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Military Veterans and hosts Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy bring you stories and topics affecting our military, servicemembers, and veterans. Listen to the stories that matter, this is Military Matters.

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FAST TAKE - Rowe vs Wade vs Service Members
15:25

Hosts Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy discuss women's reproductive health, Japanese culture and the impact Roe v. Wade's repeal is having on the force. That and more on this Fast Take!


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Dec 01, 2022
Fast Take: Happy Thanksgiving 2022
06:13

Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings!
Remember folks, nothing says family dinner like discussing religion, politics, and podcasts at the dinner table!

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Nov 24, 2022
Roe v. Wade v. The Military
40:11

This year the Supreme Court repealed Roe vs Wade, the 1973 landmark ruling that established the constitutional right to abortion in the U.S. This ruling made an already difficult issue for women service members even more challenging. Compounded by the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits miltiary hospitals and (and TRICARE coverage) from performing an abortion unless it's a case of incest, rape, or if the mother's life is in danger, women service members have found themselves in potentially dangerous situations. We talk with Stripes reporter Nancy Montgomery who covered this topic in a Stripes article, then Air Force reservist and military spouse Bari Wald shares her shocking story of a botched abortion in a Japanese clinic.

 

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Nov 17, 2022
Fast Take - Future War: North Korea
22:05

Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy discuss the North Korea two-parter, how all roads lead to Ukraine, and how the U.S. is reintroducing itself to the world post-GWOT.

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Nov 10, 2022
Future War: North Korea, Part 2
36:14

In our last episode we brought you part one of our Future War series on North Korea. So if you haven’t had a chance to listen to that episode first I’d highly encourage you to go back and listen to that one then return and start up this episode, part two. In this episode Jack Murphy and retired Special Forces Col. Dave Maxwell discuss the modern state of North Korea, the rocky relationship it’s had with the U.S., and how the South Koreans view the hostilities between the U.S. and North Korea.

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Nov 03, 2022
Future War: North Korea, Part 1
46:59

In this first of a two-part episode, Jack Murphy talks with senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, retired Special Forces Col. David Maxwell about North Korea. Dave takes us behind the DMZ into the history of this country, how it’s evolved militarily, and why he likens the Kim family to a mafia crime-family cult.

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Oct 27, 2022
Fast Take - Veterans, Hurricanes, and Autumn Man?
21:53

Hosts Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy discuss the Season 6 premiere, "Standing Up to Hurricane Ian", what's in store for you in the next episode, and the return of Autumn Man!

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Oct 20, 2022
Standing up to Hurricane Ian
44:42

When Hurricane Ian struck Florida, many stood by and sent "thoughts and prayers" over social media. Instead of typing out sentiments, two men decided to take action. Air Force veteran Ryan Hontz and his neighbor Matt Ryan took it upon themselves to deliver much needed aid to the smaller communities devestated by Hurricane Ian.

I joined Ryan on a relief run to Englewood, Fla., a small town in Sarasota County that was almost leveled by this hurricane, to deliver much needed supplies to those in need. You'll hear from surivors on what they've lost, learned, and the painful process of moving forward.

Please, donate to any hurricane relief organization you feel right with, just do it and make a difference today!

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Oct 13, 2022
ICYMI What is WOKE and Critical Race Theory?
44:00

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 the Robert Lafollette School of Public Affairs

Oct 06, 2022
ICYMI Pseudoscience, the occult and the rise of Nazi Germany
01:00:49

While we're in pre-production on the next season of Military Matters, we're releasing some episodes from prior seasons we think you'll love and might have missed!

With Halloween just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to share this episode from Season 4. In this episode Jack Murphy talks with Dr. Eric Kurlander, author of "Hitler's Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich" about the Nazi obsession with the occult and how Hitler convinced a country to abandon science for the allure of mysticism. It's a really interesting episode that brings together the discussion of nationalism along with vampires and werewolves.

Leave a review for us at Apple Podcasts, and if you have an idea for an episode email us at militarymatters@stripes.com.

Sep 15, 2022
ICYMI - The Mission to Save Our Allies
59:18

Last year, the world watched as the US began withdrawing it's forces from Afghanistan. As the country fell back into the hands of the Taliban, thousands of American allies and partners desperately sought ways out of the country. This one of the three episodes we did covering the efforts to save Americans and Afghans during the weeks leading to the fall of Afghanistan. The story isn't over yet...

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With the Taliban now in control and U.S. forces withdrawing, Afghans desperate to find a way out turned to U.S. veterans they had served alongside for help. Some of those veterans heeded their call and went to their rescue.

Save Our Allies Coalition's Chad Robichaux, Nick Palmisciano, and The Diplomat's Catherine Putz take us into the story of a broken immigrant visa program, a high stakes rescue mission, and the tragic story of how busloads of orphans were left behind...

Sep 01, 2022
Fast Take - NATO, Nukes, and Season 5 Finale!
42:42

Military Matters hosts Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy wrap up the season talking about last week's episode, covering a war story in real-time, and this season's stand-out episodes!

Thank you all for an amazing Season 5! We'll see you all ... at Season 6!

Aug 25, 2022
NATO and Nukes!
01:08:54

It's our season finale and in this episode, we're talking about NATO and nukes! What exactly is NATO and why is it important to the US? What does NATO have to do with the war in Ukraine? Are we on the brink of nuclear disaster? All that and more on this episode of Military Matters!

GUESTS
Dr. Timothy Sayles - author of Enduring Alliance: A History of NATO and the Postwar Global Order

Dr. Jeffrey Michaels - IEN senior fellow for American Foreign Policy and International Security, Barcelona Institute for International Studies

Dr. Ulrich Kuhn - Head of the research area “Arms Control and Emerging Technologies” at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH)

Aug 16, 2022
Fast Take - Bowe Bergdahl, an American Cipher
37:51

Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy discuss last week's episode, an interview with the co-author of "American Cipher: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan."

Why was Bergdahl allowed to even join the military, were CONOPS fabricated, and did we all get the story wrong on Bergdahl?

Jul 28, 2022
Bowe Bergdahl, American Cipher
51:02

Thirteen years ago Army infantryman Bowe Berghdal walked off of Observation Post Mest near the town of Yahya Kheyl in the Paktika Province of Afghanistan. He was held captive for almost five years.

Jack Murphy sat down with Michael Ames, co-author of "American Cipher: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan." Is there more to the story of Bowe Bergdahl's capture and detention? Over a decade later, new questions are being raised and the answers aren’t what you think.

Jul 21, 2022
Suicide in the Secret World of Intelligence
37:25

Check out last week's episode on the death of intelligence professional Michael Froede. Jack Murphy and Rod Rodriguez discuss the secret world of intel, secrets and suicide, and some of the strange issues surrounding Froede's death.

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Jul 05, 2022
A "Secret Soldier", a mysterious suicide, and PTSD in the intelligence world
01:06:03

Michael Froede was a US Army Human Intelligence (HUMINT) collector working in clandestine special operations programs. After struggling with hallucinations and depression related to PTSD and TBIs, he jumped to his death from a parking garage. His death has left many unanswered questions for his mother, who remains skeptical about the circumstances of her son's death. Then, retired senior intelligence professional Erick Miyares takes us into the world of a clandestine intelligence operator, and the stress, fatigue and pressure that's leading more intelligence service members to suicide.

Jun 23, 2022
Fast Take - Andrew Milburn, Mozart Group, and the war in Ukraine
29:44

Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy discuss the war in Ukraine, how a former SOF Commander is making a difference, and what the presence of contractors in a war against Russia could mean for us all.

Jun 16, 2022
Former SOF Commander teaching Ukrainians how to fight!
50:27
Why is the former Deputy Commander of Special Operations Central (SOCCENT) in Ukraine?

Jack Murphy brings us an incredible interview with Col. (R) Andrew Milburn about why he decided to join the fight and how his company The Mozart Group is helping "build sustainable capacity in the Ukrainian military and territorial defense units so that Ukraine can defend itself from Russia’s invasion."


Jun 09, 2022
Fast Take — A letter to the SECDEF, woo-woo lingo, and 4-star accommodations?
18:30
Rose Thayer and Rod Rodriguez discuss last week's episode about the insane corruption that is military housing. We talk about the lethargy some folks feel about this topic, a 'strongly worded letter' to the SECDEF, and how many homes could the government have purchased for the price of a general's home in Austin (just curious)?
Jun 02, 2022
Corrupt contracts, children falling out of windows, and do you even care?
42:43

Commanders are taking the side of Military housing companies against their own service members. Children are falling out of military housing windows at an alarming rate and the fix is not economical for housing companies. If you're in a wheelchair in government housing you're screwed, and much much more.

This episode was written and reported by Stars and Stripes reporter Rose Thayer.

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May 26, 2022
A Tenant Bill of Rights and dead infants on Fort Bragg REPLAY
24:15

Next week, Stripes reporter Rose Thayer gives us an update on the tenant bill of rights and whether its working. Before then though, we suggest you listen to two other episodes to help prime you for that update. We suggest
"Black mold and lead in military housing, and the law letting it happen" and this episode, which you're about to hear.

Is the military just bad at environmental testing, or is there more? Could the deaths of infants on Fort Bragg have been prevented?

If you have a tip, lead, or story idea email us at militarymatters@stripes.com.

May 19, 2022
Fast Take - Oil, Crypto, and Weed Coin?
27:47
Jack Murphy and Rod Rodriguez discuss last week's episode on the effects of sanctions against Russia, oil, and cryptocurrency. Do we have to tell you the conversation goes off the rails?

Check out last week's episode!


May 03, 2022
Sanctions, Guns, and Cryptocurrency
56:17

Russian commodities analyst Nick Trickett talks with Jack Murphy about sanctions against Russia, the squeeze on European oil, and what role China plays in Russia's down-trending economy.

Then cybersecurity and cryptocurrency expert Rick Jordan talks with us about the role cryptocurrency is playing in today's world economy and what any of that matters in war.

Guest Links
Nick Trickett
- TW: @ntrickett16
- https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholas-trickett-54b41634/?originalSubdomain=uk
- https://ridl.io/en/auth/nick-trickett/

Rick Jordan
- https://www.rickjordan.tv/
- TW: @mrrickjordan
- https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrrickjordan/

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Apr 21, 2022
Fast Take - Thinking of joining the fight in Ukraine? Not so fast...
19:36

Before you decide to volunteer for the Ukraine Foreign Legion, listen to our conversation with Marine veteran and experienced overseas contractor Tim Lynch about what you need to know before making that commitment. There's more at stake than you might realize...

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Apr 07, 2022
Future War: Urban warfare and the Russian perspective
01:02:48

The Russian perspective on the war in Ukraine, the Russian army in urban warfare, and can Putin survive a failed invasion?

GUESTS
Dr. Rita Konaev is an Associate Director of analysis at the Center for Security and Emergent Technology.
Twitter: @RitaKonaev

Dr. Golfo Alexopoulos, professor at the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies at USF and director of the USF Institute on Russia.
Twitter: @GolfoAlexopoulo

 
Mar 31, 2022
Fast Take - Zelensky's ask, the Tik Tok war, and a new proxy war
17:05

Military Matters hosts Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy talk about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's address to the U.S. Congress, war tourists, and do YOU think Zelenskyy should have worn a suit?

Send your comments to militarymatters@stripes.com or find us on Twitter @stripesmmpod

Mar 24, 2022
Future War: Russia's Military and Warfare
47:52

Tanks, Spetsnaz, "Little Green Men" and information warfare. Jack Murphy takes us beyond the headlines and into Russia's military, strategy, and how they envision victory. This is part two of our Future War series on Russia.

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Mar 17, 2022
Fast Take - Who knew Russia would be this bad?
17:05
Military Matters hosts Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy discuss last week's episode on the Russia/Ukraine crises. How the collapse of the Soviet Union has everything to do with this war, Putin's slipping power, and whether nukes could play a role in this.

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Part 2 of our Future War Series on Russia coming soon!
Mar 10, 2022
Future War: Russia and Ukraine
48:47
The invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces has sent shockwaves throughout the world resulting in the highest tensions between the East and the West since the Cold War. 

Russia analyst Nick Trickett and former Russian FSB Officer Jan Neumann explain how Russia got to this point, what this war could mean for Russia's leader Vladimir Putin, and what could happen next.

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Mar 01, 2022
ICYMI Kabul Embassy the Taliban and the Fall of Afghanistan
41:45
This is our final ICYMI before we kick of season 5!

Former U.S. Special Forces service member and current intelligence professional shares an insider's view of the Taliban's takeover of the country, the chaos at the US embassy, and how it all went so wrong.  Follow Military Matters on Twitter and Facebook
Feb 24, 2022
The Death of Mark Leshikar ICYMI
56:07

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 Leshikar. We talk with his sister and widow, uncovering details never before revealed about this mysterious case. Missing evidence, redacted reports, and a witness who's only now able to speak out.

Feb 17, 2022
QAnon - exposing extremists views within the ranks ICYMI
28:48

We are revisiting our Qanon episode, in which we explored 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 consciousness, and also to learn about the conspiracy theory’s links to the military and veteran community, we talk with QAnon Anonymous podcast co-host and Washington Post contributor Travis View, as well as with journalist and former Green Beret Jack Murphy.

Does QAnon have the potential for stoking extremist violence? Why do it and other extremist organizations work to recruit service members and veterans? 

Feb 10, 2022
What Happened to Vanessa Guillen? ICYMI
44:43

The story of Vanessa Guillen rocked the military and lead to drastic changes not only at Fort Hood but throughout the DOD. The passing of the Vanessa Guillen bill was one of those major changes that came out of this tragedy.

Stars and Stripes reporter Rose Thayer walks us through what the Vanessa Guillen bill is and an update to the Vanessa Guillen case. Then we're revisiting our Season 2 episode, "What Really Happened to Vanessa Guillen?"

Email us at militarymatters@stripes.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Feb 03, 2022
Afghanistan, China, Covid, and #wokemilitary
55:30

It's our season 4 wrap-up!
Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy discuss the stories covered this season from the Afghan evacuation to our "woke" military story.

Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts and send us your thoughts and story suggestions to militarymatters@stripes.com

Jan 13, 2022
The CIA and the Afghan Evacuation
28:35
Mick Mulroy is a former CIA Paramilitary Operations Officer and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for the Middle East. In this interview with Jack Murphy, Mick discusses the CIA's efforts to rescue Afghan allies as the Taliban reseized the country and why it was so important to the agency to do so. 
Jan 06, 2022
Task Force Pineapple
31:05

Retired Special Forces officer Scott Mann shares the incredible story of veterans helping their Afghan partners find their way out of Afghanistan as the Taliban retake the country. These veterans accomplished this harrowing task from their kitchens, cars, and front rooms! Find out how in this episode of Military Matters!

For more information on Task Force Pineapple go to www.taskforcepinapple.org

Also, check out SOFcast's episode "Reflecting on 9/11 and Afghanistan", available everywhere you listen to podcasts.

 

Dec 30, 2021
Fast Take: The Mission to Save Our Allies
32:53

Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy discuss last week's episode about the broken State Department visa program that foreshadowed the debacle that was their NEO operation. Also, the Tim Kennedy situation and why did the military need civilians to do their job for them?

Share your ideas or hit us up with a tip at MilitaryMatters@Stripes.com.

Dec 16, 2021
The mission to Save Our Allies
59:32

With the Taliban now in control and U.S. forces withdrawing, Afghans desperate to find a way out turned to U.S. veterans they had served alongside for help. Some of those veterans heeded their call and went to their rescue.

Save Our Allies Coalition's Chad Robichaux, Nick Palmisciano, and The Diplomat's Catherine Putz take us into the story of a broken immigrant visa program, a high stakes rescue mission, and the tragic story of how busloads of orphans were left behind...


Dec 09, 2021
Quick message about this week's episode
01:59

In order to tell the next story about the recent Afghan evacuations, we need a little more production time, so we won't have a new episode for you this week.

In the meantime, I highly recommend you check out our previous episodes The Battle for Kunduz and its accompanying Fast Take: Kabul Embassy, the Taliban, and the Fall of Afghanistan.

Thank you for your patience!

Dec 02, 2021
Fast Take - Great Power Competition and the rest of the DoD
21:19

Jack Murphy and Rod Rodriguez discuss what Great Power Competition or GPC means to the military outside of SOF and why this will matter to you!

Follow us on Twitter @stripesmmpod or send us your feedback to militarymatters@stripes.com

Nov 16, 2021
Great Power Competition - Where does SOF fit in?
30:16

The withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan has signaled a new era in military operations and presence, but we aren't alone. "Great Power Competition" or GPC isn't just some new set of buzzwords, it's a shift in how the DOD will do business in a world of near-peer adversaries.

What does GPC mean for today's military? How will it affect SOF operations? What will tomorrow's war really look like?

Nov 09, 2021
Fast Take: UFO’s, “El Diablo” and cursed housing!
31:33

Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy talk about the listeners' ghost stories from last episode, talk about their own experiences with the supernatural, and we share three more stories from our listeners!
From lights in the sky to deadly phantoms! 

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Oct 28, 2021
Restless Japanese spirits and a melody from beyond the grave
30:15

It's that time again for another Haunted Military Matters! In this episode, we bring you three real ghost stories from our listeners. From roaming spirits of Japan to a ghostly melody from beyond the veil, listen if you dare...

Follow Military Matters on Twitter @stripesmmpod and visit stripes.com for your daily dose of news!

Oct 21, 2021
Fast Take: Nazis, the occult and us?
26:07

Military Matters hosts Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy discuss the previous episode, an interview with Dr. Eric Kurlander about the Nazi fascination with the occult. Could the desire to live in a fantasy world happen again? 

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Oct 12, 2021
Pseudoscience, the occult and the rise of Nazi Germany
01:02:51

What do vampires, werewolves and Nazis have in common?

Jack Murphy talks with Dr. Eric Kurlander, author of "Hitler's Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich" about the Nazi obsession with the occult and how Hitler convinced a country to abandon science for the allure of mysticism.

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Sep 30, 2021
Fast Take - Future War: China with Jack Murphy and Rod Rodriguez
46:53

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.

Sep 21, 2021
Future War: War with China...
50:59

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 Military Matters on Twitter @stripesmmpod

Sep 14, 2021
Fast Take: Kabul Embassy, the Taliban, and the fall of Afghanistan
40:16

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 Twitter @rodpodrod and Jack Murphy at @jackmurphyrgr

Aug 31, 2021
The Battle for Kunduz
01:09:53

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 Afghan government back into the hands of the Taliban.

This story was inspired by the book "Eagle Down: The Last Special Forces Fighting the Forever War" by Jessica Donati.

You can follow Jessica on Twitter @jessdonati

Aug 24, 2021
Fast Take: Afghanistan, Chinese espionage, and what does a won war look like?
35:58

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@stripes.com

Aug 17, 2021
Future War: Chinese Espionage
46:29

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

 

Aug 10, 2021
Fast Take - Future War: China with Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy
28:30

Jack Murphy and Rod Rodriguez dive a little deeper into last week's episode on the rise of China.

Check out "Future War: The Rise of China and US National Security implications". Leave us a comment on social media!

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Aug 03, 2021
Future War: The Rise of China and US National Security implications
53:32

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 with you questions or comments at militarymatters@stripes.com

Jul 27, 2021
Fast Take-Woke with Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy
51:02

Last week's episode about Woke, Critical Race Theory, and the military has hit a lot of nerves. Jack Murphy and Rod Rodriguez discuss the episode, the feedback, and Jack's perspective on this politically and socially charged topic.

Like, Listen, Subscribe, and Share this podcast!

Jul 20, 2021
What is WOKE and Critical Race Theory?
45:02

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 the Robert Lafollette School of Public Affairs

Link to World News with BK

Jul 13, 2021
Q-Anon, the murder of an SF soldier, UFO's, and Jim Gant's take on Afghanistan
01:00:44

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 Matters.

Jun 10, 2021
A former West Point cadet vanishes without a trace
32:53

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 capture the attention of the public. 

What happened to Maura Murray?

May 17, 2021
Fast take: Service members vs. the vaccine
24:28

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.

May 10, 2021
Service members vs. the vaccine
01:34:17

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 vaccine?
Email us at militarymatters@stripes.com.


May 03, 2021
Artificial Intelligence, coming to a battlefield near you ...
24:20

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 leader in the Army’s 3rd Ranger Battalion and the author Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War.

Follow Paul Scharre on Twitter @paul_scharre


Apr 26, 2021
Virtual Reality Warfighters and a $21.9 billion deal
35:09

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
Kevin Cornish, Moth+Flame VR 
Tony Isaacs, PLW Model Works

Apr 19, 2021
A Tenant Bill of Rights and dead infants on Fort Bragg
35:27

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 first-hand some questionable practices.

For more information on the Military Housing Network go to https://militaryhousingadvocacynetwork.org/

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Apr 09, 2021
Black mold and lead in military housing, and the law letting it happen
31:33

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.

Jack Murphy unravels this story of neglected military oversight, insane legal loopholes and the families left to suffer the consequences.

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Apr 01, 2021
Why the DOD won't punish sexual predators with Katie Chorbak
44:37

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 service members be able to sue the DOD over negligence?

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Mar 25, 2021
Sexual Assault & Harassment in the Military
32:49

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.

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Mar 19, 2021
Fast Take: Interview with Lamia Taylor
36:52

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 doing now, and what's next.

 

Mar 11, 2021
Special Forces veteran and son extradited to Japan
37:41

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 treatment of foreign prisoners, and the State Department knows this. We take you into the story that has rocked the headlines from the US to Japan.

How did this all start and where could it end?

Mar 04, 2021
Fast Take: Military legacy, the wrong breaching formulas and TBIs.
23:32

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

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Mar 04, 2021
The Terrible Game
24:20

Dan Tyler Moore knocked out President Theodore Roosevelt's eye, fought Nazis with the OSS and invented a modern-day ballistic helmet. That is to say that Dan Tyler Moore the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd accomplished those feats respectively. Jack Murphy talks with Dan Tyler Moore III about his family's amazing legacy of almost 100 years of service to this country.

We also talk about how to derail a train! 

Link to Jack Murphy's article "Special Ops has a broken culture with explosive breaching that can lead to TBIs"
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Feb 18, 2021
Forensics expert Paul Ciolino discusses the case of Mark Leshikar
29:58

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.

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Feb 11, 2021
The Death of Mark Leshikar
57:00

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 Leshikar, we talk with his sister and widow uncovering details never before revealed about this mysterious case. Missing evidence, redacted reports, and a witness who's only now able to speak out.

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Feb 04, 2021
"He was wearing a Confederate flag..."
44:02

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...

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Jan 28, 2021
Extremism in the Military
29:20
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 Matters.

Follow Jack Murphy on Twitter @jackmurphyrgr and Rod Rodriguez  @rodpodrod 

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Jan 21, 2021
Season 3 preview
20:01

Military Matters welcomes aboard Jack Murphy! He's our new co-host and producer. We talk about his work on QAnon stories, UAPs, and what we have cooking for Season 3 of Military Matters.

We also have a new email address so shoot us your story ideas and comments at MilitaryMatters@stripes.com

Jan 14, 2021
The Capitol Under Siege
32:13

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 takes us into what this means for our nation, will the President be held accountable, and what could happen going forward.

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Jan 07, 2021
Death at Fort Hood
29:19

In this Season 2 Finale, we revisit the murders at Fort Hood under the light of the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee's report.  What we uncovered is tragic and could have been avoided...

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Dec 17, 2020
The Fort Hood Report
14:25

Stripes reporter Rose Thayer helps us make sense of the "Report of the Fort Hood Independent Review Committee". This jaw-dropping report has already resulted in numerous disciplinary actions. How bad is it?

Worse than you think...

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Dec 10, 2020
New Social Media and Section 230
27:44

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-Founder Eric Mitchell, and actor Vincent "Rocco" Vargas

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Dec 03, 2020
Happy Thanksgiving 2020
01:00

Just a quick message from our family at Military Matters to yours.

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Nov 26, 2020
Fast take: Time for some inspiring stories from the US Army
12:35

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

Nov 19, 2020
Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs): A National Security Threat
44:36

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.

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Nov 12, 2020
Revisiting the use of the military amid election-related chaos
20:33

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 on standby across the country to contend with election-related discontent, just as they were employed in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd while in police custody.

Hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris look into why and how elements of the U.S. armed forces were sent to contend with the situation and what the ramifications could be.

To find out more about the impact of those developments on justice, the use of our military and the intersection between civil and military authority, Rod and Des talk to lawyer, veteran and former Department of Homeland Security senior counselor Kevin Carroll.

The hosts also talk with Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston about what he wants his troops to know during tumultuous times.

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The full transcript of the podcast can be found here.

Nov 05, 2020
Fast take: A very haunted Military Matters
10:36

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 where the reminders of decades-old trauma still linger.

And in a medieval town in Germany famed for malign spirits, soldiers collect evidence of a malevolent presence in a story to make your hair stand on end!

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Oct 29, 2020
Spooky service stories
28:06

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 named Mike relate spine-tingling tales of aggressive apparitions, ghosts in a gunship and bivouacs where things go bump in the night.

And Navy veteran Jennifer Marshall, host of the CW's "Mysteries Decoded," shares a lingering, otherworldly experience that began when she investigated a house that was the scene of famous murders.

Poltergeists and other paranormal phenomena rule the night in this episode that will prepare you for this haunted holiday season.

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Oct 22, 2020
Fast take: How do extremist ideologies find a home in the military community?
15:09

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 perspective on the QAnon community and his experience with former military colleagues who have become absorbed in the movement.

Rod and Jack discuss the prevalence of extremist ideologies among service members and veterans, particularly within the special operations community.

Does entering military service make a person more susceptible to extremism? What role does racism have in this phenomenon? What are the potential ramifications for national security?

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Oct 15, 2020
QAnon – exposing extremist views within the ranks
31:05

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 consciousness, and also to learn about the conspiracy theory’s links to the military and veteran community, Rod talks with QAnon Anonymous podcast co-host and Washington Post contributor Travis View, as well as with journalist Jack Murphy, who is a former Army Ranger and Green Beret.

Rod and his guests talk about how QAnon started, how it incorporates a wide range of differing conspiracy beliefs, and why it appeals to veterans and members of the military, including those with ties to the special operations community.

Does QAnon have potential for stoking extremist violence? Why do it and other extremist organizations work to recruit service members and veterans? What about those demographics can make them susceptible to QAnon’s message?

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Oct 02, 2020
Unidentified aerial phenomena part two — the engineer's take
26:59

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 the Stars... Academy of Arts & Science. He is an aerospace engineer who spent 33 years at Lockheed Martin's fabled Skunk Works — an elite organization that has been at the cutting edge of U.S. defense technology.

Justice tells how he became involved with the controversial subject of UAPs, and how the subject for years has drawn the attention of other aerospace pioneers — including Kelly Johnson, the founder of the Skunk Works.

How does an engineer break down the information that is presented by a UAP? What factors make the sighting unusual? How does what was observed compare with known technology?

And what effect can fear have? If there is risk of a threat, who is likely to shoot first?

Whether or not we're alone in the universe, the Military Matters podcast is working to find out the information that is important to you.

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Sep 08, 2020
Unidentified aerial phenomena — what are the facts, and are they a threat?
37:36

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 aerial phenomena, or UAPs, Military Matters host Rod Rodriguez talks with Luis Elizondo, the former head of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Intelligence Program, or AATIP, and is now a member of To the Stars... Academy of Arts & Science.

Elizondo talks about his previous work for DOD studying phenomena that exhibited characteristics outside the parameters of conventionally known technology and trying to find explanations for what was observed. He also tells of his struggle within DOD to share what AATIP learned.

What does it mean for the DOD not only to acknowledge UAPs' existence, but to set up a task force to detect, analyze and catalog UAPs? Could those UAPs potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security?

Is this proof of extraterrestrial life?

Whatever truth is out there, the Military Matters podcast is working to find it out for you.

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Aug 24, 2020
Fast take: Updates on slayings of Fort Hood soldiers
07:25

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 far from Fort Hood and his burned Jeep was found a few miles away the same night.

In the case of Spc. Vanessa Guillen, who was killed on post in April, a memorial service has been planned and legislation has been proposed that would change the way sexual assault and harassment are reported in the military.

Pvt. Gregory Wedel-Morales had disappeared and had been listed as a deserter before his remains were found in June. His mother had struggled to have him buried with military honors, but he finally was laid to rest last week.

What are Army and Fort Hood officials doing to deal with the recent spate of violence and misconduct at the post? Do trouble spots in nearby towns play a part? Find out in this week's fast take episode.

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Correction: Gregory Wedel-Morales' rank was private, not private first class

Aug 14, 2020
Soldiers' deaths and Fort Hood's silence
35:13

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 officials about her son's case, and, after learning of the discovery of his remains, the agonizing effort she has endured to have his classification as a deserter rescinded so he could receive a military burial.

Defense lawyer Stephen Karns, a former Judge Advocate General officer, also helps shed light on the ins and outs of desertion cases and talks why he finds it surprising that Pfc. Wedel's command decided to take that course.

Rod also talks with Thomas Berg, the stepfather of Pfc. Brandon Rosecrans, and why he remains hopeful that authorities will find those who left his son shot and dead in his own burning Jeep.

There remain many questions about slayings at Fort Hood, and the families of Wedel and Rosecrans think their cases largely would have been overlooked had it not been for the months of publicity surrounding the murder of Spc. Vanessa Guillén, the topic of our season two premiere.

We understand that there are many other soldiers' deaths that are unsolved and we hope that by putting a spotlight on these two service members, we can help bring attention to them as well as to the cases we haven’t mentioned.

If you have any information about these or other cases, please call the Killeen Police Department at 254-501-8800 or contact your local law enforcement.

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Jul 31, 2020
What happened to Vanessa Guillén?
39:45

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 something was wrong — within hours of her disappearance.

In this premiere episode of the second season of Military Matters, hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris talk with Natalie Khawam, who is the lawyer for Vanessa Guillén’s family, and Stars and Stripes reporter Rose Thayer, who has been covering the case since its start.

The Military Matters podcast team finds out how Guillén’s family first suspected something was wrong the very day she disappeared and how their first push for help the following day included an interaction with her killer.

The hosts also find out how the unusual response her family has gotten at Fort Hood has led to several roadblocks that have impeded their effort to piece together the events of Spc. Guillén’s final hours.

As we make our way through season two, Stars and Stripes’ podcast team wants to cover the stories that matter to you.

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Jul 17, 2020
Season two preview: The slaying of Spc. Vanessa Guillén
02:17

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 Guillén’s. Her family is devastated, a suspect is dead, and a possible co-conspirator is in custody.

Many questions remain, including how the military handled Guillén’s family’s claim that she was sexually harassed, and how the investigation into her disappearance was conducted.

Efforts by Guillén’s family to bring attention to her disappearance also shed light on the disappearance of other soldiers from Fort Hood.

As we enter season two, Stars and Stripes’ podcast team wants to cover the stories that matter to you.

Jul 10, 2020
The Other Side of Vincent Vargas
30:05

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 “Rocco” Vargas go to https://vincentroccovargas.com

You can find VetStory at https://connectingvets.com or search for VetStory wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

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Jul 03, 2020
Military Matters fast take: What's in a name?
05:06

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 removal of Confederate statues, military leaders have moved to ban the display of Confederate imagery, and numerous officials have joined a push to rename installations that honor men who helped lead the armed insurrection against the Union in support of the institution of slavery.

Millions of people of color have served in the military, sometimes at installations that are named for men who tried to keep their ancestors subjugated — Fort Hood, Texas, Fort AP Hill, Va., and Fort Bragg, N.C., are among 10 such installations.

In this fast take episode, Desmon looks into the history of some of those Confederate leaders and how their names were chosen for those Army posts.

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Thanks for listening to Military Matters. Season two is coming soon, so stay tuned for updates.

Jun 23, 2020
Special edition: The Army goes to Washington
31:16

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 developments on justice, the use of our military and the intersection between civil and military authority, Rod and Des talk to former Green Beret and Connecting Vets journalist Jack Murphy, as well as lawyer, veteran and former Department of Homeland Security senior counselor Kevin Carroll.

The hosts also talk with Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston about what he wants his troops to know during this tumultuous time.

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Thanks for listening to Military Matters. Season two is coming soon, so stay tuned for updates.

*Correction: A reference to the number of deaths worldwide from COVID-19 is misstated. Millions have been infected. Hundreds of thousands have died.

Jun 10, 2020
Fast Take: Using Troops in Domestic Policing
08:26

Troops could be deployed stateside to cope with the unrest gripping the nation after a Minneapolis man died in police custody. Military Matters podcast host Rod Rodriguez examines the laws that govern the use of troops in peacekeeping efforts on U.S. soil.

What is the Posse Comitatus Act, and what does it allow? What law enforcement roles could federal troops fulfill, and what are the potential dangers? How much authority does the president have to use troops this way?

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Thanks for listening to Military Matters. Season two is coming soon, so stay tuned for updates.

Jun 02, 2020
Season Finale - Information warfare
40:08

In the season finale of the Military Matters podcast, hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris shed light on the murky world of information warfare.

Message manipulation can take many forms, it can be employed on any topic and it can be directed at anyone. It is used to alter our decision-making process and can have wide-ranging influence on our choices: what products we buy, which candidates we vote for, how we respond to a health crisis — it even can impact national security.

How can disinformation, misinformation, censorship, social media and news media all play parts in how facts are presented and potentially distorted? To find out, the hosts get insight from industry experts including Dr. Rand Waltzman, deputy chief technology officer of the RAND Corporation, Dr. Michael Shermer, who is a science writer and founder of Skeptic magazine, and Bob Reid, senior managing editor of Stars and Stripes.

What can you do to recognize and protect yourself from disinformation and misinformation? How can you avoid be part of the spread of untruths?

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Thanks for listening to Military Matters. Season two is coming soon, so stay tuned for updates.

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May 22, 2020
Coming soon: Season finale – information warfare
01:26

As we near the end of the inaugural season of the Military Matters podcast, hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris offer a look at the topic for next week's season finale, information warfare.

Rod and Des examine what message manipulation might look like and find out from industry experts what we should beware of and how we can be prepared.

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May 14, 2020
Military Matters Review: Breathing with COVID-19
10:42

In this review episode, Military Matters podcast hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris talk some more with one of last week's guests, retired Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Juan Lewis — also known as the Fired Up Chief — about how his recovery from COVID-19 is coming along.

Lewis is continuing to improve, but he's not yet able to go home from the care facility. He talks about his current health status, what it's going to take to be able to go home, how long his doctor says his overall recovery is expected to take and what the full measure of that recovery might be.

Lewis also talks about the value of keeping a positive mindset while battling the disease, as well as the importance of following CDC guidelines as states and communities look to loosen restrictions to restart the economy.

Stars and Stripes' podcasters are working to get you information you need to help you get through this worldwide crisis. Stay safe, and subscribe today!

May 07, 2020