You may ask, why does a blog of a landlocked country promote a naval podcast. As a regular reader, you may know that offiziere.ch is dedicated to security policy on an international level. On this level, naval assets are essential for long distance power protection. For example: how should we accurately discuss the distribution of power in the East Asia region, ignoring the naval components of the different states in the region? Furthermore, the discussions in the “Sea Control” podcast are interesting for non-naval leaders too. Let me give you briefly some examples from the past shows.
Matthew Hipple introduced with Episode #16 a new monthly series on naval leadership: “More with CAPT Moore”. He discusses with CAPT Dan Moore (US Navy retired) the education of 21st-century naval leaders. Interestingly the proportion of mission control vs. detail control, education vs. training, technical skills vs. social skills and the value of integrity, trust and appreciation is of concern not only of naval leaders but of all leader trainings. Even civilian leaders are confronted with similar challenges. In this context, I like to point to the Theory X and Theory Y by Douglas McGregor. Theory X represents detail control used in a no trust environment. On the other hand, Theory Y represents mission control in an environment, where the leader and his subordinate trust each other. Interestingly, at the end, both theories are self-fulfilling prophecy: if someone has basically a good idea of men, he will be rewarded – if someone has basically a bad idea of men, he will be proved true.In Episode #14, Matthew is joined by Zack Elkaim and James Bridger. They discussed the developments in Central African Republic, Mali, and Nigeria, as well as the future prospects for Somalia. Episode #11 covers Chinese’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). Especially interesting: what is the speciality of the Chinese ADIZ and what are the regulations stipulated in international laws? In Episode #10 Matthew Hipple interviews ADM John C. Harvey Jr. (US Navy Retired), who talks about Sequestration, the influence of the U.S. Navy, why it is unlikely that less than ten aircraft carriers will be maintained and about the role of the controversial Littoral combat ship (LCS). This show is a real highlight! Episode #7 starts with US-American intelligence organizations, the Snowden disclosure and why the intelligence collections are not surprising. Afterwards, Matthew Hipple discusses with Grant Greenwell, Director of Operations of CIMSEC, and Christopher Barber, Director of Membership of CIMSEC, the Zumwalt-class destroyer. When the first ship of this kind was floating out of the drydock in October 2013, some commentator had high expectations. Interestingly, for a landlubber like me, the three conversational partner in the show were not enthusiastic about the ship. Matthew Hipple sees, for example, in the Zumwalt a huge stealth boat with a gun, but he doesn’t see how it fits in a naval battlefield. Grant Greenwell thinks it is a technology test bed, with no real missions.
Kelsey D. Atherton, “Inside The Zumwalt Destroyer“, Popular Science, 21.11.2013.
Listen to Episode #16 immediately
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