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The 18th Airborne Corps Podcast
39 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Episode 47: The Voices of Vaccine Hesitancy
Ok, ok, we promise…this is our LAST episode about COVID. If you heard episode 46, you got insight from three medical experts on the vaccine and the Delta variant. In this episode, we speak with four Soldiers about their personal decision regarding vaccination. Each Soldier speaks individually with host Joe Buccino about the reasons that went into his or her decision. One of the Soldiers has, to this point, refused vaccination. We spoke privately (off-mic) with more than 40 Soldiers across the Army and we are certain these four discussions represent a broader set of views on the issues across the force. These discussions are important, and these are Soldiers that should be heard: It’s critical that Army leaders to understand the set of factors at work here. So, in the interest in giving voice to the concerns out in our formation about the COVID vaccine, we give this episode to four Soldiers who agreed to go on-air with us. The 18th Airborne Corps podcast is the official podcast of the US Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps….but, I guess you figured that out based on the title. We release a new episode every Tuesday (on rare occasions, such as this one, we'll release one on Thursday as well). If you enjoy the podcast, please leave a five-star rating and a review, as that helps others find the show.
64 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Episode 46: The COVID Vaccine (Again) - Vaccine Hesitancy and the Delta Variant
Well, we didn’t want to do another episode on COVID-19, but….with the Delta variant, the rise in cases across parts of the country, and all the misinformation floating around social media….we kinda had to. For Episode 46, host Joe Buccino brings back Dr. Sammy Choi, the Chief of Research at Fort Bragg’s Womack Army Medical Center, and Army Lieutenant Colonel Owen Price, Fort Bragg Force Health Protection Officer. You may remember Owen and Sammy from Episode 13, our first foray into COVID. These two are joined by Army Lieutenant Colonel Teresa Pearce, a Preventive Medicine Physician and the Director of Fort Bragg Public Health. Joe leads our experts in an illuminating discussion that will answer any remaining questions: How concerned should we be about the delta variant? Am I safe if I’m unvaccinated but already contracted COVID-19? Will we go back into a shutdown? Are we going to receive a booster shot? Is Johnson & Johnson safe? Have any Soldiers experienced concerning side effects of the COVID vaccines? Which is the best, most effective, safest vaccine? What are the risks of myocarditis associated with the vaccine? This episode comes at a critical moment for the Army. Over the past six months, the Army has clawed its way out of a terrible position with COVID. Most bases have lifted restrictions, children are back in school, and facilities are reopened. With the Delta variant, however, which we know to be twice as transmissible as the strain that caused the winter surge, we’re in danger of losing all that we’ve gained. Most concerning, the Army now has a number of COVID cases among fully-vaccinated Soldiers. Further, the Delta variant appears to generate much higher viral loads, and unvaccinated individuals may be twice as likely to be hospitalized. Please listen to Episode 46 and pass this around to anyone who remains unvaccinated or is concerned about the virus. About Episode 46’s guests: Choi is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine; he completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss, Texas. Owen Price is an Army Lieutenant Colonel and a graduate of Oklahoma State with a degree in Entomology; He is an Army Environmental Science and Engineer Teresa Pearce is, like Owen, an Army Lieutenant Colonel. He is a Preventive Medicine Physician with a Masters of Public Health.
60 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Episode 45: "Our Future is War": General J.P. McGee, Commander of the 101st Airborne Division
General J. P. McGee called into the 18th Airborne Corps Podcast studio on Fort Bragg, North Carolina from his office in the headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division on Fort Campbell, Kentucky. During his discussion with host Joe Buccino, General McGee reflected on his first four months commanding one of our Nation's most prestigious military units. For the first time in years, the entire 101st Airborne Division is on Fort Campbell, with no scheduled deployment. This is a critical moment for the Screaming Eagles: with the threat of large scale combat looming and a changing Army landscape, it's time to reflect and change. General McGee explains that he's using the opportunity to develop a culture of trained, disciplined, fit, cohesive units ready to win the future fight. General McGee also discussed his recent role as director of the Army's Talent Management Task Force. In that position, he transformed the way the service evaluates battalion and brigade commanders through a new assessment program. He offers insights into the Army's focus on revolutionizing the way it selects and develops leaders. General McGee also offers some recommended reading for Army leaders, discusses the people and events that shaped him as a leader, and explains why the 101st Airborne is the Nation's premier warfighting force. Episode 45 of the 18th Airborne Corps Podcast is an important one for any Soldier currently serving in the 101st Airborne Division. The episode also offers insight for all Army leaders, as well as anyone interested in the Army's new talent management program. The 18th Airborne Corps Podcast is the official podcast of the U.S. Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps. Recorded on Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the program releases new episodes every Tuesday and Thursday. Please tell others about the program and leave a five-star rating and a review on Apple podcasts.
34 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Episode 44: Around the World with Ash Carter
Ash Carter, the 25th American Secretary of Defense, joins 18th Airborne Corps Podcast host Joe Buccino from his office at the Harvard Kennedy School where he is the director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Ash, who served as President Obama's final SecDef from 2015 to 2017, gives his view of the world from his Harvard perch. Joe and Ash discuss the global security environment today. The Secretary walks our host around the world, offering insight into Afghanistan, Russia, Iran, the Indo-Pacific, and lands in the United States. Ash was among our Nation's most consequential public servants. Under his service at the top of the Pentagon, ISIL was defeated in Mosul, the Department of Defense opened combat roles to women and the United States entered the Iran nuclear deal. In this half hour discussion, Ash reflects on his legacy and remarks on the US military today. Finally, the two discuss some of Ash's predecessors at the Pentagon and why serving as US Secretary of Defense in the best job in the world. The 18th Airborne Corps Podcast is the official podcast of the U.S. Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps. Recorded on Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the program releases new episodes every Tuesday and Thursday. We ask you to tell others about the program and to please leave a five-star rating and a review on Apple podcasts.
36 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Episode 43: Air Assault! The History of Army Air Mobility
Today, helicopter assault offers American ground forces an advantage on the battlefield. In any part of the world in which warfare is waged, air assault is a pivotal capability for our Army. So it has for more than 50 years. The air mobile concept is not simply a legacy, it's critical to overcoming the tyranny of terrain and distance. But, in the mid-1950s, the idea was revolutionary, rejected by bureaucratic Army officers and outdated thinkers. Episode 43 of the 18th Airborne Corps podcast reveals how a group of inspired strategists fought through interservice rivalry, plowed through bureaucracy and politics, and changed the way the Army thinks about maneuvering ground troops. This is the story of the development of the air mobile concept and how that concept is manifest in our Army today. Sometime co-host and friend of the 18th Airborne Corps podcast Matt Visser joins host Joe Buccino from location on Fort Campbell, where much of the Army's air assault capability resides. Matt augments the history lesson with wisdom from some of the veterans who helped pioneer Army air assault. Anyone interested in revolutionizing the way the Army thinks, trains, or prepares for combat will find insight in Episode 43 of the 18th Airborne Corps podcast.
31 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Episode 42: The Other Side Of the Iron Curtain
18th Airborne Corps podcast host Joe Buccino generally spends a lot of time talking about the Cold War, a subject with which he's fascinated. Nixon, LBJ, Kennedy. The Cuban Missile Crisis. Chernobyl. He generally talks about these things from the American perspective. The way the American military and government reacted to these events. The American public's view of the world from these moments. Not on this episode. Serhii Plokhy, an American historian born in Nizhnii Novgorod, Russia who grew up in Zaporizhia, Ukraine, joins the show by phone from his Burlington, Massachusetts home. Serhii, one of the most prolific historians in the U.S. on the Cold War, tells story after story about the Cold War. Serhii discusses the WWII origins of the Cold War, the role of the Chernobyl disaster in the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the events leading up to the end of the Cold War. He describes these things from the perspective of the Soviet leadership and the Soviet commoner. His is a fascinating purview on critical world events. Serhii Plokhy is the Mykhailo Hrushevsky Professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard and the director of the university's Ukrainian Research Institute. He's the author of literally dozens of books on the Cold War. He and Joe discuss, in particular his 2014 book The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union, which received the Lionel Gelber Prize for the best book on international relations, 2018's Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy, which was awarded the Baillie Gifford Prize for non-fiction, and the 2019 Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front: American Airmen Behind Soviet Lines and the Collapse of the Grand Alliance, about how the American-Soviet alliance began to fray toward the end of WWII. This is an episode rich with insights on the Soviet Union and the Cold War.
31 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Episode 41: The Skateboarding Sergeant Major
Anthony Gregerson is an interesting guy. The Command Sergeant Major of an airborne battalion on Fort Bragg is a YouTube skateboarder (he performs all his own stunts and edits all his videos), an aging Paratrooper, and a deep thinker. He entered the 18th Airborne Corps Podcast studio to chat with host Joe Buccino about leading through the end of COVID, life after the Army, and a dark moment for him and his troops. This discussion with Sergeant Major Gregerson has something to offer leaders throughout the Army. His conclusions and experiences may surprise you. The 18th Airborne Corps Podcast is the official podcast of the U.S. Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps. Recorded on Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the program releases new episodes every Tuesday.
44 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Episode 40: Preventing Soldier Suicide
Episode 40 of the 18th Airborne Corps Podcast is a somber episode focused on a very heavy subject. Dr. Eren Watkins, a supervisory epidemiologist and Division Chief of the Behavioral Health at the U.S. Army Public Health Center, joins host Joe Buccino to discuss her work in studying soldier suicide. This is a deeply important episode, and Dr. Watkins’ is a voice that should be heard by leaders throughout our Army. She’s been studying soldier suicide for years and, in this candid discussion, offers indicators, trends, and causes of soldier suicide. She also describes what leaders can do to build positive organizational environments, reduce the factors for suicide, and seek out signs of trouble. Soldiers are resilient. There are actions leaders can take to build up soldier resilience and to drive down risk factors. Dr. Watkins offers these insights in a thought-provoking conversation. Dr. Watkins has a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, a Master's in Public Health in Epidemiology from Eastern Virginia Medical School, a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a concentration in Human Biology from Temple University, and a Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. She began her service at the U.S. Army Public Health Center in January 2011 where she leads a multidisciplinary team of public health professionals that monitor behavioral and social health trends among Army units. Dr. Watkins has published a number of studies on Soldier suicide in scientific journals. This is a critically important and urgent episode of the 18th Airborne Corps Podcast. There is a great deal of wisdom in this discussion with one of the Nation’s leading experts on soldier suicide. The 18th Airborne Corps Podcast is the official podcast of the U.S. Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps. Recorded on Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the program releases new episodes every Tuesday and Thursday.
28 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Episode 39: A Soldier's Story of Alcoholism, Depression, Hope, and Recovery
Col. Eric Kreitz spent a two-decade Army career silently suffering from depression and alcoholism. To the world he was thriving, successfully commanding a battalion on Fort Bragg and raising a family. Internally, he was plummeting deeper and deeper into darkness, unwilling to face his demons. A suicide attempt and subsequent hospitalization forced him out of command and into recovery. He's been on that glide path ever since. Eric joined host Joe Buccino in the podcast studio to tell his story with courage and candor. It's an important story, one that every Soldier and leader should hear. There is a great deal of value in this episode for all of us. We all want anyone who is suffering right now to get help. Military One Source (https://www.militaryonesource.mil/) is a 24/7 resource for all Soldiers and a trained specialist is always available at the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (800-273-8255). This is a dark story, but it's an inspirational story, one filled with courage, love, and hope. One thing is clear: Eric's leadership never gave up on him, kept him in the Army, invested in his family, and put him on the road to recovery. There is so much to be learned from their example.
34 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Episode 38: King Richard: A Conversation on Nixon and Watergate with Journalist Michael Dobbs
On January 20, 1973, Richard Nixon was riding high. Sworn into office for his second term of the U.S. presidency, he’d just won a massive landslide victory, capturing 49 states and more than 60 percent of the popular vote. His stunning diplomatic move to reopen relations with China, combined with his efforts to negotiate an end to the war he inherited in Vietnam, made him an enormously consequential president. He was popular, brilliant, and seemingly headed for an FDR-like legacy. 20 months later, Nixon resigned in disgrace, his presidency shattered by his conspiracy to cover up the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex during the 1972 election. Nixon, a complicated man overcome by the urges of insecurity and ego was brought low by his own design: a secret and ubiquitous taping system that recorded an enormous volume of White House conversations served as the smoking gun that forced his resignation. Journalist Michael Dobbs just published a stunning new book into the drama inside the White House as the Nixon presidency collapsed under the weight of scandal. In “King Richard, Nixon and Watergate: An American Tragedy,” Dobbs plumbs the psyche of our 37th president for fresh insight into his undoing. The book is a triumph: cinematic and scintillating, it pulls the curtain on the fight for survival within Nixon’s staff. By using the tapes as a primary source material, Dobbs locks the reader in a shrinking room with Nixon and his aides, the walls closing in as reporters tie the president to the break-in. Michael joins host Joe Buccino for one of the most vivid episodes of the 18th Airborne Corps podcast to date. Anyone interested in conspiracy, the American presidency, or the workings of the White House will find insight in this episode. Also discussed are the ties between the Watergate break-in and subsequent cover-up and the catastrophically unpopular Vietnam War. Watergate was a critical moment in American history, one that has shaped the way Americans think about the federal government ever since. The build-up to the Iraq War, the January 6, 2020 insurrection, and the public response to COVID-19, all have their origin in Watergate. The 18th Airborne Corps Podcast is the official podcast of the U.S. Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps. Recorded on Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the program releases new episodes every Tuesday and Thursday.
34 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Episode 37: We Do Not 'Heavy Breathe' In This Division: A Discussion with Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue
Episode 37 of the 18th Airborne Corps Podcast features Maj. Gen. Chris Donahue, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division. Donahue talks to host Joe Buccino about his priorities for the All American Division, his leadership philosophy, his focus on warfighting, and why the 82nd Airborne Division is “flat, fast, accurate, and lethal.” Donahue also gets personal, talking about his upbringing, how he earned the nickname “Flatliner” as a captain, and how he developed his leadership style. Donahue is one of our nation’s premier warfighters. He’s spent most of his career leading Special Operations Forces units. In fact, his service as the 82nd Airborne Division commander is his first assignment in the 82nd. The discussion with Donahue touches on all the issues facing our Army today: readiness, culture, innovation, soldier suicide, and sexual assault. Every Army leader can find value in this episode.
55 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Episode 36: Iridescence: Critical Conversation with LGBTQ+ Identities in our Force
In this conversation about representation, guest host Matt Visser fills in for Joe Buccino, to navigate how placing People First involves creating an organizational culture that welcomes authenticity and the contributions of LGBTQ+ service members. LGBTQ+ identities within the United States military have had complicated experiences. Episode 36 of the 18th Airborne Corps Podcast mines those experiences for wisdom and truth in a discussion with five openly gay Soldiers. Within this episode, Captain Nell Robinson, a reserve judge advocate at the United States Army Reserve Command, engages candidly about her experience while serving under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as an enlisted soldier, and the contributing factors that led her to take an eighteen-year break in service before returning to an Army that welcomes her wife. Wes (last name withheld) is an enlisted combat medic who is awaiting training at the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School (USAJFKSWCS). Since joining the Army in 2018, he’s deployed with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, to Kuwait and Jordan. Throughout the conversation, Wes proves a testament and beneficiary of many positive advancements that our organization has made to welcome queer identities equitably while sharing his unique personal perspective of someone who has always been able to serve openly. Trevor Barton is a military police officer preparing to assume command of the 21st Military Police Company (Airborne) on Fort Bragg. His experience, as a detachment commander deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan, as an operations officer at multiple echelons, and as an aide-de-camp to then-Brigadier, and now Major-General Donna Martin, has informed his genuine leadership philosophy which incorporates his conviction that a leader should strive to be surrounded by individuals who don’t see every situation the same, and should pull from the diverse backgrounds and perspectives available from the Army’s greatest asset, its Soldiers”. Nick is a first lieutenant who is in the process of becoming a civil affairs officer. He is also awaiting training with the USAJFKSWCS. After he was commissioned in 2017, he was assigned to 2nd Cavalry Regiment, stationed at Vilseck Germany, where he served within the Regimental Support Squadron as a platoon leader, troop executive officer, and assistant operations officer – plans. Staff Sergeant Chris Kresback serves as a forward observer with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. Chris has deployed to Afghanistan and as part of the Immediate Response Force who mobilized within the 18-hour sequence to Kuwait in 2020. The XVIII Airborne Corps headquarters releases new episodes of the 18th Airborne Corps Podcast every Tuesday and Thursday. The show offers insight and wisdom for Army leaders from history, current events, or future technology.
27 minutes | May 31, 2021
Episode 35: Ike vs Ridgway
Episode 35: Ike vs Ridgway At the dawn of the Cold War, two titanic figures fought for the heart and soul of American foreign policy. That story is revealed here in stunning new detail. Episode 35 of the 18th Airborne Corps podcasts discovers a philosophical argument at the heart of the early American Cold War national security policy. In the mid-1950s, President Dwight D. Eisenhower clashed with his Army Chief of Staff, Matthew B. Ridgway, over the meaning of the atomic bomb and its implications for the world. The resulting argument speaks to the purpose of a standing Army, the value of seizing and holding terrain, and the enduring nature of war. This is a story with great meaning for us today. Host Joe Buccino and co-host Jeremiah Meaney mine the battle between these two great WWII generals for application for today's global security environment.
10 minutes | May 30, 2021
Episode 34: A Terrible Secret
On this Memorial Day 2021 we’re releasing a special episode of the 18th Airborne Corps podcast. This is a shorter episode, 10-minutes long, focused on the ideas behind Memorial Day. Episode 34 features no guests, but rather a central theme: the awful price a select few pay for democratic self-rule. We hope you will listen and share this thoughtful episode. We normally release new episodes of the podcast every Tuesday and Thursday and will continue to do so. However, we’re releasing this episode on Monday, May 31, to coincide with Memorial Day. The 18th Airborne Corps Podcast offers insight and wisdom for Army leaders from history, current events, or future technology. Every episode covers a full, single concept. Please subscribe to the program on whichever platform you get your podcasts.
54 minutes | May 27, 2021
Episode 33: Featuring Dr. John Lewis Gaddis
Yale history professor John Lewis Gaddis is considered the Dean of Cold War Historians. He’s best known for his 2018 book “On Grand Strategy,” which the Wall Street Journal argued “should be read by every American leader or would-be leader.” He’s also written the definitive biography on George F. Kennan, the architect of the American Cold War strategy. Dr. Gaddis joined the 18th Airborne Corps podcast to talk about the philosophical underpinnings of the Cold War, the vision behind the Iron curtain, and why Ronald Reagan is an underrated president. He also defines and described grand strategy and who army leaders should think about and develop it. This is an important podcast episode for any leader working in national security. Dr. Gaddis offers a lot of wisdom about geopolitics, about the world outside our borders, and about the ideas that shape national security strategy. The XVIII Airborne Corps headquarters releases new episodes of the 18th Airborne Corps podcast every Tuesday and Thursday. The show offers insight and wisdom for Army leaders from history, current events, or future technology.
82 minutes | May 24, 2021
Episode 32: The Kent State Shooting
Fifty-one years ago this month, the war in Vietnam came home to the United States. On May 4, 1970, Ohio National Guardsmen fired sixty-seven rounds over thirteen seconds on the campus of Kent State University in Ohio. Thirteen bodies fell to the ground; four of them died. At that moment, a largely complacent anti-war movement was electrified. The students had been protesting America's movement of ground troops into neighboring Cambodia during the Vietnam War. President Richard Nixon had hoped to settle the war by turning the fight over to America’s allies in South Vietnam and cutting a deal with the enemies in Hanoi. But as the feckless South Vietnamese regime crumbled, and the protest movement gathered steam, Nixon was forced to delay negotiations. The Kent State shooting remains one of the most misunderstood moments in that war. In subsequent years, Kent State, much like the Tet Offensive, the My Lai massacre, and the release of the Pentagon Papers, became a cultural event unto itself. Like these moments, the Kent State shooting has become the subject of mythology and misunderstanding, its meaning shifting over time. On this riveting episode of the 18th Airborne Corps podcast, host Joe Buccino, alongside guest host Pete Nguyen, dives deep into the truth and myth of Kent State. This is an episode for anyone interested in the Vietnam War, in the antiwar movement, or in this pivotal moment in recent American history.
92 minutes | May 20, 2021
XVIII AIRBORNE CORPS OFFICIAL PODCAST Episode 31 Hamburger Hill
Military planners referred to the 3,000-foot tall highland in the rugged, jungle-shrouded A Sầu Valley as “Hill 937.” North Vietnamese Army fighters called it “The Mountain of the Crouching Beast.” American Soldiers would come to call it Hamburger Hill. For 10 days, from 10 to 20 May, 1969, the cursed piece of rock would torture, confound, and aggrieve a group of American Soldiers from the 187th Infantry Regiment, “Rakassans.” It was a meat-grinder of a fight, waged by a group of lightly armed GIs against fresh, trained North Vietnamese regulars, against almost impossible terrain, against brutal weather. At the end of the ten-day battle, which saw some of the hardest fighting of the war in the decades since, that fight has come to serve as a metaphor for the Vietnam War itself: a maddening fool’s errand in which Soldiers were sacrificed for a political ploy with no strategic value. We’re releasing this episode 52 years to the day that the Battle for Hamburger Hill ended. This is a longer episode, more than an hour and a half, and in it we describe the point of Hamburger Hill, the American strategy behind the fight for it, and the way that fight played it. In this episode, you’ll hear from some of the men who fought there, some of whom never truly left Hill 937. You’ll also hear from Dr. Erik Villard, a historian who’s studied the battle, the terrain, and the North Vietnamese defenders. This is truly an enlightening, gutting, and inspiring program, one that honors the Rakassans who fought and died there.
32 minutes | May 17, 2021
Episode 30: Gen. Chris Cavoli, Commander of U.S. Army Europe and Africa, on Defender 21
General Chris Cavoli, commander of U.S. Army Europe and Africa, might be the Army’s busiest Soldier at the moment. He commands all Army troops on two continents and is leading one of the service’s largest Europe-based military exercises in decades. Despite all that, he took time to call into Fort Bragg from his Wiesbaden, Germany headquarters. General Cavoli and host Joe Buccino talk about that enormous exercise, Defender 21, the future of V Corps, which was reactivated last year on Fort Knox, Kentucky but will command forces in Europe, and the consolidation of U.S. Army Europe and U.S. Army Africa. Chris also describes his Cold War childhood Würzburg, West Germany and his long, distinguished career. The XVIII Airborne Corps headquarters releases new episodes of the 18th Airborne Corps podcast every Tuesday and Thursday. The show offers insight and wisdom for Army leaders from history, current events, or future technology.
47 minutes | May 13, 2021
Episode 29: 1983: The World's Most Dangerous Year
Episode 29 of the 18th Airborne Corps Podcast tells the wildest story many have never fully hears. A series of otherwise unrelated events culminated to make 1983 the most dangerous year the world has ever known, with the United States and the Soviet Union even closer to war than during the much more well-known events of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. A sequence of accidents (to include the tragic shoot-down of a Korean airliner by the Soviet Union) and misunderstandings (i.e. the Soviet belief that a NATO command post exercise was a massing for a strike onto the Soviet Union), put both Soviet and American nuclear forces on high alert. Host Joe Buccino is joined by the Washington Post’s Nate Jones, who worked with the US government to declassify many of the documents related to this period. Nate unspools this bizarre, terrifying story with details many have never heard before. The XVIII Airborne Corps headquarters releases new episodes of the 18th Airborne Corps podcast every Tuesday and Thursday. The show offers insight and wisdom for Army leaders from history, current events, or future technology. If you have a suggestion for the show, please reach out at 18CorpsHistorian@gmail.com.
34 minutes | May 10, 2021
Episode 28: Evaluating Global Threats with the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists
For the past 76 years, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, a Chicago-based non-profit of the world's leading scientific researchers, has been thinking deeply about existential threats to mankind. In 1947, the group established the Doomsday Clock, a metaphor for threats to humanity from unchecked scientific and technical advances. Maintained by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists ever since, the Doomsday Clock serves as a symbol for the likelihood of man-made catastrophe. On Episode 28, Dr. Rachel Bronson, President and CEO of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, talks about the new threats the world faces on the back end of COVID-19. Dr. Bronson has dedicated her life to understanding global risk and here she describes the possibility of a new pandemic, the increased threat of climate change, and the possibility of nuclear warfare. This is an enlightening if not exactly reassuring episode. It's one to which every national security leader should pay heed. We live in a world of emerging threats, and understanding how to process the risk imposed by those threats is critical to strategic decision-making. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has reset the minute hand on the Doomsday Clock 24 times since its debut in 1947, most recently in 2020 when we moved it from two minutes to midnight to 100 seconds to midnight. Dr. Bronson explains why the clock remains at 100 seconds to midnight, the closest it's ever been to midnight. Dr. Rachel Bronson oversees the publishing programs, management of the Doomsday Clock, and a growing set of activities around nuclear risk, climate change, and disruptive technologies. Before joining the Bulletin, Bronson served as the vice president of studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She also taught “Global Energy” as an adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management. Her writings have appeared in publications such as Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, and The Chicago Tribune. She has appeared as a commentator on numerous radio and television outlets, including National Public Radio, CNN, al Jazeera, the Yomiuri Shimbun, “PBS NewsHour,” “The Charlie Rose Show,” and “The Daily Show.” Bronson has served as a consultant to NBC News and testified before the congressional Task Force on Anti-Terrorism and Proliferation Financing, Congress’s Joint Economic Committee, and the 9/11 Commission. The XVIII Airborne Corps headquarters releases new episodes of the 18th Airborne Corps podcast every Tuesday and Thursday. The show offers insight and wisdom for Army leaders from history, current events, or future technology. If you have a suggestion for the show, please reach out at 18CorpsHistorian@gmail.com.
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