Modern War Institute

The Modern War Institute podcast is the flagship podcast of the Modern War Institute at West Point. Featured guests include senior military and defense leaders, scholars, and others who discuss the most important issues related ...more

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May 22, 2018 00:22:42
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Ep. 52 – Human 2.0, with Dr. Amy Kruse

This episode features a conversation with Dr. Amy Kruse, chief scientific officer at the Platypus Institute. She discusses "Human 2.0," a concept she describes a vision of where humans are headed in terms of cognitive performance. She also describes how this concept overlays on what we know about the cognitive demands of war. ...

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May 08, 2018 00:36:06
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Ep. 51 – The Future Autonomous War, with Paul Scharre

Paul Scharre is the author of Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War. In this episode, he talks about the state of development of artificial intelligence and autonomy, and how it and future advancements will change the way in which we fight wars. ...

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April 24, 2018 00:26:37
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Ep. 50 – Preparing for the Future Operating Environment, with Under Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy

This episode features a conversation with Under Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy. He discusses everything from modernization and what that means for soldiers in the operational Army to the recently announced Army Futures Command and what role it will have in preparing the Army for a changing operational environment characterized by a diverse set of threats. ...

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April 11, 2018 00:31:45
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Ep. 49 – The American Citizens Who Went to Fight Against ISIS

In this episode, we talk to Joseph Young and Jason Fritz of American University's School of Public Affairs about a phenomenon they've been studying: private Americans who traveled to the Middle East to fight ISIS. They interviewed many of these individuals, and they share what they learned about them and why they chose to go and fight in Iraq and Syria. ...

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March 29, 2018 00:30:54
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Ep. 48 – China and its Quest for Enhanced Military Technology

In this episode, we speak to Elsa Kania, whose research is at the forefront of efforts to better understand the way China approaches innovation and military technology. From artificial intelligence to automation to railgun technology, we discuss Chinese technological priorities and how they overlay on its strategic objectives. ...

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March 14, 2018 00:23:13
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Ep. 47 – The Army's Future, with Secretary of the Army Mark Esper

Secretary of the Army Mark Esper has an important set of priorities for the Army. In this episode of the MWI Podcast, he discusses those priorities, and explains how his experience as an Army officer on active duty and in the reserve components informs the perspective he brings to his job as the senior civilian overseeing the US military's largest branch. ...

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