Command and Control

The Command and Control podcast breaks new ground in determining what C2 might look like for the fight tonight and the fight tomorrow. Join us as we talk through C2 for an era of high-end war fighting. Blending human decision and cutting edge technology has been evolutionary but will this change, or serve to amplify the role of commanders?

Conversations about contemporary wars, trends and technolgies and what they might mean to the future of warfare.

How to Train a Military

How do you train the optimal military force for the wars to come? Learning, education, training and simulation are all tackled as priorities in this podcast as a series of interviews with experts who think about military training. A lot.

Western Way of War

A collection of discussions with those in the profession of arms that tries to understand the issues around how to fight, and succeed, against adversaries in the 2020s. Recorded at and with RUSI.

Western Way of War

A soldier, a sailor and a scientist

Understanding government conducted military research and development provides an insight into what it takes to stay on top of national security. Recorded with and hosted by the Wavell Room this is a series of conversations with specialist scientists about their work.

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Command and Control

The Command and Control podcast breaks new ground in determining what C2 might look like for the fight tonight and the fight tomorrow. Join us as we talk through C2 for an era of high-end war fighting. Blending human decision and cutting edge technology has been evolutionary but...

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SEASON 1 / EP.Trailer
The Big Questions
The show is about military command and control - sometimes considered the panacea of battles and campaigns - and what...

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SEASON 1 / EP.1
The Quest for Certainty
Martin van Creveld talked about command being about the ‘Quest for Certainty’, in order to make the right...

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  • Mick Ryan

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SEASON 1 / EP.2
Adaptation under fire
Command and control in war is very different to peacetime plans: and then C2 that works well for defensive operations...

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  • Dr Jack Watling

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It is not hard to identify the great (and successful) commanders across history – and it turns out they have a few...

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  • Professor Mike Clarke

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In ‘How to Win’ rather than ‘How to Operate’ in a peer or near peer war, time is vital and the ability to share...

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SEASON 1 / EP.5
Familiarity ≠ Trust
Trust has always been a central concept in military command and control: it can be based on a ‘Band of Brothers’...

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  • Dr Christina Balis

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SEASON 6 / EP.1
AI in C2
Everyone seems to be talking about how Artificial Intelligence inside HQs will revolutionise command and control. The...

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People lie at the heart of any C2 complex – both those in command and their HQ staff, as well as those at the gritty...

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  • Major General Zac Stenning

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SEASON 1 / EP.8
Question time
Three great guests, 120 questions, global audience. What could go wrong? recorded at DSEi in London in September 2023,...

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  • Major General Zac Stenning (Commandant RMAS)

  • Vice Admiral Andy Burns (Fleet Commander, Royal Navy)

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SEASON 2 / EP.1
JADC2 – a primer
In 2019, the Chiefs of Staff of the US military determined that C2 really had to adapt. The decision came after the...

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  • Rafael Lopez, Ph.D

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SEASON 2 / EP.2
NATO C2: How to Improve
Having spent the week at the NATO C2 Centre of Excellence in The Hague, talking C2 with some impressive people, this...

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  • Colonel Mietta Groeneveld

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SEASON 2 / EP.3
Air C2
Command and control in the air domain has always been very different to that of other domains. Much more control,...

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  • Paul Kendall

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SEASON 2 / EP.4
The Devolution of Command
Having an intelligent conversation about command and control requires a discussion with the USMC, the same institution...

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  • Colonel Lester "Ray" Gerber USMC

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SERIES 02

How to train a Military

How do you train the optimal military force for the wars to come? Learning, education, training and simulation are all tackled as priorities in this podcast as a series of interviews with experts who think about military training. A lot.

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Military training budgets are getting hot in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. Holding big live exercises is expensive....

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Former UK Chief of Defence Staff General David Richards talks to Peter Roberts about how important training is in...

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  • David Richards

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When militaries started using simulators back in the 1930s, live training remained the priority. Things have reversed...

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  • Charles Krulak

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You can train a military as much as you want, but if you are not training the right skills for the coming fight, it is...

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  • Dr Aimée Fox

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After their experience in Vietnam, the US military actively pursued thinking about warfare in different ways – and...

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  • Heather Venable

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Teacher training includes education processes, systems, human behaviours and methods of engagement with students. That...

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  • Kate Heatton

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Peter talks to Professor Jim Storr about the use of simulators in the British military since the 1980s. Why and how...

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  • Jim Storr

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As simulators have taken an increasingly prominent role in military training since the 1980s, their complexity – and...

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  • Alan Roan

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The capability of a military force is often measured by the equipment it operates. If a cursory examination of combat...

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  • Tess Butler

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Different cultures conduct military training and education in very different ways. The Israeli Defence Force might be...

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The best training many of us experienced has always taken us outside of our comfort zone. For military forces this is...

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SEASON 1 / EP.13
Fighting and Debating
Good wartime commanders are very different to those who excel in peace. How do we educate and train people for both...

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  • Emilie Claret

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The best tank on the battlefield is determined by the best crew inside it, not the best...

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  • Kate Heaton

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SEASON 1 / EP.15
So What Did We Learn?
This first series of this podcast on military training has taken us from World War One to modern day combat operations,...

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For decades, navies have crewed the ship ‘cos the ship fights (the people – apparently – didn’t). According to...

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  • RAdm Jude Terry

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Commercial arrangements with providers of military training are usually transactional: most will have experienced how...

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  • David Hook

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On any modern battlefield, the people you want most in a fight – be it in urban terrain or facing a determined...

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  • Brigadier Caroline Woodbridge-Lewin

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The CWC provides junior officers with the skills they need to plan and execute operations at the Battlegroup to Brigade...

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  • Major Vicky Fraser

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SEASON 2 / EP.5
The Engine
Everyone seems to be talking about technology as the engine of future training but sometimes that drives a conversation...

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  • Mark Holland

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In this episode we go back down to Warminster – for the second of a series of interviews with the staff of the...

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  • Mark Hawthorne

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In 2023, a report by the Royal United Services Institute on military training didn't make headlines. And that's a shame...

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  • Pat Hinton

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SEASON 2 / EP.9
CWC – The Directing Staff
The Captain's Warfare Course in Warminster delivers the key skills to the people expected to execute 'the fight' in the...

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  • Rhys Pogson-Hughes-Emanuel

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SERIES 03

This means war

Conversations about contemporary wars, trends and technologies and what they might mean to the future of warfare.

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SEASON 1 / EP.Trailer
An introduction to the podcast
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has stimulated a considerable outpouring of emotion, passion and commentary – not to...

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Peter talks to Ewan Lawson, a Senior Associate Fellow at RUSI, about the context of wars and why this is important in...

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  • Ewan Lawson

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SEASON 1 / EP.2
A Turning Point in Ukraine?
Dr Jack Watling talks to Peter as he returns from his most recent trip to Ukraine. As both Ukrainian and Russian forces...

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  • Dr Jack Watling

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SEASON 1 / EP.3
Fighting in Urban Ukraine
Peter talks to Prof John Spencer, doyen of Urban Warfare at West Point, after his recent trip to Ukraine. They cover...

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  • Prof John Spencer

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SEASON 1 / EP.4
Facing A Callous Adversary
As the Iranian proxy in Yemen, the Houthi’s have evolved from a guerrilla organisation to one capable of facing down...

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  • Dr Michael Knights

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Even though Western militaries systemically underinvest in their own logistics and engineering capabilities, it is...

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  • Trent Telenko

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A now frozen but forgotten conflict in Georgia dating from 2008 was the result of a Russian invasion and occupation of...

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  • Natia Suskuria

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Between 2004 and 2014, NATO armies coerced the militaries and special forces of Georgia and Ukraine into a doctrine and...

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  • Dr Sandor Fabian

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If you look at Russian actions in different regions of the world, their strategies differ considerably. This covers...

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  • Katarzyna Zysk

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Supporting a war conducted by others shouldn’t be measured on financial aid committed. A better metric would actually...

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  • Lt Gen (rtd) Ben Hodges

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Nick Reynolds has just returned from Ukraine again and talks to Peter about his experiences and insights after 6 months...

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  • Nick Reynolds

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Professor Michael Clarke joins Peter to talk about the 10 day old Ukrainian counter offensives against Russia. In...

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  • Professor Michael Clarke

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Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) has matured considerably since the early 2000s. More data sources, better data bases,...

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  • James Byrne,

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Deciding to go to war, to support a war, or even which war to engage with should not be an easy decision. It should be...

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  • Rory Stewart

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It has only taken one year from the Western withdrawal out of Afghanistan for that country to descend once more into a...

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  • Anant Mishra

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Is China preparing to invade Taiwan? It is certainly a matter of CCP policy that Taiwan will be reintegrated into...

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  • Dr Peter Layton

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Ships being sunk by sea mines, undersea pipelines blown up, and a fragile maritime infrastructure are all underplayed...

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  • Rob Wilson

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Despite a shared ideology loosely based around communism, and perhaps a similarly hopeful interpretation of...

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  • Theresa Fallon

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Whilst the battles in Ukraine have evidenced the tenacity and stamina of Ukrainian forces, their success in defence and...

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  • Mick Ryan

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According to the report of a conference of great strategic brains during October 2022, the world will look pretty ugly...

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  • Julian Lindley French

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Peter talks to Professor Alessio Patalano about whether the naval aspects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine offer...

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  • Alessio Patalano

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Peter is joined by Dr John Hemmings, a Senior Director at the Pacific Forum in Hawaii, to talk about what might have...

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  • John Hemmings

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SEASON 1 / EP.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...

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  • Tom Karako

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When Svechen and Hamley were writing about the operational level of war, it is doubtful they envisaged the number of...

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  • Wilf Owen

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SEASON 1 / EP.24
War in a Fishbowl
A really capable combined arms force can have a disproportionate impact on a small war. It can have much less effect in...

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  • Amos Fox

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