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The Brian Lehrer Show

McChrystal: "I Would Not Oppose Re-Instituting the Draft"

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Saying that the US armed forces should reflect the US population, General Stanley McChrystal, former commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, offered support for the idea of re-instating the draft on the Brian Lehrer Show. He also discussed the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, even agreeing that the invasion of Iraq may have been one of the biggest foreign policy mistakes in U.S. history.

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The Takeaway

Why the U.S. Military is Shrinking

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Today, the Army has 522,000 soldiers on active duty. Hagel's proposed Pentagon budget would cut manpower even further, to somewhere between  440,000 and 450,000.

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The Takeaway

The Military's Encyclopedia of Ethical Failures

Monday, February 03, 2014

"The Encyclopedia of Ethical Failures" sounds like a whimsical title for a high-brow novel, but it is actually a very real bureaucratic laundry list of the wrong-doings of government employees. The infractions are sometimes pathetic, sometimes serious, and sometimes laughable—but they are true through and through, and they are extensive Gordon Lubold, a national security reporter for Foreign Policy has studied the encyclopedia at length. He walks us through the highlights of this report—from the funniest violations to the most egregious.

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The Takeaway

Russian Weapons Removal & The Cold War Backpack Bomb

Friday, January 31, 2014

After the Cold War, MIT Physicist Thomas Neff developed a program to allow Moscow to sell the uranium from its retired weapons and dilute it into fuel for electric utilities in the U.S. He explains the program today. New details about portable nuclear weapons designed by the U.S. military during the Cold War describe a weapon small enough to be strapped on a backpack, but still powerful enough to potentially cause devastating damage. Adam Rawnsley of Foreign Policy magazine has the details.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Linda Robinson describes how special operations forces have become the go-to force for U.S. military endeavors worldwide. She followed the evolution of special ops in Afghanistan, their longest deployment since Vietnam, and looks at the challenges they face and the constant danger in which they operate. Her book  One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare explores what a tiny band of warriors can do, and cannot do, out on the wild frontiers of the next-generation wars.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker on Stage; Animating Interviews; Escaping Slavery; Richard Powers' Novel; Special Ops

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker talk about starring in Amanda Peet’s play, “The Commons of Pensacola.” Blank on Blank founder David Gerlach on animating archival interviews with everyone from Kurt Cobain to Barry White. We’ll talk to a young woman from Egypt about being sold into slavery in Egypt at the age of 8, and how she was rescued. Richard Power discusses his latest novel, Orfeo. Linda Robinson explains how the American military has turned to its Special Operations Forces more and more over the years.

The Takeaway

The Complex Relationship of Presidents & Generals

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Throughout American history tensions have often flared between the Commander in Chief and his top military brass. But the relationship between the current president and the military might be the worst yet. A new memoir by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates strongly criticizes President Barack Obama's leadership in military affairs, particularly on the war in Afghanistan. Kristen Rouse, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and a captain in the Army National Guard, weighs in.

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The Takeaway

Drones: The Defining Airspace Technology of 2014

Monday, January 06, 2014

Over the next five years, the Pentagon is looking to increase the use of robotic weapons—is this a good thing for national security, and can the U.S. even count on its global drone edge for that long? Clint Watts, a Senior Fellow at the Homeland Security Policy Institute and at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, makes the case for why drones don’t deserve the bad reputation they get.

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Studio 360

The Marlon Brando for Millenials

Friday, December 20, 2013

Adam Driver steals scenes as an angsty, masculine and vulnerable boyfriend in HBO's Girls. He'll try to do the same in the Coen Brothers latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis.

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The Takeaway

Deal Reached on Military Sexual Assault Bill

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The House and Senate have come to a compromise on a bill that would strengthen protections for victims of sexual assault in the military and keep Guantanamo Bay open. The measure is the first change to laws governing sexual assault in the military in years. There were 3,553 sexual assault complaints reported in the first three quarters of this fiscal year—a nearly 50 percent increase. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, walks us through the ins and outs of this deal.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Fate of the Military Sexual Assault Bill

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Military Sexual Assault Bill is expected to be up for a divisive Senate vote this week. Darren Samuelsohn, senior policy reporter for POLITICO, discusses the bill sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

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The Takeaway

On Veterans Day, Advice for Veterans From Veterans

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans face a myriad of challenges when they return from service, and no one better understands these barriers—and how to overcome them—than veterans themselves. Jason Wasieleski, a former Army medic who served in Afghanistan in 2012, and David Retske, a former UAV pilot who served in Iraq from 2004 to 2005, share their advice for returning veterans and discuss what they wish they had known when they returned from service.

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WNYC News

Dueling Bills Address Sexual Assault in the Military

Thursday, November 07, 2013

New York's junior senator, Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, has been championing an effort to change the way the military deals with sexual assaults. Another Democratic Senator, Claire McCaskill, of Missouri, has also made the issue a top priority. But they are approaching reforms in different ways, and each is lobbying her colleagues hard for her own bill. McCaskill wants to keep prosecutorial power in the hands of military commanders. Gillibrand thinks those commanders — essentially, the bosses of the accusers —  have been part of the problem, and her bill would take assault cases out of the chain of command and turn them over to military prosecutors. 

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The Takeaway

Special Ops: The New Go-To U.S. Military Policy?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Two recent events mark a very significant shift in U.S. tactics—a shift that has been happening over the last decade—from boots-on-the-ground to a Special Operations-only approach. Has the U.S. taken up a new policy on how it deals with national security threats in the Middle East? Joining us to discuss this is Linda Robinson, senior international policy analyst at Rand Corporation and author of "One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and The Future of American Warfare."

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The Takeaway

U.S. Carries Out Raids in Libya & Somalia

Monday, October 07, 2013

Over the weekend, U.S. military personnel conducted targeted operations in Libya and Somalia. As a result of the Libya operation, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that one of the world's most wanted terrorists was captured and is now in U.S. custody. Congressmen Adam Schiff represents California’s 28th district and is a member of the House's Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He discusses the military operation and its significance.

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New Jersey News

More Than 3,000 Furloughed at NJ Military Base

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

New Jersey Public Radio

The military’s Maguire-Dix-Lakehurst base near the heart of the Jersey shore employs about 6,700 civilians. More than half were furloughed this week following the federal government's shutdown.

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The Takeaway

Walter Reed Medical Center 6 Years Later

Monday, September 30, 2013

As part of our onging partnership with our friends at the documentary team Retro Report, we flip the clock back to 2007. Each week Retro Report brings a fresh look to an archival story. In today’s installment, Retro Report catches up with the soldier who brought Walter Reed Medical Center’s lapses and abuses to national attention six years ago. Harry Hanbury, producer for Retro Report, explains.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rep. Engel on Syria; Five Years After Lehman Brothers; Gender Divisions at Harvard and Beyond

Friday, September 13, 2013

Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) weighs in on the debate as to the best course of U.S. action in Syria. Plus: Five years after the financial collapse, former FDIC chair Sheila Bair reflects on the state of banking; Jodi Kantor of the New York Times discusses her reporting on gender and class divisions at Harvard Business School; Andrew Bacevich on the gulf between the American public and our all-volunteer military; and how much water you actually need to drink.

The Takeaway

Why is France So Ready to Intervene & Support The U.S. in Syria?

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The nation of France reportedly stands with President Obama on the question of intervention in Syria. But having the French on board in this case could be a problem for the long memories in Congress, which got testy over French criticism of the U.S. invasion of Iraq back in 2003. Joining us is Dominique Moisi, Senior Adviser at the French Institute for International Affairs. He joins The Takeaway to discuss why France is so ready to intervene in Syria.

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The Takeaway

The Syrian Opposition & Possible U.S. Intervention | Veterans Weigh In on U.S. Intervention in Syria | American Lawmakers Weigh in on the Syrian Conflict

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The Syrian Opposition & Possible U.S. Intervention | Veterans Weigh In on U.S. Intervention in Syria | American Lawmakers Weigh in on the Syrian Conflict | Congress, The President and War: A History