U.S. Marines (USMC) silhouetted against the sunset on June 1, 2012

U.S. Marines (USMC) silhouetted against the sunset on June 1, 2012

President-elect Donald Trump says we need to rebuild and reinvest in our military. But America already spends more on defense than the next seven countries combined. So what will a Trump presidency mean for the future of our armed forces?

Guests

  • Chuck Hagel was US Secretary of Defense from 2013 to 2015. Before that, he served two terms in the US Senate as a Republican representing the state of Nebraska, and he's a decorated Vietnam war veteran
  • Michael Donley was Secretary of the Air Force from 2008 to 2013. He was appointed by former President George W. Bush, served under President Obama, and retired as the longest-serving secretary in Air Force history
  • Gordon Adams is professor emeritus at American University’s School of International Service. He helped oversee the defense budget during the Clinton administration, and he's co-editor of “Mission Creep: The Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy?”

Highlights

  • Listen 04:12

    Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel discusses the pressures on the U.S. military, including multiple long engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Listen 19:30

    Hagel states his case for why it's important the United States remain the most powerful military in the world.

  • Listen 21: 57

    Hagel discusses the threats of hacking and cyberwarfare from China, Russia, North Korea, and non-state actors such as ISIS.

Video Of The Show

Topics + Tags

Comments

comments powered by Disqus
Most Recent Shows

Without Women

Wednesday, Jan 18 2017Like most of America's boardrooms — Donald Trump's proposed cabinet is made up largely of white men. This phenomena of lacking women at the top table isn't new, but the general trend remains. Can corporate America and the new cabinet make the best decisions – if they look and sound so much alike? And what do we lose when women aren't positioned in lead decision-making roles? Communicator, entrepreneur and former ad exec Cindy Gallop Cindy Gallop has ideas to change all that. She shares her vision of what the business world can be once it taps into the power of women and people of color.

Betsy DeVos: School Advocate or Adversary?

Wednesday, Jan 18 2017Betsy DeVos is one of the wealthiest members of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet. Her Senate confirmation hearings are underway. NPR says there has not been ‘a more controversial pick for secretary of education’ in recent memory. But who is she? And why is her appointment so controversial?

Lead, Landfills, and Low-Income Neighborhoods

Tuesday, Jan 17 2017The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is ongoing, and there have been even more devastating discoveries of contaminants like lead in water systems across the country. Many of the affected communities are poor and people of color. Why are these neighborhoods so often victimized when it comes to environmental health issues?