UNPLUGGED (KINDA) — GENERAL JOE DUNFORD’S Q & A WITH THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joe DUNFORD, appeared before the National Press Club yesterday (Monday, June 19 2017) and YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO HIS COMPLETE COMMENTS — you’ll be smarter, trust me.

The Chairman talks Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, SU-22’s being shot down, Russia, Turkey, Iran, North Korea, the Defense Budget and strategies in each of these regions as well as his vision of how American involvement contributes to success.  What you’ll get is complete answers to difficult questions, not sound bites.

Well done by the National Press Club!

US F18 VS A RUSSIAN SU-22 (SYRIAN PILOT) — WE’LL EXPLAIN IT: Joey Porrazzo

Joey Porrazzo
Major USMC (ret)
F18 Pilot

Joey Porrazzo, Maj USMC (ret), a former FA-18C/D pilot will join us to talk air to air combat over the weekend and how it happens.

Joey talks mission planning for the specific situation over Syria, in the midst escalating tensions in the area.  He then walks us through the air-to-air engagement between the F/A-18E and the SU-22 that resulted in the downing of the Syrian SU-22.

We also discuss the Russian Defence ministry’s statement describing “American planes flying west of Euphrates will be treated as targets and that it has suspended safety agreement with US.”

 

TASK FORCE ON THE FUTURE OF IRAQ — Ben Connable

Ben Connable
Maj USMC (ret)
Rand Corporation

Friday, June 09 2017, hour 2

Ben Connable of the RAND Corporation and a former machine gunner and intelligence officer in the USMC joined us to talk the issues surrounding the future of Iraq.

Ben lays out the complicated path for American strategy makers as they look at ISIS, the future of Syria post-ISIS and possibly post-Assad, Iranian involvement in Iraq and the relationship between the Kurds and the Turks and between the Kurds and the Iraqi nation.

Ben was named to “Task Force on the Future of Iraq” by Ambassador Ryan Crocker.  The interview is solid insight into a difficult international problem that isn’t going away soon.

Tuesday, May 30 2017 — Hour 1: News & Views – & – Secretary Mattis on “Face the Nation”

00:00 Minutes:  SHOW OPEN:  Thoughts on “Happy Memorial Day” and our long weekend.

00:35 Minutes:  Defense Secretary James Mattis gave a 30 minute interview to CBS’s Face the Nation.  You’ll hear his comments in their entirety.  He discusses ISIS and changes that have been made in that fight to increase initiative by commanders and also to “annihilate” ISIS; civilian casualties in Mosul, North Korea, NATO and what keeps him up at night.

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S TRIP AND THE SUNNI/SHIA DYNAMIC IN THE MIDDLE EAST: Tom Draude

Tom Draude
BGen USMC (ret)

Tom Draude, BGen USMC (ret), joins us to discuss the effect of President Trump’s visit to the Middle East on the Sunni – Shia dynamic in the region, a region that will continue to see upheaval as ISIL is defeated in the region and the fate of Syrian Leader Bashar al Assad is determined.

EGYPT, SYRIA AND THE FUTURE: Will Costantini

Will Costantini
Col USMC (ret)

A former Middle East Foreign Area Officer (FAO) with an area of expertise of Egypt, Will Constantine joins us to discuss Egypt.

From there the discussion takes a “current events”  and the discussion moves to Syria, Russia, North Korea and American leadership in the world.

PRESS CONFERENCE: Secretary of Defense James Mattis & CENTCOM Commander Joseph General Votel

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (L) and Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., April 11, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

SECDEF James N. Mattis and the Commanding General of CENTCOM, General Joseph Votel, briefed reporters today on details of the Syrian airstrike, more refined bomb damage assessments, the intelligence that led to the airstrike and the message that was intended.

MUST LISTEN.

SYRIA TOMAHAWK STRIKE — STRATEGY QUESTIONS: John Allen, General USMC (ret)

John R. Allen
General USMC (Ret)
Brookings Institute
John R. Allen
General USMC (ret)

General John Allen, USMC (ret), joined ALL MARINE RADIO to discuss American actions in Syria and what those actions may signal for the future.

Allen discusses the need for a coherent strategy for the two problems in Syria: (1) President Bashar al-Assad’s removal and (2) ISIL which as eluded the United States for the last eight years.

Allen comments on an interesting point relative to the Syrian strike — the “information operations” aspect as Russia, Iran, China and North Korea take in the actions of the Trump Administration.