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Military Veterans and hosts Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy bring you stories and topics affecting our military, servicemembers, and veterans. Listen to the stories that matter, this is Military Matters.

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118 episodes

FAST TAKE - Rowe vs Wade vs Service Members

Hosts Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy discuss women's reproductive health, Japanese culture and the impact Roe v. Wade's repeal is having on the force. That and more on this Fast Take! * This is episode is sponsored by SABIO! If you’re considering a career in software engineering, we recommend checking out Sabio, a coding boot camp and developer community that’s trained veterans since 2013. Visit HTTPS://SABIO.LA/MILITARY for more information!

15m
Dec 01
Fast Take: Happy Thanksgiving 2022

Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings! Remember folks, nothing says family dinner like discussing religion, politics, and podcasts at the dinner table! Subscribe today! --- This is episode is sponsored by SABIO! If you’re considering a career in software engineering, we recommend checking out Sabio, a coding boot camp and developer community that’s trained veterans since 2013. Visit HTTPS://SABIO.LA/MILITARY for more information!

6m
Nov 24
Roe v. Wade v. The Military

This year the Supreme Court repealed Roe vs Wade, the 1973 landmark ruling that established the constitutional right to abortion in the U.S. This ruling made an already difficult issue for women service members even more challenging. Compounded by the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits miltiary hospitals and (and TRICARE coverage) from performing an abortion unless it's a case of incest, rape, or if the mother's life is in danger, women service members have found themselves in potentially dangerous situations. We talk with Stripes reporter Nancy Montgomery who covered this topic in a Stripes article, then Air Force reservist and military spouse Bari Wald shares her shocking story of a botched abortion in a Japanese clinic.   Subscribe today! --- This is episode is sponsored by SABIO! If you’re considering a career in software engineering, we recommend checking out Sabio, a coding boot camp and developer community that’s trained veterans since 2013. Visit HTTPS://SABIO.LA/MILITARY for more information!

40m
Nov 17
Fast Take - Future War: North Korea

Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy discuss the North Korea two-parter, how all roads lead to Ukraine, and how the U.S. is reintroducing itself to the world post-GWOT. Listen and subscribe today! --- This is episode is sponsored by Sabio! If you’re considering a career in software engineering, we recommend checking out Sabio, a coding boot camp and developer community that’s trained veterans since 2013. Visit https://sabio.la/MILITARY for more information!

22m
Nov 10
Future War: North Korea, Part 2

In our last episode we brought you part one of our Future War series on North Korea. So if you haven’t had a chance to listen to that episode first I’d highly encourage you to go back and listen to that one then return and start up this episode, part two. In this episode Jack Murphy and retired Special Forces Col. Dave Maxwell discuss the modern state of North Korea, the rocky relationship it’s had with the U.S., and how the South Koreans view the hostilities between the U.S. and North Korea. --- This is episode is sponsored by Sabio! If you’re considering a career in software engineering, we recommend checking out Sabio, a coding boot camp and developer community that’s trained veterans since 2013. Visit https://sabio.la/MILITARY for more information!

36m
Nov 03
Future War: North Korea, Part 1

In this first of a two-part episode, Jack Murphy talks with senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, retired Special Forces Col. David Maxwell about North Korea. Dave takes us behind the DMZ into the history of this country, how it’s evolved militarily, and why he likens the Kim family to a mafia crime-family cult. --- This is episode is sponsored by Sabio! If you’re considering a career in software engineering, we recommend checking out Sabio, a Coding Boot Camp and Developer Community that’s trained veterans since 2013 Visit https://sabio.la/MILITARY for more information!

46m
Oct 27
Fast Take - Standing Up to Hurricane Ian

Hosts Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy discuss the Season 6 premiere, "Standing Up to Hurricane Ian", what's in store for you in the next episode, and the return of Autumn Man!

21m
Oct 20
Standing up to Hurricane Ian

When Hurricane Ian struck Florida, many stood by and sent "thoughts and prayers" over social media. Instead of typing out sentiments, two men decided to take action. Air Force veteran Ryan Hontz and his neighbor Matt Ryan took it upon themselves to deliver much needed aid to the smaller communities devestated by Hurricane Ian. I joined Ryan on a relief run to Englewood, Fla., a small town in Sarasota County that was almost leveled by this hurricane, to deliver much needed supplies to those in need. You'll hear from surivors on what they've lost, learned, and the painful process of moving forward. Please, donate to any hurricane relief organization you feel right with, just do it and make a difference today! --- This is episode is sponsored by Sabio! If you’re considering a career in software engineering, we recommend checking out Sabio, a Coding Boot Camp and Developer Community that’s trained veterans since 2013 Visit https://sabio.la/MILITARY for more information!

44m
Oct 13
ICYMI What is WOKE and Critical Race Theory?

In this episode, we're getting to the bottom of what exactly is "woke" and "critical race theory" and what any of it has to do with our military. GUESTS: BRIAN "BK" KIMBER, former AF Pararescueman and host of World News with BK DR. JOHN WITTE, professor emeritus from the University of Wisconsin Madison. And the departments of political science in the Robert Lafollette School of Public Affairs

44m
Oct 06
ICYMI Pseudoscience, the occult and the rise of Nazi Germany

While we're in pre-production on the next season of Military Matters, we're releasing some episodes from prior seasons we think you'll love and might have missed! With Halloween just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to share this episode from Season 4. In this episode Jack Murphy talks with Dr. Eric Kurlander, author of "Hitler's Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich" about the Nazi obsession with the occult and how Hitler convinced a country to abandon science for the allure of mysticism. It's a really interesting episode that brings together the discussion of nationalism along with vampires and werewolves. Leave a review for us at Apple Podcasts, and if you have an idea for an episode email us at militarymatters@stripes.com.

1h 0m
Sep 15
ICYMI - The Mission to Save Our Allies

Last year, the world watched as the US began withdrawing it's forces from Afghanistan. As the country fell back into the hands of the Taliban, thousands of American allies and partners desperately sought ways out of the country. This one of the three episodes we did covering the efforts to save Americans and Afghans during the weeks leading to the fall of Afghanistan. The story isn't over yet... --- With the Taliban now in control and U.S. forces withdrawing, Afghans desperate to find a way out turned to U.S. veterans they had served alongside for help. Some of those veterans heeded their call and went to their rescue. Save Our Allies Coalition's Chad Robichaux, Nick Palmisciano, and The Diplomat's Catherine Putz take us into the story of a broken immigrant visa program, a high stakes rescue mission, and the tragic story of how busloads of orphans were left behind...

59m
Sep 01
Fast Take - NATO, Nukes, and Season 5 Finale!

Military Matters hosts Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy wrap up the season talking about last week's episode, covering a war story in real-time, and this season's stand-out episodes! Thank you all for an amazing Season 5! We'll see you all ... at Season 6!

42m
Aug 25
NATO and Nukes mixdown

It's our season finale and in this episode, we're talking about NATO and nukes! What exactly is NATO and why is it important to the US? What does NATO have to do with the war in Ukraine? Are we on the brink of nuclear disaster? All that and more on this episode of Military Matters! GUESTS Dr. Timothy Sayles - author of Enduring Alliance: A History of NATO and the Postwar Global Order Dr. Jeffrey Michaels - IEN senior fellow for American Foreign Policy and International Security, Barcelona Institute for International Studies Dr. Ulrich Kuhn - Head of the research area “Arms Control and Emerging Technologies” at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH)

1h 8m
Aug 16
Fast Take - Bowe Bergdahl, an American Cipher

Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy discuss last week's episode, an interview with the co-author of "American Cipher: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan." Why was Bergdahl allowed to even join the military, were CONOPS fabricated, and did we all get the story wrong on Bergdahl?

37m
Jul 28
Bowe Bergdahl, American Cipher

Thirteen years ago Army infantryman Bowe Berghdal walked off of Observation Post Mest near the town of Yahya Kheyl in the Paktika Province of Afghanistan. He was held captive for almost five years. Jack Murphy sat down with Michael Ames, co-author of "American Cipher: Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan." Is there more to the story of Bowe Bergdahl's capture and detention? Over a decade later, new questions are being raised and the answers aren’t what you think.

51m
Jul 21
Suicide in the Secret World of Intelligence

Check out last week's episode on the death of intelligence professional Michael Froede. Jack Murphy and Rod Rodriguez discuss the secret world of intel, secrets and suicide, and some of the strange issues surrounding Froede's death. --- THIS EPISODE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY TEKTO GEAR. TEKTO GEAR IS GIVING 15% OFF THE ENTIRE PURCHASE. 

37m
Jul 05
A "Secret Solider", a mysterious suicide, and PTSD in Intel

Michael Froede was a US Army Human Intelligence (HUMINT) collector working in clandestine special operations programs. After struggling with hallucinations and depression related to PTSD and TBIs, he jumped to his death from a parking garage. His death has left many unanswered questions for his mother, who remains skeptical about the circumstances of her son's death. Then, retired senior intelligence professional Erick Miyares takes us into the world of a clandestine intelligence operator, and the stress, fatigue and pressure that's leading more intelligence service members to suicide.

1h 6m
Jun 23
Fast Take - Andrew Milburn, Mozart Group, and the war in Ukraine

Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy discuss the war in Ukraine, how a former SOF Commander is making a difference, and what the presence of contractors in a war against Russia could mean for us all.

29m
Jun 16
The Mozart Group

Why is the former Deputy Commander of Special Operations Central (SOCCENT) in Ukraine? Jack Murphy brings us an incredible interview with Col. (R) Andrew Milburn about why he decided to join the fight and how his company The Mozart Group is helping "build sustainable capacity in the Ukrainian military and territorial defense units so that Ukraine can defend itself from Russia’s invasion."

50m
Jun 09
Fast Take — A letter to the SECDEF, woo-woo ling, and 4-star accommodations?

Rose Thayer and Rod Rodriguez discuss last week's episode about the insane corruption that is military housing. We talk about the lethargy some folks feel about this topic, a 'strongly worded letter' to the SECDEF, and how many homes could the government have purchased for the price of a general's home in Austin (just curious)?

18m
Jun 02
Corrupt contracts, children falling out of windows, and do you even care?

Commanders are taking the side of Military housing companies against their own service members. Children are falling out of military housing windows at an alarming rate and the fix is not economical for housing companies. If you're in a wheelchair in government housing you're screwed, and much much more. This episode was written and reported by Stars and Stripes reporter Rose Thayer. THIS EPISODE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY TEKTO GEAR. TEKTO GEAR IS GIVING 15% OFF THE ENTIRE PURCHASE.

42m
May 26
A Tenant Bill of Rights and dead infants on Fort Bragg REPLAY

Next week, Stripes reporter Rose Thayer gives us an update on the tenant bill of rights and whether its working. Before then though, we suggest you listen to two other episodes to help prime you for that update. We suggest "BLACK MOLD AND LEAD IN MILITARY HOUSING, AND THE LAW LETTING IT HAPPEN" and this episode, which you're about to hear. Is the military just bad at environmental testing, or is there more? Could the deaths of infants on Fort Bragg have been prevented? If you have a tip, lead, or story idea email us at militarymatters@stripes.com.

24m
May 19
Fast Take - Oil, Crypto, and Weed Coin?

Jack Murphy and Rod Rodriguez discuss last week's episode on the effects of sanctions against Russia, oil, and cryptocurrency. Do we have to tell you the conversation goes off the rails? Check out last week's episode!

27m
May 03
Sanctions, Guns, and Cryptocurrency

Russian commodities analyst Nick Trickett talks with Jack Murphy about sanctions against Russia, the squeeze on European oil, and what role China plays in Russia's down-trending economy. Then cybersecurity and cryptocurrency expert Rick Jordan talks with us about the role cryptocurrency is playing in today's world economy and what any of that matters in war. GUEST LINKS Nick Trickett - TW: @ntrickett16 - https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholas-trickett-54b41634/?originalSubdomain=uk - https://ridl.io/en/auth/nick-trickett/ Rick Jordan - https://www.rickjordan.tv/ - TW: @mrrickjordan - https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrrickjordan/ --- THIS EPISODE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY TEKTO GEAR. TEKTO GEAR IS GIVING 15% OFF THE ENTIRE PURCHASE. 

56m
Apr 21
Fast Take - Thinking of joining the fight in Ukraine? Not so fast...

Before you decide to volunteer for the Ukraine Foreign Legion, listen to our conversation with Marine veteran and experienced overseas contractor Tim Lynch about what you need to know before making that commitment. There's more at stake than you might realize... THIS EPISODE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY TEKTO GEAR. TEKTO GEAR IS GIVING 15% OFF THE ENTIRE PURCHASE.

19m
Apr 07
Future War: Urban warfare and the Russian perspective

The Russian perspective on the war in Ukraine, the Russian army in urban warfare, and can Putin survive a failed invasion? GUESTS Dr. Rita Konaev is an Associate Director of analysis at the Center for Security and Emergent Technology. Twitter: @RitaKonaev Dr. Golfo Alexopoulos, professor at the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies at USF and director of the USF Institute on Russia. Twitter: @GolfoAlexopoulo * *  

1h 2m
Mar 31
Fast Take - Zelenskyy's ask, the Tik Tok war, and a new proxy war

Military Matters hosts Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy talk about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's address to the U.S. Congress, war tourists, and do YOU think Zelenskyy should have worn a suit? Send your comments to militarymatters@stripes.com or find us on Twitter @stripesmmpod

17m
Mar 24
Future War: Russia's Military and Warfare

Tanks, Spetsnaz, "Little Green Men" and information warfare. Jack Murphy takes us beyond the headlines and into Russia's military, strategy, and how they envision victory. This is part two of our Future War series on Russia. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts.

47m
Mar 17
Fast Take - Who knew Russia would be this bad?

Military Matters hosts Rod Rodriguez and Jack Murphy discuss last week's episode on the Russia/Ukraine crises. How the collapse of the Soviet Union has everything to do with this war, Putin's slipping power, and whether nukes could play a role in this. Subscribe today. Part 2 of our Future War Series on Russia coming soon!

26m
Mar 10
Future War: Russia and Ukraine

The invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces has sent shockwaves throughout the world resulting in the highest tensions between the East and the West since the Cold War.  Russia analyst Nick Trickett and former Russian FSB Officer Jan Neumann explain how Russia got to this point, what this war could mean for Russia's leader Vladimir Putin, and what could happen next. Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts

48m
Mar 01