in the West from Qaeda Branch in Syria," New York Times, September 30, 2019
- Brittany Shamas, "When Trump's Special Envoy to Ukraine Resigned, a Student Newspaper Beat Everyone to the Story," Washington Post, September 28, 2019
- "Timeline: Syria's Eight Years of Fire and Blood," Reuters, March 16, 2019
- Keith Pandolfi, "How to Refinish Woodwork," This Old House
- "Hypersonic," Merriam-Webster
|Oct 03, 2019
What Can We Do About Terrorism?
What have we learned in the 18 years since 9/11? Chris, Melanie, and Bryan discuss whether counterterrorism policy takes account of academic research on the subject. Going forward, the goal should be to implement the most cost-effective policies — and over time, to calm public anxiety about terrorism. Bryan gives a shout out to a bipartisan duo of Net Assessment fans, Chris gripes about NFL officiating, and Melanie offers her appreciation of the Constitution via an unlikely source: former Vice President Joe Biden.
- Khusrav Gaibulloev and Todd Sandler, "Six Things We've Learned About Terrorism Since 9/11," Washington Post, September 11, 2019
- Khusrav Gaibulloev and Todd Sandler, "What We Have Learned about Terrorism since 9/11," Journal of Economic Literature, June, 2019
- John Mueller and Mark Stewart, Terror, Security, and Money: Balancing the Risks, Benefits, and Costs of Homeland Security, (Oxford, 2011)
- John Mueller and Mark Stewart, Are We Safe Enough? Measuring and Assessing Aviation Security, (Elsevier, 2018)
- Trevor Thrall and Erik Goepner, "Step Back: Lessons for U.S. Foreign Policy from the Failed War on Terror," Cato, June 26, 2017
- Scott Simon, "Edward Snowden Tells NPR: The Executive Branch Sort of Hacked the Constitution," NPR, September 12, 2019
- Tom Schad, "As New Season Begins, NFL Coaches Still Trying to Sort Out Pass Interference Rule Changes," USA Today, September 5, 2019
- Christopher Preble, “Covert Wars, to What End?" War on the Rocks, August 7, 2019
- Austin Carson, "Recipient of the Georgetown University Lepgold Prize," Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago, September 4, 2019
- Ari Cohn, Tweet, September 12, 2019
- International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association, Tweet, August 19, 2019
|Sep 19, 2019
Mattispalooza: Deconstructing the Legacy of James Mattis
Join Chris, Melanie, and Bryan as they assess Jim Mattis' legacy as secretary of defense and the media splash he is making while promoting his new book. Mattis is a complicated character, and his reasons for entering the administration, for leaving the administration, and for coyly restraining his comments after leaving are similarly complicated. Although President Donald Trump's early affinity for having former generals in key positions in his administration has cooled, the debate over the role retired flag and general officers should play in America's national security political discourse rages on.
- Jim Mattis, "Duty, Democracy and the Threat of Tribalism," Wall Street Journal, August 28, 2019
- Jeffrey Goldberg, "The Man Who Couldn't Take It Anymore," Atlantic, October 2019 Issue
- Dan Lamothe and Greg Jaffe, "Emerging from His Silence, Mattis Faces Criticism for Trying to Take the 'Middle Road' on Trump," Washington Post, August 29, 2019
- Jim Mattis and Bing West, Call Sing Chaos: Learning to Lead, (Random House, September 2019)
- Jim Mattis, "Letter from Secretary James Mattis," Defense, December 20, 2019
- Mallory Hughes, "When a Boy with Autism was Overwhelmed on the First Day of School, Another Little Boy Held His Hand," CNN, August 27, 2019
- Tyler Jost and Joshua D. Kertzer, “Armies and Influence: Public Deference to Foreign Policy Elites,” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, 2019,
- Hannah Natanson, “A Broken Bingo Machine Left Rhis D.C. Veterans’ Retirement Home Mourning. A 16-year-old girl decided to help” Washington Post, September 2, 2019
- Stephen Wertheim, “The Quincy Institute Opposes America’s Endless Wars. Why Should that Be a Scandal?” Washington Post, August 30, 2018
- The Human Costs of War: Assessing Civilian Casualties since 9/11, Policy Forum, Cato Institute, September 11, 2019
- Ted Galen Carpenter, NATO: The Dangerous Dinosaur, Cato Institute, October 18, 2019
|Sep 05, 2019
Does Trump’s Trade War Spell the End of the Global Order?
This week the gang talks about President Trump’s trade policies and why trade wars can be bad and hard to win. Do we have a strategy for success, or is the president simply venting frustration through erratic policies? What is the endgame? How do America's economic policies, especially with regard to China, affect U.S. national security? Other highlights: Chris condemns Trump’s attempt to buy Greenland, Melanie finds a CEO worthy of immense respect, and Bryan explains why real British royalty isn’t as appealing as the Netflix version.
- Chad P. Bown and Douglas A. Irwin, "Trump's Assault on the Global Trading System: And Why Decoupling from China Will Change Everything," Foreign Affairs, September 2019
- Chad P. Bown and Melina Kolb, "Trump's Trade War Timeline: An Up-to-Date Guide," Peterson Institute for International Economics, August 13, 2019
- Madeleine Kearns, "Royals, Climate Change, and Private Jets," National Review, August 19, 2019
- Scott Lincicome, CATO Institute
- Simon Lester and Huan Zhu, "Closing Pandora's Box: The Growing Abuse of the National Security Rationale for Restricting Trade," CATO Institute, June 25, 2019
- "Clashing over Commerce: A History of U.S. Trade Policy," Cato Institute, January 24, 2018
- Pierre Lemieux, “Peter Navarro’s Conversion,” Regulation, Fall 2018
- John Harwood, “Americans Overwhelmingly Support Free Trade as Concern Grows About Trump’s Economy: NBC/WSJ Poll,” CNBC, August 19, 2019
- Scott Lincicome, "The ‘Protectionist Moment’ That Wasn’t: American Views on Trade and Globalization," Cato Institute, November 2, 2018
- "Former Danish PM Lied About Iraq War Plans," Local, July 3, 2015
- Tim Marcin, “Denmark to Trump: Seriously, Greenland Isn't for Sale,” Vice News, August 19, 2019
- Maggie Fitzgerald, “Here’s What New Tariffs Will Cost the Average American Household,” CNBC, August 19, 2019
- “Exploring the Militarization of US Foreign Policy,” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, August 31, 2019
- “The Human Costs of War: Assessing Civilian Casualties since 9/11,” Cato Institute, September 11, 2019
|Aug 21, 2019
Explaining Mission Creep in Afghanistan
Special guest Rick Berger joins Bryan and Chris for a discussion of the U.S. war in Afghanistan and the state of civil-military relations. The post-9/11 mission expanded from counterterrorism to nation-building, but this occurred, according to CSIS’s Mark Cancian, without a serious "discussion about the relationship between the desired end state and the military effort required to reach it." Bryan, Rick, and Chris disagree on whether that’s actually true — and whether it matters. Bryan gives kudos to National Review’s Kevin Williamson for making the case for independent thinking, Chris knocks CNN and the Democratic debaters for spending too little time on foreign policy, and Rick praises newly installed Secretary of Defense Mark Esper for his plan to beef up conventional deterrence in the Asia-Pacific.
- Mark F. Cancian, "Tell Me How This Ends: Military Advice, Strategic Goals, and the "Forever War" in Afghanistan," CSIS, July 10, 2019
- Caroline Dorminey and Eric Gomez, "America's Nuclear Crossroads: A Forward-Looking Anthology," CATO Institute
- Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Julian E. Barnes, "S. Military Calls ISIS in Afghanistan a Threat to the West. Intelligence Officials Disagree," New York Times, August 2, 2019
- Felix Tam and Anne Marie Roantree, "Trump Says It's Up to China to Deal with Hong Kong Riots," Reuters, August 2, 2019
- "Interview with Kevin Williamson," C-Span, July 19, 2019
- Max Boot, "The Case for American Empire," The Weekly Standard, October 15, 2001
- Justin Logan and Christopher Preble, “Fatal Conceit,” National Review, August 12, 2010
- Fred Kaplan, “Five Minutes to Explain the World,” Slate, August 1, 2019
- Congressional Budget Office, "Funding for Overseas Contingency Operations and its Impact on Defense Spending," October 2018
- Rick Berger, "Why Withdrawing from Syria and Afghanistan Won’t Save Much Money," Defense One, February 26, 2019
Music and Production by Tre Hester
|Aug 08, 2019
Bold Strokes from the Commandant of the Marine Corps
Join Melanie, Chris, and Bryan as they discuss the recently released Commandant's Planning Guidance, a document from the new Marine Corps Commandant General David Berger that has taken the seapower community by storm. In the guidance, Berger slays at least five USMC sacred cows and provides a framework for integration between the Navy and the Marine Corps within the Department of the Navy. Also, Chris has an issue with presidential tweeting and Bryan complains about the weather.
- "Commandant of the Marine Corps Planning Guidance: 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps," Headquarters Marine Corps
- Taylor Dinerman, "Why Apollo 11 Matters," National Review, July 20, 2019
- Michelle Basch, "Apollo 11 Tribute Features Stunning Projections Onto Washington Monument," WTOP, July 20, 2019
- Elizabeth Janney, "Heat Advisory Issues for Maryland," Patch, June, 30, 2018
- Robin Emmott, "Britain Wins Early European Support for Hormuz Naval Mission," Reuters, July 23, 2019
- Chris Spargo, "Predatory Lender," Daily Mail, July 22, 2019
- Kevin D. Williamson, "Trump’s Omar Comments Erode Our Sense of Citizenship," Yahoo, July 21, 2019
- Joe Sestak, “We're to Blame for Escalating Tensions With Iran,” Des Moines Register, July 20, 2019
- Daniel Larison, “Sestak’s Sensible Warning against War with Iran,” American Conservative, July 22, 2019
- Donald Trump, Tweets, July 14, 2019
Music and Production by Tre Hester
|Jul 25, 2019
Is America Poised to Lose the Next War?
Bryan, Chris, and Melanie take on a new report by Chris Dougherty that argues that, unless America changes how it fights wars to more closely align with the priorities laid out in the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS), it is in real danger of losing the next war to China or Russia. Has the thinking in the NDS become conventional wisdom? Is Dougherty's assessment overly pessimistic? Is there sufficient political will to follow through with expensive, long-term changes? Are American military planners up to the intellectual challenge? Finally, Bryan gives us the rundown on his much-anticipated staycation, Chris has some love for the U.S Women's Soccer Team, and Melanie hopes we can do a better job learning our history.
- Christopher M. Dougherty, "Why America Needs a New Way of War," CNAS, June 2019
- Ellen Barry, "In Leak, U.K. Ambassador to U.S. Calls Trump Administration Inept and Clumsy," New York Times, July 07, 2019
- Kate Sullivan, Zachary Cohen, and Jamie Crawford, "Admiral Set to Become Navy's Top Officer Retires Over Inappropriate Professional Relationship," CNN, July 07, 2019
- Mike Gallagher, "Sate of Deterrence by Denial," Washington Quarterly, 2019
- Bari Weiss, "San Francisco Will Spend $600,000 to Erase History," New York Times, June 28, 2019
- Sarah Mervosh, "Principal Who Tried to Stay 'Politically Neutral' about Holocaust is Removed," New York Times, July 8, 2019
- David Stout, “Janne E. Nolan, Principled Adviser on World Affairs, Is Dead at 67,” New York Times, July 8, 2019
- Francis J. Gavin, “Remembering Janne,” War on the Rocks, July 2, 2019
- Justin Amash, “Our Politics is in a Partisan Death Spiral. That’s Why I’m Leaving the GOP,” Washington Post, July 4, 2019
Music and Production by Tre Hester
|Jul 10, 2019
Deciphering the Trump Administration’s Iran Policy
Melanie, Bryan, and Chris discuss the Trump administration’s recent struggles to explain its policy toward Iran. What does President Donald Trump hope to achieve? What evidence is there that the policy of “maximum pressure” will succeed? Does the administration have the authority to launch military attacks against Iran, either under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) or under Article II of the Constitution? Or must they go to Congress for a new AUMF? And to what extent do various personnel decisions explain the frequent misalignment between Trump’s stated objectives and the actual results? This episode also includes praise for a belated effort to reclaim Congress’s war powers, while Harvard earns scorn for its counterproductive ploy to advance gender equality. There’s criticism, too, for short-sighted opponents of another round of military base closures.
- "Oversight of the Trump Administration's Iran Policy," S. House of Representative Committee on Foreign Affairs, June 19, 2019
- Bret Stephens, "The Pirates of Tehran: If Iran Won't Change Its Behavior, We Should Sink Its Navy," New York Times, June 14, 2019
- Andrew J. Bacevich, “Bret Stephens, Warmonger,” The American Conservative, June 18, 2019
- Michael Bender and Gordon Lubold, "Trump Bucked National-Security Aides on Proposed Iran Attack," Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2019
- “Dubious Legal Authority in the Push for War with Iran,” Cato Daily Podcast, June 20, 2019
- “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration,” New York Times, September 5, 2018
- Tom Vanden Brook and Kevin Johnson, "Shanahan Did Not Disclose Domestic Fight Before His 2017 Confirmation As Deputy Defense Secretary," USA Today, June 22, 2019
- Jonathan Swam, Juliet Bartz, Alayna Treene, Orion Rummler, "Exclusive: Leaked Trump Vetting Docs," Axios, June 23, 2019
- Nahal Toosi, “Trump Envoy Not Ruling Out Using Afghan War Law to Justify Iranian Strikes,” Politico, June 19, 2019
- “House Votes to Repeal Authorization for the Use of Military Force,” The Week, June 19, 2019
- Joe Gould, “US Senate Votes to Kill Saudi Arms Sales, Defying Trump Veto Threat,” Defense News, June 20, 2019
- Harry Lewis, “Harvard’s Infantilizing Private Club Policy is Part of a Bigger Agenda,” Washington Post, June 24, 2019
- “Treasury Targets Key Al-Qa’ida Funding and Support Network Using Iran as a Critical Transit Point,” US Department of the Treasury, July 28, 2011
- Jeff Schogol, “The Pentagon Says Iran Killed More US Troops in Iraq than Previously Known,” Task and Purpose, April 4, 2019
- George Will, The Conservative Sensibility, (Hachette Books, 2019)
- Peter Wehner, The Death of Politics: How to Heal Our Frayed Republic After Trump, (HarperOne, 2019)
- Kingston Reif, Tweets, June 22, 2019
- Chase Madar, Tweets, June 22, 2019
- Sustainable Defense Task Force, Center for International Policy
- The John Hay Initiative
- Center for International Policy’s Sustainable Defense Task Force
- The Navy Yard in Philadelphia
- "The Tunnel," PBS
- "Black Mirror," Netflix
Music and Production by Tre Hester
|Jun 27, 2019
Is Realism Realistic?
Is the Trump administration pursuing a realist foreign policy? In a recent speech, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo indicates that it is, while Brett McGurk, in his article in Foreign Affairs, disagrees. Listen in to hear what Melanie, Chris, and Bryan think, as well as to hear Chris' views on Canadian sportsmanship.
- Brett McGurk, "American Foreign Policy Adrift: Pompeo Is Calling for Realism-Trump Isn’t Delivering," Foreign Affairs, June 05, 2019
- Khadrice Rollins, "Cheering for Injuries Didn't Start in Toronto, But That's Where It Should End," Sports Illustrated, June 11, 2019
- William Smith, "Mike Pompeo: American Jacobin," American, May 28, 2019
- Heather Hurlburt, "More Diplomacy, Less Intervention, but for What? Making Sense of the Grand Strategy Debate," Lawfare, June 07, 2019
- Rick Atkinson, The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777, (Henry Holt and Co, 2019)
- George Will, The Conservative Sensibility, (Hachette Books, 2019)
- Jennifer McDermott and Michelle R. Smith, "Naval War College Heads Reassigned Pending Investigation," Navy Times, June 11, 2019
- Austin Ramzy "Hong Kong Leader, Carrie Lam, Says She Won't Back Down on Extradition Bill," New York Times, June 10, 2019
- Michael R. Pompeo, "Remarks at the Claremont Institute 40th Anniversary Gala: A Foreign Policy From the Founding," S. Department of State, May 11, 2019
- Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman, "Trump Undercuts Bolton on North Korea and Iran," New York Times, May 27, 2019
- David A. Graham, "Trump Sides with North Korea against the CIA," Atlantic, June 10, 2019
- Eliana Johnson, "Pompeo and Bolton Tensions Escalate as Iran Debate Intensifies," Politico, May 17, 2019
- Robert Costa, "'I Think You Mean That, Too: Trump's Aides Struggle to Defend, Explain His Foreign Policy Statements," Washington Post, March 6, 2019
- Chris Dougherty, "Why America Needs a New Way of War," Center for a New American Century, June 12, 2019
- Mike Benitez, "F-15X: The Strategic Blind Spot in the Air Force's Fighter Debate," War on the Rocks, June 3, 2019,
- Alexander Hamilton, "Federalist No. 70"
Music and Production by Tre Hester
|Jun 14, 2019
Hypersonic Weapons - Gimmick or Game Changer?
Chris is on a big adventure, so Bryan and Melanie are left alone to discuss hypersonic weapons and the challenges and opportunities they present for America's national security. Do they represent a "game-changer" for defense planners, or simply an incremental shift in technology? Will developing hypersonic weapons increase the likelihood of war? While the United States is beginning to invest in the offensive side of these weapons, is it doing enough to defend against a Chinese or Russian threat? Finally, Bryan gives his expert opinion on the series finale of Game of Thrones and Melanie shows some love for a public interest law firm working to help military families.
- Jyri Raitasalo, "Hypersonic Weapons Are No Game-Changer," National Interest, January 5, 2019
- Heather Venable and Clarence Abercrombie, "Muting the Hype Over Hypersonics: The Offense-Defense Balance in Historical Perspective," War on the Rocks, May 28, 2019
- John Dolan, Richard Gallagher, and David Mann, "Hypersonic Weapons – A Threat to National Security," Real Clear Defense, April 23, 2019
- Mary Kate Aylward, "Hypersonic Weapons: Revolutionary or Just New?" Army, August 15, 2018
- Andrew Siddons, "McConnell Introduces Bill Making the legal Smoking Age 21," Roll Call, May 20, 2019
- Ed Kilgore, "Military Brass Warn Trump Against Memorial Day Pardons for War Criminals," New York Magazine, May 22, 2019
- Palko Karasz, "Iran Slams U.S. After Middle East Troop Buildup Is Announced," New York Time, May 25, 2019
- Rónán Duffy, "Theresa May on the Brink As Andrea Leadsom Resigns from Government," The Journal, May 22, 2019
- Alexander Smith, "European Parliament Elections: 5 Takeaways from the Results," NBC News, May 27, 2019
- Audra D.S. Burch, David Gelles, and Emily S. Rueb, "Morehouse College Graduates' Student Loans to be Paid Off by Billionaire," New York Time, May 19, 2019
- Institute for Justice
- Dan Mihalopoulos, Tweets, May 23, 2019
- AP West Region, Tweets, May 27, 2019
Music and Production by Tre Hester
|May 30, 2019
A Failure of Leadership? Americans’ Views of U.S. Foreign Policy
Donald Trump won the Republican nomination in 2016 and then beat Hillary Clinton in the general election, in part, by pledging to focus on America’s domestic problems, including raising worker wages, solving the problem of unemployment and underemployment, and repairing the nation’s failing infrastructure. But he was hardly alone in taking this stance. The last four U.S. presidents were elected on promises to fight fewer foreign wars. Recent surveys show why such appeals are successful: The American people want to do more nation-building at home — and less of it abroad. Chris, Bryan, and guest co-host Rachel Hoff unpack the latest survey of U.S. public attitudes on foreign policy. Does Americans’ desire for a different form of global engagement, one that is less dependent upon U.S. military power, reflect a failure on the part of America’s foreign policy elite to explain the continued value of U.S. primacy? Or should those elites do more listening and less lecturing? Related, in the grievances portion of the podcast, Bryan and Chris disagree over whether war weariness is a sign of a mature foreign policy debate or rather evidence of Americans’ collective adolescence. Rachel offers attaboys to Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Mike Gallagher, Bryan praises Larry Kudlow, and Chris gives kudos to Sen. Chris Murphy.
- John Halpin, Brian Katulis, Peter Juul, Karl Agne, Jim Gerstein, and Nisha Jain, "America Adrift: How the U.S. Foreign Policy Debate Misses What Voters Really Want," Center for American Progress, May 05, 2019
- David V. Gioe, "Make America Strategic Again," National Interest, April 17, 2019
- Kyle Rempfer, "H.R. McMaster Says the Public is Fed A 'War-Weariness' Narrative That Hurts U.S. Strategy," Military Times, May 09, 2019
- Sam Brodey, "White House Top Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow Undercuts Trump on Tariffs," Daily Beast, May 12, 2019
- Chris Murphy, Twitter, May 13, 2019
- Emma Ashford, Twitter, May 10, 2019
- Loren DeJonge Shulman, Twitter, May 10, 2019
- John Glaser, Christopher A. Preble, and A. Trevor Thrall, Fuel to the Fire: How Trump Made America's Broken Foreign Policy Even Worse (and How We Can Recover) (Cato Institute, Forthcoming 2019)
- "2018 National Defense Survey," Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, November 2018
- 2019 Nominees, The Cappies of the National Capital Area
Music and Production by Tre Hester
|May 16, 2019
The Revolution in Military Affairs - Is Anything Different This Time?
Join Melanie, Chris, and Bryan as they dive into Christian Brose's Foreign Affairs piece on the revolution in military affairs and Brose's view that not only are we unprepared for future war, but that we are investing in capabilities that are particularly vulnerable to technologies our adversaries are fielding. You'll come for the chat, but you'll stay for the Game of Thrones references and a discussion of Melanie's packing habits.
- Christian Brose, "The New Revolution in Military Affairs," Foreign Affairs, May/June 2018 Issue
- Jill Aitoro, "DARPA's Director on How the Pentagon Can Transition Innovation," C4ISRNET, April 7, 2019
- Donald J. Trump, "Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence," White House, February 11, 2019
- Brian Pascus, "Illinois Governor has 'No Concerns at all' about Reported Federal Criminal Probe," CBS News, April 24, 2019
- Michael S. Schmit, "As McGahn Emerges as Chief Witness in the Mueller Report, Trump and Allies Ramp up Attacks," New York Times, April 22, 2019
- Christopher A. Preble, Peace, War, and Liberty: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy,(Libertarianism, 2019)
- T.X. Hammes, "Technologies Converge and Power Diffuses: The Evolution of Small, Smart, and Cheap Weapons," CATO Institute, January 26, 2016
- Major Rick Crocker Memorial Fund Award, GWU NROTC
- Sebastian Rotella, Tim Golden, Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, "Saudi Fugitives Accused of Serious Crimes Get Help to Flee While U.S. Officials Look the Other Way," ProPublica and Oregonian, April 26, 2019
- Neil A. Lewis, "Richard Lugar, G.OP. Senator and Foreign Policy Force, Dies at 87," New York Times, April 28, 2019
- Ben Sasse, "The end of the End of History: Reimagining U.S. Foreign Policy for the 21st Century," TNSR, April 24, 2019
- “Cyber Warfare, Coercion and Restraint,” Cato Policy Forum, May 9, 2019
- Mamma Mia, Pride Productions, Heritage High School
- Arya Stark, Game of Thrones
Music and Production by Tre Hester
|May 02, 2019
Is NATO Showing its Age?
Chris is on a beach somewhere soaking up the rays, so this week George Mason's Trevor Thrall joins the podcast. The gang discusses NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's address to Congress on the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Washington Treaty. What is NATO's mission 30 years after the fall of the Soviet Union? What does the addition of member states mean for the Alliance and for American national security? What effect has President Trump's rhetoric regarding the responsibilities of other members and the possibility of the United States leaving the Organization had? Finally, Trevor warms Melanie's heart with puppy stories and Bryan rejoices in UVA's national title and the return of Game of Thrones.
- General Jens Stoltenberg, "NATO: Good for Europe and Good for America," NATO, April 04, 2019
- "Deciphering the Navy's 2020 Budget Request and Shipbuilding Plan," Heritage Foundation, April 15, 2019
- Michael Burke, "Buttigieg Slams Electoral College for Overruling Popular Vote 'Twice in My Lifetime," Hill, April 14, 2019
- Craig Timberg and Drew Harwell "A Computerized YouTube Fact-Checking Tool Goes Very Wrong: In Flaming Notre Dame, It Somehow Sees Sept. 11 Tragedy," Washington Post, April 15, 2019
- Michael Weiss, "Julian Assange Got What He Deserved," Atlantic, April 12, 2019
- Eugene Scott, "Bernie Sanders is Now a Millionaire. Can He Still Speak for Working=Class Americans?" Washington Post, April 15, 2019
- Declan Walsh and Joseph Goldstein, "Amid Euphoria in Sudan, a Delicate Dance Over Who Will Lead: Soldiers or Civilian," New York Times, April 16, 2019
- Robby Soave, "Concordia University Disinvites Harvard Professor Harvey Mansfield Over His Conservative Gender Views," Reason, April 16, 2019
Music and Production by Tre Hester
|Apr 18, 2019
The Pentagon Can Count Ships (But Not Much Else)
In addition to “being the taxpayers’ greatest investment,” Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi writes that the Pentagon is also “the world’s largest producer of wrong numbers, an ingenious bureaucratic defense system that hides all the other rats’ nests underneath.” Last year, the Department of Defense became the last Cabinet-level department to submit to a comprehensive review of its books — and it flunked the audit. But Defense Department “never expected to pass it,” explained then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan. Whether it ever will — or is even committed to doing so — is an open question. In this week's episode of Net Assessment, Bryan, Melanie, and Chris discuss Taibbi’s scathing feature, aptly titled “The Pentagon’s Bottomless Money Pit,” and unpack his suggestions for how to fix the problem. Bryan has no grievances — life is coming up roses now that his beloved Virginia Cavaliers have made it to men’s college basketball’s Final Four (Cavaliers’ head coach Tony Bennett, naturally, earns his attaboy). Chris faults those who want to keep expanding NATO, and Melanie credits the Southern Poverty Law Center for (belatedly) doing the right thing.
- Matt Taibbi, “The Pentagon’s Bottomless Money Pit” Rolling Stone, March 17, 2019
- Frank Newport, “The Military's Positive Image and the Defense Budget,” Gallup, April 1, 2019
- Jack Nicholson as Colonel Nathan R. Jessup in the film A Few Good Men
- John Samples, The Fallacy of Campaign Finance Reform(University of Chicago, 2006)
- The Atlantic Council’s Damon MacWilson, Tweets, April 01, 2019
- Tony Bennett, Men's Basketball Coach at the University of Virginia
- “Deciphering the Navy’s 2020 Budget Request and Shipbuilding Plan,” Heritage Foundation, April 15, 2019
- “Two Roads to War: How (and Why) America and Britain Decided to Invade Iraq,” Book Forum, Cato Institute, April 24, 2019
- Pride Productions Presents “Mamma Mia” April 25-28, May 2-4
- David French, "The SPLC Fires Its Co-Founder, and Its Own Intolerance Is Exposed Again," National Review, March 15, 2019
- Lolita Baldor and Matthew Lee, "US Stop F-35 Fighter Jet Parts Delivery to Turkey," Defense News, April 02, 2019
- Jill Aitoro, "So We're Celebrating the Pentagon's Failed Audit?" Defense News, November 20, 2018
- "The Pentagon Doesn't Know Where Its Money Goes," New York Times, December 01, 2018
Music and Production by Tre Hester
|Apr 04, 2019
In this episode, Chris, Bryan, and Melanie take a broad look at the administration's FY2020 defense budget request. They discuss whether or not it is the "masterpiece" that Pat Shanahan promised, and agree (!) that the budget process is in need of serious reform. They ask whether it aligns with the National Defense Strategy, what Congress (especially the Democratic House with many domestic priorities) will think of it, and how it will be paid for in a time of ever-growing deficits. Finally, Chris takes the secretary of state to task, Melanie is irritated with what's going on in higher ed, and Bryan welcomes a friend home.
- "Defense Budget Overview: United States Department of Defense Fiscal Years 2020 Budget Request"
- Marcus Weisgerber, "2020 Budget Request Reveals Slow Shift Toward Great Power War," Defense One, March 2019
- John McCormack, "Why Did Ben Sasse Vote to Uphold the National Emergency?" National Review, March 2019
- Claude Berube, United States Naval Acadamy
- "Overseas Contingency Operations Spending Would Be 2nd Largest Federal Agency," Taxpayers for Common Sense, March 2019
- Fred Kaplan, "Trump's Record-Setting Military Budget is Bloated, illegal, and Doomed," Slate, March 2019
- Daniel Larison, "Pompeo's Obnoxious Yemen Lies," American Conservative, March 2019
- Daniel Larison, "The WSJ's Despicable Defense of the War on Yemen," American Conservative, March 2019
- Bridget Bowman and Simone Pathé, "Meet the 12 GOP Senators Who Voted to Terminate Trump's National Emergency," Roll Call, March 2019
- "Clear and Present Safety: The World Has Never Been Better and Why That Matters to Americans," CATO Institute, March 2019
- "Two Roads to War: How (and Why) America and Britain Decided to Invade Iraq," CATO Institute, April 2019
- Patrick Porter, Blunder: Britain's War in Iraq, (Oxford University Press, 2019)
- Michael Mazarr, Leap of Faith: Hubris, Negligence, and America's Greatest Foreign Policy Tragedy, (Public Affairs, 2019)
- Nicholas Kristof, "This 8-Year-Old Chess Champion Will Make You Smile,"New York Times, March 2019
- Samuel Abrams, "When A Student Mob Came For My Job, My College Did Not Support Me," Spectator, March 2019
- Steven Elbow, "UW Student Alleging Bias in Political Science Prof's Syllabus Now Expects Class to Be Objective," Cap Times, January 2019
- Ben Leonard, "Admission Scandal Rocks Higher Education," Duke Chronical, March 2019
Music and Production by Tre Hester
|Mar 21, 2019
Playing the China Card
Join Melanie, Chris, and Bryan for a discussion of how to think about great power competition with China. Using Brookings scholar Tarun Chhabra's recent report "The China challenge, democracy, and US grand strategy" as the impetus for the conversation, our hosts dive into whether China's threat to liberal democracies is more of a challenge than that presented by the former Soviet Union, and if so, what America is willing to do to contest that challenge. Stay to the end to hear Melanie's inspired "Attagirl" for the senior senator from California.
- Tarun Chhabra, “The China challenge, democracy, and U.S. grand strategy,” Brookings Institution, February 2019
- Seth Moulton, “Conversations on National Security and U.S. Naval Power: A Discussion with U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton,” Hudson Institute, February 27, 2019
- Michael Tackett, “Five Takeaways From Cohen’s Testimony to Congress,” New York Times, February 27, 2019
- Nina Siegal, “Rembrandt Died 350 Years Ago. Why He Matters,” New York Times, February 27, 2019
- Aaron Blake, “John Bolton Tried to Explain Away Trump's Otto Warmbier Comments and It Went Poorly,” Washington Post, March 4, 2019.
- Caitlin Flanagan, “Dianne Feinstein Doesn't Need a Do-Over,” Atlantic, February 24, 2019
- Matt Schiavenza, “Time to Kill Daylight Saving,” Atlantic, March 8, 2015
- Gabi Warwick, “Punxsutawney Phil wanted by Middletown Police for 'crimes against nature’,” ABC22Now, March 4, 2019
- Christian Britschgi, “ Rand Paul, Tom Udall Introduce Bill to End the War in Afghanistan,” Reason, March 5, 2019
- “End the Forever War,” Common Defense, March 5, 2019
Music and Production by Tre Hester
|Mar 07, 2019
Can Conservatism Save the Liberal Order? And What Are We Conserving?
What is the best way to preserve the liberal international order (such as it is) going forward? Some counsel conservatism. Jennifer Lind and William Wohlforth argue that “the United States and its partners should consolidate the gains the order has reaped,” back away from democracy promotion, and resist the urge to add new members to existing alliances, especially those countries that bring more liabilities than capabilities. Are they right? Must the United States practice more discernment (Bryan’s word) or restraint (Chris’s), or does the order still depend upon American military primacy? Would it collapse or atrophy if the United States were less likely to employ force in the service of certain desirable, but non-essential, ends? Or would democracy and human rights flourish if promoted chiefly by the power of America's example, and carried forward by non-governmental organizations, as opposed to entities of the U.S. government? Also, Chris remembers Rep. Walter Jones, Melanie praises California Gov. Gavin Newsom, and, in a first, Germany earns both a grievance and (minor) attaboy in the same show.
- Jennifer Lind and William C. Wohlforth, "The Future of the Liberal Order Is Conservative: A Strategy to Save the System," Foreign Affairs, March/April 2019
- Tony Bizjak, Tim Sheehan, and Rory Appleton, "No, Gov. Gavin Newsom Didn't Kill High-Speed Rail. But What's His Plan B?," Sacramento Bee, February 18, 2019
- Adam Brinklow, "San Francisco Delay Mission Housing over Potentially Historic Laundromat," Curbed SF, February 14, 2019
- Christian Britschgi, "New Kamala Harris Bill Asks Federal Taxpayers to Subsidize California's High Housing Costs," Reason, July 20, 2018
- Peter Moore, "Most Americans Still Back the US's Defense Commitment to Other Members of NATO, Though Doubts Creep in When Asked About Specific Countries,"YouGov, April 01, 2014
- Stephen Calabria, "Americans Conflicted About Which NATO Countires They'd Defend From Russia: Poll," Huffington Post, April 01, 2014
- Kathryn Krawczyk, "Mick Mulvaney Says, 'Nobody Cares' About the Deficit. He Used To. A Lot," Week, February 06, 2019
- Jonathan Chait, "Mulvaney: Trump Not Mentioning Debt Because 'Nobody Cares'," New York Magazine, February 06, 2019
- “Mullen: Debt Is Top National Security Threat,”CNN, August 27, 2010,
- Felicia Sonmez, "Walter Jones, 'Freedom Fries' Congressman Who Became Iraq War Critic, Dies at 76," Washington Post, February 10, 2019
- David Gelles, "They're Rich and They're Mad About Taxes (Too Low!)," New York Times, February 12, 2019
- Patricia Cohen, "In Amazon Fight, Progressives Showed What They Want: A New Economic Agenda," New York Times, February 16, 2019
- Katrin Bennhold and Steven Erlanger "Merkel Rejects That US Demands That Europe Pull Out of the Iran Nuclear Deal," New York Times, February 16, 2019
Music and Production by Tre Hester
|Feb 21, 2019
To Intervene or Not to Intervene? That is the Question
The crew looks at the crisis in Venezuela and considers the American and world responses to it. Is it any of Washington’s business what goes on there, and will any result have democratic legitimacy? Will more sanctions help to quickly resolve the situation in a way that benefits the people there, or will they increase the suffering? Are Elliot Abrams and John Bolton making a push for military intervention? Finally, Chris congratulates the Patriots while Melanie and Bryan roll their eyes, and Melanie finds a reason to wholeheartedly praise the Trump administration.
- David A. Graham, "How Seriously Should the World Take Trump's Venezuela Threat?", Atlantic, January 29, 2019
- Kirk Brown, "GOP Should Back Trump If Emergency Declared To Build Border Wall," State, February 04, 2019
- Peter Baker and Edward Wong, "On Venezuela, Rubio Assumes U.S. Role of Ouster in Chief," New York Times, January 26, 2019
- Ernesto Londoño and Nicholas Casey,“Trump Administration Discussed Coup Plans With Rebel Venezuelan Officers,” New York Times, September 08, 2018
- John Glaser, Tweets, January 24, 2019
- Peter Baker and Edward Wong, “Intervening Against Venezuela’s Strongman, Trump Belies ‘America First’,” New York Times, September 24, 2019
- Ro Khanna, “Why I strongly oppose U.S. military intervention in Venezuela,” Washington Post, January 30, 2019
- John Stuart Mill, “A Few Words on Non-Intervention: Excerpts,” Libertarianism
- “End the War in Afghanistan,” New York Times, February 03, 2019
- Patricia Zengerle, "Senate Leader Wants U.S. Troops To Stay in Syria," Reuters, January 29, 2019
- Peter Baker, "A Growing Chorus of Republican Critics for Trump's Foreign Policy," New York Times, January 29, 2019
- Moises Naim and Francisco Toro, "Venezuela's Suicide: Lessons from a Failed State," Foreign Affairs, January 28, 2019
- Krishnadev Calamur, "Trump's Dumping of Maduro Could be Just the Start," Atlantic, January 24, 2019
- Uri Friedman, "The White House's Move on Venezuela is the Least Trumpian Thing It's Done," Atlantic, January 26, 2019
- Donovan Slack, "USA Today Investigation: VA Knowingly Hires Doctors with Past Malpractice Claims, Discipline for Poor Care," USA Today, December 3, 2019
- Anne Gearan, Paul Sonne, and Carol Morello, "US to Withdraw from Nuclear Arms Control Treaty with Russia, Raising Fears of a New Arms Race," Washington Post, February 1, 2019
Music and Production by Tre Hester
|Feb 07, 2019
Learning to Love the Bomb
Join Chris, Melanie, and Bryan — your Net Assessment podcasters — for a dive into nuclear weapons and grand strategy, and the degree to which they have impacted each other. The story is one of contradiction, of hubris, and of unproven (and unprovable) assertions.
|Jan 23, 2019
Is It the End of the World, As We Know It?
The United States has managed to avoid foreign policy catastrophes during the first two years of the Trump administration, but defenders of American primacy espy trouble on the horizon. Most Americans have no living memory of the 1930s and World War II, and younger Americans, who have known only the inconclusive wars of the last fifteen years, are far less likely than their parents and grandparents to support higher levels of military spending. They favor a different kind of global engagement, one not predicated on American hard power. But can the liberal international order, such as it is, survive without America’s “big stick” military to back it up? And what, if anything, would replace it? On the lighter side, Melanie and Bryan also discuss binge-watching foreign television series over the holidays, and Chris shines the light on our safer, healthier, and wealthier world.
- Eliot A. Cohen, “America’s Long Goodbye: The Real Crisis of the Trump Era,” Foreign Affairs, January/February 2019
- The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, "The Clash of Generations? Intergenerational Change and American Foreign Policy Views," June 2018
- Dorothy Manevich and Hanyu Chwe, “Globally, More People See U.S. Power and Influence as a Major Threat,” Pew Research Center, August 1, 2017
- Micah Zenko, “James Mattis Wasn’t Ready to Serve in a Democracy,” Foreign Policy, December 27, 2018
- Katie Bo Williams, “The Biggest Difference Between Inhofe and Smith? How Much Danger They Think the US Faces,” Defense One, December 18, 2018
- Greg Ip, “The World Is Getting Quietly, Relentlessly Better,” Wall Street Journal, January 2, 2019
- Faith Karimi, "Pentagon Chief of Staff Kevin Sweeney Resigns," CNN, January 7, 2019
- Mathilde Boussion, "As Congo Delays Election Results, People's Suspicions Rise," Washington Post, January 8, 2019
- Scott Shane and Alan Blinder, "Secret Experiment in Alabama Senate Race Imitated Russian Tactics," New York Times, December 19, 2018
- Paul Staniland, Tweets, December 21, 2018
- "The Ocean Clean Up"
Music and Production by Tre Hester
|Jan 10, 2019
In our last episode before the holidays, we take a look at the US-Saudi relationship. With President Trump standing by Mohammad bin Salman even as the CIA blames him for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, we discuss what weight human rights should have in foreign policy, whether Congress is reasserting its powers in national security matters, and what the United States should do with respect to Yemen. Bryan and Chris lament Navy's loss in the Army-Navy game and Bryan shares a personal interaction between his mother and the late President George H.W. Bush. Finally, in their recap of the Reagan National Defense Forum, we find out what Melanie keeps in her enormous purse, and where Bryan ranks in her choice of dinner mates.
- Mike Pompeo, “The US-Saudi Partnership is Vital,” Wall Street Journal, November 27, 2018
- Michael Singh, “The United States, Saudi Arabia, and the Middle East in the Post-Khashoggi Era,” War on the Rocks, December 10, 2018,
- Jonathan Berstein, "Judging John Kelly,” Bloomberg Opinion, December 11, 2018
- Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute,
- Laura Seligman and Elias Groll, “Khashoggi Report Hangs over Talks at Reagan Defense Forum, Mattis Accuses Putin of Election Meddling,” Foreign Policy, December 3, 2018
- Karen Elliott House, “Rethinking Saudi Arabia,” Wall Street Journal, November 30, 2018
- Emma Ashford and John Glaser, letter, “Saudi Move in Yemen: An Opening for Iran,” Wall Street Journal, November 23, 2018
- Wounded Warrior Project, Annual Warrior Survey
- Aaron Blake, “President Trump’s Full Washington Post Interview Transcript, Annotated,” Washington Post, November 27, 2018
- Jason Schwartz, “Weekly Standard Faces Uncertain Future after Holding its Ground against Trump,” Politico, December 4, 2018
- Edward Wong and Michele Forsythe, “China’s Tactic to Catch a Fugitive Official: Hold His Two American Children,” New York Times, November 25, 2018,
- “Huawei Executive Meng Wanzhou Released on Bail in Canada,” BBC, December 12, 2018
- Katie Bo William, “The Senate is Poised to Pass the Yemen Resolution. Now What?”, Defense One, December 6, 2018
- Emma Ashford, “A Guide to Saudi Arabia’s Influence in Washington,” The New Republic, December 6, 2018
- Nahal Toosi and Maryanne Levine, “Congress Looks to Usurp Trump’s Foreign Policy Powers,” Politico, December 5, 2018,
- Jesse Convertino, “Dog’s Unbridled Joy for Soldier’s Homecoming Goes Viral, Brings Smiles,” ABC News, November 29, 2018
- “Dog Waits for Weeks at Owner’s Home Destroyed by Fire,” CBS News Los Angeles
|Dec 13, 2018
The Establishment Strikes Back
Hop aboard! In this episode, the crew dissects the recently released report of the National Defense Strategy Commission. Melanie, Chris, and Bryan weigh in on the report’s strengths and weaknesses. Also, Chris and Melanie reveal themselves to be Scrooges by expressing disdain for Hallmark Christmas dramas.
- Eric Edelman and Gary Roughead, Providing for the Common Defense: The Assessment and Recommendations of the National Defense Strategy Commission (United States Institute of Peace, 2018).
- CNBC, “Deadly California Wildfire Now 100% Contained After Scorching 154,000 Acres,” Nov. 25, 2018
- Joseph Archer, "Beijing to Assign ‘Personal Trustworthiness Points’ For All Citizens by 2021," Telegraph, Nov. 20, 2018
- Greg Jaffe, “John Collins, Army Colonel Who Launched Influential Online Warlord Loop, Dies at 97,” Washington Post, Nov. 23, 2018
- “Pentagon Fails Audit and Nobody in Washington is Surprised,” Taxpayers for Common Sense, Nov. 16, 2018
- Lara Seligman, “How the Generals are Routing the Policy Wonks at the Pentagon,” Foreign Policy, Nov. 15, 2018
- “Anti Vaccine Community Behind North Carolina Chickenpox Outbreak,” BBC, Nov. 19, 2018
- Morgan Gstalter, “Disney Screenwriter Says Term ‘Anti-Vax’ is Equivalent to ‘N-Word,’” The Hill, Nov. 24, 2018
- Dennis Romboy, “Trump Backs Criminal Justice Reform Legislation that Sen. Mike Lee Helped Write,” Desert News, Nov.15, 2018
- Jack Crowe, “Mike Lee Accuses Tom Cotton of Spreading 'Fake News' on Criminal Justice Reform Bill,” National Review, Nov. 19, 2018
Music and Production by Tre Hester
|Nov 29, 2018
Does the Pentagon Deserve Our Trust?
This episode kicks off with a discussion of the national security implications of the mid-term elections. With the Democratic Party retaking control of the House of Representatives, we expect to see fights over Pentagon spending, and more oversight of the Trump administration across-the-board. The show then turns to the curious story of a 1,300-page Army study of the Iraq War that has gone unpublished for two whole years. The case raises broader questions about the entire defense establishment’s capacity for self-reflection and analysis. Recent moves to shield the Pentagon from public scrutiny only add to these concerns. We focus our grievances on President Donald Trump in Europe, the New York Times re: North Korea, and Woodrow Wilson (for lots of things), and we mark the 243rd anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Marine Corps – or, as Bryan calls it, the Navy’s land force (Please direct your hate tweets to @ConsWahoo).
- Michael R. Gordon, "The Army Stymied Its Own Study of the Iraq War," Wall Street Journal, Oct. 22, 2018
- Danny Sjursen, "Will Iraq Become Another 'Lesson Lost' Like Vietnam?" American Conservative, Nov. 6, 2018
- Todd South, "Army's Detailed Iraq War Study Remains Unpublished Years After Completion," Army Times, Oct. 25, 2018
- Adam Smith, "The Pentagon's Getting More Secretive – and It's Hurting National Security," Defense One, Oct. 28, 2018
- Fred Kaplan, "Could House Democrats Cancel the Pentagon's Blank Check?" Slate, Nov. 07, 2018
- Loren DeJonge Schulman and Alice Friend, "The Pentagon's Transparency Problem," Foreign Affairs, May 02, 2018
- Eric Gomez, "The Revenge of Expectation: Trump's Rhetoric and Kim's Missile Bases," Cato Institute, Nov. 12, 2018
- Paul Farhi, "What a Stupid Question: Trump Demeans Three Black Female Reporters in Three Day," Washington Post, Nov. 09, 2018
- Ted Galen Carpenter and Malou Innocent, The Ties That Blind: How the U.S.-Saudi Alliance Damages Liberty and Security, (Cato Institute, 2018)
- Shawn Snow, "To Corps, Country, and Each Other: Top Marine's Birthday Message May Leave You Hiding Tears," Marine Corps Times, Nov. 01, 2018
- Angelique Chrisafis and Ed Pilkington, "Trump Ramps Up Macron Spat by Mocking France in World Wars," Guardian, Nov. 13, 2018
- Adam Rubenstein, "Did Steve King Just Refer to Immigrants as 'Dirt' ?" Weekly Standard, Nov. 06, 2018
- Dylan Matthew, "Woodrow Wilson Was Extremely Racist – Even by the Standards of His Time," Vox, Nov. 20, 2015
Music and Production by Tre Hester
|Nov 15, 2018
Under the dark cloud of the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, this week’s Net Assessment podcast focuses on President Donald Trump’s that he intends to withdraw the United States from the INF Treaty. Although it’s a bilateral agreement with Russia, China factors heavily into our discussion, as do problems the president might face with allies and Congress going forward, should the withdrawal occur. We offer a few comments on the lack of civility we are experiencing, defense budget cuts, and Jeff Bezos. Finally, Bryan and Melanie politely listen while Chris congratulates the Red Sox on their World Series victory.
- Featured Article: Michael Krepon, "Nothing about Trashing the INF Treaty Makes the US Safer," Defense One, October 21, 2018.
- Sonny Bunch, “Jeff Bezos: King of the Tech Lords, " Washington Free Beacon, October 23, 2018.
- Elbridge Colby, "The INF Treaty Hamstrings the US. Trump is Right to Leave It," Center for a New American Security, October 23, 2018.
- Scott Cuomo, "It's Time to Make a New Deal Solving the INF Treaty's Strategic Liabilities to Achieve US Security Goals in Asia," Texas National Security Review, October 2018.
- Karoun Demirjian, "GOP Lawmakers Criticize Trump's Decision to Withdraw from Nuclear Arms Treaty," Washington Post, October 21, 2018.
- Michael Kofman, "Under the Missile's Shadow: What Does the Passing of the INF Treaty Mean?" War on the Rocks, October 26, 2018.
- Aaron Mehta, "It's Official: DoD Told to Take Cut with FY20 Budget," Defense News, October 26, 2018.
- Eric Sayers, "The Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and the Future of The Indo-Pacific Military Balance," War on the Rocks, February 13, 2018.
- Kori Schake, "Trump's Defensible Decision to withdraw from a Nuclear Treaty," The Atlantic, October 23, 2018.
- Gary Shih, "China Rolls Back Decades-Old Tiger and Rhino Parts Ban, Worrying Conservationists," Washington Post, October 29, 2018.
- Ian Williams, "Leaving the INF Treaty Now is the Right Call," CSIS, October 24, 2018.
|Nov 01, 2018
This week’s Net Assessment podcast featured a deep-dive into the Vice President’s early October speech on the competition with China. Largely drowned out by the Kavanaugh SCOTUS controversy, Melanie, Chris, and Bryan give this important speech due consideration, to include administration views on Taiwan, China’s defense buildup, and its growing global influence. The crew also discussed foreign aid, the F-35, the deficit, the alleged assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, and the resignation of Nikki Haley. All of this while celebrating Melanie’s birthday.
Vice President’s Speech
- Remarks by Vice President Pence on the Administration's Policy Toward China
- Ethan Epstein, “How China Infiltrated US Classrooms,” Politico, January 16, 2018.
- Glenn Thrush, “Trump Embraces Foreign Aid to Counter China’s Global Influence,” New York Times, October 14, 2018.
- Jim DeBrosse, “Waiting for the Great Leap Forward,” Cincinnati Magazine, May 4, 2017.
- Alan Rappeport, “In New Slap at China, US Expands Power to Block Foreign Investments,” New York Times, October 10, 2018.
- Jane Perlez and Yufan Huang, “Behind China’s $1 Trillion Plan to Shake Up the Economic Order,” New York Times, May 13, 2017.
- Adva Saldinger, "A New US Development Finance Agency Takes Flight," Devex, October 4, 2018
- Glenn Thrush, "Trump Embraces Foreign Aid to Counter China's Global Influence," The New York Times, October 14, 2018
Airing of Grievances
Music and Production by Tre Hester
|Oct 18, 2018
Introducing Net Assessment
What happens when a libertarian, a conservative hawk, and a constitutional powers specialist walk into a podcast studio? 'Net Assessment' happens. Welcome to the hottest new national security podcast hosted by Melanie Marlowe, Christopher Preble, and Bryan McGrath. This is a show about competing visions of America's role in the world. In each episode, they will be discussing a featured article, airing their grievances, and giving attaboys. In the first episode of this bi-weekly series, our hosts introduce themselves and their hopes for this podcast. They tackle this episode's featured article, Adrian Lewis' "The Ivory Tower and Academic Ignorance of What the Armed Forces Actually Do
," published by Task & Purpose
. They also discuss the role of American seapower and, of course, Twitter feuds. Don't forget to subscribe to Net Assessment on your podcast app of choice.
- Adrian Lewis, “The Ivory Tower And Academic Ignorance Of What The Armed Forces Actually Do,” Task and Purpose, September 20, 2018.
- Ken Buck, “Congress, Take Your War Powers Back,” Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2018.
- Dion Nissenbaum, “Top U.S. Diplomat Backed Continuing Support for Saudi War in Yemen Over Objections of Staff,” Wall Street Journal, September 20, 2018.
- Nicholas Kristof, “Be Outraged by America’s Role in Yemen’s Misery,” New York Times, September 26, 2018.
- Claudia Grisales and Corey Dickstein, “Vice Adm. Faller: 'I Was Cleared of All Wrongdoing' in 'Fat Leonard' Case,” Stars and Stripes, September 25, 2018.
- Chico Harlan, “Vatican and China Reach ‘Provisional’ Deal on Appointment of Bishops,” Washington Post, September 22, 2018.
- Corey Dickstein, "House Lawmakers Confused over US Military’s Goals in Syria as Pentagon Maintains Focus on ISIS," Stars and Stripes, September 26, 2018.
- Joshua Keating, “Why John Bolton is So Obsessed with the International Criminal Court," Slate, September 10, 2018.
Music and Production by Tre Hester.
|Oct 04, 2018
Net Assessment: The Trailer
War on the Rocks is excited to introduce an exciting new biweekly podcast: "Net Assessment." This new series features three assertive and experienced national security hands, debating important issues related to strategy, defense, and foreign affairs. Join Melanie Marlowe, Bryan McGrath, and Christopher Preble for "Net Assessment." This trailer gives you a taste of what's to come.
|Oct 01, 2018