We know that many of you have time on your hands due to the pandemic lockdowns across the country and around the world. To help our readers and listeners occupy their time productively and to continue the thoughtful discourse we strive for, we’ve created an annual index of our offerings. You probably know that we already produce quarterly indexes to highlight our publications throughout the year. We just thought it would be helpful to list each year all in one place. And so, we present the 2020 Annual Index of WAR ROOM publications and podcast episodes for your perusal. We’ve also gone back and captured 2018 and 2019 in their own indexes as well. We hope you find them useful.
WEEK OF 6 January 2020 – VOL 12 ISSUE 1
By Paul Mikolashek, Gregory Cantwell and Buck Haberichter January 7, 2020
Whether it’s the local arts theater or the geographic theater, stage setting is all about getting ready for the big show. A former CFLCC commander presents his thoughts on how the theater army prepares the latter.
By War Room January 9, 2020
Sir Michael Howard passed on 30 Nov 19. The field of war studies and military history lost a great scholar, mentor, and friend. A few friends and colleagues had thoughts they wished to share about the man. @KingsCollegeLon
WEEK OF 13 January 2020 – VOL 12 ISSUE 2
By David Hogan, Jr. and Ron Granieri January 14, 2020
In the midst of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge David Hogan joins Ron Granieri to discuss the brutal offensive in the Ardennes Forest.
By Jonathan Klug January 16, 2020
Who did FDR call upon to lead the USN when the nation faced naval combat in two oceans? The toughest SOB he could find, Admiral Ernest J. King. @Strategy_Troll
By Brad Arsenault, Alexious Butler, Leigh Caraher and Ron Granieri January 17, 2020
Foreign aid is often a hot topic among U.S. voters, especially amidst budget, debt and deficit conversations. But most citizens don’t really understand USAID and its role in international affairs. @RonaldGranieri.
WEEK OF 20 January 2020 – VOL 12 ISSUE 3
By Arthur F Lykke, Jr., Mark Duckenfield and Jacqueline E. Whitt January 21, 2020
Ends, ways and means. It’s the starting point for most discussions about strategy. Did you ever wonder where the concept and the three-legged stool model comes from?
By Thomas Bruscino January 23, 2020
Was strategy replaced by military campaigning? Operational art was never meant to replace anything above corps, group or field army. So when did the generals assume responsibility for thinking about the entire DIME?
By Arthur F Lykke, Jr., Mark Duckenfield and Jacqueline E. Whitt January 24, 2020
For nearly forty years ends, ways and means have been the starting point for discussions about strategy. Art Lykke, creator of the concept is back to explain its staying power. @notabattlechick
By Claude Lambert January 28, 2020
Not as rare as you might think, rare earth elements are difficult and expensive to mine. And China’s dominance in the market is concerning for the modern world. Claude Lambert has some thoughts on how to break their stranglehold.
WEEK OF 27 January 2020 – VOL 12 ISSUE 4
By Huw Davies and Jacqueline E. Whitt January 30, 2020
Lessons identified are not the same as lessons learned. Innovation & adaptation are stifled w/o understanding org culture, national character, & their role in history & your future. @HuwJDav @notabattlechick
By Mari Eder January 31, 2020
What passes for media these days? Is the Fourth Estate expanding into the world wide web or is it being consumed by it? Mari Eder is back with Pt 5 of her Information Apocalypse series examining the state of “the news.” @mk2353
WEEK OF 3 February 2020 – VOL 12 ISSUE 5
By John Terino and Jacqueline E. Whitt February 4, 2020
We’ve said it time and again, change is hard; especially in large complex organizations. But AF PME is pulling out all the stops to improve the institution, with a little help from the past. @HQAirUniversity @notabattlechick
By Jobie Turner February 5, 2020
Think more strategically. It’s important but does it lead to platitudes w/o details? To develop a nat’l strategy must we address specific problems or does that just lead to the comfortable operational zone? @TurnerJobie
By War Room February 6, 2020
Dennis Showalter passed on 30 Dec 19. The field of military history lost a great mind. A few friends and colleagues had thoughts they wished to share about the man. @DShowalterPhd
By Torgeir Gråtrud and Ron Granieri February 7, 2020
Major General Torgeir Gråtrud, commander of the Norwegian Special Operations Command, discusses his perspectives on strategic leadership & the importance of allies & relationships.
WEEK OF 10 February 2020 – VOL 12 ISSUE 6
By Robert Gleckler, Joel Hillison and Buck Haberichter February 11, 2020
French President Macron called for a European Army in 2018. It’s not a new idea. It’s been considered since VE Day. Might this be the decade it actually happens? @UncleBuck67
By Heather Venable February 13, 2020
Technology is alluring. Especially to the military seeking competitive advantage. But tech can blind its user to strategic plans over operational solutions. @Heather_at_ACTS
By Mary Elizabeth Walters and Jacqueline E. Whitt February 14, 2020
The decision to render aid or enter into humanitarian operations in another country isn’t always an easy one. It may seem like a simple endeavor, but what happens when helping ends up hurting in the long run? @mewalters101 @notabattlechick
WEEK OF 17 February 2020 – VOL 12 ISSUE 7
By Elizabeth Vaughan Moyer February 18, 2020
How many times have you deployed to a new country armed only with computer based cultural training? We’ve got to do better understanding enemies and allies if we are to succeed in the future. That starts with understanding ourselves.
By War Room February 19, 2020
What would you say has been the United Nation’s greatest accomplishment since its founding? WAR ROOM presents the top 5 answers from respected scholars in the field. @alexmiddlewood @notabattlechick
By Paul Springer and Jacqueline E. Whitt February 20, 2020
When will we become comfortable enough with technology to eliminate the human in the loop and what will it mean for humanity? Paul Springer and @notabattlechick discuss AI on the battlefield. @HQAirUniversity @aupress
By Emiel Haeghebaert February 21, 2020
Sanctions can be difficult to effectively apply in the physical world. What do they look like in the ether of the cyber domain? @Ehaeghebaert looks at deterring malicious cyber activity.
WEEK OF 24 February 2020 – VOL 12 ISSUE 8
By William Hitchcock and Michael Neiberg February 25, 2020
The freeing of an oppressed people is indeed a noble venture. But as the U.S. learned in Iraq it’s a complicated relationship between the liberated and their liberators. @WillHitchUVA and @MichaelNeiberg discuss the lessons to be learned.
By Walker Mills February 27, 2020
Maybe inflatable tanks won’t fool a modern enemy, but that doesn’t mean the U.S. should ignore the employment of decoys on the battlefield. Walker Mills explores deception in the EM spectrum.
By Brian Linn, Con Crane and JP Clark February 28, 2020
Labels have meaning. Whether leadership views the inter-war period as post-war or pre-war determines where the organization goes. Brin Linn, Con Crane & @jpclark97 discuss.
WEEK OF 2 March 2020 – VOL 12 ISSUE 9
By Sarwar Kashmeri and Jacqueline E. Whitt March 3, 2020
The Belt & Road Initiative. It’s not just a catchy name, it’s the crown jewel of China’s Grand Strategy. What’s the U.S. version? @sarwar_kashmeri & @notabattlechick discuss the path China has taken to present day.
By Allison Abbe March 5, 2020
Organizational culture is incredibly difficult to change. And until top U.S. military leaders drive that change, women in the military will be subject to an unfair balancing act in order to succeed.
By Andres Paz, Alfredo Pozzo and Fernando Prada March 6, 2020
It’s a podcast takeover! Three AY20 Resident class students commandeer the mics in our first ever all Spanish episode. Listen to their AWC experience & follow along w/ the English transcript on our web page.
WEEK OF 9 March 2020 – VOL 12 ISSUE 10
By William Donnelly March 10, 2020
DUSTY SHELVES welcome William Donnelly as he reviews “Minuteman: The Military Career of General Robert S. Beightler” the story of a wrongly forgotten commander from World War II. @USArmyCMH
By Michael Neiberg and Jacqueline E. Whitt March 11, 2020
As the world deals with COVID-19 it’s worth a look back a hundred years to see how the Spanish Flu of 1918 devastated the globe. @MichaelNeiberg @notabattlechick
By James Clapper and Genevieve Lester March 13, 2020
A BETTER PEACE welcomes James Clapper to discuss the role and current state of the DNI. Genevieve Lester hosts the conversation about the impact to the intel community..
WEEK OF 16 March 2020 – VOL 12 ISSUE 11
By Thomas Bruscino, Jacqueline E. Whitt and Ron Granieri March 17, 2020
Never watch a movie with a historian. They nitpick every pesky little detail and remind us just how little we actually know about history. Join @RonaldGranieri @BruscinoTom @notabattlechick as they ruin your viewing pleasure.
By Frank Tortorello March 19, 2020
The results to our joint OUSDI/WAR ROOM Insider Threat Essay Contest are in. There was a fantastic response, & two essays rose to the top. W/o further ado we present the runner up’s submission. Watch WAR ROOM for the winner next week.
By Alison Goldsmith and Ron Granieri March 20, 2020
Who decides what gets what classification? Are there rules? Does the U.S. over-classify? Of course! Listen to Alie Goldsmith and @RonaldGranieri discuss the ins and out of the DoD classification system.
WEEK OF 23 March 2020 – VOL 12 ISSUE 12
By Andrew Deaton and Ron Granieri March 24, 2020
Too many of us have witnessed tragedy in the last two decades. How you and your organization recovered was influenced by those you called leaders. Drew Deaton joins @RonaldGranieri to discuss.
By Michael Gelles and Joe Mariani March 25, 2020
The results of our joint OUSDI/WAR ROOM Insider Threat Essay Contest are in. There was a fantastic response, & two essays rose to the top. Last week was the runner up. And now w/o further ado we present the winning submission.
By War Room March 26, 2020
Do we really need a grand strategy? Is the world too complex to be accounted for by one unifying plan of actions and interests? See what these five scholars think @CastilloJasen @shifrinson @RobertJRalston @BushSchool @TAMU
By Amy Rutenberg and Jacqueline E. Whitt March 27, 2020
@amyjay401 joins @notabattlechick to examine the unintended consequences and discriminations of Vietnam-era draft policy, deferments and the evolution of the AVF and what she calls the martial citizen.
WEEK OF 30 March 2020 – VOL 12 ISSUE 13
By Michael Neiberg March 31, 2020
Is it possible that the worst pandemic in over a century could serve as a unifying force for progress? @MichaelNeiberg looks at the Washington Naval Conference of 1921 for a present day roadmap.
By Timothy Radford and Jacqueline E. Whitt April 2, 2020
Lt Gen Timothy Radford of the British Army discusses his perspectives on strategic leadership, vision and effect, and the importance of allies and relationships. @RadfordTimothy3 joins @notabattlechick to examine his new role as DSACEUR.
By Paul Kearney April 3, 2020
WAR ROOM welcomes @Gstrategerist to discuss the value of the DA photo in today’s Army. Not only does he question whether it adds value but he points to studies that show it can undermine the promise of a meritocracy.
WEEK OF 6 April 2020 – VOL 13 ISSUE 1
By Brian Linn and Michael Neiberg April 7, 2020
The 20th century was full of change for the US Army. Brian Linn, one of the finest students & historians of that change traces his path & techniques documenting the institution since 1899. He joins @MichaelNeiberg @historyTAMU
By Alice Hunt Friend April 9, 2020
What qualities make for a good civilian? Odd question but in the realm of the civ-mil discussion a very important one. @ahfdc examines just what qualities we’d like to see in our civilian leadership.
By Stanley Sloan and Ron Granieri April 10, 2020
Will NATO survive the current world situation, the current administration and the actions of Russia? @SRS2_ stops by the studio to discuss with @RonaldGranieri.
WEEK OF 13 April 2020 – VOL 13 ISSUE 2
By Timothy Schultz and JP Clark April 14, 2020
What is the greatest limitation the U.S. has to overcome to maintain dominance in the air? Some believe it’s the human in the machine. @probswithpilots joins @jpclark97 in the studio to discuss the impact of pilots on aviation @NavalWarCollege.
By Jon Herrmann April 16, 2020
What could a 55 year old book from France tell us about modern day “fake news?” Quite a lot apparently. Jon Herrmann takes a look at Jacques Ellul’s Propaganda: The Formation of Men’s Attitudes for our DUSTY SHELVES series.
By Juan Carlos Correa, Brian Foster and Jeffrey McDougall April 17, 2020
International Fellows have been a crucial part of the USAWC resident experience for 42 years. The new IF Continuing Ed Pgm seeks to grow the relationships beyond the 10 mos of classroom time.
WEEK OF 20 April 2020 – VOL 13 ISSUE 3
By Tina Cancel and Ron Granieri April 20, 2020
Federal law says CBD is legal. But if you’re in the military or a fed employee it’s off limits. Should the DoD change that rule in hopes of harnessing the claimed healing power of CBD products? Tina Cancel joins @RonaldGranieri.
By Thomas Bruscino April 21, 2020
What if we’re all using the wrong parts of Clausewitz’s works? @BruscinoTom suggests another look at which of On War’s books are best suited to the modern military strategist.
By Michele Devlin, Steven Warnstadt and Jacqueline E. Whitt April 23, 2020
The Nat’l Guard response to the current COVID-19 pandemic is frought with the intricacies of cultural terrain like no other disaster response. Michelle Devlin and @SteveWarnstadt join @notabattlechick to discuss @northerniowa.
By Mari Eder April 24, 2020
Whether it’s your phone, your smart watch or that new voice asst on the end table, you’re giving information away daily. But who’s collecting it? @mk2353 tells us to be a little more wary.
WEEK OF 27 April 2020 – VOL 13 ISSUE 4
By Jonathan Gumz and JP Clark April 28, 2020
How do you enforce international law in the conduct of war when all the participants don’t acknowledge the laws? Johnathan Gumz joins @jpclark97 to look at the conventions of war and non-state actors @History_Bham.
By Samantha A. Taylor April 29, 2020
As China rises in prominence & Russia flexes its muscles what is to become of the present liberal world order? @drpurpleunicorn looks to the beginnings of our present dominant ideology to understand what’s ahead.
By War Room April 30, 2020
Leadership comes in all shapes and sizes. Some good, some bad. We can learn something from all of it. What leaders in fiction have something to teach us – Pt 2.
WEEK OF 4 May 2020 – VOL 13 ISSUE 5
By Laura E. Seay and Ron Granieri May 5, 2020
How do you get the institution stronger w/o strengthening the institution? A ridiculous question unless you’re talking about development in the central African region. @texasinafrica joins @RonaldGranieri to explain why governance is hard.
By David Sorenson and Ron Granieri May 6, 2020
Dave Sorenson joins @RonaldGranieri to present a whirlwind overview of the conflicts and interactions of the nations of the Middle East and what it means to the U.S., our allies and the world @HQAirUniversity.
By Mark Grey May 7, 2020
Could Russia use immigration flow as a weapon against Europe? By controlling Libya they have the means to flood the EU w/refugees. Mark Grey examines the threat. @northerniowa.
By Bryan Groves and Ron Granieri May 8, 2020
In national security atrophy equals irrelevance. @USASOCNews is releasing a new strategy to “leverage adaptive & innovative institutions, empowered Soldiers, & integrated units” Bryan Groves joins @Ronald Granieri to discuss the way ahead @USArmy.
WEEK OF 11 May 2020 – VOL 13 ISSUE 6
By Eric Farnsworth and Jacqueline E. Whitt May 12, 2020
In life it’s easy to get so focused on one area that you miss what’s right in front of you. The same goes for national security. @ericfarns joins @notabattlechick to discuss U.S. security concerns in the Western hemisphere @ascoa.
By Daniel Krebs May 14, 2020
In a time when the civ-mil divide is under so much scrutiny, there is great benefit in studying the classic works of André Corvisier as he examines the soldier’s place in society. Daniel Krebs tells us why we need to pull Corvisier off our DUSTY SHELVES.
By Todd A. Schmidt May 15, 2020
As humans we are riddled with cognitive biases and as military members we must learn to recognize those biases and overcome them with facts and objectivity. The survival of the profession demands it.
WEEK OF 18 May 2020 – VOL 13 ISSUE 7
By Joseph Buccino, Samuel Smith, Vianesa Vargas and Ron Granieri May 19, 2020
How does an institution built on uniformity reflect the very diverse society that it defends? How does the military accomplish diversity & inclusivity while maintaining unit cohesion & readiness?
By Damien O’Connell May 21, 2020
Are gamers “pasty, cellar-dwelling slackers, covered in Cheetos & underachievement” or the warriors of the future? The Marines need to figure it out because traditional recruiting doesn’t work during a pandemic.
By Jason Tate and Ron Granieri May 22, 2020
Buying a handgun for the Army isn’t as simple as going to Cabelas with $17M on a credit card, but sometimes we make it a little too hard. Jason Tate joins @RonaldGranieri to try and demystify acquisition.
WEEK OF 25 May 2020 – VOL 13 ISSUE 8
By James Holland and Michael Neiberg May 27, 2020
Whether it’s a novel, a factual book or a BAFTA recognized documentary @james1940 always informs and entertains. He joins @MichaelNeiberg in the studio to discuss his passion for writing.
By War Room May 28, 2020
Just because it’s called WARgaming doesn’t mean it can’t be used to prepare for catastrophes & natural disasters. 7 scholars respond to our latest Whiteboard @Georgetown @NavalNews @MarineCorpsU @RexBrynen @AWC_ORSA @krisjandr @kwheaton
By Ryan Ehrler, Steve McNamara, Henry Schantz and Ron Granieri May 29, 2020
The world is better connected than ever before. That should be a good thing, often it is, occasionally it’s deadly. What’s social media’s place in today’s military? @Flying074 Steve McNamara, and Henry Schantz join @ronaldgranieri
WEEK OF 1 June 2020 – VOL 13 ISSUE 9
By Alisa Laufer June 2, 2020
If ISIS’s identity as a state & thus its claim of territory was central to its existence, then shouldn’t it be defeated as many claim? Attacks on foreign soil would suggest to the contrary. @alisalalala examines the relationship.
By Andrew Narloch June 3, 2020
Economic and trade sanctions are a useful tool in shaping behavior, unless the target of the sanctions doesn’t play by the rules. Andrew Narloch explores the international criminal network that fuels the Iranian economy.
By Vianesa Vargas and Ron Granieri June 4, 2020
What should the DoD do when a part of its history is offensive to a significant number of its members? @vianesavargas joins @ronaldgranieri to discuss why now is the right time to abandon ties to Confederate generals.
By Hugh Harsono June 5, 2020
Energy, telecom and cyber – three critical domains where the U.S. must change its way in order to dominate and fend off Chinese advances. Hugh Harsono explains where the country is falling short in pt 1.
WEEK OF 8 June 2020 – VOL 13 ISSUE 10
By Michael Loftus, Will McKannay, James Markley and Ron Granieri June 9, 2020
Can a roll of the dice & a couple of wild cards help the Army define what readiness really means? @loftusmt & @WillMcKannay think it can and they built a board game to prove it. The two join Jim Markley & @RonalGranieri to discuss.
By Hugh Harsono June 10, 2020
The right person, in the right job, at the right time. That seems easy enough. It’s not & Hugh Harsono says if the U.S. military doesn’t figure out talent mgt quickly it will be costly in the competition w/ China & other peers.
By Matthew Morton June 11, 2020
50 days, 37 stops, in the back end of a modified B-24 Liberator visiting South America, Africa, Europe, and the Levant during the summer of 1944. It’s a heckuva way to see the world. Matt Morton takes a look at one general’s travels for DUSTY SHELVES.
WEEK OF 15 June 2020 – VOL 13 ISSUE 11
By Ryan Ehrler, Henry Schantz, Dave Short and Ron Granieri June 16, 2020
Imagine the tech you need now & in 15 yrs, adjust for the enemy, do it jointly, keep it simple & stay w/in the budget. Oh and do it in space too @Flying074 Henry Schantz Dave Short & @ronaldgranieri discuss strategic visioning.
By Fabiana Sofia Perera June 18, 2020
As COVID-19 depresses demand & disrupts supply, energy prices plummet. For much of Latin America that means dramatic drops in GDP. As China comes to the rescue in the region what can the U.S. do to ensure security & prosperity in these countries?
By Aaron Sadusky, Eric Swenson, Melissa Wardlaw and Ron Granieri June 19, 2020
In the midst of a pandemic a generation wonders what the future holds. @MajorWardlaw Aaron Sadusky & Eric Swenson share thoughts on national service, new higher ed goals & the impact on the all volunteer force @ronaldgranieri.
WEEK OF 22 June 2020 – VOL 13 ISSUE 12
By Michael Adams June 22, 2020
Removed from doctrine in ’08, effects based operations are the misunderstood tool that “failed” in the Middle East. Mike Adams takes a look at WWI campaigns for unknown, unintentional adn cultivate examples of EBO in history.
By Thomas Bajus and Patrick Bratton June 23, 2020
For the first time in decades India seems serious about much needed military reforms and reorganization. Will they truly happen this time and what does it mean for the region and the U.S.? Patrick Bratton and Thomas Bajus examine.
By Nicholas Blasco June 24, 2020
Summer’s just starting but back to school isn’t far off. What does resident course look like in a pandemic? Nick Blasco is back with the results of a USAWC specific simulation that should make for well informed policies.
By Amber Batura and Jacqueline E. Whitt June 25, 2020
Playboy magazine was found regularly amidst U.S. military men in Vietnam. The lure of a beautiful centerfold was often the gateway to real, substantive articles that informed service men about the home front.
By Nabila Jamshed June 26, 2020
What do COVID-19 and WMD have in common? They’re not the same but they have similar impact. @NabilaJamshed explains there are answers in a WMD style defense.
WEEK OF 06 July 2020 – VOL 14 ISSUE 1
WEEK OF 13 July 2020 – VOL 14 ISSUE 2
By Alexandra Richie and Michael Neiberg July 14, 2020
Internationally acclaimed & award-winning writer & historian Alexandra Richie joins @MichaelNeiberg to discuss the histories of Berlin & Warsaw. She shares how her writing began & thoughts on retaining focus.
By G. Lee Robinson July 16, 2020
DUSTY SHELVES is back and this month we look at The Last Lion Series. Lee Robinson examines how Churchill’s life offers great insights to prepare leaders for the future conflicts they’ll manage.
By Sulaiman Aziz Popal July 17, 2020
Without trust there can be no peace. Do current U.S. backed clandestine operations in Afghanistan put treaties at risk? Even if they’re Afghan executed? Sulaiman Aziz Popal discusses a way forward for the KPF.
WEEK OF 20 July 2020 – VOL 14 ISSUE 3
By Darren Buss, Richard Giarusso and Ron Granieri July 21, 2020
Total Force Policy acknowledges the importance of the Army Reserve component in the modern operational environment. @DarrenBuss & @GiarussoRick discuss the employment and challenges of the multi component unit w/ @RonaldGranieri.
By Miranda Melcher July 23, 2020
WAR ROOM welcomes Miranda Melcher to examine the effectiveness of UN Peacekeepers through several brf case studies. She lays out the key factors to their success & failures & the lessons that have to be learned going fwd @KingsCollegeLon.
By Chandler Myers July 24, 2020
After 19 years of continuous conflict the U.S. is suffering from war fatigue. In the past that fatigue has led to doubling down on commitment. Chandler Myers presents the case for recognizing national fatigue early, preserving lives & $$’s.
WEEK OF 27 July 2020 – VOL 14 ISSUE 4
By Henry Wicks and Ron Granieri July 28, 2020
What can the U.S. Army War College, THE School of Strategic Landpower, teach a career Navy officer? What can said Navy officer teach his war college classmates? A lot! CDR Henry Wicks joins @RonaldGranieri to discuss his year in Carlisle.
By Tom Galvin July 30, 2020
Innovation & improvement require change, a complex process in a large org. Tom Galvin explains how @ArmyWarCollege is equipping students w/ a new Toolkit for Change.
By War Room July 31, 2020
What if the DoD wargamed its biggest strategic decisions? 6 scholars respond to our latest Whiteboard and introduce our new series the Wargaming Room @Georgetown @NavalNews @MarineCorpsU @AWC_ORSA @krisjandr @Wojtowicz_N @elliebartels.
WEEK OF 3 August 2020 – VOL 14 ISSUE 5
By John Brennan, Steve Marks, Edward Croot and Ron Granieri August 4, 2020
Org culture is a complex & difficult subj to grasp. Get it right & you have a unit that lives its values daily. Get it wrong & you have discipline, morale & behavioral Vol 14 Issues. @1st_SF_Command ldrship joins @RonaldGranieri to discuss Special Forces’ ID crisis.
By Kerrilee Berger and Franky Matisek August 6, 2020
Eat your vegetables! It might just make for a more secure world! Kerrilee Berger and Franky Matisek look at veganism and the unlikely tie to national security.
By Joseph Atkinson, Richard D’Angelo and Ron Granieri August 11, 2020
The internet can dramatically improve one’s quality of life and ability to succeed. It can also be a dark and scary place filled with threats and boogeymen. Joe Atkinson and Rich D’Angelo join @RonaldGranieri to share their experiences in the cyber arena.
WEEK OF 10 August 2020 – VOL 14 ISSUE 6
By Adam Seipp August 13, 2020
For those that long for the days of the Fulda Gap The Third World War by Sir John Hackett is a must read. For those too young to remember there’s still plenty of reasons – Russia & China -to pick up this classic rvwd by @AdamSeipp @historyTAMU.
By Thomas Bruscino August 14, 2020
War can be a strange thing but does it have to be bipolar? Either annihilate the enemy or attrit them. @BruscinoTom is back to tell us what successful military strategy really requires and it’s not an either-or proposition.
WEEK OF 17 August 2020 – VOL 14 ISSUE 7
By Mike Flaherty, Pete Helzer and Ron Granieri August 18, 2020
From Katrina to Afghanistan and GWOT to Covid the Army Nat’l Guard has seen its share of challenges & met them with diligence & discipline. @paratistamus & @MichaelFlat join @RonaldGranieri to discuss the modern Nat’l Guard & their academic year.
By Olivia Garard August 20, 2020
PME often delineates the gap between tactical & strategic, politics & the military. @teaandtactics explains how examining the boundaries between them, the interconnection & Interface that ties them is more useful for today’s challenges.
WEEK OF 24 August 2020 – VOL 14 ISSUE 8
By Khaled Al Khalifa and Ron Granieri August 25, 2020
Masters Program in foreign language. Check. Elect to accomplish three times the work. Check. Do a third of it during pandemic lockdown. Check. Khaled Al Khalifa joins @ronaldgranieri to discuss War College, Carlisle Scholars and Eisenhower.
By Kerry Chávez and Ori Swed August 27, 2020
A hobbyist’s toy finds its way to the terrorist’s arsenal and becomes an effective and cost efficient weapon. How can they be stopped? Kerry Chávez and @OriSwed warn of the dangerous use of drones and what must be done to counter them.
By War Room August 28, 2020
You’ve finally made it to your year at the War College. This month’s Whiteboard asks “What is the most important thing a war college student should learn in their year of study?” @AirWarCollege @ArmyWarCollege @NWC_NDU.
WEEK OF 31 August 2020 – VOL 14 ISSUE 9
By Brad Arsenault, Steven Saum, Maricarmen Smith-Martinez, Joby Taylor and Ron Granieri September 1, 2020
It takes a special individual to “contribute part of your life to this country.” This time we’re talking about the @PeaceCorps. @MaricarmenMSM Joby Taylor, Brad Arsenault, & @swamiriver join @ronaldgranieri in the studio.
By Brandon Bodor and Thomas Day September 3, 2020
You’re a small business with innovative tech. Getting DoD to pay attention is easier than ever. Staying afloat $$ in a pandemic is tougher than ever. @BTBodor & @ThomasLDay have an idea on how to fix that & stay ahead of China
WEEK OF 7 September 2020 – VOL 14 ISSUE 10
By David Eckley, Silas Martinez and Ron Granieri September 8, 2020
The Army competes w/the other services, government & industry for motivated, talented & qualified recruits – a tall order in the best of times. Dave Eckley & @SigSourer join @ronaldgranieri to discuss how innovation plays a role in meeting goals.
By Mari Eder September 10, 2020
Competence and ethical behavior is a firm foundation for trust in a relationship. If either is found lacking the damage can be irreparable. @mk2353 is back with pt VII of her series The Information Apocalypse.
By Christopher Hossfeld and Ken Gilliam September 11, 2020
How does a PME institution go about developing creative & critical thinking skills in mil ldrs? One tool in the kit is wargaming. Chris Hossfeld & Ken Gilliam explain how USAWC uses the Joint Overmatch wargame in its curriculum.
WEEK OF 14 September 2020 – VOL 14 ISSUE 11
By Amanda Cronkhite and Ron Granieri September 15, 2020
The phone rings. You absent-mindedly answer. “Would you be willing to answer a few questions?” It’s the attack of the pollsters! @abcronkhite joins @ronaldgranieri in the studio to discuss the art and science of polling.
By George W. Runkle IV September 17, 2020
The DoD is infamous for its worst-case planning prowess. But the 1957 Gaither Committee took worst-case to a whole new level. George Runkle tells DUSTY SHELVES why the Gaither Report is a must read for Nat Sec pros.
By Alden Leader September 18, 2020
In COIN, support of the local populace is critical – crushing them all indiscriminatingly is not how you do it. Alden Leader looks at how China’s Uighur policy will cause an insurgency not stop one.
WEEK OF 21 September 2020 – VOL 14 ISSUE 12
By Kara Dixon Vuic, Jason Vuic and Michael Neiberg September 22, 2020
Jason Vuic & @KaraDixonVuic, two incredibly successful authors who happen to be married to each other, stop by the studio to compare very different writing styles with @MichaelNeiberg.
By Michael Loftus September 24, 2020
We teach DIME & call war “the continuation of politics by other means” so why don’t our war plans include all aspects of government? @loftusmt looks at history to inform our current efforts planning for conflict.
By Jean Manes and Ron Granieri September 29, 2020
In 2000 UNSC Res. 1325 created the Women in Peace and Security program. Amb @jeanmanes is in the studio with @ronaldgranieri to discuss the crucial role women play in the Nat’l Sec realm. @StateDept @Southcom.
WEEK OF 28 September 2020 – VOL 14 ISSUE 13
By Antony Palocaren October 1, 2020
As U.S. military presence draws down in Europe to focus on the threat of China, who will take up the leadership role on NATO? @TonyPalox says it’s time for Germany to step up and provide the strong leadership NATO needs.
By War Room October 2, 2020
This month’s Whiteboard asks “In the next large-scale, peer-competition conflict, what will be the critical (or decisive) domain of warfighting, and why?” @Bob_Caslen @ArmyWarCollege @NavalAcademy @NavalWarCollege.
WEEK OF 05 October 2020 – VOL 15 ISSUE 1
By Mandi Bohrer and Ron Granieri October 6, 2020
Once the stuff of science fiction, facial recognition is here & it has been for a while. But this incredible tool has a much-feared Big Brother aspect. @Mandi_Bee joins @ronaldgranieri to discuss how the tech can be safely & legally employed.
By Nate Kerkhoff October 8, 2020
Jun ’20 – S. Korean activists launched 20 balloons filled w/ anti-N Korean leaflets & banners, $’s & SD cards. N. Korea reacted badly, but then deescalated. Nate Kerkhoff looks at the internal factors at play in this most recent round of tensions.
By Stephen Downes-Martin October 9, 2020
Wargames are an amazing developmental tool. But for true mental agility @StephenDownesM1 says “swarm gaming” is the best way to understand novel scenarios of the future @NavalWarCollege.
WEEK OF 12 October 2020 – VOL 15 ISSUE 2
By Megan Hennessey and Ken Gilliam October 13, 2020
What does an educational methodologist think of wargames? She loves them! @MegJHennessey & @AWC_ORSA talk @LEGOSERIOUSPLAY and gaming in general at @ArmyWarCollege.
By Justin Magula October 15, 2020
2020 got you down? Concerned by all the divisiveness? @JustinMagula tells DUSTY SHELVES to read “Battle Cry of Freedom” to gain some perspective on what true civil war looks like
By Andrew Narloch October 16, 2020
In an armed confrontation between Sunni Arab states and Iran where would Israel fit in. @andrewnarloch believes they’d be integral based on recent relations normalizations with Sunni neighbors
WEEK OF 19 October 2020 – VOL 15 ISSUE 3
By Stephen Vogel and Michael Neiberg October 20, 2020
@Steve_Vogel is a Pulitzer nominated journalist, incredibly successful author & passionate historian. He joins @MichaelNeiberg to share thoughts on journalism vs writing & what future historians face documenting the current electronic era.
By Phillip Brown October 22, 2020
The ability to gain, sustain, & exploit control over land – that’s landpower defined. Phil Brown tells WAR ROOM how recent engagements in Syria & Iraq prove landpower is central to nat’l security & its employment is indicative of nat’l priorities.
By Jonathan Swoyer and Assad Raza October 23, 2020
Army SOF & Foreign Area Officers are 2 communities that regularly work together but don’t know each other well enough. @AssadRaza12 & @swoychuk argue more familiarity w/ each other’s msns & skills benefits all & enhances the U.S. Strategic msn.
WEEK OF 26 October 2020 – VOL 15 ISSUE 4
By Courtney Short and Jacqueline E. Whitt October 27, 2020
It’s human nature to make assumptions about a person or peoples based on their race, nationality or culture. @cashort01 joins @notabattlechick to discuss how assumptions about the Okinawan people affected the U.S. invasion of the Ryukyus in WWII.
By Mari Eder October 29,2020
@mk2353 wants to restore faith in the U.S. election process. No partisanship. No hyperbole. Just vote.
By Leon Hartwell October 30, 2020
@LeonHartwell views the story of this year’s pandemic through the lens of Karpman’s Drama Triangle and he cautions the U.S. to change the narrative and move to the rescuer role, or at least not be the victim or perpetrator. @CEPA.
WEEK OF 02 November 2020 – VOL 15 ISSUE 5
By Heidi Munro and Ron Granieri November 3, 2020
The U.S. has struggled w/ the opioid crisis for decades. The most recent “combatant” on the battlefield is fentanyl, responsible for 31K+ deaths in ’18. @hmu65 joins @RonaldGranieri to discuss how this once legal pain killer threatens nat sec.
By Greg Gharst November 5, 2020
War is hell & its psychological & physical toll has wreaked havoc on too many military members. Greg Gharst warns the Army to pay close attn to how opioids are used to treat those wounds & its impact on the force.
WEEK OF 09 November 2020 – VOL 15 ISSUE 6
By Doug Winton and Ken Gilliam November 10, 2020
@dwwinton joins @AWC_ORSA in the WARGAMING ROOM for another look at wargames at the U.S. Army War College. They look at the use of Joint Overmatch and MDO1943 in the resident program.
By Thomas Bruscino August 14, 2020
If the military fails surely it must be the fault of politicians. @BruscinoTom says NOPE -it’s time for mil strategists to return geography to its previous level of importance.
WEEK OF 16 November 2020 – VOL 15 ISSUE 7
By Adam Seipp, Thomas Bruscino and Ron Granieri November 17, 2020
@AdamSeipp joins @BruscinoTom & @RonaldGranieri to look at the captivating genres of Cold War apocalypse and military techno-thriller in this week’s episode of A BETTER PEACE.
By Nathaniel Lowry November 19, 2020
WAR ROOM welcomes Nathan Lowry as he recounts his time with the Marines in Helmand province in ’17-’18. He compares the most recent Taliban attacks with previous surges and asks what the future holds for the Afghan people.
WEEK OF 23 November 2020 – VOL 15 ISSUE 8
By Thomas Deen November 24, 2020
Control the narrative & you control reality. Russia understood this in ’08 & again in ’14 as they invaded Georgia & Ukraine. Today reality resides on the internet & @ThomasFDeen1 tells us how to better safeguard that space.
By War Room November 25, 2020
WAR ROOM commemorates Woodrow Wilson’s 1918 Thanksgiving Proclamation, given in a time when cause for thanks was perhaps easier to find.
WEEK OF 30 November 2020 – VOL 15 ISSUE 9
By Chandler Myers December 1, 2020
National defense isn’t just about manpower and weapons and strategy. Chandler Myers makes the case for focusing on K-12 education in the name of national security. Start at the beginning.
By Elizabeth Vaughan Moyer December 3, 2020
Prototype, experiment, fail, analyze – repeat. Elizabeth Vaughan Moyer says USAF leadership can do a better job clearing the path for innovative Airmen.
By War Room December 4, 2020
This month’s Whiteboard asks “What do you envision as the greatest challenges facing homeland security and domestic intelligence for the next decade?”
WEEK OF 7 December 2020 – VOL 15 ISSUE 10
By Heather Venable December 8, 2020
War is never a simple venture. DUSTY SHELVES welcomes @Heather_at_ACTS to review Overy’s “Why the Allies Won” to prove that point. Sometimes having the most eqpt does not ensure a victory.
By Chris Dougherty, Becca Wasser and Ken Gilliam December 10, 2020
A BETTER PEACE welcomes @becca_wasser & @C_M_Dougherty as they join @AWC_ORSA to discuss The Gaming Lab @CNASdc just launched in October.
By War Room December 11, 2020
It’s that time of the year again. Time to find that perfect gift for your favorite national security professional. And to help we’ve got the anxiously awaited WAR ROOM Gift Guide for 2020.
WEEK OF 14 December 2020 – VOL 15 ISSUE 11
By Robert Payne and Ron Granieri December 15, 2020
When evil exists in your population it will find its way into your trusted institutions. Robert Payne joins @RonaldGranieri to discuss extremism in the military and how to weed it out.
By Craig Bullis and Charles Allen December 17, 2020
As the U.S. Army implements the Army Talent Mgmt pgm data indicates it may emphasize the wrong things. @dex17013 & Craig Bullis use 2 Div Cdr Studies to highlight the behaviors & personality traits we should really look at in leader dev.
WEEK OF 21 December 2020 – VOL 15 ISSUE 12
By Paula Alvarez-Couceiro December 23, 2020
A multipolar world is a complicated world and where the U.S. fits in has changed. WAR ROOM welcomes @pacouceiro to examine the role of allies & partners in retaining U.S. power & influence @SAISStrat @SAISHopkins.
By War Room December 24, 2020
In keeping with WAR ROOM’s tradition of reprinting holiday messages of leaders throughout history, here is Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1942 Christmas Eve address. Happy Holidays to all of you & here’s to a bright New Year.
WEEK OF 28 December 2020 – VOL 15 ISSUE 13
By Hugh Harsono December 29, 2020
Developing countries need energy. China’s got renewable energy tech. That combination makes for inroads, strange bedfellows & a big edge for China in the Great Power Competition. Hugh Harsono gives us the rundown.