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Episode 24 - On Strategy & Ethics | The Dead Prussian Podcast
PANEL SHOW!!! The talented team at The Strategy Bridge lined up some great guests for Mick to chat with about the ethics of managing, waging and conducting war. The panel topics range from Just War Theory and its application to strategic decision making through to the actions of the soldiers in the coalface. There is even mention of the Bard and how we can learn from the play about Henry V. The panelists included former and current military officers as well as a philosopher on ethics. In fact, you can read their impressive bios below. Guest Bios:  Lieutenant General James Dubik, (ret), Ph.D., retired from the U.S. Army in July 2008. Professor at Georgetown University's Center for Security Studies. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Study of War, as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Security Advisory Council, and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. During 2012-2013, he was the General Omar N . Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership sponsored by Penn State Law, Dickinson College, and the U.S. Army War College. He is also a member of the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame and a distinguished member of the U.S. Army 75th Ranger Regiment. His book - Just War Reconsidered: Strategy, Ethics, and Theory was released this year.   Dr Pauline Shanks Kaurin is an academically trained philosopher and ethicist, interested in military ethics, business ethics and applying ethical thinking to policy questions. She is currently Associate professor of philosophy, Chair Department of Philosophy at Pacific Lutheran University. She is the author of The Warrior, Military Ethics and Contemporary Warfare - Achilles Goes Asymmetrical. You can follow her on twitter via @queenofthinair.   Thomas McDermott joined the British Army in 2001, and the Australian Army in 2015.  He has served in combat and staff roles in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  He is now studying strategy at the Australian National University.  You can follow him on Twitter via @helmandproject.
Episode 16 - On How Modern Armies Learn  | The Dead Prussian Podcast
In this episode Mick has a chat with Brigadier Mick Ryan, the Director General for Training & Doctrine in the Australian Army. They discuss how the Australian Army learns and trains its people to prepare them to operate in complex environments. They also touch on the Australian Army's capstone annual exercise, Hamel. Mick also takes the opportunity to give his own career a quick boost. 
Episode 25 - On the Nature of War | The Dead Prussian Podcast
In this episode Mick chats with Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria, II, editor of the U.S. Army War College Quarterly, Parameters. They discuss the theory of the nature of war, it's changeable character and enduring elements. Antulio uses the weather as a useful metaphor to explain #BigCarl's theory while Mick demonstrates his lack of sports knowledge with a metaphor of his own. Antulio also provides a comprehensive definition of war.
Episode 13 - On Big Carl in Wonderland | The Dead Prussian Podcast
In this episode Mick chats with Olivia A. Garard about Alice in Wonderland and how it can be used to examine Clausewitz's theory of war. They also talk a little bit about relativism and how it can aid in the application of Big Carl's work or, for that matter any other theory of war. Tune in and find out who the Cheshire cat really is.   Olivia A. Garard is an officer in the US Marine Corps. She has an MA in War Studies from King's College London. The opinions expressed are hers alone and do not reflect those of the Marine Corps, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.
Episode 6 - On Shell shock in WW1 | The Dead Prussian Podcast
In this episode Mick has a chat with Dr Meghan Fitzpatrick, a defence analyst & researcher. The topic is war related nervous disorders in World War One. They focus their discussion specifically on the British Army and medical system. It is a topic that is as relevant to today's veterans as it was to those of the war to end all wars.  Meghan also provides a definition of war.
Episode 15 - On Nervous Disorders in WW2 | The Dead Prussian Podcast
In this episode Mick has a chat with Dr Meghan Fitzpatrick, a defence analyst & researcher. They continue their discussion on war related nervous disorders, this time focusing on the Second World War. It is a topic that is as relevant to today's veterans as it was to those who fought in WW2.
Episode 37 - On Tribe | The Dead Prussian Podcast
Mick chats with Sebastian Junger, award-winning journalist and Oscar-nominated documentarian. They chat about his book, Tribe, which talks about the bonds made in war. Sebastian offers his answer to the final question and it is quite a cracker.  You can get your show swag here or support the show here.
Episode 35 - On Soldiers, Squadrons, and Strategists | The Dead Prussian Podcast
Mick chats with Tom McDermott about ethics and war in the modern era. Tom is a military ethicist and serving officer in the Australian Army. His Occasional Paper, Soldiers, Squadrons, and Ethicists, discusses some issues on ethics and strategy as well as possible ways to overcome them. Tom offers his second answer to the final question.  You can get your show swag here or support the show here.
Episode 36 - On Drones | The Dead Prussian Podcast
Mick chats with Ulrike Franke, a researcher specialising in the effects of the use of drones on the militaries that employ them. Mick and Ulrike cover everything from traffic jams to the swarms of the future. Ulrike is our first living Prussian to offer an answer to the final question.  You can get your show swag here or support the show here.
Episode 7 - On the DIME | The Dead Prussian Podcast
In this episode Mick has a chat with Phil Walter about Force Structure vs Force Utility. They explore the concept of DIME (Diplomatic, Informational, Military, Economic) as a means of framing the levers of national power. Phil is able to summarise complex foreign policy issues as easily as he discusses the training program for a marine platoon. Mick just tries to keep up and throws in some history here and there. Phil Walter has served in the military, the intelligence community, and the inter-agency. The views expressed here are those of the author alone and do not contain information of an official nature. He tweets @philwalter1058 and blogs at http://www.philwalter1058.com .
Episode 22 - On the Architect of Victory | The Dead Prussian Podcast
In this episode Mick chats with Dr Peter Dean, a lecturer at the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University. They discuss an Australian officer from the Second World War, Lieutenant General Francis Horton Berryman. They discuss Berryman's career and his role in Operation Postern, the successful campaign to expel the Japanese from Papua New Guinea. Peter also provides a definition of war.
Episode 31 - On the Nisibus War | The Dead Prussian Podcast
In this episode Mick chats with Major General John S Harrel (Ret'd), author of The Nisibis War. They discuss the Roman defence of the east in late antiquity and the war with Persia that lasted 25 years! John provides a lawyer's response to the final question.  You can support the show here.
Episode 28 - On War in Space  | The Dead Prussian Podcast
In this episode Mick chats with Dr Bleddyn Bowen, a lecturer in Defence Studies at Kings College London and a space power theorist. They discuss Big Carl's theories applied to war in space, tactics of space warfare, cosmic coastlines, and which SciFi show/movie did it best! Bleddyn also provides a very non-space related answer to the final question. Note:This is the first episode for 2017. 
Episode 49 - On the Invisible Injured of War | The Dead Prussian Podcast
Mick chats with Adam Montgomery, an author and military historian. They chat about Adam's book on the Canadian military's experience of psychological trauma from the First World War in Afghanistan, The Invisible Injured. Adam also discusses how perceptions of masculinity can affect the treatment of those suffering from trauma.  Adam provides a short answer to the final question.  Grab a book & crack on here. Get your show swag here or support the show here.
Episode 60 - On Good Prince Rupprecht | The Dead Prussian Podcast
In this episode, Mick chats with Jonathan Boff, a senior lecturer in History and War Studies at the University of Birmingham. They discuss the topic of Jonathan's latest book, Haigh's Enemy. Jonathan talks about Germany's war on the Western Front and the German military leader Crown Prince Rupprecht. Jonathan provides an answer to the final question. Join the members' community at Patreon for exclusive content, access to our forum and more. You can also grab a book & crack on here.
Episode 61 - On Why We Fight | The Dead Prussian Podcast
In this episode, Mick chats with Mike Martin, a former Army Officer and a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London. They discuss the topic of Mike's latest book, Why We Fight. Mike talks evolutionary biology, status seeking, and belonging as causes of violent behaviour. Mike provides a minimalist answer to the final question. Join the members' community at Patreon for exclusive content, access to our forum and more. You can also grab a book & crack on here.
Episode 55 - On MacArthur's Coalition | The Dead Prussian Podcast
Mick chats with Peter Dean, a Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Western Australia and author of MacArthur's Coalition. They chat about the coalition commanded by General Douglas MacArthur in the Second World War. Peter discusses the effect of MacArthur's personality on the coalition as well as the intricacies of commanding a multinational force prior.   Peter gives a second, and quotable, answer to the final question. Join the members' community at Patreon for exclusive content, access to our forum and more. You can also grab a book & crack on here.
Episode 53 - On Battlefield Singularity | The Dead Prussian Podcast
Mick chats with Elsa Kania, Adjunct Fellow - Technology and National Security Program at Center for a New American Security (CNAS). They chat about her recent paper on Chinese developments in Artificial Intelligence and their military application, Battlefield Singularity. Elsa also discusses the differences and similarities between the China and the United States in the development of Artifical Intelligence for the battlefield. Elsa gives a fresh answer to the final question. Join the members' community at Patreon for exclusive content, access to our forum and more. You can also grab a book & crack on here.
Episode 44 - On the Diffusion of Military Power | The Dead Prussian Podcast
Mick chats with Michael C. Horowitz an associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. They chat about his award winning book, The Diffusion of Military Power. Michael also explains the impacts of new military technology on global relations. Michael offers an interesting answer to the final question.  You can get your show swag here or support the show here.
Episode 43 - On the Aussies in Phuoc Tuy | The Dead Prussian Podcast
Mick chats with Thomas Richardson, a historian at the Australian War Memorial. They chat about his new book, Destroy and Build: Pacification in Phuoc Thuy, 1966–1972. Thomas also discusses population centric counter-insurgency and the way it was employed during the Vietnam War by the Australian forces. Thomas offers an interesting answer to the final question.  You can get your show swag here or support the show here.
Episode 75 - On Boyd's Conception of War | The Dead Prussian Podcast
In this episode, Mick chats with Ian Brown a United States Marine Corps pilot and author. They discuss Ian's book, A New Conception of War, and how Colonel John Boyd influence the understanding of manoeuvre warfare. Ian provides a new take on the final question. Join the members' community at Patreon for Jonathan's answer to a bonus question about Boyd's most controversial theories. You can also grab a book & crack on here.
Episode 73 - On Heroes and Valour | The Dead Prussian Podcast
In this episode, Mick chats with Bryce Abraham, a sessional academic and PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle. They discuss Bryce's research on Australian valour awards and constructions of masculinity and heroism.  Bryce provides a succinct answer to the final question. Join the members' community at Patreon for Bryce's answer to a bonus question about the Victoria Cross. You can also grab a book & crack on here.
Episode 77 - On Military Virtues | The Dead Prussian Podcast
In this episode, Mick chats with Professor David Whetham, professor Ethics and the Military profession at Kings College London. They discuss his co-edited book, Military Virtues, and why virtue ethics is important for military leaders. David provides a very succinct take on the final question. Join the members' community at Patreon for David's answer to an exclusive bonus question about ethical challenges. You can also grab a book & crack on here.
Episode 38 - On Big Carl in Angola | The Dead Prussian Podcast
Mick chats with Jack McCain an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy and author of Angola, Clausewitz, and the American Way of War. They chat about the lessons that can be applied to contemporary conflict from this often overlooked war. Jack offers a unique answer to the final question.  You can get your show swag here or support the show here.
Episode 30 - On Grand Strategy | The Dead Prussian Podcast
In this episode Mick chats with Professor Hal Brands, a Professor of Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the author of What Good is Grand Strategy? They discuss the the concept of Grand Strategy and how it relates to the use of military force to achieve a political objective. Hal provides one of the most concise responses to the final question.  You can support the show here.
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Started
Jan 8th, 2016
Latest Episode
Oct 4th, 2019
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
90
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31 minutes
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