Robert H. Scales: Military Strategy and the Future of Land Warfare

Robert H. Scales

Major General Robert H. Scales, Jr. (U.S. Army, ret.) discusses military strategy with Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler and Professor of Law Thomas Barnes.

Key Words: Military, Strategy, War, Nimitz Lecturers

Norton Schwartz: The Air Force in the Twenty First Century

Norton Schwartz

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes General Norton Schwartz, former Chief of Staff of the Air Force, for a discussion of the changing nature of air power. In the conversation, General Schwartz reflects on his career and analyzes the essential elements of military leadership. He also explores the challenges of securing and maintaining the nuclear arsenal and the implications of developing and deploying pilotless aircraft. He concludes with a discussion of the requirements for military preparedness in an era of belt tightening and budget cuts.

Key Words: Military...

John Philip Abizaid: The Military in the Post 911 World

John Philip Abizaid

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes General John Abizaid for a discussion of the role of the military in the 21st century. Drawing on his experience as commander of the U.S. Central Command, he discusses the problems confronting the next President in the Middle East. He analyzes the lessons of the Iraq War and reflects on issues such as intelligence, the Geneva Conventions, and the role of military contractors.

John F. Lehman: Managing National Security Policy

John F. Lehman

In this 1991 interview with UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler, former Secretary of the Navy (1981 - 1987) John F. Lehman talks about ideas that shaped his thinking and the problems of reforming the Washington bureaucracy. He compares the styles of Henry Kissinger and Casper Weinberger and reflects on how students should prepare for government service.

Key Words: Military

James Mattis: Reflections

James Mattis

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes General James Mattis (U.S. Marine Corp. ret.), former Head of Central Command for a discussion of his military career. Topics covered include: his formative years, the skill set and temperament required to be a marine, his command philosophy, his battle experience in Afghanistan and Iraq, the role of the military in securing peace, the contribution of the military to the policy debate, and his advice for students as they prepare for the future.

Key Words: Military, Defense Department, Iraq, Strategy, Nimitz Lecturers

Harry G. Summers: Military Strategy

Harry G. Summers

U.C. Berkeley's Harry Kreisler welcomes Colonel Harry G. Summers for a discussion of the lessons of the Vietnam War for U.S. military strategy.

Key Words: Military, Vietnam War, Nimitz Lecturers, RIP

General James Cartwright: National Security in the 21st Century

General James Cartwright

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes General James Cartwright for a discussion of military leadership and strategic thinking. Tracing his military career and his intellectual journey, Cartwright discusses the challenges he faced in reorganizing the Strategic Air Command and then describes the role of the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He analyzes how a military strategist thinks about reducing the size of the nuclear force, how the rise of China might affect U.S. grand strategy, and the unique challenges posed by threats emerging from the cyber domain. Using the case of...

General Anthony Zinni: The Military's Role in a Changing World

General Anthony Zinni

Retired U.S. Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni joins host Harry Kreisler on this edition of Conversations with History to discuss the military today and their role in a changing world filled with transnational threats such as terrorism.

Key Words: Military, Terrorism, Nimitz Lecturers

Charles R. Larson: Education and Military Leadership

Charles R. Larson

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Admiral Charles R. Larson for a discussion of his career in the military and the role of education in shaping tomorrow's leaders.

KEYWORDS: Nimitz Lecturers.

Anthony Zinni: Challenges for U.S. National Security Policy

Anthony Zinni

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes General Tony Zinni for a discussion of national security challenges facing the United States in the 21st century. He analyzes the failure of U.S. foreign policy to address the new instabilities threatening world order and discusses the lessons of the Iraq War.

KEYWORDS: Iraq, National Security, Elberg Lecturers.