Ep. 18: Gayle Lemmon on Syria, Afghanistan's future; All about US Army Futures Command and more.

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This week on the program:

  • Only a few days ago, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon of the Council on Foreign Relations was in the streets of Raqqa, Syria — the very place ISIS called its headquarters until October of last year. Gayle sat down with Defense One’s Kevin Baron and Ben Watson to elaborate (1:52) on her reporting this week, as well as her caution and optimism about certain aspects of Syria’s future.
  • Afterward (19:53), she shares a bit of her perspective and her reporting from America’s longest war, the conflict in Afghanistan. 
  • Then (37:07) we’ll hear how the U.S. Army is trying to acquire the weapons of tomorrow — by visiting Austin, Texas, for the opening of the Army’s new Futures Command. Tech Editor Patrick Tucker was there. And he spoke with Army Under Secretary Ryan McCarthy, and Army Vice Chief of Staff. Gen. Jim McConville.

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