Ep. 7: Singapore prospects; Q&A Rep. Rob Wittman; Trinidad’s ISIS; D-Day stories.

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In this episode, recorded on Thursday, June 7, 2018:

  • Ploughshares Fund’s Joe Cirincione joins us to talk about nuclear expectations and grand strategy out of Tuesday’s Trump-Kim summit in Singapore;
  • We talk about what ISIS is believed to be up to in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • We’re off to Capitol Hill to talk with Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Va., who chairs the House’s Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee. He tells us about his view of the Navy’s future  — and his thoughts on the upcoming film, “Top Gun 2” (23:26).
  • We talk about the “War of Annihilation,” Amnesty International’s latest report on civilian casualties in the U.S.-led operation to drive ISIS out of Raqqa, Syria. We’ll also hear the coalition’s unhappy response to that report (46:03).
  • Finally, we remember some borderline-lunatic heroism from the beaches and battlefields of D-Day, 74 years ago this week, with Army veteran Joseph Kassabian (57:00).

Today’s roundtable participants include: 

  • Joe Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund;
  • Kevin Baron, Defense One executive editor;
  • Bradley Peniston, Defense One deputy editor;
  • Caroline Houck, Defense One staff correspondent;
  • And Ben Watson, Defense One news editor.

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