WASHINGTON POST MILITARY REPORTER DAN LAMOTHE: MOAB, Online Behavior, SEAL Drowning Investigation

Dan Lamothe
Reporter
Washington Post

Dan Lamothe writes on military matters for the Washington Post and joins us to discuss a busy week in things military.

In an hour long discussion with Mike McNamara Dan discusses Syria, Russia, the MOAB and the growing social media (unofficial) Marine response to Marines United led by female Marines.

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.

THE WEAPONS EXPLAINER — WHY USE TOMAHAWKS: Curt Knowles

Curt Knowles
LtCol USMC (ret)

Curt Knowles, LtCol USMC (ret), and F18 pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan veteran joined the program to discuss factors taken into account when planning a response to Syrian use of nerve gas.

What does the Russian air defense mean to U.S. planners?  How did the nature of the target influence the choice of a strike package?  Curt helps us understand.

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.

ALL MARINE RADIO REPORTER PREPS FOR AFGHANISTAN: Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch
Maj USMC (ret)
Freerangeinternational.com

Tim Lynch — former (1) U.S. Navy Corpsman, (2) U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer , (3) Iraq/Afghanistan contractor and (4) founder writer of Free Range International is heading back to Afghanistan to cover the Marine return to the Helmand Province… we’ll get an update and talk current events.

VIETNAM VETERAN TOM DRAUDE “I’VE GIVEN THE ORDER TO FIX BAYONETS”: BGen Tom Draude, USMC (ret)

Tom Draude
BGen USMC (ret)

Tom Draude, BGen USMC (ret), joined ALL MARINE RADIO to talk:

(1) The Pentagon’s policy of not discussing troop movements

(2) Why are we in Syria?  To remove Assad?  To defeat ISIS?  Are we certain?

Tom also discuss “close combat” in Vietnam and recounts an battle during which he gave the command to “fix bayonets.”