The Ancient Art of Modern Warfare
E17 Perpetual Peace

E17 Perpetual Peace

January 18, 2020

The idea of Democratic Peace depends on two things, a republican democracy and an educated and active citizenry. This ideal drove US policy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and again a century later

E16: Can there be honor in War?

E16: Can there be honor in War?

January 10, 2020

The third principle of Jus in Bello, after Military Necessity and Humanity, is Honor. Is honor relevant in modern combat, or an archaic concept that died in the trenches of WW1? Col. Jayson Altieri, USA RET of the US Air War College joins Col. Mayer for the discussion.

E15: Military Necessity AND Humanity?

E15: Military Necessity AND Humanity?

December 23, 2019

Moving from justice in the act of going to war to just conduct in war. The need to balance Military Necessity and Humanity.

E14 Is Just War Possible with Brig Gen (Chap) Patrick Dolan

E14 Is Just War Possible with Brig Gen (Chap) Patrick Dolan

December 12, 2019

Is Just War even possible in modern conflict? Big. Gen. (Chaplain) Patrick Dolan, retired Army Assistant Chief of Chaplains, discusses the possibilities.

E13: The Ancient Concept of Just War in Modern Conflict

E13: The Ancient Concept of Just War in Modern Conflict

December 7, 2019

Can a war ever be "Just"? Is the ancient concept of Just War still important in contemporary conflicts? What the citizens of the republic should know when the nation decides to use military force.

E12 Mercenary: What’s in a Name?

E12 Mercenary: What’s in a Name?

November 21, 2019

Mercenary, PMSC, PSC, PMC? Is there a difference? Does it matter? The Russians, along with some academics and media sources say no. Those of us trying to promote responsibility and accountability in the use of force disagree.

Questions from Listeners with Dr. Deborah Avant and Doug Brooks

Questions from Listeners with Dr. Deborah Avant and Doug Brooks

November 13, 2019

Answers to questions from podcast listeners from Dr. Deborah Avant, University of Denver and author of "The Market for Force" and Mr. Doug Brooks, President Emeritus of the International Stability Operations Association. They respond to questions about PMSCs, their status in international law, and interaction with military forces. In short, they answer, "Why follow the rules?"

E10 The Berlin Wall, the Cold War, and Sun Tzu

E10 The Berlin Wall, the Cold War, and Sun Tzu

November 9, 2019

Thoughts on the 30th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, the Cold War and Sun Tzu, and concerns that the lessons are forgotten

Clausewitz and the Kurds

Clausewitz and the Kurds

October 28, 2019

The recent decision of the U.S. President regarding U.S. military forces in Syria offers an opportunity look at how the enduring substance of war continues to apply to modern conflict. I am not questioning the policy decision. Military force is the servant of policy and policy should always drive the use of military force. The question whether the enduring nature of war was addressed in developing that policy, including the deployment and redeployment of U.S. military force in Syria. So far, it looks hopeful that it was considered. As citizens of the republic, we must be watchful to see that actions follow words.

The Natural Laws of War

The Natural Laws of War

October 19, 2019

Only by understanding the nature of war can we learn the natural laws of war. Like other natural law, these are precepts or rules we can derive from observation and the use of reason. These natural laws of war may vary in application, but are applicable everywhere, at all times. The first rule is that, "Young men die."  It is not a matter of choosing to follow them. They describe war as it is and always has been. History demonstrates that any success gained while ignoring any of these rules will be difficult and any victory will be temporary. Citizens of a republic should understand these fundamental natural laws of war and be on alert when anyone proposes to use military force.