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The Life of Mike Nichols

The Book Review

13:58 min | 11 months ago

The Life of Mike Nichols

"Ask Carter and Sam Kashmir join us now they wrote together an oral history of Mike Nichols it's called life isn't everything. Mike Nichols as remembered by one hundred and fifty of his closest friends Sam Ash. Thanks for being here. Just thanks for having US thank you. What was was the genesis of this project? Well after Mike's Death I was at Vanity Fair and wanted to do an oral history as much as we can get away with the magazine and ask had worked as a PA.. With Mike. And I knew him mm somewhat and so I thought it best to join forces and so we did this for the magazine originally and it was so interesting and there was so much material that it just kind of presented itself as a book kind of instantly. As soon as we saw together in the magazine they must have been painful to have to cut. Had it down to magazine size well. The piece was originally assigned at six thousand. Words ran at eleven thousand and still not a word practically about his theater career hear about his time at the compass. Players is a founding member of Improv. I mean there's so much still on the table Ash you're very lucky person having worked as the PA.. What did you work on? I worked on Charlie Wilson's war. That was my first job out of college. I was so upset on hangs Julia Roberts. What was that often? Yes Oh right. Of course. It was a big movie so very often. You felt very distant from where the the real real action was taking place but still. I really feel blessed who've been able to be as close as I was. So you mentioned Charlie. Wilson's war my immediate reaction. Shen is Oh my God. That's Mike Nichols. Also the thing that I think people don't even fully appreciate now is just how incredibly accomplished. He was and for so long so if we could just kind of begin with his I think I real fame fame was with Nichols and may but before we go into each of those stop. Just take us through because I think people may be associated him with the graduate and a couple of other major projects. But let's just list some some of them so people have a sense. Well there was the great success of the Nichols. and May Elaine. May and Mike Nichols as a comedy team. which kind of transformed formed Comedy really and Mike as Director. He and Neil Simon joined forces and he really kind of in a way. Reinvented invented Simon. For Neil Simon. You know with barefoot in the park and the odd couple and as of film director his first film was the Richard Richard Burton Elizabeth Taylor. Who's afraid of Virginia? Woolf which frank rich other people believed to be the maybe the best reputation of a of a stage play for film ever the graduate which was second film his second film shocking. JFK transformative you know and Oscar worthy. And then there's all all the stage work Tom Stoppard's the real thing David Raves hurly-burly streamers. Yeah camelot and S- Pamela camelot idle. I mean it's kind of prodian extraordinary range of of gifts that that he I mean. He Directs Spam Lot. I I think two years after doing angels in America for HBO. I mean that's range. I don't WanNa go too much into his early life by. I think it's important to point out that this was a person who arrived here. Didn't speak English. Not as first language goes to the University of Chicago right he meets Elaine. May let's start there. What was it that made that pairing so extraordinary? What did they do? You said that they revolutionized comedy Elaine may was the dangerous genius that entered Mike Nichols life and and changed him she was kind of a combustion engine and he was the steering wheel a little bit. Steve Martin told us the first time. When you listen to those records those bits or you know the sketches? which is he said that the that I heard irony brock kind of modernity to comics situations and things that comedians did not go? Nya such as the cost of funerals was is the time of Jessica Mitford the the American way of death. And you know I mean these are weighty subjects adultery a- adultery right the previous generation of comics from the fifties where people who came from Vaudeville and the Borscht Belt Nichols and may had a theater background around. And you know both the classical repertory but also as Improv actors and by the way they're also both at analysis and brought a level of psychological acuity to comedy that really hasn't been seen before let's just a clip of them from that period some day Arthur. You'll get married and you'll have suit of your own and honey when you do. I only pray that they make us suffer the way you. That's all I pray to mothers. Okay mom thanks for calling you very sarcastic. I'm doing my best now. You call me on on the telephone I me. I'm sorry I'm sorry that bothered you and look I didn't make you feel bad. Are you kidding I feel awful. Oh honey if I could believe that I'd be the happiest mother it's true. What do you think I feel crummy Arthur honey? Why don't you call me sweetheart? That's the one bit. That's kind of in a way close to auto biography at least for Mike that was sort of his mother in a way and and he had a difficult very difficult relationship with her. Are you know after the death of his physician. Father they were really plunged into poverty into serious poverty in in New York. He I used to have to go in the olden days to the Museum of TV and radio to watch these old clips. But now I I'm imagining that. You can see all of this on Youtube. Yeah there's a lot of great stuff and Youtube I encourage people to also look up there The award for total mediocrity that they did at the Emmys when you're in the nineteen fifties so that's just breathtaking. I just actually making fun of their own mirror. You know I mean they're making fun of show business with a successful right away. They were both part of this. Very heavy kind of avant-garde guard group called the compensator in Chicago and the two of them just clicked as their manager. Jack rollins later said there. They were like ham and eggs. They were a local will hit first then they came to New York. He signed them up his clients started booking them at local nightclubs and they were hit right away and then they started going non Jackpot and omnibus and they were hit nationally. So yeah it was. It was really just like that. It was that quick. How does it get from that to? Who's afraid of Virginia? Woolf well well they had a great success Nichols and may on Broadway at the Golden Theatre was an evening with Nichols in May ostensibly directed by Arthur Penn.. You know but not really and Elaine was just sort of tired of doing it and in a way was the comedic version of of the Beatles. Breaking up people were just. I just chop fall in. You know it's tragic. Yes yes yeah. It was kind of a loss in a way They would wind up working together. Other eventually you know as a screenwriter and director but but Mike it kind of put him in in the wilderness for a while He was really at see if we rely on a little bit. When he's got that evening on Broadway with a lame the theater? They were in shared an alley with a theater where her camelot was on stage with Richard Burton and they would kind of hang out after after the show and that's how he kind of got to know him and it was. It's essentially through that meeting Richard in that alley and threw him Liz. They were the ones who hired for Virginia Woolf. When you think about the collaborators he had the people he got to work with you mentioned Arthur panel the you know lately Richard Burton Elizabeth Taylor Dustin in Hoffman Jewels pfeiffer on carnal knowledge? It's just you know on and on Meryl Streep the biggest names and your subtitle is is Mike Nichols as remembered by hundred and fifty of his closest friends. Did He. Frequently form friendships during these professional collaborations was. He's one of those the people that everybody felt like they knew. And we're close to make exactly this actors and and many was writers really kind of fell in love with him. I mean we could have called the book seduced by Mike Nichols you know Natalie. Portman really wept recalling. Her work with Mike Sue now. Yeah and that was much later and the closer yes. Yes but also they did stage work together so they were totally devoted to him. I I mean Tom Stoppard. For example said I think his advice memorial you know he thought to himself who is there to to write for he so he was kind of an Avatar to all of these. She's tremendously gifted complicated. People and the friendships were very deep. And Very Real Maureen Dowd. Your colleagues said that he was a null coward figure with the Jersey Kaczynski past and unlike a lot of other people who had a really horrible childhoods he did not kind of wear it on his sleeve and he we've talked about it and didn't particularly want to spend a lot of time thinking about it and I I mean I think this is kind of the key to his career. Longevity Eddie is that he was. Somebody really always wanted to be living in the moment. And kind of looking forward to the next project even up until the end of his life when he had several things that were in progress including masterclass terrence. McNally's play that he was gonNA adapt for. HBO With Meryl Streep. Yeah I mean in a way. Our title is taken from a a model of Mike's life isn't everything but it's kind of a misnomer because it was everything to him. You know in a way I mean he could be difficult to and and some of the people in the booker occur quite open about yes. That Emma Thompson is one right exactly Thompson who who adored him. You know said we're not talking about some saint here so you know and in fact Mike toward the end of his life felt that he had been cruel to people and had betrayed others. You know but he did develop a music also about someone who sort of as much of a genius as he was you know he was also complicated difficult cat and felt like there were people to apologize to. Some people presumably wouldn't talk to you Elaine. May of course wouldn't what about Diane Sawyer and were there other people who you pursued and just said you know what no now. We did approach. Diane we wouldn't have done this actually without her been addiction you know and she gave us the same response that initially initially Sam Beckett gave to digital bear you know which is. I'm not going to stop you but I'm also not going to help you all that much. But when push came to shove and we needed the people such as Meryl Streep she was helpful behind the scenes and Elaine. She did. Give us a blurb. Although we didn't use it and the blurb facetiously officiously said well I I would tell you all I know. But they're going to pay me millions of dollars to write my memoirs something. You'll never do you know. She meant it as kind of a joke before before we go one final question what do you each of you. Thank was Nicholas's greatest work and then also so perhaps a personal favourite may be less known or just something new especially leaden. And why. Let's start with you ash. I would say probably the graduate. It's not the most original choice but I just have seen the movie so many times and I think that it it just has held up so much better than a lot of other youth movies of the time that it was sort of lumped in with that plus the the comedy albums is sort of where my original enthusiasm for him started. But you know I I think catch twenty. Two for example is a movie that has not really gotten. It's do. I think it's actually kind of a brilliant movie that was overshadowed by Mash at the time though it is I see no reason why the existence of Mash prevent people from enjoying it today not an easy novel to adapt to know and but I think him and Buck Henry and we did a credible job adapting it. Sam will I mean. It's so hard to choose. My mother would choose working girl in or Silkwood you know an but are you. Seeing your mother would be wrong. My mother never wrong But for me it's you know the stage work is kind and of extraordinary. I mean the Philip Seymour. Hoffman death of a salesman at the end of life using that was really just is an extraordinary unearth accomplishment. Really it brought him Full Circle Because that streetcar with the two original productions that changed his life really all right. I'm hoping that this interview. If nothing else forces everyone to go to youtube everyone to go and stream every single thing that Mike Nichols did that was available. He was such an incredible credible talent ash. Carter Sam cash. Thank you so much for being here. Thank you so much thank your new book is called. Life isn't everything. Mike Nichols as remembered by one hundred

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"ash carter" Discussed on 5 Questions with Dan Schawbel

5 Questions with Dan Schawbel

09:07 min | 11 months ago

"ash carter" Discussed on 5 Questions with Dan Schawbel

"Shaw Bell as your host might go secrete the best advice from the world's smartest and most interesting people by asking them just five questions. My guest today is the twenty fifth. US secretary her tariff Defense Ash Carter born Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Ashes father was a doctor military veteran and his mother was a teacher after graduating. Abington Senior High School. As the president of the honor society. He went to Yale. College then became a Rhodes scholar at the University of Oxford from nineteen ninety three to nineteen ninety-six. Ask served as the assistant stint secretary of defense for International Security Policy during President Bill Clinton's first term during this time he was responsible for strategic affairs including the US nuclear weapons weapons policy. He continued to work his way up the hierarchy until two thousand fourteen. When President Barack Obama appointed him to be the twenty fifth. US Secretary of defense after after over thirty five years of service. Ashra book called inside the five sided box about what he learned during his time at the Pentagon in this episode ash gives us his insider sided perspective of his decision making process relationship with the troops and advice that's applicable to our lives outside the five sided box. Most people don't understand how alumini both the Pentagon employees larger than stabs of GE Amazon. The world's largest company so talk about the responsibility walkability of manner gain in working with so many people hiring firing through what that's like in some of her decision making process to big responsibility. But it's if you think about it. A lot of important things in life with making sense of people can wake up in the morning. Their kids send him off to school. Tom Go to work live. Their lives dreamed your dreams. You can only have that if you got security secure. You don't think about if you don't you think about nothing. He also is. It's like oxygen regard and we provide that that oxygen and so wonderful. Wake up in the morning and that's a lot of responsibility but it's really noble thing to do stuttered hold your at the garden. Workforces battlefield other countries. I was talking about empathy before this. How do you guys them and connect with them everywhere. Every every place for people to avoid compute Dr Joao her their only job faced with abandoning. And I'd always tell them to this. The first is wire here with me. This and the second thing I tell is how noble their mission and how proud I was a and they would understand. That knows talking to them. I wasn't only Sarpi to them. I was talking to their families and I would stand out in the one hundred twenty res. The Desert Afghanistan and or rock and Shake Hands I.. I'd see the leaders of the country and Mike Commanders. I'd always always goes to the troops and every time. I should have a picture of me and we would give those pictures to kids and send them home and nat pictures. GonNa show up as get sent home mom. It's going to show up on her bedside table or the mantle and she doesn't know the sector defenses dances and don't care but she wants her loved one in that issue to look like they're doing something really really important. There is the secretary you can tell you tell suit. Can you see the flag and I.. I wanted to look at that picture too. Great for the whole family. I I think little things like that in a big organization or beef things. Yeah the word con. Dao were most associated with you mentioned. That's who you hire. That's part of why you fire back part of why dress the way. This is the first time I've wore for a SEC. A separate in bitterly two years. Just tell me more about your personal conduct impact. You think that's mere career. It's into rare to go through thirty seven years of uninterrupted garment and I was always in Washington and I was always a close enough adviser that I was a special boy and I never was investigating for it now. Why is that. I quater did anything but secondly I never even got close to and there's so many ways that you can cut corners corners or seemed to cut corners and in public life. I think in life in general but but you can't have that kind of thing in the profession of arms warfare and in leadership of something serious depends on the need habit either. What is the responsibility all year. During turbulent times and what are the first few steps being able to handle that and being able to connect with the report that they're confident that you've ever will be when you entered what I'll call a crisis situation You're usually any sense. You know you don't really know what's going on therefore you can't really know what you're supposed to do. The worst thing in the world is not to say or do anything leader so the question is at what do you do in a crisis when and you know you don't know all the facts and here's my advice. Don't be styled. If you're silent the worshippers will okay going and you will seem feeble indecisive and that takes away the room that you need to do the right thing. Whatever this crisis turns out. So you need to say something. I just say a few facts that will satisfy people. Aw that you're willing to speak. You're not trying to hide anything. Don't go out and tell them everything you don't know because then you look foolish eventually. Eventually you will know you wanNA show communist so say would you now. Secondly even though you don't understand the situation you can't know what old ashes tape do something. Give your people instructions. They crave that because they they need to know that everything's GonNa be okay and they'll play a role once these curve us. People ask me all the time they say I met her four here and I've got I've narrowed it down to Jude Joyce's and what I really WanNa do is eh Eh but if I do not do it but it. It'll lead to this thing. And they had this whole billiard shot. We're finally after bouncing scene often number of cushions and go to law away doing a bunch of things they don't WanNa do finally knock ball pocket. My advice is to do you. Ask Yourself when you wake up tomorrow. We're you rather be going to work. And that's not a self-indulgent plot is eh lodge goal instrumental thought. 'cause if you wake up tomorrow and do something that you you really like you too well and that will carry you forward. You'll excel at if you do something that you just think is. I had a longer Shane. Indeed you do it poorly and it won't lead anywhere So I think it's both Good emotional advice but mm-hmm more importantly it's good instrumental advice INNIS. That's the important. That's what I find myself in my own. Life does the advice. I'd give anybody thank you so much for sharing your wisdom ash to follow this journey. COMEDIANS book inside the five sided box and fight him on instagram and twitter where he shares his live appearances media interviews and his book a tour to watch the full extended video version of this episode. Where I ask ask even more questions you can go to Youtube. Dot Com slash. Dan Shah about so. We hope you enjoyed today. Show and the amazing advice. Our guest provided remember that you can only benefit from advice. If you packed on it before are you. Do we would appreciate your feedback. In the form of review you can leave a review on itunes stitcher or Pod catcher of your choice your or feedback would be very much appreciated head over to Dan. Chevelle dot com slash review now..

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"ash carter" Discussed on Masters in Business

Masters in Business

13:30 min | 1 year ago

"ash carter" Discussed on Masters in Business

"Why this is hindsight bias? Obviously but why don't we we just stop them back then twenty five years ago before they had the chance to retaliate. Well it's interesting I want. I spent about half the year. Nineteen Ninety Ninety four as an assistant secretary of defense. Meaning where is that in the higher that's like the third layer day okay Working on a how strike plan against the North Korean reactor which is all they have the reactor at a place called young beyond and it had the fuel rods that had plutonium Tony in them and the they had finished their fueling cycle and the North Koreans could if they wanted to take those fuel rods out extract extract the plutonium and they had enough in there to make one bomb right. We thought that was a cause of were right. And so I built that plan Dan to destroy that reactor which I was at the time Berry and this is just The the pride of the artist I guess proud of because it would have destroyed an operating nuclear reactor without creating radioactive plume But I I was pretty certain certain and now of course. I didn't want to do that. Because the certain resolve that would be the North Korean army streaming over the DMZ uh-huh and a war beginning which I was confident we would win but millions would die at Seoul would change hands twice i. It's an ugly baby baby war to contemplate. But I thought that was going to happen in Clinton was really yes and he was threatening that to. WHO's the grandfather author of the current guy that you see meeting with President Trump? His grandfather Kim Il Sung's was running the place and Kimmel Sung Song Rather unexpectedly. Said okay. I'll give up this reactor young beyond if you build me. Some real western react power plants that can air power plants. Don't have all the proliferation problems at these. And did we do that. And we signed that agreement and it stayed in force for five six years the North North Koreans under his son slowly begin cheating right and the whole thing kind of began to fall apart later than when we bought ourselves sort of five six years then we head talks again in the late nineties. I was part of them. then let's see Condie Rice and and Colin Pal. How had some more in two thousand and six so I've seen various cycles of this? And what about the current cycle well. That's not unfortunately going anywhere. I don't object to talking to the North Koreans as I said we've done it in the in the past No president that I worked for going back to Reagan League and would meet with North Korean leader unless until there was an agreement to explain why because they knew that to the North Koreans. That was a huge gift. A meeting with the American president because in North Korean propaganda that they can tell their people. Everything's Okay in in our system which is a disaster with green. People is actually successful because I got to meet with the American President. Look at look at us. We're the equivalent of super superpower when you're dealing with potential enemy you don't in`Ash Carter's book you don't give away anything for free so I wouldn't give away a meeting with the president. Resin United States for free without some exchange. Now Yeah now we gave. Now we've given it away we also stopped or curtailed tailed are exercises in South Korea. Right which is a very dangerous move member. The exercises are how we keep us and our South Korean partners sharp sharp to make it the North Koreans absolutely clear that they start a war they will be destroyed and that'll be the end of the regime and and that's what those exercises demonstrate to to not keep up that proficiency and not keep demonstrating it risks of the war on the Korean Peninsula. which is I said would be a where we would win but would not look like anything? Our people have seen since the last ask create more mini intensity violences unbelievable in that war. Although some people have argued that the North Korean troops once they're over the border might not be as aggressive a enemy as some people have suggested similar to the Iraqi National Guard will it's interesting steen You don't have much evidence on your side if you have that view your speculation. Here's some evidence that goes but it all goes the other way. North Korean agents agents military agents captured in South Korea who've been preparing sabotage and other things that they intend to do in the course the warlike that very few of their all so brainwashed. Right that they they do not turn compliant. They don't come down into this. Well lit wealthy society and change their views and even though all of their propaganda all of other media and so forth have told them that it's a poor and backward place so if you think about it bury their in their third third or fourth generation of Stalinism while no other society had that many generated what that means is that your parents don't tell you stories of health things used to be different Ryan. Your grandparents don't tell you stories. There's nowhere if your memory is. That memory is gone that there's a different kind of world. So I I. I think the evidence suggests these people are brainwashed deeply enough. They'll fight really hard before they get tempted by all the goodies. Dowden South Korea. Let's talk about another nuclear program Iran. We've had a couple of interesting military. A actions by other countries namely Israel blew up reactor on how many decades ago that was and then the whole centrifuge hack Set them back quite a bit. How close is Iran to Building a nuclear weapon. And what should we be doing about that. We had a treaty. This president Decided to overturn it. Where are we with Iran and their program? Obviously the treaty was controversial and the United United States has has rejected it in the meantime however it bought us some time because while they were abiding by and and while it was enforce the Iranians were obliged to destroy a bunch of centrifuges send a bunch of plutonium to Russia. I mean Uranium enriched uranium to Russia and destroy a reactor and. They did all that before. We backed down in the treaties. So we got not some goodies so to speak In exchange for US releasing frozen funds that were that's right. What does that from the late eighties? which turned ought to be as much as the Iranians one is so maybe in time they would have left the anyway? What's done is done at the time that that agreement was negotiated shade? I was secretary of Defense. And is I I tell a story in a book which is indicative of how we looked at things in the Pentagon the morning after That agreement was concluded by Secretary of State Kerry. I sat down as I always did with the chairman of the joint. Jesus stabbed little round table in the secretary of defense laws. been there since since. George Marshall's Day and I would sit there with Marty or later with Joe Dunford every morning and we were both in town and also the vice chairman and the Deputy Secretary of defense. And we'd say okay what are we what are you what are you need today and Marty said to me secretary the Apropos this Iranian agreement. What are your instructions to the department and I said the change nothing really? I said it changes nothing. We have a strike plan. That will destroy the Iranian nuclear program by force. We have to. We're GONNA keep sixty five thousand troops in the Gulf as a deterrent against Iran. Also carrying out the war against Isis We'll continue. We have to continue to counter Iranian malign influence everywhere else which is lots of places Iraq Syria Syria Yemen and so forth. I said don't change anything. What this does is take off our plate a headache that we would otherwise have right which is somewhere down the road? We would have to face in Iran that had nuclear weapons And that is why I thought I didn't object to the agreement. I supported the agreement even because as secretary of defense at took a headache off my plate but I had lots of Iran headaches on my plate and I said Marty let's keep working on all the other. They're headaches that Iran is this is not could never be a grand bargain. So let's talk about Iran and Iraq. I thought the the best argument against invading Iraq. In Oh three was the enemy of my enemy is my friends. We may not be fans of Saddam Hussein or Iraq racked but they were the regional counterbalance to Iran. Am I oversimplifying that. Or is that a fair that was our that was our actually conscious view during the Iran Iraq war which is pox on both houses. Eight let them fight each other right into the ground and that seemed like a good outcome and looking back back now with the Middle East has become a a country that kept order within its borders. That was not capable of major aggression against its its neighbour. which Iraq was? You'd otherwise leave alone as long as it wasn't doing anything to us us. America what we thought might become a threat to us was the whole weapons of mass destruction. Thing Yeah but we knew that was nonsense from day. One the whole Cheney separate separate department of anytime someone says yeah yeah the NSA and CIA. Those guys don't know what they're doing we're going to set up a little division in the basement of the White House House you know. That's just a nonsensical approach. You can't say that but I can say that okay. I wouldn't I say that because I didn't see that at the time I'm just being honest. Okay like to say I was presient But I actually bought what Colin Powell said at the I thought I I I in my experience in government with that much smoke there had to be sought fire Somewhere and so it was. I was disappointed. Appointed and of course. It didn't turn out very well because we did a take away. The government of Iraq and what was left was no government at all. And we've been dealing with the consequences of that so let's do a compare and contrast because the fascinating thing about Iraq is is the George H W Bush invasion in is at ninety three. Anyone now new one. So he famously said we're going to a chase Iraq out of Kuwait but we're not gonNA talk. We're not going to keep going to Baghdad as some people that suggested. Hey keep them going and let's just topple on the theory. I assume that Iran is a problem. And let's let Iraq be there as a counterweight why I will am I right in saying the senior Bush's approach. That was the right decision. Was the right approach at the time. So what was the thinking in. Oh three let's keep going and take back that out as opposed to 'cause as we clearly won the war in the first six weeks. It was over like that because it's intention in three was specifically to topple Saddam. Over the intention the were ninety one was to recapture Kuwait. Okay and then when that was done present or said a new out now there were some in Dick Cheney. He was the secretary of Defense. I was on a Advisory Board to Dick Cheney at that time and I knew at that time and he wanted to go all the way to Baghdad and said let's finish finishes off once and for all. The president overruled him and that was controversial at that time. Now fast forward a little bit more than a decade. Dick Cheney's now vice president Some unfinished business with some unfinished. And so in retrospect it seems that that was an ingredient in the decision to to invade and all the stuff about weapons of mass destruction so forth which I think was the ordinary citizens reason for writing the O.. Three invasion we turned out not to be a reason at all. So let's roll back to nine eleven and the two thousand one attack which came from Afghanistan outstanding Saudi Arabia not Iraq. You have a really interesting role not only in the creation of.

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"ash carter" Discussed on Fareed Zakaria GPS

Fareed Zakaria GPS

13:11 min | 1 year ago

"ash carter" Discussed on Fareed Zakaria GPS

"We'll be able to have control of Isis total former secretary of Defense Ash Carter will join me He created the military campaign designed to destroy me Rocco which they remember what was the place they called the capital of the Isis Caliphate and if we hadn't done that our troops headed do it all make this operation work and now they are at the mercy of Turkey and the Assad regime two of their most bitter enemies well you won't be able to fight them from right there with a partner we're GONNA have to do it ourselves and we're going to have to do it because this is a group that tries to talk a little bit more about about your worries about Isis because the situation is one now that we've sort of familiar with these ungoverned spaces in there are radicals where there is a terrorist presence presumably that is what what exists now in parts of Syria the only problem is we're absent that the Turks are there the Russians are sense the Iranians are there the Syrian government is there but we are no longer there right well that's right but remember where we were we had US abled forces that had taken Mozell all and taken Raka the two principal cities of the so-called Islamic State Caliphate the state was destroyed for everyone to see including the most deranged loser who might have gotten excited by on the Internet and they were busy trying to stay alive they said they'd fight to the death and in some ways I wish they had because there are still some of them were in detention and a few others who are drifting down the lower Euphrates valley but I was confident that we would keep them suppressed so defeat was all but complete really early in two thousand seventeen and now they will in the chaos that will ensue as the Turks and the Kurds go at it other and the Russians move in and Assad moves in and the whole thing becomes much more scrambled in that environment isis will return they'll also therefore have a base from which to operate and try to renew Isis in Iraq and and will have somewhere in some way those same barbarians trying to set up their so called Islamic state again and when they threaten our people yes they do that's part of their agenda we're going to have to defend ourselves but next time we won't have anybody with US I'm afraid to say Bash Carter fascinating conversation thank you so much thanks for having me for next on GPS the rest of the weeks developments brexit Ukraine nine senior national security officials now speaking out against the president and his foreign ballsy to top national security advisers.

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"ash carter" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Podcast

04:30 min | 1 year ago

"ash carter" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast

"Before it went to the president is supposed to be advice coming from you so you change that so there were things that in but you fixed yes I did. I made it my business is to not be micromanage nice. We'll help you do that. The president outranks you wanamaker badge right and to me the right answers the good old fashioned answer. I needed to have rock Obama have the confidence that that when Ash Carter came to the sit room or sent him a proposal that I had worked as hard on it as he thought it needed to be worked on and is he would work on it if he didn't have that confidence if he thought the Pentagon was just sending in. Stuff which we could do and the Secretary of Defense had beforehand vetted it as though he were the president himself. That's my job after all. That's important part that that's your job in. That's is your that's I've wanted to win from from President Obama the confidence that when we the department events sent something to him and which had really looked at it hard otherwise is he would do the only thing the thing he ended. Do we just turned his staff and say you better check this. I think they just came up from the lower levels and the guys at the top just send it on over and there's probably something wrong in there uh-huh and I'll be held responsible and so I I respected makes up. I and I had to earn that slowly because he there was a habit of having the staff look over our shoulders. I didn't like that and I changed some of our internal procedures and above all my own involvement in such a way that slowly but surely the president came to have confidence when I was doing do also I need to say Jack that what I I worked for wine murders for example Weinberger would sooner die than that anybody outside the Defense Department talk about war plans to the president. He believes that it was only the president in that apartment as L.. Everybody else that was the spirit in the reality of the cold word is if the war went up it was it was all war today and things like Iraq and Afghanistan but even even if who were dealing with Russia and China there is inevitably a political and a intelligence and an economic side to things so I did not have the view that the president wouldn't wouldn't benefit from in that my were plans wouldn't benefit from diplomatic input and intelligence but it just I sought it out because sometimes they would say well. You don't really understand how the country works or your. You haven't understood how this tribe or this locality works. These were valuable insights to us why we ever forego though and provided they could keep secrets. Stay invariably could and their inputs were in good faith sometimes they would then later argue argued the president of the National Security Council against a proposed operation on policy grounds fine. I would argue for doing it on Alcee grants but beforehand I would have let them see what I was proposing and say. Tell me what you think. Most of the time I benefited from that sometimes I bought myself a debate that I wished I'd have to have but we debated in front of the president. Naso experience in government was always better to have those debates rather than average but this is the key thing about journalism all things you said in the book that you did was you wanted to get that input yourself before you gave the president the vice rather than use hitting the White House advisor then letting everyone their way set bear. Yes you have to be a stickler for the chain of command chain of command goes from the president to the secretary of defense to everybody else and my view is nobody else is sending anything up towards the president. President doesn't go through Ashford and likewise but inversely. Nobody in the White House can give instructions to the Department of Defense. I've the only time I ever I saw the really mild manner or secretary sheds built airy..

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"ash carter" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Podcast

03:12 min | 1 year ago

"ash carter" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast

"Law. Fair has a new podcast for you. It's called the report and it brings you. The in depth story of the Muller report both out having to Wade through four hundred forty eight dense pages a legal text the first episode dropped on Friday and you'll be able to see it in our feed but for future episodes subscribed to the report wherever you got your podcasts. You're so I thought when I was in office we're not doing nearly enough respect to China and Russia and the reason I disagreed with crowds speak through the two thousand two thousand ten period it was that it had become cleared me think before the that it was clear to many people that China and Russia China and Russia we'd hope for in the nineties wasn't happy and the we needed to be able to counter them and they were a higher end enemy the Taliban guidance second we'd spent all that time and energy on Iraq and Afghanistan and ultimately Syria and was that a distraction yeah. It was so you those two things together in China and Russia were getting the attention they needed to events to our for about ten years and one of the things I did. All three of my jobs was tried to restore that attention to China Russia. I think that's now more prevalent in country which is a good prevalent in Washington which is a good thing but it wasn't ten years. I'm Michaela Fogel and this is the l'affaire podcast last July twentieth two thousand nineteen. We've got something a little different for podcast listeners this week. Jack Goldsmith sat down in Cambridge Massachusetts to have a conversation with former secretary of Defense Ash Carter and you're about to hear it they talked about Carter's time as head of the Pentagon the challenges of conveying national security threats to the American public the Obama Administration's response to the rise of the Islamic state offensive cyber operations and the role of of lawyers in defense policy. It's the law fair podcast episode four Hundred Thirty six Jack Goldsmith talks to former secretary of Defense Ash Carter so this is an amazing book on many levels. I learned a ton on and <hes> it's many different kinds of book wrapped into one is a comprehensive accessible explanation for how D._O._D.. Works on policy ranging from acquisitions in procurement to chain of command issues as to strategic planning and dozens of others use. It's a how to in leadership manual on enough. You would accept that characterization. It's it's full practical advice for how to deal with the press interagency process congressional the hearings crisis management more. It's an assessment of U._S.. Grand Strategy with <HES> with China Russia the Middle East North Korea it Analyzes D._O._D.'s technological strengths and weaknesses in nature of rapid technological change change..

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"ash carter" Discussed on FUTURE STATE

FUTURE STATE

14:38 min | 1 year ago

"ash carter" Discussed on FUTURE STATE

"Mike comes in to me one morning and says Sir the Defense Digital Service which is what this group is called has put all their furniture out in the hallway. What do you want me to and I such as just leave him alone? Just take it away. They wanted an open space. You know so you're at the Pentagon's like like World War Two. They're these big leather chairs with brass tacks in them and big meeting. I remember when I worked there. You could do something called midnight requisitioning which maybe if you stayed around midnight you could go get yourself a nice leather somewhere way you know there were ashtrays on every table when I started out there and you'd throw open the windows in the springtime now let the springtime area not anymore no not anymore but you know the old saw where always ready to fight the last war and and I <hes> despite what you did to cause people to think about the future and and in technology and that's a big boat to turn around and I look at the navy for example with all these big aircraft carriers that just seemed to me to be targets <hes> L. I ask we're spending huge amounts of money to defend these aircraft carriers so that they can do what you know have forty eight air little F. Eighteen airplanes that can drop bombs and it just seemed to me that some of the services are still fighting the last war well yeah you do install all the base of equipment that lasts for thirty forty years so give you another example come back to the carrier rebuilding the Joint Strike Fighter now and I'm for that and I worked really hard to make that less. It was a mess when I started out as acquisitions are <hes> <hes> and it will have thirty forty five year lifetime. I doubt they'll be a follow on man tactical. You think you're the last human piloted aircraft yes technical tactical aircraft. Yes <hes> now you ask what the aircraft F carrier in a high end China Russia. Maybe Iran you're absolutely right. It's going to be increasingly difficult and has this has been true for some years to just been sure the survivability let alone the effectiveness of aircraft carrier begins those kind of enemies anywhere near their shores so fair point. I still think there will be a role however for some aircraft carriers when it comes to the Afghanistan's the series the Iraq's so if you partition things in to high end and low end they'll still be a low end role. Now you're right about fighting the last were in another sense yeah. That's been true on the other hand I would say if I if I name the biggies today for me China Russia Iran North Korea terrorism and I say well all of those are pretty big headache and I don't skinny down the list and try to simplify things. I've got these five headaches and that was my approach <hes>. I think they're each going to change. They'll be artificial intelligence. They'll be more cyber stuff. There may be bio <hes> terrorism though so these things will change but I'll bet you those same categories will be around for those same places will be problematic <hes> for awhile at Bob Gates it's my wonderful predecessor in great mentor and Friend of Mine Great Secretary of Defense and a great director Central Intelligence and Deputy National Security Advisor to <hes> Bob used to as before he became secretary defense as a former D._C._i.. I get applause with a line that went like this. <hes> we've never once predicted where we fought now. This is something you could say in the nineteen nineties and then he'd talk about Grenada and and so I remember Grenada and I do too <hes> and so they should show at right <hes> and so that's a great line however there's one thing that is not accurate about although Bob didn't mean it this way which is it's could suggest to people that are two presence in Europe or in South Korea because word in breakout but those are wars. We prepared for they didn't happen. That's not not a failure story. That's a success story. We knew where they were going to happen. Then we went there and prevented it yeah and so that's the big story of the American military of the last seven years and that is overwhelmingly a triumph of prediction and and prevention. It's not the war it's peace the peace in Japan Peace in Europe. You'd ever get credit for things that didn't happen. I I remember being part nearly nineteen nineties of the so-called nunn-lugar program fact I ran that program and that was a program. It was intended to to win the Soviet Union disintegrated to make sure the nuclear arsenal of the first ever nuclear state to fall apart didn't also fall apart pretty important mission carried out successfully not just because the United States participated in but above all because the Soviet former Soviet custodians did but it was successful and if you tell people that now it sounds like you're giving history lesson yeah but on the other hand there were twenty thousand nuclear weapons they could. Of ended up anywhere yeah so you talked about the future wars involving artificial intelligence and cyber so let's talk about this <hes>. I think a lot of people have a notion that <hes> we're going to turn over control of weapons to Algorithms Algorithms and algorithms are going to make decisions about who to attack. We're talking about cooperation with Silicon Valley and yet <hes> there was this incident at Google. <hes> were <hes> they were involved. Google was going to be involved. I don't know if they were in an artificial intelligence. They were they were and <hes> and some Google employee said we don't want to be involved. <hes> with the Pentagon and I think they were afraid of being part of an artificial intelligence program Graham that we'd go off on its own <hes> you know and and figure out what the target was and kill it <hes> we're not really developing that are we know and and I offered to talk to two Google employees. We concluded on balanced that probably will go to wait and do that. Another time. They were mistaken in my judgment and I think man their management was mistaken to change what they were doing. As a consequence that first of all that was not all google employees or a lot of Google in blazers some Google employees and that's fine. They're entitled to their point of view however I don't agree with your point of view and here's how I would reason with them. I would say to them first of all and this needs to be said good on you your thinking morally that is perfectly appropriate. I want to associate myself with you in that regard and by the way you should think that way about everything that Google does that would be normal well okay and then second I would say as far as your government is concerned in the battlefield. I want you to know that we take our values to the battlefield. I tell you that as the former secretary trey defense by the way Dick you may know this or may not but in twenty twelve when I was deputy secretary of Defense I issued what is still the extent guidance to the Department of Defense on so-called autonomous is weapons which says they will not exist says the must be human not in the loop involved in decision making. I only make that correction because other in the loop is not really technically possible at suggests a person in a chip in a circuit. Did you know that that can literally be right involved in decision making <hes> because that is morally necessary. It is operationally totally practical number three. I would say the <hes> on the contrary very. Are you comfortable working for the P._L._A.. Because you do Chinese People's Liberation Army because you don't know when you work in China which your company does whether because they don't tell you who died and the last thing I'd say to them is do you really take for granted. Everything that's around you. You have a company you drive. You drove to work today on a road that somebody made that's public project. You have employees who come in who can read and write. That's a public project. You're defended if I may say so by the department Iran and that seems like a pretty necessary thing. The government isn't some extraneous factor Dr it is how we do things that must be done collectively and if you don't like the way it's being done or distrust Wade's being done getting the game. How are we ever going to do the right thing on a I if people like you you don't get involved in it? I became involved in the government because I was a physicist and at that time star wars nuclear weapons were going on and I didn't always agree with what the government was doing but I felt like I had a responsibility ons ability to participate so that's the argument I would make to them. I share that view and I got involved in the government. <hes> straight out of college Undergrad went to work at the Pentagon S. four years of my life I think in some ways <hes> but those this where the years in the immediate aftermath of the Vietnam War and I was Vietnam war protesters and people didn't understand why are you going to work in the Pentagon us. The enemy has no. It's not the enemy that's us. Yes and the only way you prevent bad things from happening is by being involved. Yes you're so right. I I had the same attitude that I still have today and it's what I tell young people including Google irs. I say you get in if you if you want it to turn out right get in the game. There's no it's the only government we got. You can't go down the street and shopping another store and Donald trump will forever be president so these days I particularly get the question you made to from young people all the time and and I tell them yes no particular president will be here <hes> forever <hes> but this is your country. There's no alternative and you're not gonNA get your way all the time <hes> but go ahead and give it a shot and I get so frustrated with people who my model of the clueless is the wealthy businessmen who drives his lexus around simultaneously complaining about paint his taxes and the potholes now exactly when I swore <hes> the oath for the first time in the Pentagon Richard Nixon was the president <hes> and need. I say what I thought of Richard Nixon at the time I think the people should still go in <hes> because you can do good at any level in the government <hes> Roy Math Buckley Apropos Richard Nixon nurture Nixon's after my time but <HES> <hes> before my time rather but we met Buckley said he he was being asked by the F._B._i.. The question you've heard a million times asked about colleagues that they've asked you which is <hes>. It's the last question in a long security questionnaire. <hes> is there anything about Mr so and so <hes> that might embarrass the president and Buckley said about this colleague if his and Richard Nixon being president at the time he said in his best pseudo British accent <hes>. I should think the reverse is more likely. You're so we have this policy. Would you put in place <hes> on a I but I'm not sure other countries will yeah <hes> and so we have these fictionalised scenarios. I'm sure you're red. Ghost Fleet in there's great book <hes> where there's a hyper war a war that takes place really fast <hes> with hypersonic weapons with Cyber Weapons <hes> and with artificial intelligence making decisions <hes> if not on our side at least on the other aside <hes> how much of that is science fiction and how much of that is the next door I think the the speed and the automatic AC- of the weapons Israel <hes> but I think the opportunity for human responsibility and leadership is there <hes> and we'll continue to be they're not in the sense of as I said being a chip in the circuit but we've got to be the best that which means we have to have thought through the best field the best stuff the stuff that will dominate that is a creation of human thought and strategic wisdom and I think if we have that and we have good technology technology the best technology which I think we is within our Ken to have we'll win. Whatever form it takes there still will be a sense of victory? <hes> this will be a human war. One for human purpose in there is going to be human winter and human loser in the winner is GonNa be us and even when we talk about cyber wars cyber wars not going to take place in a vacuum. It's not GonNa Take Place just in cyberspace. It'll be part of an overall war. <hes> and I know oh you've thought so much instill now at Harvard Kennedy School at the Belfer Center thinking so much about cyber war but when you we talked about this earlier when you turn to the Cyber Command and said do something and go after Isis <hes> for me you were disappointed with the results I was is another story. I told in the book <hes> it was a managerial issue <hes> for me and <hes> making us us the best at cyber warfare is is to me a necessity and he's one of those areas where only the secretary of defense can lead that future and yes. I thought we had more. They're inside calm than we proved to have. When it was time to go after Isis now think about isis the these are barbarians?.

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"ash carter" Discussed on Kickass News

Kickass News

02:53 min | 1 year ago

"ash carter" Discussed on Kickass News

"So how those contracts are structured is really important and people and I try to make that interesting to people I it is certainly it'll be easily apparent to them that it's, it's very important. But I say, here's you know, if you ever wonder the whole book is like that it'd be ever wanted. How you buy a fighter jet. Have you ever wondered how you buy an aircraft carrier? Have you ever wondered how you ship stuff to Afghanistan or build two hundred and fifty eight basis in Afghanistan in one summer, which is what I did in twenty ten. How does all this stuff get done? We talk about all the politics of it in the geopolitics of it, but down in the engine room where I was for a substantial part of my career. How how has all this stuff get done? I think curious people and leaders CEO's future leaders, future soldiers young people future. Technol-. Logist will all find that interesting. How does this place? Really work before we go. I just have to ask you ask, what was the coolest part of being secdef was at working at General, John blackjack, Pershing's desk, or flying around in the defense secretaries playing e four b it's, it's easy answer. It's the troops. You gotta stand in a desert with these kids and talk to them. Tell them why you're proud of them why they're doing something that is an absolutely essential and just look in their eyes. And then if you get a chance and you go to their home base, talk to mom talk today. Talk to young spouse, it really lifts you up. That's the best part of the job. I you know all the hardware and, you know, the theaters of war and situation room in the White House, and all that's kind of interesting, but the troops are really what keep you going. Yeah, but being able to sit at general Pershing's desk is still pretty cool that ain't bad. Yeah. That's a very big desk since a history at the very least place. Looks the same as it did. I have a picture of the book of Robert McNamara sitting there during the job administration. Well, the same desk, same table. Same chairs longtime. Well, again, the book is called inside the five sided box lessons from a lifetime of leadership and the Pentagon Ashkar. Thanks for talking with me. Thanks for having me Ben enjoyed it. Thanks again, to ash Carter for coming on the podcast or his new book inside the five sided box lessons from a lifetime of leadership in the Pentagon on Amazon audible, or wherever books are sold. Be sure to subscribe to kick ass news on apple podcasts if you haven't already. And if you like what you're hearing, then rate and review us while

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Kickass News

04:50 min | 1 year ago

"ash carter" Discussed on Kickass News

"And we, it was inevitable that we were going to. Yeah, we were going to take them, and then we subsequently did now I did, I mentioned earlier. I'm I'm worried that we're. Taking our foot off the gas and it's a mistake to now turn around and, and leave the place to without our influence anymore. I'm not saying we have to be fight each surely, not dying there. But we need to keep our influence. They are simply as a matter of self protection, and we've won the war, let's not Unwin another war in Iraq. So is President Trump then justified in his assertion that ISIS as he put it is basically defeated. Yeah. I think so. I think the I think, as I said, both the fact and the idea are destroyed. The only thing you have to say is that nothing's gone forever. Other a few of these fanatics left, we pursued them down to the freight down the frady's valley. I thought we were going to kill them all, apparently we'd didn't. So there are still some there, which is one of the reasons why we need to stay and. These are fanatics. And so they will try again to get people on their side. And if you allow the conditions to be recreated where they can get a few people on their side, and then tyrannize the rest of the people, you'll have old ISIS. Mac again, that's why I would I think we should not leave Syria not leave Iraq. We should stay in the game again not fighting and dying. But assisting and enabling our friends, they're these people are now they, they fought the war. We asked them to fight. They won the war, they couldn't have done it without us. But they won the war. Now, we want him to win the peace and turn our backs on him at this point is, is self self defeating and global terror is one of the five biggest threats you list, and inside the five sided box also on that list Russia, China, Iran North. Korea, I want to try to get to each of these in the time, we have first off Russia. It almost seems like there are too many problems to keep track of Putin is testing us on so many different fronts, whether it's cyber warfare the election Syria aggression in the Arctic Ukraine, and potentially other former Soviet satellite states violating the nuclear-test-ban withdrawing from nuclear treaties with so many balls in the air, where do we focus, our resources with Russia? It. He you're exactly right. He's, he's all over the globe at all over the strategic map, but there is a common denominator to Putin and I say this because I've been in meetings with Ladimir Putin's in nineteen nineteen Ninety-three Putin feels that the Soviet Union's collapse, was a catastrophe for the Russian people, and he's entitled to that view of his sleep. He believes that the United States has made mistakes around the world and he enumerates them toppling, governments in the not knowing what to do. So he makes some reasonable points that I don't necessarily agree with. But you can understand, but here's where Latimer Putin becomes tough to work with he views fourteen the United States, as an aim of his foreign policy in itself. Now, if he wants to talk to me about Syria. Okay. We can talk about Syria. We have different views. Maybe we can build a bridge between his view and my view in some way of, of, of, of reaching common ground. Same thing if we're talking about terrorism. We're talking about North Korea, China, whatever. But if his objective is so to speak, excuse my expression to screw the United States. That's an objective. I can't you, you can't compromise with that Ben build a bridge to that. And that's what makes him so difficult. And that's why you have to push back. We didn't have a war plan for Russia. Because when the Soviet Union ended, we didn't need ours. Soviet in Warsaw Pact war plan anymore. And it looked like they were either on the ropes permanently or we're gonna kind of turn into a democracy, or at least. Some sort of friend. And that's what everybody hoped. But when I was secretary defense, I said, it's, it's time we have were plan for Russia. Get them said to say that a but we need one in NATO needs one that's when we began to put the, the additional.

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"ash carter" Discussed on Kickass News

Kickass News

04:47 min | 1 year ago

"ash carter" Discussed on Kickass News

"I knew it all these things were and so I- analyzed the prospects that if they were put up on big satellites, and space. They could shine down and shoot ascending missiles from the Soviet Union attacking the United States if nuclear war should break out. And that would obviously be a good thing. If you could do it, but you couldn't do it, and in years later, forty years later when I was secretary defense, Ben, we still don't know how to do it. You know we we do have missile defenses, but they're not based on lasers. They're based on rockets that go up and mash into other rocket. And they are, they are affective, but not against a huge threat like the Soviet Union. Mos. During during the Cold War. So we still don't know how to do that. So all I said, was this eight this isn't going to work, and it was. And the reason it was significant was that it was, my, it was the first scientifically informed analysis based on full access to classified information of President Reagan's idea. And so it got a lot of notoriety, and as things happen in our world, even then. You. You are contending with something the president the United States did, and that means that the munchkins around him, try to come after you and take revenge. And that was scary for me. Because I was naive scientist I had no, I would not intending to get involved. In anything political, I was just from my point of view telling the truth. And so it was a lesson in, in the political big leagues. And that frightened me initially, and I thought, well K that's the end of my career, I blundered in something, but it ended up teaching me the opposite lesson Ben, and here's something that's probably useful to remember today, but there are a lot of people, including friends of President Reagan, and supporters of the Reagan administration who stood up for me, and they simply said, this guy is a scientist. He was doing his job. He was answering the question he was asked. To do. Everybody layoff them. And they said he did a responsible job. He did a knowledgeable job. And that's the kind of people we wanna have working on national defense. And in this case, he happened to arrive at a conclusion that was inconvenient for the president. But that's the kind of information and analysis, we need to have to have the best defense on earth. So the thing started off scary and actually discouraging me, but it went full circle, and it came around, and I said to myself through various people sticking up for me. I said, no, this is really very principle country. A lot of decent people contributing to defense. And when you hear these debates they're not debates to the death, there, debates among honorable people around the truth. And I only say that net and not in a partisan way and I only say that now because. In some ways that seems like a bygone era from from today's right? You and you've served under several presidents, finally ending with President Obama. Who do you think had the best grasp of how the department of defense works best and how best to utilize it? Well on day one as he walked into office, I would say, President Bush one. He had fought in World War Two. He had been in the government that is in the administration of President Reagan for the preceding period of time. So search surely on day one he was the most knowledgeable. But, you know, people learn really fast, I can't speak about President Trump because I didn't serve under him in the book, my book mentions and very few times, accordingly. Right. And I can't imagine he had much knowledge it certainly doesn't look like that. Don't see where he would have gotten it. But, but every president that I worked and get him star goes from Reagan right through bomb. They were hard workers and fast learners. So let's take Obama, I wasn't his secretary defense in his early days, but he came in he, he had never been in the federal government before. So did he know where all the villages in Syria were did? He know what it f thirty five was the difference between thirty five and an F eighteen..

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"ash carter" Discussed on Kickass News

Kickass News

02:20 min | 1 year ago

"ash carter" Discussed on Kickass News

"Hi, I'm Ben Mathis, welcome to kick ass news to most Americans, the dealings of the department of defense are a mystery and the Pentagon, nothing more than an opaque five sided box that they regard with a mixture of all insufficient. But in a new book titled inside the five sided box lessons from a lifetime of leadership in the Pentagon. Former secretary of defense ash Carter demystified and sheds light on all that happens inside of one of the nation's most iconic and most closely guarded buildings and on today's podcast, the twenty fifth secretary of defense takes me behind the scenes to reveal the inner workings of the Pentagon. It's vital mission, and what it takes to lead. He describes just how massive an organization, the DOD is how he managed to seven billion dollar budget, and how he recruited top tech talent to the Pentagon Ashkar reveals how his background is a physicist came in handy in the Pentagon, and how it led him. Mm to oppose president Ronald Reagan's Star Wars program in the eighties. He discusses how he came up with the successful strategy to defeat ISIS, but cautions, President Trump against pulling out of Iraq and Syria entirely. He talks about his efforts to reach out to non traditional military recruits, and his history-making decision to open all combat roles to women, plus Russia, China general Pershing's desk in much more with former secretary of defense ash Carter, coming up in just a moment. Broberg thirty five years ash. Carter served in numerous jobs in the department of defense. Most recently as the twenty fifth secretary of defense under President Obama. He currently serves as the director of the Belfer center for science and international affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School. And as an innovation fellow at MIT. He's written a new memoir, titled inside the five sided box lessons from a lifetime of leadership in the Pentagon in today, joins me on the podcast to talk about it. Avocado, welcome. Thanks spin..

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"ash carter" Discussed on 1A

1A

03:39 min | 1 year ago

"ash carter" Discussed on 1A

"Yeah. And this time, we are following people who break the rules in lying. He's part of the business. Opinion, the best revenge against ISIS. This to be humane a mess supposed to pinch. Yeah. Yeah episodes. Every other Wednesday subscribed back now to our conversation with former Defense Secretary ash Carter, his new book is called inside the five side of box. There's an acronym that I learned through prepping for this, which is cricket. C R, I K T, China Russia, Iran, North Korea and terrorism. I imagine that those countries the entities that pose the big threats to us national security, a number of people have articulated on those various players in various ways. Give me a sense of how you would like to see us if you were Defense Secretary today right now, dealing with cricket dealing with these five different kinds of threats. And is there one that you would take care of I sure la- I can I tell you the story of cricket? Yes, it's, it's a great Pentagon story. Well, I used to talk all the time with my senior commanders we would go through our war plans, and our preparations, and I would always say, let's not make this to abstract, let's talk. Let's put the names, the names, here who are the real problem children, China Russia, Iran North Korea and terrorism, and I go through that, that list again, and again, and again, and again, and one time I overheard in the hallway somebody talking about cricket, and then I heard it again, in a meeting somebody talked about cricket. So I turned to one of my assistance, one of these people talking about cricket, and he says, oh, that's your strategy. A said, you know, everybody was repeating it so often that they just turned it into the word cricket. So there there you go just naming the parts becomes a strategy. And in the Pentagon a strategy. Gets an acronym and you ask, what do we do to prepare for all of them? Unfortunately, they're all little bit different. China and Russia are high end. That is more demanding in terms of the level of technology and both involve are nuclear powers. Moreover, so that's important. They both have substantial landmass, and so they have a lot that's in common. But North Korea say is much smaller, and if it were only a matter of conventional war would still be a serious problem, not because it's close to the United States. But because it's close to South Korea were there we would win. We would destroy North Korea's regime in North Korea's military. But because it's in such a densely urban area. The warfare takes place. It is a very grisly war, but then on top of that North Korea's nuclear weapons, so that means you're dealing with a country with a strange government like that. That is just newly come into possession of nuclear weapons. That's a different kind of problem, then you got Ron, which doesn't have nuclear weapons put his right there in the middle. East and does a lot of stuff with proxies and third parties in has blonde so for war Yemen, and that kind of thing. Yeah. And then you got tears, so they're all they're all different. And this is one of the problems that we have the world's leading power is that if you go to a job, I bet you, if you go to a Chinese military briefing, it's all about the Americans. And she go to Russian military briefing. It's all about married to an American military briefing. It's about cricket..

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Malaysia's Mahathir Says Enough Evidence to Reopen 1MDB Probe

Bloomberg Daybreak

01:44 min | 2 years ago

Malaysia's Mahathir Says Enough Evidence to Reopen 1MDB Probe

"And the ad council trump has declared a major disaster in hawaii as the big island grapples with the aftermath of all canada corruption hawaii county civil defense administrator talmadge magnum says residents need to take precautions around falling ash carter stay in your car you drive carefully get through that area if you had home close your own home up after the ashes clear or through falling check your water systems and so forth us fighter jets have intercepted two russian bombers in international airspace off the coast of alaska correspondent ryan brown reports the pentagon is monitoring the situation overly concerned about this it could be that russia's attempting to retrain its pilots to conduct additional training but it has been some time and they'll be looking to see it russia continues these kind of probing activities in the near future the russian aircraft never entered us airspace i'm ann cates and i'm susanna palmer from bloomberg world headquarters in malaysia prime minister mahat here muhammad moved swiftly against his predecessor najib razak this just days after his shock election win najib is banned from leaving the country and mahatma is planning to reopen a probe into a multibillion dollar scandal at the state fund that najeib helped to set up tesla's engineering chief needs a little time off doug field a senior vice president is taking the time to recharge now the tusla chairman and ceo elon musk brushed him aside and took over production responsibilities during the difficult ramp up of the model three sedan a spokesman for the company says field hasn't left tesla walmart has settled a.

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"ash carter" Discussed on The Global Politico

The Global Politico

02:39 min | 2 years ago

"ash carter" Discussed on The Global Politico

"Um and uh if this is right which i'm pretty sure it is because i hear consistently from state department colleagues uh that doesn't bode well for the health of the state department going forward what do you think you mentioned that the budget and these future challenges like cyber at but also biological uh uh development of new weapons perhaps of the kind we haven't seen uh what are the most important things to invest in that were not that the chinese and the russians are we're all give you a few examples i i think is the main thing that we were not investing for a long in for a long time that the russians were investing in uh was our nuclear arsenal and i'm i wouldn't it all recommend doing the things that the kinds of things that they were doing a but what they were doing was a reminder that we needed hours at china's a much more challenging in many ways the chinese are not only trying to catch up with us qualitatively and quantitatively they have a long way to go um but uh they're trying but they're also are makinen targeted and much more strategic investments as a government in technology for example in quantum computing which will be revolutionary uh in certain aspects of biotechnology and uh they remembered china is a communist essentially dictatorship and so it is able to make these calls and to have consistency any unity of military purpose economic purpose and political purpose uh that a liberal democracy like the united states and we like it that way cannot do and we need to protect our businesses as well as our of our values like freedom and uh our uh security from the ability of china to behave in this way i believe that we have no adequate economic playbook for competition with china secretary ash carter.

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"ash carter" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

01:44 min | 3 years ago

"ash carter" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

"It has not been translated into a change of policy uh and i'm glad of that because i don't think vladimir putin deserves that again i don't mind people talking to the russians the chinese the north koreans iran but you need to understand what you're dealing with in re with russia and this is a country whether whether it's been in ukraine or in the middle east or with respect to brand sheen of nuclear weapons and his and build up its nuclear arsenal or medellin in the us democratic process has been a hostile to the united states and that's the russia that we reckon with them that's the russia uh that we need to deal with a net seems to be the case notwithstanding with the president elect said uh months ago i've thomas brooke this is a point we're talking the saw with former us secretary of defense ash carter about the country's military and security challenges right now the challenges facing the trump administration ashton carter was secretary of defense from two thousand fifteen until the handover to the trump administration and general james mattis earlier this year he joins me in the studio right now and you can join us as well dana is calling from new britain connecticut dana you're on the air with ash carter hi com nicotine i just wanted to fair quickly amer i am a trump voter an aside from destroying i if in in uh which is something that trump did promised you on the campaign trail i gotta say vive la use drumbeat towards war.

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"ash carter" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

01:50 min | 3 years ago

"ash carter" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts

"At one point radio he's been there literally there this was november 2015 then secretary defense ash carter in south korea in the dmz talking about deterrence and north korea's nuclear path the ever present danger is the reason why we speak of the ability to fight tonight uh that's the slogan appear uh no one ever wants to have to do that uh but uh deterrence is guaranteed through strengthened that's what the alliance is all about but could it happen his successor secretary of defense former general james mattis is in that seat right now a hot seat right now on monday here was mattis speaking at the association of the us army convention in washington saying be ready now what is the future hold neither you nor i can say sure there's one thing the us army can do and that is you have got to be ready to ensure that we have military options that our president can employ if needed james mattis now holds the reins ash carter held him until january joins me in the studio served in the obama administration as secretary of defense until the handover to mattis early this year from '09 to eleven he was under secretary of defense for acquisition technology and logistics from two thousand eleven to two thousand thirteen you is defences deputy secretary and chief operating officer now ash carter is professor of technology in global affairs at harvard direct with the belfer center for science and international affairs of the harvard kennedy school is out with a new report on the fight against isis headlined a lasting defeat the campaign to destroy isis ask carter welcome back one point good to be here with you top what do you make of the north korea situation right now there's james mattis your successor talking with officers of the army this week and saying be ready.

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"ash carter" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)

MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)

01:45 min | 3 years ago

"ash carter" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)

"But people like me were wrong about that the obama administration and the military absolutely got that done over time and slowly but they got it done then last year they started again on a new policy after months of study by the military defense secretary ash carter announced in june 2016 that transgender troops would be allowed to serve openly the administration opened the way for lgb troops previously in the new policy extended equality and the right to serve openly to transgender troops l g p a now t they would all be allowed to serve openly in the us military according to their abilities with that policy in place there are now as of right now tonight thousands of transgender people serving in our military many of them serving openly many of them serving in war zones now as of today that has all been thrown into policy chaos with no warning and no prep at all from this new president in a series of tweets that surprised just about everybody including congress including me i'm services committees including the pentagon the new president appears to have up in ordered a brand new policy quote please be advised as if it's a psa please be advised that the us government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the us military so that's the new policy no today the counter the policy he just posted on twitter it is true that the commander in chief could order a policy change like this but this isn't typically the way you do it.

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"ash carter" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)

MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)

01:45 min | 3 years ago

"ash carter" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)

"But people like me were wrong about that the obama administration and the military absolutely got that done over time and slowly but they got it done then last year they started again on a new policy after months of study by the military defense secretary ash carter announced in june 2016 that transgender troops would be allowed to serve openly the administration opened the way for lgb troops previously in the new policy extended equality and the right to serve openly to transgender troops l g p a now t they would all be allowed to serve openly in the us military according to their abilities with that policy in place there are now as of right now tonight thousands of transgender people serving in our military many of them serving openly many of them serving in war zones now as of today that has all been thrown into policy chaos with no warning and no prep at all from this new president in a series of tweets that surprised just about everybody including congress including me i'm services committees including the pentagon the new president appears to have up in ordered a brand new policy quote please be advised as if it's a psa please be advised that the us government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the us military so that's the new policy no today the counter the policy he just posted on twitter it is true that the commander in chief could order a policy change like this but this isn't typically the way you do it.

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"ash carter" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)

MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)

01:45 min | 3 years ago

"ash carter" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)

"But people like me were wrong about that the obama administration and the military absolutely got that done over time and slowly but they got it done then last year they started again on a new policy after months of study by the military defense secretary ash carter announced in june 2016 that transgender troops would be allowed to serve openly the administration opened the way for lgb troops previously in the new policy extended equality and the right to serve openly to transgender troops l g p a now t they would all be allowed to serve openly in the us military according to their abilities with that policy in place there are now as of right now tonight thousands of transgender people serving in our military many of them serving openly many of them serving in war zones now as of today that has all been thrown into policy chaos with no warning and no prep at all from this new president in a series of tweets that surprised just about everybody including congress including me i'm services committees including the pentagon the new president appears to have up in ordered a brand new policy quote please be advised as if it's a psa please be advised that the us government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the us military so that's the new policy no today the counter the policy he just posted on twitter it is true that the commander in chief could order a policy change like this but this isn't typically the way you do it.

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