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TYFYS is a conversation with practitioners, experts, and you about the relationship between the military and civilians. We explore scholarship and current policy debates, interview prominent thinkers and leaders, and engage our audience on vital issues of national security and civil-military relations. Brought to you by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, TYFYS reaches across the country and around the world to engage people in debates about the military, democracy, and security.

Latest Episodes

War by Other Means

This episode tackles a big, important, and sensitive topic: the military and politics. How should we think about the military's role in domestic politics? What does partisan polarization mean for the U.S. military? Can military families get involved in politics without politicizing the armed forces? We talk with Mac Owens, David Burbach, Deborah Avant, and Sarah Streyder to answer these and other questions.

21 MIN6 d ago
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War by Other Means

Under Control

What does it mean for the military to be under civilian control? Jim and Alice talk about obedience, loyalty, and subordination with ethicist Dr. Pauline Shanks Kaurin, author of "On Obedience."Then they catch up with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral (ret) Michael Mullen to talk about how presidents and senior military officers build, and sometimes lose, trust.

20 MIN3 w ago
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Under Control

The Civ-Mil of Hamilton

You may not think of civil-military relations when you think about the hit musical, but civ-mil themes are all over Hamilton.In this special bonus episode, Alice and Jim talk to Hamilton superfans and national security practitioners Shannon Culbertson and Simone Williams. The crew discusses Hamilton's military service and social mobility, how types of national service blend into the same life, and the time George Washington says, "Thank You For Your Service."

29 MINJUL 17
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The Civ-Mil of Hamilton

What is a Legacy?

How have the post-9/11 wars affected America's relationship with the military, and the military's relationship with America? In our War Storytellers segment, we talk to novelist Elliot Ackerman and poet Olivia Garard. Then we hear from Dr. Mara Karlin about her research on the impact the wars have had on the military and the civil-military relationship.

18 MINJUL 10
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What is a Legacy?

On Service

What is service? Is military service more valuable or more noble than other kinds of national and community service? Who serves, and why? Jim and Alice explore these questions and more with guests Janine Davidson, Shawn Skelly, and Amy Schafer.

20 MINJUN 26
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On Service

The State of the Union

In our first episode with new co-hosts Alice Friend and Jim Golby, we provide an overview of the podcast and give you a sneak preview of future guests. We also debate the state of civil-military relations, including the implications of the use of the military at home in the context of the recent protests against racial injustice.

29 MINJUN 13
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The State of the Union

Hail and Farewell! The Future of TYFYS Podcast

This is the last episode of Thank You For Your Service co-hosted by Thomas and Nick, who are leaving UChicago and moving on with their Navy careers. After this, TYFYS will join the podcast network at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where it will be hosted by Dr. Alice Hunt Friend and Dr. Jim Golby. In this final episode, Thomas and Nick look back on the experience of creating TYFYS and interview Alice and Jim, who explain their backgrounds, assess the current state of American civil-military relations, and preview the future of the show. To our listeners: Thank you for joining us on this amazing journey. We hope you’ll keep listening and learning with Alice and Jim – we know the podcast is in good hands. “Thank You For Your Service” is a production of the University of Chicago Public Policy Podcasts and does not necessarily represent the official positions of the Department of Defense or the U.S. government. Podcast Production Credit: Thomas Krasnican, host N...

31 MINMAR 16
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Hail and Farewell! The Future of TYFYS Podcast

Dr. Risa Brooks on the Theory and Paradoxes of Civil-Military Relations

Ever since Samuel Huntington wrote The Soldier and the State in 1957, his theory on objective civilian control of the military has had a profound influence on American civil-military relations. Over the course of this podcast series, we’ve explored that theory’s substance and applications to real-world events. But does Huntington’s theory need an overhaul? Dr. Risa Brooks is a professor of political science at Marquette University. She is one of the leading experts in academic civil-military relations, having written extensively about both American and international issues. Dr. Brooks joins the podcast to discuss her article in the Spring 2020 issue of International Security titled “Paradoxes of Professionalism: Rethinking Civil-Military Relations in the United States.” In that article and in this interview, Dr. Brooks argues that Huntington’s theory of objective control contains several paradoxes and deficiencies that are becoming increasingly important in today’s political ...

52 MINMAR 9
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Dr. Risa Brooks on the Theory and Paradoxes of Civil-Military Relations

Women in the Military: Myths and Realities

How have the roles of women in the military changed over time? What progress has been made towards more inclusive and diverse environments in the armed forces? Lyla Kohistany joins this episode to give her take. Lyla is a U.S. Navy veteran, having served first as a Surface Warfare Officer before transferring to the Intelligence Community, where she served as an Intelligence Officer for Special Operations missions. Upon leaving the Navy, Lyla founded a nonprofit called Promote, which is dedicated to helping Special Operations units foster more inclusive work environments. We talked with Lyla about women in the military, portrayals of women service members in the media and their ramifications on the civil-military divide, and how men can be better allies for women who serve. “Thank You For Your Service” is a production of the University of Chicago Public Policy Podcasts and does not necessarily represent the official positions of the Department of Defense or the U.S. government. Fur...

41 MINFEB 27
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Women in the Military: Myths and Realities

Who Serves: Military Demographics in 2020

Despite popular stereotypes, the best predictor of whether someone will join the armed forces is not race or economic class. According to New York Times national correspondent Dave Philipps, it’s familiarity with the military – knowing someone who has served, usually a friend or family member. The result is that since the advent of the All-Volunteer Force, new recruits have been coming largely from the same places and the same families. Dave covers the military and veterans from a ground-level perspective, hearing and sharing the stories of everyday troops, as opposed to policymakers in Washington. He has been with the Times since 2014, and he has won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting. In this episode, Dave discusses insights from his January 2020 article, “Who Signs Up to Fight? Makeup of U.S. Recruits Shows Glaring Disparity.” Comparing past and present demographics of the military, Dave explains why the makeup of the armed forces has changed, and where the trend is likely to...

25 MINFEB 13
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Who Serves: Military Demographics in 2020

Latest Episodes

War by Other Means

This episode tackles a big, important, and sensitive topic: the military and politics. How should we think about the military's role in domestic politics? What does partisan polarization mean for the U.S. military? Can military families get involved in politics without politicizing the armed forces? We talk with Mac Owens, David Burbach, Deborah Avant, and Sarah Streyder to answer these and other questions.

21 MIN6 d ago
Comments
War by Other Means

Under Control

What does it mean for the military to be under civilian control? Jim and Alice talk about obedience, loyalty, and subordination with ethicist Dr. Pauline Shanks Kaurin, author of "On Obedience."Then they catch up with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral (ret) Michael Mullen to talk about how presidents and senior military officers build, and sometimes lose, trust.

20 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Under Control

The Civ-Mil of Hamilton

You may not think of civil-military relations when you think about the hit musical, but civ-mil themes are all over Hamilton.In this special bonus episode, Alice and Jim talk to Hamilton superfans and national security practitioners Shannon Culbertson and Simone Williams. The crew discusses Hamilton's military service and social mobility, how types of national service blend into the same life, and the time George Washington says, "Thank You For Your Service."

29 MINJUL 17
Comments
The Civ-Mil of Hamilton

What is a Legacy?

How have the post-9/11 wars affected America's relationship with the military, and the military's relationship with America? In our War Storytellers segment, we talk to novelist Elliot Ackerman and poet Olivia Garard. Then we hear from Dr. Mara Karlin about her research on the impact the wars have had on the military and the civil-military relationship.

18 MINJUL 10
Comments
What is a Legacy?

On Service

What is service? Is military service more valuable or more noble than other kinds of national and community service? Who serves, and why? Jim and Alice explore these questions and more with guests Janine Davidson, Shawn Skelly, and Amy Schafer.

20 MINJUN 26
Comments
On Service

The State of the Union

In our first episode with new co-hosts Alice Friend and Jim Golby, we provide an overview of the podcast and give you a sneak preview of future guests. We also debate the state of civil-military relations, including the implications of the use of the military at home in the context of the recent protests against racial injustice.

29 MINJUN 13
Comments
The State of the Union

Hail and Farewell! The Future of TYFYS Podcast

This is the last episode of Thank You For Your Service co-hosted by Thomas and Nick, who are leaving UChicago and moving on with their Navy careers. After this, TYFYS will join the podcast network at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where it will be hosted by Dr. Alice Hunt Friend and Dr. Jim Golby. In this final episode, Thomas and Nick look back on the experience of creating TYFYS and interview Alice and Jim, who explain their backgrounds, assess the current state of American civil-military relations, and preview the future of the show. To our listeners: Thank you for joining us on this amazing journey. We hope you’ll keep listening and learning with Alice and Jim – we know the podcast is in good hands. “Thank You For Your Service” is a production of the University of Chicago Public Policy Podcasts and does not necessarily represent the official positions of the Department of Defense or the U.S. government. Podcast Production Credit: Thomas Krasnican, host N...

31 MINMAR 16
Comments
Hail and Farewell! The Future of TYFYS Podcast

Dr. Risa Brooks on the Theory and Paradoxes of Civil-Military Relations

Ever since Samuel Huntington wrote The Soldier and the State in 1957, his theory on objective civilian control of the military has had a profound influence on American civil-military relations. Over the course of this podcast series, we’ve explored that theory’s substance and applications to real-world events. But does Huntington’s theory need an overhaul? Dr. Risa Brooks is a professor of political science at Marquette University. She is one of the leading experts in academic civil-military relations, having written extensively about both American and international issues. Dr. Brooks joins the podcast to discuss her article in the Spring 2020 issue of International Security titled “Paradoxes of Professionalism: Rethinking Civil-Military Relations in the United States.” In that article and in this interview, Dr. Brooks argues that Huntington’s theory of objective control contains several paradoxes and deficiencies that are becoming increasingly important in today’s political ...

52 MINMAR 9
Comments
Dr. Risa Brooks on the Theory and Paradoxes of Civil-Military Relations

Women in the Military: Myths and Realities

How have the roles of women in the military changed over time? What progress has been made towards more inclusive and diverse environments in the armed forces? Lyla Kohistany joins this episode to give her take. Lyla is a U.S. Navy veteran, having served first as a Surface Warfare Officer before transferring to the Intelligence Community, where she served as an Intelligence Officer for Special Operations missions. Upon leaving the Navy, Lyla founded a nonprofit called Promote, which is dedicated to helping Special Operations units foster more inclusive work environments. We talked with Lyla about women in the military, portrayals of women service members in the media and their ramifications on the civil-military divide, and how men can be better allies for women who serve. “Thank You For Your Service” is a production of the University of Chicago Public Policy Podcasts and does not necessarily represent the official positions of the Department of Defense or the U.S. government. Fur...

41 MINFEB 27
Comments
Women in the Military: Myths and Realities

Who Serves: Military Demographics in 2020

Despite popular stereotypes, the best predictor of whether someone will join the armed forces is not race or economic class. According to New York Times national correspondent Dave Philipps, it’s familiarity with the military – knowing someone who has served, usually a friend or family member. The result is that since the advent of the All-Volunteer Force, new recruits have been coming largely from the same places and the same families. Dave covers the military and veterans from a ground-level perspective, hearing and sharing the stories of everyday troops, as opposed to policymakers in Washington. He has been with the Times since 2014, and he has won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting. In this episode, Dave discusses insights from his January 2020 article, “Who Signs Up to Fight? Makeup of U.S. Recruits Shows Glaring Disparity.” Comparing past and present demographics of the military, Dave explains why the makeup of the armed forces has changed, and where the trend is likely to...

25 MINFEB 13
Comments
Who Serves: Military Demographics in 2020
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