Holding the Line

By Guy Snodgrass

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Join U.S. Navy Commander Guy "Bus" Snodgrass and co-host U.S. Army Colonel Mark Solomons as they give you a honest, behind-the-scenes account of America’s military in action. These recently retired officers discuss innovation, technology and policy along with their impact on America's national security and foreign affairs. Each week features new guests who provide an in-depth look at the topic at hand. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/htlpodcast/support

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Special Report - Firing of Captain Brett Crozier (again)
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Join Holding the Line for a discussion on the U.S. Navy's decision to reverse course yet again on Captain Brett Crozier, the former commanding officer of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. 

Admiral Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations, decided on Friday to uphold the firing of Captain Crozier. Mark and I discuss his press conference and the report released by the U.S. Navy to elaborate on the reasons for his removal from command. Was the Navy's decision the right one? Tune in to find out.

We also discuss Amb. John Bolton's memoir, The Room Where It Happened, and whether or not he should have written the book in the first place.

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Jun 23, 2020
Episode 14 - Innovation
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What is innovation? How can organizations harness its transformational power to accelerate success? Why do innovators run a risk to their careers and what can leaders do to protect those who innovate?

Join us as we speak with Ben Kohlmann, a serial entrepreneur, former U.S. Navy pilot, and current McKinsey consultant for a discuss about innovation. A member of the CNO's Rapid Innovation Cell and co-founder of the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum, Ben has studied--and implemented--innovation across multiple disciplines. If you're an innovator, listen in to determine ways to thrive in an organization without being pushed to the side.

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Jun 16, 2020
Episode 13 - Operationalizing AI
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Join hosts Guy Snodgrass and Mark Solomons as they discuss operationalizing AI--where the rubber meets the road with artificial intelligence--with Joe Larson. Joe was recently the deputy director for the Pentagon's Project MAVEN and has years of experience introducing AI to large, diverse organizations.

Listen in to hear about the lessons ANY organization can benefit from when seeking to explore AI's advantages... and the potential pitfalls you'll want to avoid. At the end of the day, Mark is concerned about one thing: is AI coming for his job? 

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Jun 09, 2020
Special Report - Mattis Speaks!
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Join us as we discuss former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis's decision to release a scathing statement about President Trump's leadership. Was it the right move, an opportunistic grab for attention, or needlessly partisan? Does it help or hurt civil-military relationships?

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Jun 05, 2020
Episode 12 - AI Strategy
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Join Joe Larson as we discuss the national security strategy behind the Department of Defense's pursuit of artificial intelligence.

Joe is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Reserve lieutenant colonel who served as deputy director for Project MAVEN, an intelligence program using AI to rapidly categorize video imagery. Joe has years of experience with artificial intelligence and in this episode he walks us through the "why" behind many of today's AI-related issues.

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Jun 02, 2020
Episode 11 - The Basics of AI
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Join us for part 1 of a three-part series on artificial intelligence (AI).

Steve Escaravage (Booz Allen Hamilton SVP for Analytics and Artificial Intelligence) joins us as our guide as we explore the brave new world of artificial intelligence. What IS artificial intelligence? What can it do? What are the common myths and perceptions? How should organizations avoid common pitfalls while seeking to implement AI-based solutions?

Two AI references cited in this episode are Booz Allen's Primer on Artificial Intelligence (link) and Mike Kanaan's new book, T-Minus AI (link).

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May 26, 2020
Episode 10 - Reopening America for Business
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Join hosts Guy Snodgrass and Mark Solomons as they discuss the Trump Administration's decision to relax Coronavirus restrictions to fire up the U.S. economy. What are the likely outcomes? How will America's competitors (China, in particular) seek to take advantage of the situation? To answer these questions, Guy and Mark explore the impacts of COVID-19 using the "DIME" construct, discussing America's diplomatic, information, military, and economic sources of strength.

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May 12, 2020
Episode 9 - Latest Headlines and 2020 Election
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Join host Guy Snodgrass and co-host Mark Solomons as they catch up on the latest "news of note," including North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's return from the dead, the latest on the U.S. Navy and Captain Brett Crozier saga, concern over possible degradation of GPS, and the national security implications of the 2020 election.

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May 05, 2020
Episode 8 - Third Offset Strategy (Part II)
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Join former Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work for part two of our discussion on the Third Offset Strategy. In this episode we discuss how the Third Offset Strategy is being affected by coronavirus, prevailing economic factors, and a forecasted decline in the defense budget.

Deputy Secretary Work served as a U.S. Marine from 1974 until his retirement as a colonel in 2001. He then served at two different Washington, D.C.-based think tanks and as the Under Secretary of the Navy before re-entering government service in 2013 to serve as the 32nd Deputy Secretary of Defense. During his tenure he campaigned for a rapid advancement in U.S. military capabilities to sustain our military advantage against challenges from other competitors, such as China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran.

Bob currently serves as CEO for Team Work, LLC and is co-Chair of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence.

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Apr 28, 2020
Episode 7 - Third Offset Strategy (Part I)
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Join former Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work as we discuss the Third Offset Strategy. But first, what's an "offset strategy" and why is it important to America's national security? If this is the third one, what defined the first two? 

Deputy Secretary Work served as a U.S. Marine from 1974 until his retirement as a colonel in 2001. He then served at two different Washington, D.C.-based think tanks and as the Under Secretary of the Navy before re-entering government service in 2013 to serve as the 32nd Deputy Secretary of Defense. During his tenure he campaigned for a rapid advancement in U.S. military capabilities to sustain our military advantage against challenges from other competitors, such as China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran.

Bob currently serves as CEO for Team Work, LLC and is co-Chair of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence.

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Apr 24, 2020
Episode 6 - Professionalism with Col. Andy Milburn, USMC (ret.)
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Join retired Marine Colonel Andy Milburn as we discuss his concerns about the increasingly partisan nature of the U.S. military, the risks this poses for professionalism, and his career as a member of the special forces community.

Col. Milburn enlisted as a private in the U.S. Marine Corps immediately following graduation from law school. A first-generation immigrant, Andy then commissioned as an officer and rose through the ranks before retiring as a colonel in 2019 from his job as the chief of staff for Special Operations in U.S. Central Command.

Andy's first book is When the Tempest Gathers, which relays his experiences as the first Marine to lead a special forces combat task force as well as his journey from private to colonel. Also, check out his MilitaryTimes op-ed which serves as the foundation for our discussion.

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Apr 20, 2020
Episode 5 - The Meaning of Service
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Join Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath as we discuss the meaning of service, whether in uniform or in your local community.

A 1997 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Amy served for 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a naval aviator. A Kentucky native, following retirement she and her family returned home where she won the 2018 Democratic primary for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Despite not winning against the Republican incumbent, her personal story and ability to galvanize support led Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to ask her to run against Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in the 2020 election. 

Dedicated to putting country before party, Amy wants to put her "can do" attitude to work for all Kentuckians. You can learn more about Amy, her backstory, and her campaign at www.AmyMcGrath.com.

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Apr 16, 2020
Episode 4 - Civilian-Military Relationships
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Join Dr. Pauline Shanks Kaurin and Dr. Doyle Hodges as they discuss the critical relationship that exists between members of the U.S. military and the American public they serve. Along the way we discuss the dangers of an increasingly partisan military, who controls nuclear weapons, when military members should disobey orders, and how the situation broke down between U.S. Navy Captain Brett Crozier and Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly.

Dr. Shanks Kaurin is the Admiral James B. Stockdale Chair in Professional Military Ethics at the U.S. Naval War College. Her recently released book On Obedience can be found at Amazon.

Dr. Doyle Hodges is a retired U.S. Navy commander, Executive Editor for Texas National Security Review, and Senior Editor for War on the Rocks.

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Apr 13, 2020
Episode 3 - Relationship Between Military & Media
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As the firing of Captain Brett Crozier demonstrates, the only thing more deadly than combat action to a service member is choosing to interact with the media. 

Lara Seligman (Politico) and Chris Servello (Provision Advisors) discuss the important relationship between the military and media, and why this relationship is a critical part of informing the American public about the military that serves their interests--both at home and abroad.

Our discussion covers the basics of building relationships, the difference between on and off the record conversations, and why the military must increase its engagement with members of the press.

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Apr 09, 2020
Episode 2 - Coronavirus Pt II w/ Dr. Tom Nichols
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Join Guy and Mark as the discuss the national security implications of coronavirus with Dr. Tom Nichols, an academic specialist on international affairs. 

We know coronavirus is already having a significant impacts on our day-to-day lives and the economic health of our nation, but how will this global pandemic affect America's interests? What does it mean for the national security community, what should we learn from it and, worse, what are our adversaries and competitors learning about US based on our response to a widespread outbreak?

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Apr 05, 2020
Special Report - Firing of U.S. Navy Captain Brett Crozier
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Join Guy Snodgrass and co-host Mark Solomon as they walk through the recent firing of commanding officer for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, U.S. Navy Captain Brett Crozier.

Captain Crozier caught America's attention when his four-page memorandum urging greater U.S. Navy support for a coronavirus outbreak onboard his carrier was leaked to the public... and he was subsequently fired by senior Navy leadership.

Join Guy and Mark as they discuss the circumstances around the firing and what leaders in any organization can learn from this tragic turn of events.

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Apr 03, 2020
Episode 1 - Coronavirus Pt 1 w/ Dr. Sam Ward
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Join host Guy Snodgrass and co-host Mark Solomons as they discuss coronavirus pandemic facts and projections with Dr. Sam Ward, Vice Chairman of Research for the University of California San Diego's Orthopedic Surgery Department.

Sam explains why we're seeing coronavirus behave differently around the country and what it means for America's long-term recovery. Guy and Sam also discuss the critical importance of capturing the lessons learned from this coronavirus wave, as a second wave is predicted to occur in the Fall.

Part I serves as a baseline and foundation for Part II, where Guy and Mark explore the national security and foreign policy ramifications of coronavirus.

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Apr 03, 2020
Episode 0 - Introduction to the Podcast
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Host Guy Snodgrass joins with co-host Mark Solomons to introduce the Holding the Line Podcast, their respective careers as U.S. Navy and U.S. Army officers, and why they decided to fire up a new podcast in the midst of coronavirus (and a host of other challenges facing America and it's military).

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Apr 03, 2020