The Dead Prussian Podcast

The Dead Prussian Podcast aims to explore War and Warfare through discussion and analysis of military theory, historical events, contemporary conflicts, and expert interviews.
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The Dead Prussian Podcast aims to explore War and Warfare through discussion and analysis of military theory, historical events, contemporary conflicts, and expert interviews.

Feb 16, 2017

In this episode Mick chats with Professor Hal Brands, a Professor of Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the author of What Good is Grand Strategy? They discuss the the concept of Grand Strategy and how it relates to the use of military force to achieve a political objective.

Hal provides one of the most concise responses to the final question. 

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Feb 9, 2017

This short episode is a book review of The Human Face of War by Professor Jim Storr The book provides an in-depth analysis of warfare and those who conduct it.

Mick reviews the book and gives it a rating on our new 'Carls' scale. 

Feb 2, 2017

In this episode Mick chats with Dr Kori Schake, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and an editor, with Jim Mattis, of the book Warriors and Citizens: American Views of Our Military. They discuss the civil-military relationship and contemporary American views of the American military. Kori also explains how her students at Stanford can gain extra credit for listening to our show.

Kori also provides a concise answer to the final question.


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Jan 26, 2017

This short episode is a book review of War, what is it good for? by Professor Ian Morris. The book is a study of war and its effect on civilisations through out history.

Mick reviews the book and gives it a rating from our new review rating system. 

Jan 18, 2017

In this episode Mick chats with Dr Bleddyn Bowen, a lecturer in Defence Studies at Kings College London and a space power theorist. They discuss Big Carl's theories applied to war in space, tactics of space warfare, cosmic coastlines, and which SciFi show/movie did it best!

Bleddyn also provides a very non-space related answer to the final question.

Note:This is the first episode for 2017. 

Dec 8, 2016

In this episode Mick chats with MAJGEN Roland De Vries (retd), a former South African Army officer who fought in the Angolan Border wars and has written on his experiences and the tactics of mobile warfare in Eye of the Firestorm. They also discuss the implications of peace negotiations at the tactical level and rapid capability acquisition.

Roland provides the final definition of war for the 2016 canon.

Note:This is the final episode for 2016. 


Nov 24, 2016

In this episode Mick chats with Dr Nicholas Clements, an author, history teacher and adjunct researcher at the University of Tasmania. They discuss the Black War in Tasmania during the 1820s and 1830s. Nick explains the causes and course of the war as well as providing some insight into how the war effected each side. 

Nick adds to the growing definitions of war complied by the show.

Note: Some elements of the audio are rough due to Mick recording in a car in a hospital car park during a storm... 

Nov 10, 2016

In this episode Mick chats with Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria, II, editor of the U.S. Army War College Quarterly, Parameters. They discuss the theory of the nature of war, it's changeable character and enduring elements. Antulio uses the weather as a useful metaphor to explain #BigCarl's theory while Mick demonstrates his lack of sports knowledge with a metaphor of his own.

Antulio also provides a comprehensive definition of war.

Oct 23, 2016

PANEL SHOW!!! The talented team at The Strategy Bridge lined up some great guests for Mick to chat with about the ethics of managing, waging and conducting war. The panel topics range from Just War Theory and its application to strategic decision making through to the actions of the soldiers in the coalface. There is even mention of the Bard and how we can learn from the play about Henry V.

The panelists included former and current military officers as well as a philosopher on ethics. In fact, you can read their impressive bios below.

Guest Bios: 

Lieutenant General James Dubik, (ret), Ph.D., retired from the U.S. Army in July 2008. Professor at Georgetown University's Center for Security Studies. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Study of War, as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Security Advisory Council, and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. During 2012-2013, he was the General Omar N . Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership sponsored by Penn State Law, Dickinson College, and the U.S. Army War College. He is also a member of the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame and a distinguished member of the U.S. Army 75th Ranger Regiment. His book - Just War Reconsidered: Strategy, Ethics, and Theory was released this year.


Dr Pauline Shanks Kaurin is an academically trained philosopher and ethicist, interested in military ethics, business ethics and applying ethical thinking to policy questions. She is currently Associate professor of philosophy, Chair Department of Philosophy at Pacific Lutheran University. She is the author of The Warrior, Military Ethics and Contemporary Warfare - Achilles Goes Asymmetrical. You can follow her on twitter via @queenofthinair.


Thomas McDermott joined the British Army in 2001, and the Australian Army in 2015.  He has served in combat and staff roles in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  He is now studying strategy at the Australian National University.  You can follow him on Twitter via @helmandproject.

Oct 13, 2016

In this episode Mick chats with Dr Vanda Wilcox, a lecturer at John Cabot University in Rome and the author of 'Morale and the Italian Army during the First World War'. They discuss the concept of morale and how it can effect a military force during war. Vanda also provides Mick with examples from the Italian Army during the First World War to highlight..

Vanda adds her definition of war to The Dead Prussian's collection.

Sep 29, 2016

In this episode Mick chats with Dr Peter Dean, a lecturer at the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University. They discuss an Australian officer from the Second World War, Lieutenant General Francis Horton Berryman. They discuss Berryman's career and his role in Operation Postern, the successful campaign to expel the Japanese from Papua New Guinea.

Peter also provides a definition of war.

Sep 18, 2016

In this episode Mick chats with Aaron Pegram, a historian at the Australian War Memorial. They discuss Australian soldiers who became prisoners of war on the Western Front in the First World War. 

Aaron also provides a long, yet eloquent, response to the final question.

Aug 30, 2016

In this episode Mick chats with Dr Sharon Mascall-Dare, an award winning journalist, army officer and academic. They took time out of producing the Australian Army Training & Doctrine podcast to discuss the myths and untold stories of the Anzac legend. 

Sharon also provides her view on what war is.

Aug 20, 2016

In this episode Mick chats with John Bale, a veteran and the CEO of the Australian charity Soldier On. The two Tasmanians discuss the founding of Soldier On and the intricacies of providing support to veterans in need. They also touch on popular misconceptions of the modern experience of war and how these influence the perceptions of veterans and veterans' issues in wider society.

John also provides a definition of war that reminds us of society's responsibility.

Aug 5, 2016

In this episode Mick chats with Dr. Rhys Crawley, a historian at the Australian War Memorial. They discuss his book and the failed August offensive in Gallipoli that began with the attack on Lone Pine on the 6th of August 1915. They touch on the efforts of the Australians, British and Kiwi soldiers as well as the withdrawal from the Dardenelles by the allies.

Rhys also provides a new and eloquent definition of war.

Jul 26, 2016

In this episode Mick chats with Dr. Meleah Hampton, a historian at the Australian War Memorial. They discuss the Somme Campaign in the First World War; focusing on the battle of Pozières Ridge and it's significance in Australian military history. They also touch on the commemoration of war and Meleah's recently published book about Pozières.

Meleah also provides a new and frank definition of war.


Jul 13, 2016

In this episode Mick has a chat with Brigadier Mick Ryan, the Director General for Training & Doctrine in the Australian Army. They discuss how the Australian Army learns and trains its people to prepare them to operate in complex environments. They also touch on the Australian Army's capstone annual exercise, Hamel.

Mick also takes the opportunity to give his own career a quick boost. 

Jun 18, 2016

In this episode Mick has a chat with Dr Meghan Fitzpatrick, a defence analyst & researcher. They continue their discussion on war related nervous disorders, this time focusing on the Second World War. It is a topic that is as relevant to today's veterans as it was to those who fought in WW2.

Jun 4, 2016

In this episode Mick asks previous guest Dr Huw Davies to return to the show to discuss the personal library of the 1st of Duke of Wellington. Huw highlights how the exploration of the Iron Duke's library can hint at what military officers in the 18th and 19th centuries were reading before Clausewitz's famous work was published. Maurice, Comte de Saxe and Henry Lloyd are highlighted as two influential authors of the time.

It is a fascinating subject and the discussion covers battlefields across Britain, France, Spain and India. Mick also makes one of his funnier jokes before confirming Huw's previous definition of "War is..."

May 22, 2016

In this episode Mick chats with Olivia A. Garard about Alice in Wonderland and how it can be used to examine Clausewitz's theory of war. They also talk a little bit about relativism and how it can aid in the application of Big Carl's work or, for that matter any other theory of war.

Tune in and find out who the Cheshire cat really is.


Olivia A. Garard is an officer in the US Marine Corps. She has an MA in War Studies from King's College London. The opinions expressed are hers alone and do not reflect those of the Marine Corps, the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

May 11, 2016

In this episode Mick has a chat with World War Z author Max Brooks. They discuss Max's exploration of war through his writing. Max's book The Harlem Hell Fighters is a historical graphic novel set in World War One and it explores the unique story of an African American unit from the U.S. Army.  They also discuss how disruptive thinking can assist militaries in learning the lessons they need for the future fight.

Max also provides Mick with a unique response in his search for the definition of war.

Max is non-resident fellow with the Modern War Institute at West Point, and senior resident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Art of Future Warfare project. 

May 7, 2016

In this episode Mick has a chat with warrior poet Barry Alexander about the release of his memoir, On Afghanistan's Plains. Barry discusses his poetry as well as his debut book. The discussion also explores how creative outlets can be a positive experience for modern veterans.

Mick also gains a new response in his search for the definition of war.

Apr 28, 2016

In this episode Mick has a chat with national security expert Douglas A. Ollivant on the a recent article he wrote about Hybrid Warriors. Douglas discusses the capabilities of Hybrid Warriors and how they are a new threat to modern militaries that have similar precedents throughout history. Mick also gains a new response to his search for the definition of war.

#Waris ...

Apr 3, 2016

In this episode Mick chats with Dr. Aimée Fox-Godden, a teaching fellow in the history of warfare at the University of Birmingham. They discuss innovation in the British military during the First World war. They discuss common misconceptions about innovation and change in military forces as well as confirm whether or not Mulder and Scully were cooler than change agents.

Aimée also provides a new and interesting definition of war.

Mar 16, 2016

In this episode Mick sits down and has a coffee with August Cole, author of Ghost Fleet, a useful fiction thriller about the future of war. August discusses how fiction and narratives can drive innovation in national security and defence. Mick also asks August to discuss innovation and his project, The Art of Future War, that seeks to engage the creative mind in discussing how future war will evolve. August also gives a unique definition of war.

An easy 20 min episode for your mid week commute.

August Cole is an author and analyst specializing in national security issues.

He is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. He is the director of the Art of Future Warfare project, which explores narrative fiction and visual media for insight into the future of conflict. He is also writer-in-residence at Avascent, an independent strategy and management consulting firm focused on the defense and aerospace sectors.

His fiction writing tackles themes at the core of American foreign policy and national security in the 21st Century. His first book Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War, is a collaborative novel written with Peter W. Singer. This near-future thriller about the next world war was published in June 2015 by Eamon Dolan Books, a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt imprint. See more at

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