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Hosts Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy discuss the three-part Future War: China series and how the recent withdrawal from Afghanistan might have changed the game. Does this generation have what it takes to take on a near-peer adversary like China? How will cyberwarfare play into this? All that and more on this Fast Take.…
 
We return to the third of our three-part future war series on China. Jack Murphy talks with Roger Cliff, a research professor of Indo-Pacific Affairs at the U.S. Army War College and the author of "China's Military Power: Assessing Current and Future Capabilities." You can find Cliff's book on Amazon and everywhere you purchase books. Follow Milita…
 
Former U.S. Special Forces service member and current intelligence professional, Daniel, was recently evacuated from Afghanistan. Daniel shares an insider's view of the Taliban's take-over of the country, the chaos at the US embassy, and how it all went so wrong. Follow Military Matters on Twitter and Facebook You can follow Rod Rodriguez on Twitte…
 
Jack Murphy brings us the story of the battle to save Kunduz from the Taliban and why a Doctors Without Borders hospital was destroyed. Jack talks with Special Forces Medical Sgt. Joshua Middleton about the heroic efforts of the Afghan Commandos and the dismal failures of the Afghan National Army that were the precursor to the recent fall of the Af…
 
Hosts Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy discuss the recent events of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. There are some serious tie-ins to any future war with China that can't be ignored. What does a victory over China look like? Is Taiwan the next Iraq or Afghanistan? Follow us on Twitter at @stripesmmpod and shoot us an email at militarymatters@str…
 
This is part 2 of 3 in our Future War series on China. Jack Murphy and the co-author of "Chinese Communist Espionage: An Intelligence Primer," Matthew Brazil, tackle the topic of Chinese spies and how the winner of a future war could be determined by our respective nations' spymasters. You can follow Matthew Brazil on Twitter @matthew_brazil…
 
In our first of three episodes on China, Jack Murphy and our guest, former CIA analyst and China expert Gail Helt, discuss how today's China came to be, why Taiwan is so important, and how the coming years of relations with China will decide whether or not we go to war. Follow Gail Helt on Twitter @ghelt and Miltary Matters @stripesmmpod Email us w…
 
In this episode, we're getting to the bottom of what exactly is "woke" and "critical race theory" and what any of it has to do with our military! Guests: Brian "BK" Kimber, former AF Pararescueman and host of World News with BK Dr. John Witte, professor emeritus from the University of Wisconsin Madison. And the departments of political science in t…
 
Jack Murphy and Rod Rodriguez talk about the stories they covered in Season 3, from the death of SF soldier Mark Leshikar to QAnon and the Terrible Game. We also discuss what Jack thinks of the UFO report coming out in June, and he also shares a special message from Afghan war veteran Jim Gant. All that and more on the season finale of Military Mat…
 
Maura Murray's disappearance 17 years ago has left investigators and her family confused and dumbfounded. She was a former West Point cadet with dreams of becoming a nurse. Then one day after exhibiting strange behavior, she vanished. Jack Murphy talks with her sister, Julie Murray, about one of the first disappearances of the social media age to c…
 
Defense One reporter Elizabeth Howe joins Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy to discuss the reaction to last week's episode, some of the strange arguments they've heard against getting the vaccine, and some "conspiracy" theories behind what some think the vaccine REALLY is. Follow us on Twitter @stripesmmpod and don't forget to share this episode.…
 
A surprising number of service members have gone public stating they're not taking any of the COVID vaccines. This week, Military Matters talks with an ER doctor and U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Dr. Kamal Kalsi, Defense One reporter Elizabeth Howe and the director of the Bi-Partisan Commission on Biodefense Dr. Asha George. Are you getting the vaccin…
 
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and virtual reality are slowly becoming integrated with our warfighters. But what role will AI play on the battlefield of tomorrow? Jack Murphy talks with the vice president and director of studies at the Center for a New American Security, Paul Scharre. Paul is also a former Special Operations reconnaissance team leade…
 
The Army has signed a $21.9 billion deal with Microsoft to integrate its HoloLens with the Army's Integrated Visual Augmented System, or IVAS. Is this technology going to change the way we fight? Will we forget how to train in the real world? What does the future of VR look like? Guests Palmer Luckey, Anduril Garth Smith and Gareth Seburn, Meta VR …
 
Does the DOD's "Tenant Bill of Rights" actually do anything for military families living in privatized housing? Is the military just bad at environmental testing, or is there more? Could the deaths of infants on Fort Bragg have been prevented? We talk with Sarah Kline, military housing advocate, and Leigh Tuttle, a military spouse who has seen firs…
 
Toxic lead and black mold in military housing. A mother’s horror story of how her children suffered the effects. Families have been hurt, and the military is locked into 50-year leases with privatized housing companies. You’ll be shocked at the law these companies are hiding behind to avoid lawsuits and their responsibility to our service members. …
 
Katie Chorbak, founder and president of Our Sister's Keeper Movement tells us why she believes the DOD doesn't actually punish sexual predators. She points to a "zero tolerance" policy that has been repeatedly been ignored. Chorbak also shares the current state of the #iamvanessaguillen bill. Is civilian oversight needed? Should veterans and servic…
 
We talk with online personality and Army Sgt. 1st Class Astin Muse about her reaction to the Marine TikTok video that rocked the DOD and the Corps. Then Jack Murphy takes us into the bizarre story of a military sexual assault victim who found herself behind bars instead of her perpetrator. Go to www.stripes.com and use promo code PODCAST to get 50%…
 
Lamia Taylor is the wife of Mike Taylor and the mother of Peter Taylor, both currently being held in a Japanese prison awaiting trial. Mike and Peter's case was largely ignored by government officials despite Mike's service to his country as a Special Forces Officer. Lamia talks to us about her frustrations with the case, how Mike and Peter are doi…
 
Former auto industry mogul Carlos Ghosn was smuggled out of Japan in true Hollywood heist movie fashion while awaiting trial for corporate fraud. Now Special Forces veteran Mike Taylor and his son Peter have been extradited to Japan in connection with Ghosn's evasion of Japanese authorities. Japan has a long track record of inhumane and even brutal…
 
Jack Murphy and Rod Rodriguez discuss what it means to pass on our military culture and skills to our children, why the explosive formulas for breaching are wrong, and we talk TBIs. Do you have a tip or story idea? Email us at militarymatters@stripes.com You can find us on Twitter @stripesmmpodBy Military Matters
 
Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy are joined by forensics expert Paul Ciolino to discuss the death of Special Forces soldier Mark Leshikar. Paul discusses the facts that were shared in our last episode from Mark's sister and widow. We also share new information about Mark's shooter that raises even more questions. Do you have a tip or idea for a story?…
 
The recent deaths of Army Delta Force member William J. Lavigne and Army Veteran Timothy Dumas are being investigated as homicides. Their deaths have brought attention back to another fatal shooting Lavigne was involved in, the shooting of his best friend and Special Forces soldier Mark Leshikar. Jack Murphy takes us into the life and death of Mark…
 
Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy discuss the controversial last episode. We answer your criticisms and feedback. Also, CEO of Triple Nikel and retired Green Beret Ruben Ayala shares the personal story of his own SF Soldier wearing the Confederate flag. What he did and didn't do about it... All that and more on this perhaps not so Fast Take... Find us …
 
In this episode, we talk with Shannon Foley Martinez, a former neo-Nazi, about radicalization and extremism in the U.S. military. Before leaving the movement, Shannon knew up to thirty soldiers who were part of the white supremacy movement. She discusses how she radicalized, and how service members she knew did the same in this episode of Military …
 
January 6th, 2021 thousands of Trump supporters took to the capital of our nation. What started off as a peaceful protest turned ugly as protests turned to rioting as hundreds of people stormed the Capitol building where the electoral votes were being counted. Lawyer, veteran and former Department of Homeland Security senior counselor Kevin Carroll…
 
As the elections winded down thousands of Servicemembers and Veterans migrated away from Twitter and Facebook to MeWe and Parler, but why? And a recent Tweet from President Trump puts Section 230 back in the spotlight. What is Section 230 and how will that affect social media as we know it? Guests: MeWe CEO Mark Weinstein, Life Flip Media Co-Founde…
 
In a year of COVID-19, strife and division, there's nothing like some positive news. The inspiring stories, for example, of 2020 U.S. Army Soldier of the Year, Sgt. James B. Akinola, and the brand new National Museum of the U.S. Army. For more information on The National Museum of the US Army go to https://thenmusa.org…
 
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Christopher Mellon and the director of the documentary film "The Phenomenon" talk with host Rod Rodriguez about how UAPs aren't just about lights in the sky, they pose a real threat to our national security. Subscribe to the Military Matters podcast today! Save 50% on your digital subscr…
 
Uncertainty over the result of this week's presidential election has given way to legal action, demonstrations and even violence. In this tense time, the Military Matters podcast looks back at interviews from one of last season's episodes on the use of the military to handle episodes of civil unrest. National Guard units have been called up or put …
 
Noises in the night. A haunted library. With Halloween right around the corner, host Rod Rodriguez shares more of listeners' own stories of spooky happenings in this eerie fast take episode of Military Matters. Listen as host Rod Rodriguez relates tales of unsettling events in a World War II-era infirmary and unexplainable phenomena in a library wh…
 
The specter in the Spectre. The terror in Tonga. Just in time for Halloween, host Rod Rodriguez and guests share their own personal tales of frights, spirits and other paranormal events in this eerie episode of Military Matters. Rod, former Army officer Dean Bundschu, former Marine and "To the Point" host Eric Mitchell, and an Air Force veteran nam…
 
In this fast take episode of Military Matters, host Rod Rodriguez discusses feedback we've gotten since the QAnon episode and explores possible characteristics of veterans and service members that make them so vulnerable to extremism. Rod talks again with journalist and former former Army Ranger and Green Beret Jack Murphy, who shares his perspecti…
 
In this episode of Military Matters, host Rod Rodriguez explores the murky world of QAnon, the far-right conspiracy theory that falsely claims President Donald Trump is fighting a shadowy cabal of Satanist pedophiles. To find out how child pedophilia rings, Pizzagate, and the existence of a deep state made their way into the mainstream consciousnes…
 
In the most recent episode of Military Matters, host Rod Rodriguez explored unidentified aerial phenomena and what the Defense Department knows about those unexplained encounters. This week, he finds out from an expert about the facts that can be gleaned from those encounters. Rod talks with Steve Justice, director of the aerospace division of To t…
 
UFOs have long been a staple of science fiction: aliens and flying saucers, aerial technology that dwarfs anything that is man-made. But when video footage of unknown objects recorded by Navy fighter pilots was released publicly in 2017, all that changed. To get to the bottom of what the Pentagon has found out about interactions with unidentified a…
 
So far this season, the Military Matters podcast has looked at recent homicides of soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas. This week, host Rod Rodriguez and guest host Christine Bartruff bring you updates with the latest news in all three cases. Find out about arrests linked to the slaying of Pfc. Brandon Rosecrans, whose body was found May 18 in a town not …
 
Fort Hood, Texas, has seen a shocking number of soldiers killed in recent months and in this episode of Military Matters, the podcast looks at two of those cases — the homicides of Pfc. Gregory Wedel and Pfc. Brandon Rosecrans. Host Rod Rodriguez talks with Gregory Wedel's mother, Kim, about her struggle to get information from police and Army offi…
 
The brutal killing in April of U.S. Army Spc. Vanessa Guillén at Fort Hood, Texas, has garnered wide attention and has put a spotlight on the military’s continuing struggle to combat the scourge of sexual harassment. But largely overlooked has been the struggle her family has faced in trying to get help and answers since they first realized somethi…
 
Next week, as the Military Matters podcast returns with the start of our second season, we will focus on the case of Spc. Vanessa Guillén, whose disappearance April 22 from Fort Hood, Texas, garnered the attention of officials and celebrities. Tragically, remains discovered in late June in woods not far from the Army post were determined to be Guil…
 
You may recognize Vincent “Rocco” Vargas from the Article 15 crew and from television and movies. What you may not know about are his struggles to be a dad and an actor and the sacrifice he’s making today in order to fulfill a promise to himself. Rocco opens up about his struggles with PTSD and what keeps him going. To learn more about Vincent “Roc…
 
In the wake of protests seeking racial justice following George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police, Military Matters podcast host Desmon Farris looks into U.S. Army posts that are named for Confederate generals and why the Army continues to honor men who fought against it. Alongside the protest movement, calls have increased for the r…
 
In the wake of George Floyd's death, America continues to be roiled by protests and authorities' response. Military Matters podcast hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris look into why and how elements of the U.S. armed forces were deployed to contend with the situation and what the ramifications could be. To find out more about the impact of those …
 
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