255. John Spencer. The Urban Warfare Expert on Combat in Ukraine and Gaza. Ukraine’s Will to Fight. Red Dawn 2023 Style. Is Hamas a Paper Tiger? Gaza’s Terrible Complexity. The High Cost of Not Supporting Ukraine. The Threat of Holiday Attacks in America.


Throughout the last couple of years, we’ve stayed on top of all the domestic and international security threats facing us all from Putin to Hamas to domestic extremists. And our guest in this episode is going to take us through all of it with a very unique, powerful and authentic perspective.

He’s an expert on urban combat, which is going to dominate the combat landscape for the next generation and maybe more. It’s what we’ve seen in Iraq. It’s what we’ve seen in Syria. It’s what we’ve seen in Ukraine. It’s what we’re seeing in Gaza. 

He’s been there and done that. He started out in the Army as a Private and went all the way up through the ranks from Ranger instructor to Platoon Leader in Iraq and multiple tours to teaching at West Point. He’s chair of Urban Warfare Studies at the Modern War Institute. He’s the author of Understanding Urban Warfare.

He’s a host of his own podcast, becoming much more regular in the media and is extremely prolific on social media, including a breakout moment when the invasion of Ukraine began. He’s also a humble, thoughtful, experienced father of three kids who came back from Ukraine just two weeks ago. He’s a leader meeting the moment who will help us understand what’s happening now and what could happen next.

From the battlefields of Ukraine to the streets of Gaza to the tree lighting ceremony here in New York City at Rockefeller Center. The threats are everywhere. We’re going to break it down with authenticity, without the spin and with real facts and experience. It’s the kind of conversation you can’t have on cable news, but you can have on a podcast.

Here it is, Paul Rieckhoff’s (@PaulRieckhoff) high impact conversation with one of the world’s leading authorities on urban warfare, Major John Spencer.

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