The Ancient Art of Modern Warfare
E42 All Successful Wars Are Alike

E42 All Successful Wars Are Alike

September 6, 2021

Tolstoy's novel Anna Karenina begins: "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Could this line from the author of “War and Peace” also apply to war? That is the topic of this episode of the Ancient Art of Modern Warfare.

E41: Mercenary Risk Management

E41: Mercenary Risk Management

August 26, 2021

Prior episodes described what Quasi-mercenary forces are, what they do, how they get their support, and who controls them. The big question is what – if anything -- we can do about them? I am joined by Dr. Deborah Avant of the University of Denver, Dr. Sorcha McLeod of the UN Working Group on Mercenaries, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Mr. Gary Motsek

E40: Interlude

E40: Interlude

August 15, 2021

Why does the United States seem to ignore the basic tenets of strategy in our military interventions? What does our abandoning Afghanistan mean for international security? I am interrupting the discussion on mercenaries to address this issue.

E39: On Mercenary Warfare Paragraph 5 — Command and Control

E39: On Mercenary Warfare Paragraph 5 — Command and Control

July 20, 2021

Who commands or controls modern mercenary activity? Who really calls the shots for the Wagner Group or other mercenary organizations? Accountability depends not just on knowing who, but being able to prove it.

E38: On Mercenary Warfare, Paragraph 4: Logistics

E38: On Mercenary Warfare, Paragraph 4: Logistics

July 8, 2021

It is said, "Tactics wins battles, logistics wins wars." This is just as true for mercenaries and regular armies. Studying mercenary logistics can identify potential areas where we can bring pressure on them.

E37: On Mercenary Warfare, Paragraph 3: Execution

E37: On Mercenary Warfare, Paragraph 3: Execution

June 17, 2021

Moving from what mercenary-like organization are and where they operate, we need to know how today’s mercenary-like activities threaten peace and security in Africa, the Middle East, and even Europe? How do they threaten the vital interests of the United States, in particular, and Western interests in general? In other words, why should we care?

E36 On Mecernary Warfare Paragraph 2, The Mission

E36 On Mecernary Warfare Paragraph 2, The Mission

June 6, 2021

Why do governments choose to use mercenaries rather than their own armed forces or those of partner national armies or international organizations? More important, why do some governments invite mercenaries into their countries? The answers may surprise you.

E35: On Mercenary Warfare, Paragraph 1 - The Situation

E35: On Mercenary Warfare, Paragraph 1 - The Situation

May 31, 2021

In Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, new reports emerge of mercenary-like activity. Why do governments seek help from mercenaries? How can some governments and even media consider them a force for good? This episode begins a series on that subject.

E34: War in the East?

E34: War in the East?

May 16, 2021

The Chinese idea of unrestricted warfare orchestrates all elements of national power, with military power as the bass line, but only dominating as a last resort. If a shooting war happens, why, how, and where will it start?

E33: Cancelling History

E33: Cancelling History

April 26, 2021

Current movements to cancel certain historical persons risks cancelling our history, leaving us without a map of our past and guidance for our future. We should not ignore the importance of historical persons' thoughts and achievements, nor the faults which made them human.

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