John Barsa, Acting Administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), discusses how his experience in Civil Affairs informs his work at USAID. He also mentions the breadth of USAID work around the globe, how COVID-19 may change USAID operations, the staff reorganization at USAID, and advice for young NCOs and officers in the CA community. Hosted and edited by John McElligott. Brought to you by the Civil Affairs Association. This episode is sponsored by Tesla Government.
Host Sean Acosta discusses Narrative Warfare with Dr. Ajit Maan. Dr. Maan is CEO of the award winning think-and-do-tank Narrative Strategies, Professor of Politics and Global Security at Arizona State University, Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Narrative Conflict Resolution at George Mason University, Faculty at the Center for the Future of War, Member of the Brain Trust of the Weaponized Narrative Initiative, and author of seven books including Counter-Terrorism: Narrative Strategies, Narrative Warfare, and Plato’s Fear.
MAJ Brian Hancock and Dr. Timothy Darr discuss their submission to the Civil Affairs Association "Call for Papers." Their submission, titled Integrating Civil Affairs Through the Application of Battlefield-Relevant Civil Information Management, discusses a future product of Civil Information Management and its relevance.
The submission can be read at: https://www.civilaffairsassoc.org/post/2019-20-civil-affairs-issue-papers-integrating-civil-affairs
U.S. Army Colonel Steve Battle discusses the Civil Affairs staff responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic in the Republic of Korea. Colonel Battle serves as the G9 for Eighth Army.
U.S. Army Civil Affairs officers Lieutenant Colonel Rachel Sullivan and Major Mike Karlson discuss their work during the COVID-19 pandemic in Korea and how they adapted to deliver valuable Civil Information Management products and CA support to staff operations.
Lynn Copeland, PhD, Civil Information Chief for the U.S. Army Special Operations Center of Excellence discusses the future of Civil Information Management, including tools CA forces will use in the field to collect and analyze civil information. Dr. Copeland encourages anyone in industry with tech solutions to support CA to contact her by email and pitch your concept. Produced and edited by John McElligott.
Part 2 of an interview with SFC Peterson and SSGs Bryant and McKneely. In this part of the interview we discuss recruiting through social media platforms, where we fall short in training, and how Civil Affairs NCOs can leverage the resources available and NCO experience to train develop soldiers at the unit level.
SFC Matthew Peterson and SSGs Christopher Bryant and Hailey McKneely join the podcast to give NCO perspectives on improving Civil Affairs doctrine, training, team organization and more in this two part series.
"If you just keep it all internalized, all it does is create this vicious cycle where people like complaining and there is never a solution. You just end up wallowing in your own discontent, rolling around in it, getting dirtier and it just brings each other down."
- SFC Peterson on issues from the Team Room
MAJ Ian Duke discusses his recent paper, "Civil Knowledge Battalion: Integrating Civil Affairs Information with the Information Environment." MAJ Duke placed 3rd in the Civil Affairs Issue Papers presented in Tampa, Fl at the 2019 CA Symposium. His paper is one of five that will be published by the Civil Affairs Association's partners.