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Best Nationalsecurity podcasts we could find (updated February 2020)
Best Nationalsecurity podcasts we could find
Updated February 2020
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Welcome to the Global Cable, a brand new podcast at Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania. In it, we discuss the world's most pressing challenges and the people who work on them! You should listen to this show if you: - Find foreign affairs and international politics interesting. - Want great career advice from experts. - Want to sound smart at your next dinner party.
 
Overwatch, an Institute for the Study of War podcast, goes beyond the news headlines to give listeners analysis and commentary on issues related to U.S. national security and American foreign policy. The episodes feature discussions with experts and practitioners to explore what challenges and opportunities lie ahead for the U.S.
 
Hosts Will Andras (@WillAndras) and Dave Ebner (@shallow_state) discuss the domestic and international politics of U.S. national security. Focused on current events, the discussion features the host's "expert" opinion as well as guests and the occasional discussion of how we use music to cope with the ongoing collapse of the international order.
 
AI with AI explores the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and autonomy, and discusses the technological and military implications. Join Andy Ilachinski and David Broyles as they explain the latest developments in this rapidly evolving field. The views expressed here are those of the commentators and do not necessarily reflect the views of CNA or any of its sponsors.
 
Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten features compelling long-form conversations with exceptional thinkers and doers on the most important ideas and issues of our time, and all time. Discussions focus on topics ranging from national security and foreign affairs, to economics and politics and philosophy and culture with a classical Liberal bent and a grounding in history. Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten challenges the prevailing progressive orthodoxy with a contrarian conservative/libertarian counter- ...
 
Hosted by the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative, Digital Statecraft Digital Streetcraft features diverse perspectives from academia, industry and government. Nowadays, information technology is an essential part of any nation-state's toolkit. And yet, in the digital space, nation-states are just a few of many actors. A mastery of cyber operations can give nation-states the advantage they need to pursue their economic, national security or foreign policy goals. But without privat ...
 
We are in a period of tremendous global change. Our public institutions are struggling with challenges like climate change, cyber-attacks, terrorism, and pandemics. Resilient World features insight and analysis about how to meet these challenges from thought leaders in fields as diverse as national security, science fiction and public health. It highlights innovative ideas about how to prepare for, manage through and bounce back from adversity – in other words, how to be resilient.
 
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We interview Ben Buchanan about his new book, The Hacker and the State: Cyber Attacks and the New Normal of Geopolitics. This is Ben’s second book and second interview on the podcast about international conflict and cyber weapons. It’s safe to say that America’s strategic posture hasn’t improved since his first appearance. We face more adversaries …
 
Bill Barr says that Trump’s tweets make his job more difficult, and he has considered resigning over them. But Trump is still tweeting and Barr is still the attorney general, so…? Also, the U.S. charges Chinese telecom giant Huawei with conspiracy and racketeering. And European leaders are bracing for a second Trump term, and a redefined relationsh…
 
Our latest episode of The Global Cable features Randall Schriver, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Indo-Pacific. Prior to this, he worked in several senior roles shaping U.S. defense and foreign policy in the Pacific, and served as a Navy intelligence officer. Assistant Secretary Schriver talks to us about whether the U.S. perceives Ch…
 
Andy and Dave discuss an announcement from Exscientia and Sumitomo that they have the first entirely-AI developed drug that is now entering clinical trials. The Director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan has announced his retirement. Senator Michael Bennet sends a scathing letter to the U.S. Chief Technology Office…
 
The next trade war will be over transatlantic data flows, and it will make the fight with China look like a picnic. That’s the subject of this episode’s interview. The European Court of Justice is poised to go nuclear – to cut off US companies’ access to European customer data unless the US lets European courts and data protection agencies refashio…
 
Qassem Soleimani’s death and the prospect of further US-Iranian military escalation raise the question of Iran’s military capacity. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Ground Forces are Tehran’s reserve of last resort for both internal and external security challenges. The Iranian regime goes to great lengths to obfuscate the IRGC’s milit…
 
Happy Pi-cast! Andy and Dave discuss some of the stories that have followed the New York Times articles on Clearview AI, to include Twitter telling the company to stop using its photos, and a consortium of 40 agencies calls on the U.S. government to ban facial recognition systems until more is known about the technology. Meanwhile, London’s Metropo…
 
Our latest episode of The Global Cable features Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, Perry World House Professor of the Practice of Law and Human Rights. From 2014 to 2018, he served as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, working to protect people from abuses around the world. Zeid talks to us about why human rights abuses appear to be worsening, how adva…
 
Nick Weaver and I debate Sens. Graham and Blumenthal’s EARN IT Act, a proposal to require that social media firms follow best practices on preventing child abuse. If they don’t, they won’t get full Section 230 immunity from liability for recklessly allowing the abuse. Nick thinks the idea is ill-conceived and doomed to fail. I think there’s a core …
 
In a string of related news items on facial recognition, Andy and Dave discuss San Diego’s reported experiences with facial recognition over the last 7 years (coming to an end on 1 January 2020 with the enacting of California’s ban on facial recognition for law enforcement). Across the Atlantic, the European Union is considering a ban on facial rec…
 
Our latest episode of The Global Cable features our Distinguished Visiting Fellow Beatrice Fihn. Fihn leads the International Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). In 2017, she received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of ICAN, recognizing its work towards the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Fihn talks about whether it's more naiv…
 
Vladimir Putin's current term as Russia's President expires in 2024. Over the past two weeks, Putin reshuffled Russia's government, proposed a set of major changes to the Russian constitution, and pledged significant social spending. ISW's Russia Team Lead Nataliya Bugayova describes how this reshuffling fits into Putin's ongoing campaign to retain…
 
This episode features an interview on the Bezos phone flap with David Kaye and Alex Stamos. David is a UN Special Rapporteur and clinical professor of law at UC Irvine who first drew attention to an FTI Consulting report concluding that the Saudis did hack Bezos’ phone. Alex is director of the Stanford Internet Observatory and was the CSO at Facebo…
 
Last month, ISW Director of Tradecraft and Innovation, Colonel (Ret.) Ketti Davison, traveled to Iraq with a team of experts organized by the UNHCR. She got a first-hand look at some of the security and humanitarian conditions on the ground in IDP and refugee camps and met with government officials during her trip to central and northern Iraq. On t…
 
Our latest episode of The Global Cable features our Visiting Fellow Derek Chollet, Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor for security and defense policy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He served in senior positions during the Obama administration at the White House, State Department, and Pentagon, most recently as the U.S. a…
 
The U.S. Government announces the restriction of the sale outside of the U.S. of AI for satellite image analysis. Baidu beats out Google and Microsoft for language “understanding” with its model ERNIE, which uses a technique that it developed specifically for the Chinese language. Samsung unveils NEON, its humanoid AI avatars. The U.S. Department o…
 
This week’s episode includes an interview with Bruce Schneier about his recent op-ed on privacy. Bruce and I are both dubious about the current media trope that facial recognition technology was spawned by the Antichrist. He notes that what we are really worried about is a lot bigger than facial recognition and offers ways in which the law could ad…
 
The Kremlin is trying to pull countries around the world into its information space. Kremlin-linked media outlets signed more than 50 cooperation agreements with counterparts around the world in the last five years. Russia uses its information space to expand its influence, mask the Kremlin’s aggression, and spread disinformation that undermines th…
 
The Global Cable is back for the new year with a conversation with Michael Weisberg. He is the Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, and this year he’s the inaugural Penn Faculty Fellow at Perry World House. Professor Weisberg is currently working on initiatives in the Galápagos Islands, educating local communities ab…
 
There’s a fine line between legislation addressing deepfakes and legislation that is itself a deep fake. Nate Jones reports on the only federal legislation addressing the problem so far. I claim that it is well short of a serious regulatory effort—and pretty close to a fake law. In contrast, India seems serious about imposing liability on companies…
 
We’re going to take a closer look at Russian private military contractors. How much do we understand about what these groups are up to? And how much should the U.S. and its allies be concerned? It’s a phenomenon with a history; and it’s something that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. The episode is broken into four parts: • Behind the Ba…
 
In research, Andy and Dave discuss a new idea from Schmidhuber, which introduces Upside-Down reinforcement learning, where no value functions or policy search are necessary, essentially transforming reinforcement learning into a form of supervised learning. Research from OpenAI demonstrates a “double-descent” inherent in deep learning tasks, where …
 
Andy and Dave discuss Lee Sodol’s announcement that he is quitting playing Go because AI “cannot be defeated.” Facebook’s Head of AI says the field will soon “hit the wall” (or does he?). A human beats an AI-powered drone during the Drone Racing League’s latest competition. A Boston Dynamics robot dog has joined a Massachusetts bomb squad. And a ne…
 
For this special edition of the Cyberlaw Podcast, we’ve convened a panel of experts on intelligence and surveillance legal matters. We take a look at the Department of Justice Inspector General’s report on the FBI’s use of FISA applications – and the many errors in those applications. We also touch on FBI Director Wray’s response, as well as a publ…
 
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