Great Powers, Great Armies #ORadio

Ostrolenk speaks with Colonel Doug MacGregor on military structures, namely Russia’s and America’s. In addressing the critical questions of military strategy, Colonel MacGregor speaks from the standpoint of Russia on who, where, and when they should fight. Profoundly shaped by WWII, Russia’s military is a unified command that brings to bear all power under Putin’s control. The United States, in contrast, lacks any coherent military structure, intervening on ideology rather than concrete interests, and failing to consider unintended consequences. Great powers retain great armed forces, but not excessive forces, and the current US military mocks a 1940’s structure and Cold War policies. Colonel MacGregor argues it is imperative the United States military be reduced in size, reformed, restructured, and then expanded from a modern foundation.

Women’s Self Defense Seminar by Otis Berry #ORadio

Ostrolenk speaks to Otis Berry, Krav Maga instructor at Martial Arts Academy, who has an upcoming Women’s Self Defense and Car Jacking Seminar. Otis’ training focuses on what actions a woman can take, without victimizing or blaming. The seminar takes place on June 7th in Springfield, VA. To learn more about Otis Berry, visit his website.

Otis Berry, Krav Maga Instructor #ORadio

Ostrolenk speaks with Otis Berry, his personal Krav Maga instructor. Otis describes how he came to be a Krav Maga instructor, his time in the military, and how he earned both his blackbelts. In addition to participating in numerous specialized classes and training under Bas Rutten, Otis has instructed several trainings himself, for both the U.S. Park Police Swat Team and military forces at Fort Hood.
To learn more about Otis Berry and his classes visit his website.

Otis Berry, Krav Maga Instructor #ORadio

Ostrolenk speaks with Otis Berry, his personal Krav Maga instructor. Otis describes how he came to be a Krav Maga instructor, his time in the military, and how he earned both his blackbelts. In addition to participating in numerous specialized classes and training under Bas Rutten, Otis has instructed several trainings himself, for both the U.S. Park Police Swat Team and military forces at Fort Hood.
To learn more about Otis Berry and his classes visit his website.

Ben Parr on Captivology #ORadio

Ostrolenk interviews Ben Parr, the cofounder and managing partner of DominateFund, and previous columnist for CNET, as well as co-editor and editor-at-large of Mashable. In discussing his book Captivology, Parr explains the science behind obtaining someone’s attention. Attention is the fundamental currency of the modern economy, Parr argues, and most professions value highly the ability to capture it. Captivology teaches these techniques, including our various levels of attention and what triggers them.

To learn more about Ben Parr and Captivology go to www.captivology.com, www.benparr.com, and follow him on twitter at @BenParr.

The Interests for Which We Intervene #ORadio

Ostrolenk speaks with Paul Saunders, Executive Director of the Center for National Interests, on US military intervention. Saunders sets out by explaining how American conventional wisdom has become set on fixing every problem and righting every wrong. This ambitious foreign policy, however, is based on intentions rather than results. Saunders argues that we should intervene only when the cost is low, the probability of success is high, and the results will demonstrably benefit the United States.

To learn more about Paul and his work: www.nationalinterest.org or follow him on twitter @1796farewell

Readiness Unmeasured, and a Time for Reform #ORadio

Ostrolenk speaks with Matt Fay, Foreign and Defense Policy Analyst for the Niskanen Center on Defense Reform. Fay comments on the Pentagon’s claim that a readiness issue resulted from sequestration. However, Fay argues that such an assertion is difficult to prove, given that the Pentagon does not utilize adequate metrics to measure readiness, relying on input, rather than output, indicators. Further elaborating on various structural issues, Fay speculates on if we are at a time of Pentagon reform.

For more on Matt Fay, his writings, and the work of the Niskanen Center: www.niskanencenter.org and www.dollarsanddefense.com

The Importance of the Surveillance State Repeal Act #ORadio

Ostrolenk talks with Patrick Eddington, a Policy Analyst in Homeland Security and Civil Liberties at the CATO Institute, and former CIA analyst, who shares his views on the importance of passing the Surveillance State Repeal Act. This bill, originally introduced by Former Representative Rush Holt, would essentially repeal all 150(+) provisions of The Patriot Act, including troubling provisions allowing for administrative subpoenas, and no Congressional oversight. Detailing the ways in which these provisions are being used to collect data on American citizens, Eddington shows why secrecy is one of the most toxic aspects of our government.

To learn more about Patrick Eddington and his work, go to the “Our Experts” tab of www.cato.org.

You can also find his books at:

Gassed in the Gulf: The Inside Story of the Pentagon-CIA Cover-Up of Gulf War Syndrome http://www.amazon.com/Gassed-Gulf-Pentagon-CIA-Cover-up-Syndrome/dp/0595092012

Long Strange Journey: An Intelligence Memoir http://www.amazon.com/Long-Strange-Journey-Intelligence-Memoir/dp/160047541

The Importance of the Surveillance State Repeal Act #ORadio

Ostrolenk talks with Patrick Eddington, a Policy Analyst in Homeland Security and Civil Liberties at the CATO Institute, and former CIA analyst, who shares his views on the importance of passing the Surveillance State Repeal Act. This bill, originally introduced by Former Representative Rush Holt, would essentially repeal all 150(+) provisions of The Patriot Act, including troubling provisions allowing for administrative subpoenas, and no Congressional oversight. Detailing the ways in which these provisions are being used to collect data on American citizens, Eddington shows why secrecy is one of the most toxic aspects of our government.

To learn more about Patrick Eddington and his work, go to the “Our Experts” tab of www.cato.org.

You can also find his books at:

Gassed in the Gulf: The Inside Story of the Pentagon-CIA Cover-Up of Gulf War Syndrome http://www.amazon.com/Gassed-Gulf-Pentagon-CIA-Cover-up-Syndrome/dp/0595092012

Long Strange Journey: An Intelligence Memoir http://www.amazon.com/Long-Strange-Journey-Intelligence-Memoir/dp/160047541