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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June 20, 2017 00:26:59
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Ep. 28 – A Firefight on the Edge of Sadr City

In 2008, Maj. Emily Spencer was an EOD platoon leader in Iraq. In April, she and one of her teams accompanied a route clearance patrol that was planned to approach Sadr City, a notorious safe haven for militants. As the reached the edge of the dangerous neighborhood, IEDs began detonating and they began taking fire. Listen to Maj. Spencer talk through the fight. ...

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June 07, 2017 00:37:32
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Ep. 27 – The Battle of Barg-e Matal

This is the first episode in MWI's new podcast, "The Spear," which is aimed at providing a window into the combat experience. In this episode, Capt. Jake Miraldi walks us through the 2009 Battle of Barg-e Matal in eastern Afghanistan's Nuristan province, and his role in it as a platoon leader. ...

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May 24, 2017 00:24:03
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Ep. 26 - Capt. Natalie Mallue on Her Ranger School Experience

In this episode, Capt. Natalie Mallue describes her experience as one of only seven women to have complete the US Army's grueling Ranger School. She discusses her preparation, what it means to be among such a select group of women, and the advice she would give to future Ranger School attendees. ...

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May 10, 2017 00:59:36
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Ep. 25 - Opening Shock: Four Combat Jump Veterans Tell Their Stories

In this episode, a joint production with the West Point Center for Oral History, four combat jump veterans talk about their experiences jumping onto the battlefield from above. ...

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April 26, 2017 00:32:29
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Ep. 24 - Physical Fitness and National Security with Lt. Gen. (Ret) Mark Hertling

In this episode, we talk to Lt. Gen. (Ret) Mark Hertling about the risk to military readiness and national security posed by declining American physical fitness. ...

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April 11, 2017 00:34:41
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Ep. 23 - Robots, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of War

In this episode, we speak with US Air Force Maj. Jen Snow of USSOCOM's SOFWERX and author and futurist Dr. James Canton. From robotics to AI to autonomy and more, the guests explore what war is most likely to look like in the future—and explain how vital it is for US warfighters to be kept ahead of ever-quickening technological trends. ...

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