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August 8, 2018
By Travis Nicks We were honored to speak with former Secretary of the Navy John Dalton and his wife, Margaret Dalton, about their service during the Clinton administration. Read or listen to Part One of this two-part interview here. DOWNLOAD: Sea Control 150: Former Secretary and First Lady of the Navy, John and Margaret Dalton, Pt. … Continue reading Sea Control 150: Former Secretary and First Lady of the Navy, John and Margaret Dalton, Pt. 2 →
March 7, 2018
By Cris Lee Join us for the latest episode of Sea Control for a conversation with Vice Admiral Lutz Feldt (ret.), former Commander-in-Chief of the German Fleet and Commander-in-Chief of Naval Staff, about the challenges of defining and conceptualizing maritime security.  Download Sea Control 147 – Former German Navy Chief Lutz Feldt on Defining Maritime Security, … Continue reading Sea Control 147 – Former German Navy Chief Lutz Feldt on Defining Maritime Security, Pt. 2 →
February 20, 2018
By Cris Lee Join us for the latest episode of Sea Control for a conversation with Vice Admiral Lutz Feldt (ret.), former Commander-in-Chief of the German Fleet and Commander-in-Chief of Naval Staff, about the challenges of defining and conceptualizing maritime security.  Download Sea Control 146 – Former German Navy Chief Lutz Feldt on Defining Maritime Security, … Continue reading Sea Control 146 – Former German Navy Chief Lutz Feldt on Defining Maritime Security, Pt. 1 →
December 18, 2017
By Matthew Merighi Join us for the latest episode of Sea Control for a conversation with Bill Harlow, an author and former intelligence community spokesman, about his work in strategic communications in the armed forces. He talks about the public affairs career track in the military, his experience at all levels of government, and how that … Continue reading Sea Control 145 – Strategic Communications with Bill Harlow →
October 4, 2017
By Matthew Merighi  The military plays an integral role in dangerous humanitarian operations. What are these operations and how exactly does the humanitarian world work? Join us for the latest episode of Sea Control for a conversation with CDR Andrea Cameron of the U.S. Naval War College about her work at the intersection of security policy … Continue reading Sea Control 144 – Humanitarian Operations with CDR Andrea Cameron →
September 6, 2017
By Matthew Merighi  Join us for the latest episode of Sea Control for a conversation with Dr. Alison Russell of Merrimack College about navies and their relationship with cyber. It’s about the distinct layers of cybersecurity, how navies use them to enhance their capabilities, and the challenges in securing and maintaining that domain. Download Sea Control 143 … Continue reading Sea Control 143 – Cyber Threats to Navies with Dr. Alison Russell →
August 25, 2017
By Matthew Merighi  Join us for the latest episode of Sea Control for a conversation with Professor Kate Walsh of the U.S. Naval War College about the Blue Economy, ocean clusters, and their relevance for maritime security. It’s a conversation about innovation, organization, and competition between the U.S. and China. Download Sea Control 142 – Blue … Continue reading Sea Control 142 – The Blue Economy and Ocean Clusters with Kate Walsh →
August 9, 2017
By Matthew Merighi  Join us for the latest episode of Sea Control for a conversation with Professor John Burgess of the Fletcher School about the Law of the Sea and its enduring effects on maritime security. This interview was conducted as part of the roll-out of the Fletcher School’s recently released primer on the Law of the Sea. … Continue reading Sea Control 141 – The Law of the Sea with John Burgess →
July 31, 2017
By Matthew Merighi  Join us for the latest episode of Sea Control for an interview with Admiral Charles Michel, the Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, for a discussion about his service’s unique role in ensuring international maritime security. From his vantage point at the intersection of military force and law enforcement agency, he … Continue reading Sea Control 140 – The U.S. Coast Guard with Admiral Charles Michel →
July 12, 2017
By Matthew Merighi  The Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) is a critical element of the Navy’s Surface Force Strategy: Return to Sea Control.The command’s four lines of operation are advanced tactical training and tactical guidance development, operational support to combatant commanders, numbered fleet commanders and task force commanders, and capabilities assessments, experimentation, … Continue reading Sea Control 139: What Does It Mean To Be A SMWDC Warfare Tactics Instructor? →
June 28, 2017
By Matthew Merighi Join the latest episode of Sea Control for a conversation with Captain Klaus Mommsen (ret.) of the German Navy to talk about the Russian Navy and its latest developments. Download Sea Control 138 – Russia’s Navy: Potemkin or Power Projection? The transcript of the conversation between Captain Mommsen (KM) and guest host … Continue reading Sea Control 138: CAPT Klaus Mommsen (ret.) on Russia’s Navy: Potemkin or Power Projection? →
June 14, 2017
By Matthew Merighi Join the latest episode of Sea Control for a conversation with Professor Derek Reveron from the U.S. Naval War College to talk about how the United States military conducts its security cooperation mission and his book on the subject, Exporting Security. Download Sea Control 137 – Security Cooperation with Derek Reveron The transcript … Continue reading Sea Control 137 – Security Cooperation with Derek Reveron →
June 7, 2017
By Matthew Merighi and Roger Misso Join the latest episode of Sea Control for a conversation with Ray Mabus, former Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), to talk about his experience leading the Navy. The conversation ranges from how a person becomes SECNAV, the challenges he faced in the role, and what he learned along the … Continue reading Sea Control 136 – Being SECNAV with Ray Mabus →
May 22, 2017
By Ashley O’Keefe Join the latest episode of Sea Control for a conversation with Rear Admiral Jeff Harley, president of the U.S. Naval War College (USNWC), to talk about the ways in which the College is adapting to a rapidly changing strategic environment. We’ll learn about the USNWC’s updated mission set, their outreach to the international … Continue reading Sea Control 135 – Rear Admiral Jeff Harley, President of the U.S. Naval War College →
May 17, 2017
By Matthew Merighi Join the latest episode of Sea Control for a conversation with Professor Vasco Becker-Weingberg of Universidad Nova in Lisbon, Portugal, about the South China Sea. The interview, conducted by Roger Hilton of the University of Kiel, address topics including the role of the Law of the Sea, the oil sector, private security contractors, and everything … Continue reading Sea Control 134 – The South China Sea with Vasco Becker-Weingberg →
May 1, 2017
By Matthew Merighi Join the latest episode of Sea Control for a conversation with Professor Chris Taylor of Georgetown University to talk about the Hacking for Defense (H4D) movement. Pioneered by Stanford Professor Steve Blank, H4D is bringing Silicon Valley’s innovation ethos to combat national security challenges. Chris takes us through the defense innovation ecosystem, … Continue reading Sea Control 133 – Hacking for Defense with Chris Taylor →
April 24, 2017
By Sally DeBoer and Matt Merighi Join the latest episode of Sea Control for an interview with Lieutenant Jack McCain, an instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy, about the theme of this year’s Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference: A New Era of Great Power Competition. Joined by recurring special guest Michael DeBoer, the group talks … Continue reading Sea Control 132 – Great Power Competition with Jack McCain →
April 13, 2017
Join the latest episode of Sea Control for an interview with Lieutenant Commander Stefan Lundqvist of the Swedish Defence University. Hosted by Adrian Neumann of the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University, the conversation examines the growing tensions in the Baltic Sea between Russia and Western countries. Download Sea Control 131 – The Baltic … Continue reading Sea Control 131 – Stefan Lundqvist on the Baltic Sea →
March 22, 2017
By Matt Merighi Join the latest episode of Sea Control for an interview with Professor Steve Biddle of George Washington University. Hosted by Mina Pollmann, the conversation examines the competition between A2/AD technology and the Air-Sea Battle concept in the Western Pacific. The conversation draws on an article Prof. Biddle coauthored with Ivan Oelrich, “Future Warfare in … Continue reading Sea Control 130 – Stephen Biddle on Future Warfare in the Western Pacific →
March 14, 2017
By Matt Merighi One of the most dynamic fields emerging in international relations is the study of science diplomacy, how countries use science as a method of diplomatic engagement and negotiation. We interview Professor Paul Berkman of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, one of the first academics to codify science diplomacy as a … Continue reading Sea Control 129 – Science Diplomacy →
February 27, 2017
By Mina Pollmann CIMSEC spoke with Asia-Pacific expert Bonnie Glaser to better understand freedom of navigation, U.S.-China relations under the Trump administration, and recent maritime operations in the region. Listen to the audio or read the transcript below. Mina Pollmann: Hello, CIMSEC listeners. My name is Mina Pollmann, and as CIMSEC’s Director of External Relations, I … Continue reading Sea Control 128 – Bonnie Glaser On FONOPS and U.S.-China Relations under Trump →
February 1, 2017
By Ashley O’Keefe If you’ve turned on the news recently, you probably noticed that Russia has been dominating it. From their intervention in Syria, to the increasing range and scope of their naval deployments, and the release last year of their new Maritime Strategy, Russia – and the Russian Navy – have turned our focus … Continue reading Sea Control 127 – Dr. Tom Fedyszyn on Russian Navy Ops, Acquisition, and Doctrine →
December 31, 2016
By Matthew Merighi It’s the end of the year, so the CIMSEC team gets together to talk about the events of 2016 and does its best to look into the crystal ball to see what is on the horizon in 2017. Happy New Year from the entire CIMSEC team! Matthew Merighi is the Senior Producer for … Continue reading Sea Control 126 – End of the Year Episode 2016 →
December 21, 2016
By Sally DeBoer The ushering in of a new administration on January 20th has many wondering what campaign promises will materialize and meaningfully affect the U.S. Navy. Is it reasonable to expect movement toward a “350-ship Navy” and, if so, what might such a Navy look like? Where can increased military spending be focused to … Continue reading Sea Control 125: Bryan McGrath on Fleet Design, Distributed Lethality, and the 350-Ship Navy →
November 7, 2016
By Sally DeBoer Few platforms have introduced the degree of controversy that has resulted from the introduction of and growing pains associated with the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). From online message boards to the less-than-enthusiastic 72 page Government Accountability Office report on the program, one doesn’t need to search far to find exasperated and at … Continue reading Sea Control 124 – In Defense of the Littoral Combat Ship →
August 15, 2016
By Matt Merighi Welcome to the almost inevitable Brexit Podcast, this time with Alex Clarke (@AC_NavalHistory) and Chris Stockdale-Garbutt (@ChrisJStockdale). Between them they cover as much of the post-Brexit maritime and naval issues as they can in a little under an hour. Towards the end they also discuss the proposed ‘Book Review’ series, suggestions for which listeners should send … Continue reading Sea Control 123 – Brexit and Book Reviews Introduction →
July 27, 2016
South China Sea Topic Week By Sally DeBoer As a part of CIMSEC’s South China Sea topic week and our regular Sea Control Podcast, we bring you a discussion on the UN’s Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling on territorial disputes in the South China Sea with one of the China-watching community’s best known, most respected, … Continue reading Sea Control 122 – The PCA Ruling with CAPT James Fanell →
July 18, 2016
By Matt Hipple We interview Louis, the Marine Veteran of “PokemonGO in Kurdistan Meme” fame, and an independent foreign fighter with the Kurds in Iraq. We discuss his motivations for heading out to the fight, about his process of joining, integrating, and operating with the Kurdish forces in the field. We also discuss how he and his fellow western fighters coordinate … Continue reading Sea Control 121- An American Foreign Fighter in Kurdistan →
July 12, 2016
By Matthew Merighi Capitol Hill is integral to the continued success of U.S. naval forces. Yet most people outside the Washington, D.C. area have experienced the intricacies of how that institution goes about resourcing the military. Join Sea Control: North America for an interview with Katie Burkhart, a former Navy Surface Warfare Officer who now works in … Continue reading Sea Control 120 – Capitol Hill and National Defense →
June 22, 2016
By Natalie Sambhi Recorded along the sidelines of this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, find out how the region’s top strategic thinkers reacted to the big speeches, the posturing of the U.S. and China, the way forward on maritime disputes and the other security challenges we should be paying attention to like ISIS and climate change. Natalie … Continue reading Sea Control 119 – Action and Analysis from Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 →
May 9, 2016
In the aftermath of the Brussels attacks, the world is now paying closer attention to airport security and the unique threat posed by ISIS. But what exactly is going on and how are countries responding? Join Sea Control: North America for an interview with Max Leitschuh, an Aviation Security Analyst at iJet International, to discuss … Continue reading Sea Control 118 – ISIS Capabilities Against Civil Aviation →
May 2, 2016
Niger Delta violence returns as oil prices plummet and both the Nigerian government’s ability and willingness to pay off former militants decreases. As the Nigerian Navy moves to counter this new violence, a largely unknown group called the “Niger Delta Avengers” has responded by “declaring war” on the Navy. Dirk Steffen, who recently published a CIMSEC article on this development, … Continue reading Sea Control 117 – Niger Delta Pirates Declare War? →
April 25, 2016
In this week’s episode of Sea Control: Asia Pacific, Natalie Sambhi chats with Nadia Bulkin, a Senior Associate at The Asia Group, on Indonesia’s history of violence, its turn towards democratic nationalism and what that means for the country today. They delve into legacies and policy implications of military rule and colonialism. Natalie and Nadia also … Continue reading Sea Control 116 – Indonesia, A History of Violence and Horror Fiction →
April 11, 2016
Blue Water Metrics, 2nd Place Winner of Tuft’s 100K New Ventures contest, is on a quest to crowdsource data collection on the health of our seas; in short, the use of pre-existing maritime platforms, from ferries to fishermen, as homes for an array of data collection equipment all over the world. Matthew Merighi, our director of Publications and … Continue reading Sea Control 115 – Blue Water Metrics and Monitoring Oceans →
April 4, 2016
For a discussion on the South China Sea, Sally DeBoer, our Book Review Editor, brings in CAPT James Fannell (USN, Ret), the former Director of Intelligence and Information Operations (N2) for the US Pacific Fleet.  During the course of his thirty year career, CAPT Fanell specialized in Indo-Asia Pacific security affairs, with an emphasis on … Continue reading Sea Control 114 – South China Sea with CAPT James Fanell →
March 22, 2016
Most people know that Abraham Lincoln was an avid reader and self-educated man. But how much did this education influence his conduct during the Civil War? Join Sea Control: North America for an interview with Matthew “Matty” Keller, a retired member of the U.S. Navy who is working out the answer to that very question. During the … Continue reading Sea Control 113 – Abraham Lincoln’s Self-Education →
March 16, 2016
Australia’s Defence White Paper, submarines and scotch? Sounds like a recipe for a fun time. Get ready for a special joint episode with the Perth USAsia Centre’s Perspectives podcast series. In this episode, Kyle Springer, Program Associate at the Perth US Asia Centre, asks Natalie Sambhi, host of Sea Control: Asia Pacific, and Reed Foster, retired US Army officer … Continue reading Sea Control 112 – Australia’s 2016 Defence White Paper →
March 7, 2016
We discuss the Vietnam-era drone, the QH-50 DASH, with Peter Papadakos – engineer, historian, and son of the DASH’s inventor. We go through the program’s origins, its original purpose, the field modifications made by enterprising Vietnam-era officers, and the challenges that came with its operation and the institutional resistance to its use. This podcast was … Continue reading Sea Control 111 – Vietnam-Era Drones (QH-50) →
February 22, 2016
This week Natalie Sambhi interviews fellow Aussie Laura Spano, Arms Control Manager with the Centre for Armed Violence Reduction and Pacific Regional Coordinator for Control Arms. They discuss small arms flows globally before focussing on the impacts of illicit arms flows, as a result of weak maritime security, into the South Pacific Islands—a region of great … Continue reading Sea Control 110 – Small Arms Control and the South Pacific →
February 16, 2016
CAPT Jim Raimondo of the United States Navy joins Sea Control for a discussion on Navy Fitness Reports (FITREPS) as well as his time working on Iraq, Iran, and Russia. CAPT Raimondo is a Federal Executive Fellow with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy as well as a fleet representative for the U.S. Naval Institute. … Continue reading Sea Control 109 – CAPT Raimondo & Navy FITREPS →
February 8, 2016
Professor Thomas Nichols, Naval War College Professor, joins us to discuss the topic of his article, “The Death of Expertise,” and the utility and interplay between new ideas, expertise, and the kinds of knowledge used by and found in the professional space and life in general. Download: Sea Control 108 – Expertise
January 25, 2016
CAPT Sean Heritage, CO of Navy Cyber Operations Defense Command, joins us to discuss the responsibilities of his command, the Navy cyber defense enterprise,  institutional innovation, and working as EA to ADM Rogers, Director NSA. DOWNLOAD: CAPT Heritage and Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command
January 18, 2016
What’s life like on a US Navy submarine? Do submariners listen to Lauryn Hill? What kind of whiskey do they drink? In Sea Control: Asia-Pacific’s first podcast for 2016, Natalie Sambhi, Analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, interviews the very cool dudes from Diver Tough, a weekly podcast series by former US Navy submariners … Continue reading Sea Control 106 – Diver Tough and #Submarinerlife →
December 28, 2015
The hosts Matt Hipple, Natalie Sambhi, and Alex Clarke get together for a Christmas and New Years podcast on… stuff. From nukes to women in combat to the Wu Tang clan – we walk in with no plan in particular and walk out having successfully executed it. DOWNLOAD: Christmas and Nukes
December 22, 2015
Coming to you from Washington DC, Natalie Sambhi, Analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute interviews Phuong Nguyen, Associate Fellow with the Southeast Asia Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies on Vietnam’s evolving foreign policy and strategic posture. Natalie and Phuong discuss the 2014 Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil-rig incident between Vietnam and China and … Continue reading Sea Control 104 – Vietnam’s Foreign Policy →
December 14, 2015
This week, we jumped on the Midrats podcast with Chris Kona and Paul Vebber to discuss the CNO Rapid Innovation Cell Fleet Battle School project  – which is now available for those interested in the beta test. With CDR Salamander at the helm, we discuss the history, purpose, and mechanics of the project and the … Continue reading Sea Control 103 – CRIC Fleet Battle School on Midrats →
December 7, 2015
Professor Sung-Yoon Lee, Assistant Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, joins Matthew Merighi of Sea Control North America . In this episode, Professor Lee talks about North Korea, its nuclear program, and the broader politics of East Asia. He gives a candid view of the Hermit Kingdom and how the United States and the … Continue reading Sea Control 102 – The North Korea Challenge →
November 30, 2015
Our President and Director of Online Content give thanks for YOU involvement, and lay out new ways for those interested to take part in the CIMSEC project. Sea Control Thanksgiving 2015
November 22, 2015
The RTS crew discusses HALO – everything from the technology to whether or not Master Chief receives a military housing allowance. “Real Time Strategy,” is a discussion on the lessons and non-lessons of the simulations we use to both learn and entertain in the realm of military strategy, tactics, and history. DOWNLOAD: HALO iTunes Link
November 16, 2015
If you wish to know how to raise a modern combat squadron from nothing to combat ready in 21 Days you need look know further, Cdr Tim Gedge RN accomplished in 1982 when he raised a 809 squadron not once, but twice! The first time was during the Falklands War itself, and the second time … Continue reading Sea Control 101 – Falklands 10 – 21 Days to take a Squadron to War →
November 9, 2015
Many questions have arisen about the USS LASSEN Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) that occured at Subi Reef on Oct 27. Last week, we discussed those issues, the South China Sea, and future FONOPS with Timothy Choi, author of “Why the US Navy’s First South China Sea FONOP Wasn’t a FONOP” and Ankit Panda, Editor … Continue reading Sea Control 100 – South China Sea Freedom of Navigation →
November 2, 2015
Professor Geoffrey Gresh, Associate Professor at the United States National Defense University, joins Matthew Merighi of Sea Control North America to talk about his new book Gulf Security and the U.S. Military: Regime Survival and the Politics of Basing (Stanford University Press). In this episode, Geoffrey and Matthew talk about the issues surrounding US basing in … Continue reading Sea Control 99 – The Politics of Basing →
October 25, 2015
CIMSEC introduces its new podcast, “Real Time Strategy,” a discussion on the lessons and non-lessons of the simulations we use to both learn and entertain in the realm of military strategy, tactics, and history. In today’s pilot episode, we introduce a crew of podcast greenhorns to discuss EVE Online, Civilization, Call of Duty, and general nerdity. DOWNLOAD: … Continue reading Real Time Strategy (RTS) – Pilot Episode →
October 21, 2015
Dr Tim Huxley, Executive Director of IISS-Asia and author of Defending the Lion City: the armed forces of Singapore, joins Natalie Sambhi, President of Australian Institute of International Affairs ACT and Analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, to discuss how Southeast Asia’s most technologically advanced yet modestly sized militaries, Singapore, is coping with some of … Continue reading Sea Control 98 – Singapore’s strategic outlook →
October 12, 2015
This is the second in Batch 2 of the Falklands War Series, and normally an introduction is required, but this podcast is special, the person taking part is like the most famous of celebrities – is often known by simple a single name. This podcast is with ‘Sharkey’, more properly known as Cdr Nigel Ward, … Continue reading Sea Control 97 – Falklands w/ Sharkey Ward →
October 5, 2015
Our cadre of hosts: Matthew Hipple, Natalie Sahmbi, Alex Clarke – and now Matthew Merighi, discuss everything – from China to personal life. This is an update or sorts, or an introduction, for those who haven’t been with us from the beginning, or those who want to know what comes next. DOWNLOAD: Host Update
September 28, 2015
Sea Control discusses the Baltic perception – specifically Swedish – of the Russian threat with Aaron Korewa and Katarina Tracz. This is the first of several future podcasts with our friends from Sweden. DOWNLOAD: Baltics and Russia
September 21, 2015
We discuss the Athena Project, a naval innovation competition started on the USS BENFOLD in 2013 by Dave Nobles – our guest today. This podcast is meant to help set the stage for our Athena East Oct 2nd innovation competition in Norfolk. DOWNLOAD: Athena Project Music by: Sam LaGrone
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