February 26, 2024
This week we are celebrating WAR ROOM's fifth birthday! We published our first article on 1 May 2017 and our first podcast episode a couple of weeks later on 17 May. Today we celebrate where we've been and where we're going with our 300th podcast episode! It's estimated that nearly 75% of all the podcasts started podfade, or slowly stop producing new episodes, often after only about 7 episodes. So you can understand why we're pretty proud to to publish our 300th episode and thrilled that you are still out there listening along. Jacqueline Whitt, our first podcast editor, now Editor-in-Chief, and Ron Granieri, our current podcast editor sit down in the virtual studio to discuss the start of it all. They talk about what it takes to produce an episode, what WAR ROOM hopes to contribute to the NATSEC conversation and where we're hoping to take the conversation. Thanks to all of our loyal listeners as well as all of our guests, and here's to the next 300 episodes. What do you want to hear us talk about? EDITOR'S CORRECTION: Ron mistakenly credits Buck as the voice of the opening credits. That voice is actually Professor Douglas "Muddy" Waters (CAPT, USN, Ret) from the Department of Command, Leadership and Management, and a friend of WAR ROOM. Buck just reads all of the legal disclaimers. BTW: Episode 75 is THREE PIONEERS OF AIRPOWER (GREAT STRATEGISTS) and Episode 123 is BEYOND TASK FORCE SMITH: ‘NATIONAL’ UNPREPAREDNESS FOR WAR IN KOREA

This week we are celebrating WAR ROOM’s fifth birthday! We published our first article on 1 May 2017 and our first podcast episode a couple of weeks later on 17 May. Today we celebrate where we’ve been and where we’re going with our 300th podcast episode! It’s estimated that nearly 75% of all the podcasts started podfade, or slowly stop producing new episodes, often after only about 7 episodes. So you can understand why we’re pretty proud to to publish our 300th episode and thrilled that you are still out there listening along. Jacqueline Whitt, our first podcast editor, now Editor-in-Chief, and Ron Granieri, our current podcast editor sit down in the virtual studio to discuss the start of it all. They talk about what it takes to produce an episode, what WAR ROOM hopes to contribute to the NATSEC conversation and where we’re hoping to take the conversation. Thanks to all of our loyal listeners as well as all of our guests, and here’s to the next 300 episodes. What do you want to hear us talk about?

EDITOR’S CORRECTION: Ron mistakenly credits Buck as the voice of the opening credits. That voice is actually Professor Douglas “Muddy” Waters (CAPT, USN, Ret) from the Department of Command, Leadership and Management, and a friend of WAR ROOM. Buck just reads all of the legal disclaimers.

BTW: Episode 75 is THREE PIONEERS OF AIRPOWER (GREAT STRATEGISTS) and Episode 123 is BEYOND TASK FORCE SMITH: ‘NATIONAL’ UNPREPAREDNESS FOR WAR IN KOREA

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Jacqueline E. Whitt is an Associate Professor of Strategy at the U.S. Army War College and the Editor-in-Chief of WAR ROOM.

Ron Granieri is an Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Army War College and the Editor of A BETTER PEACE.

The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense.

3 thoughts on “OUR 300th FREAKIN’ EPISODE!

  1. I have found the articles and podcasts here on the War Room always to be very important, timely and interesting.

    However, might at least some of these articles and podcasts be devoted to trying to “tie things together,” such as I have attempted to do in my some of comments relating to same?.

    For example:

    Where are the critical articles and podcasts that explore such things as why, in the Old Cold War of yesterday, the U.S./the West sought to work more work more by, with and through the more conservative elements of the world’s populations? (This, so as to prevent, and/or to reverse, unwanted political, economic, social and/or value [Soviet/communist] change?) And explores — in consideration of that context — the unusual situation that we find ourselves in today; wherein, in the New/Reverse Cold War of today, it is our opponents (our great nations and small opponents, our state and non-state actor opponents, and our at home and abroad opponents), ALL of whom are seeking to work more by, with and through these self-same more conservative elements of the world’s populations? (This, also, so as to prevent, and/or to reverse, in this case, unwanted political, economic, social and/or value [market-democracy] change?) Thus, what — for U.S./Western militaries — are the ramifications of this such strategic role reversal? (1. You may end up fighting against the exact same conservative people who were your dad’s and mom’s natural allies in the Old Cold War of yesterday. 2. Conservative-leaning civilian and military personnel, in the New Reverse Cold War of today, and much like their liberal-leaning civilian and military personnel counterparts, in the Old Cold War of yesterday, are going to be conflicted, and are not always going to be trusted; this, as relates to what one might believe to be their ultimate loyalty: Loyalty to the nation and what their nation is trying to achieve? (Containment in the Old Cold War of yesterday; “transformation”/”revolutionary change” — both at home and abroad — in the New/Reverse Cold War of today).

    Given these, and other, ramifications of the U.S./the West’s — both at home and abroad — “transformative”/”revolutionary change” political objective today, do issues such as these — and what might “tie them together” — not literally beg for War Room articles and podcasts relating to same?

  2. Congratulations for such an important achievement. You are not only making podcasts, you are making history!
    Your communication proposal helps to achieve that War literacy that is so important to win what is truly important in human society, not to win the war, but to win peace.
    I wish you much success in the future.

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