AUSA Releases New Podcasts in February

AUSA Releases New Podcasts in February

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The Association of the U.S. Army is releasing four new podcast episodes in February, including an interview with the senior enlisted leader of the D.C. National Guard. 

First up in the “Army Matters” series is a conversation with Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Brooks, who is the senior enlisted leader to the commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard.

A veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division and the 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) before joining the D.C. Guard, Brooks will discuss his career and the D.C. National Guard’s unique role and mission, including its recent activation to support security operations at the U.S. Capitol.

The episode is available Feb. 1.

Up next is a conversation with Beverly Kirk of the “Smart Women, Smart Power” podcast. The biweekly podcast by the Center for Strategic and International Studies features in-depth conversations with women leaders from around the world who are experts in foreign policy, national security and international business and development. 

The episode is available Feb. 8.

On Feb. 15, the AUSA podcast will feature Lee Kelley, director of Military Community Support Programs at DoD. Kelley will discuss the importance of supporting relationship health and share some resources for military families.

The fourth podcast for the month will feature retired Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland, an AUSA senior fellow, and Jack Watling, a research fellow for the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies. RUSI is the U.K.’s leading defense and security think tank

MacFarland and Watling recently co-wrote a paper titled “The Future of the NATO Corps,” which highlights the future of the corps echelon in NATO, its role on the future battlefield, the capabilities it needs, how it should be resourced and its impact.

“The return of great power competition brings the corps back into focus as a key component to warfighting at scale, and in competition across high-threat, politically complex environments,” they wrote. 

The episode is available Feb. 22. The paper is available here.

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