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24.11.2022. SEASON 1 / EPISODE 22.

Missile Wars with Tom Karako

The use of missiles – of every variety – around the world has been increasing over the past 5 years. Whether targeting critical national critical infrastructure, economic targets, military bases and units, capital ships, or for signalling intent, missiles seem to be playing a greater role than previously (and not just in Ukraine). Peter talks to Tom Karako, Director of the Missile Defence Project and a senior fellow at CSIS, about the latest trends, lessons, policy and challenges in all things missile related. The whole thing seems to hinge on production rates – and increasing those isn’t just as easy as turning the handle. More to come on this topic in future episodes.

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SEASON 1 / EP.1
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SEASON 1 / EP.2
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SEASON 1 / EP.3
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SEASON 1 / EP.4
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SEASON 1 / EP.5
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SEASON 1 / EP.6
Fear and Loathing in Tbilisi
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SEASON 1 / EP.7
Learning to fight again – realigning Special Forces
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SEASON 1 / EP.8
Relishing Duality – flexibility in Russian National Security calculations
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SEASON 1 / EP.9
Strategic objectives, tough choices, and risk in Ukraine
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SEASON 1 / EP.10
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SEASON 1 / EP.11
The Ukrainian Counter Offensive with Prof Mike Clarke
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SEASON 1 / EP.12
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SEASON 1 / EP.13
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SEASON 1 / EP.14
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SEASON 1 / EP.15
A China Primer – Fear, Honour and Self-Interest
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SEASON 1 / EP.16
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SEASON 1 / EP.17
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SEASON 1 / EP.18
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SEASON 1 / EP.19
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SEASON 1 / EP.20
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SEASON 1 / EP.21
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SEASON 1 / EP.22
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SEASON 1 / EP.24
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SEASON 1 / EP.25
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SEASON 1 / EP.26
The Russia-China military relationship
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SEASON 1 / EP.27
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SEASON 2 / EP.1
Ukrainian observations on combat and command
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SEASON 2 / EP.2
The First Commercial Space War
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SEASON 2 / EP.3
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SEASON 2 / EP.4
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SEASON 2 / EP.5
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SEASON 2 / EP.6
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SEASON 2 / EP.7
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SEASON 2 / EP.8
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SEASON 2 / EP.9
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SEASON 2 / EP.10
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SEASON 2 / EP.11
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SEASON 2 / EP.12
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SEASON 2 / EP.14
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SEASON 2 / EP.16
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SEASON 2 / EP.17
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SEASON 2 / EP.18
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SEASON 2 / EP.19
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SEASON 2 / EP.23
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SEASON 2 / EP.24
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SEASON 2 / EP.25
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SEASON 3 / EP.2
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SEASON 3 / EP.3
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SEASON 3 / EP.4
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SEASON 3 / EP.5
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SEASON 3 / EP.6
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SEASON 3 / EP.7
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SEASON 3 / EP.9
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SEASON 3 / EP.10
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SEASON 3 / EP.11
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SEASON 3 / EP.12
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SEASON 3 / EP.13
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