Chasing Ghosts: An Irregular Warfare Podcast

by Bill Buppert

A podcast series peeking behind the curtain at the vast machinery and briar patch politics of fighting terrorism and insurgency and everything in between. I'm a "COINtra" and not a "COINdinista", the latter are the vast army of apparatchiks and apologists who fire the engines of Irregular Warfare (IW) planet-wide. We're the skeptics and doubters of all things IW and special operations. And we are a tiny sliver of the IW commun... Read more

Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • S01 E04 - Chasing Ghosts: Episode 4 "The Impossibility of Successful Western Counterinsurgency"

    S01 E04 - Chasing Ghosts: Episode 4 "The Impossibility of Successful Western Counterinsurgency"

    Despite trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of deaths, the West has nothing to show for the counterinsurgency campaigns it has waged. Despite the enormous industry and vast intellectual and historical apologetics combin...

    44:51
  • S01 E03 - Chasing Ghosts: Episode 3 "Michael Collins: The Empire Blinks"

    S01 E03 - Chasing Ghosts: Episode 3 "Michael Collins: The Empire Blinks"

    The Irish Rebellion in 1916-1922 is what I characterize as the era of "Peak Guerrilla" in concert with the exploits of TE Lawrence and GEN Paul Emil von Letter-Vorbeck that set the stage for the modern irregular warfare era in the...

    36:36
  • S01 E02 - Chasing Ghosts: Episode 2" Antifragility and Irregular Warfare"

    S01 E02 - Chasing Ghosts: Episode 2" Antifragility and Irregular Warfare"

    In this episode I make the case that insurgencies are antifragile and that counterinsurgencies are fragile for the most part; we discuss the concepts, examine historical and contemporary examples and set the stage for practitioner...

    56:42
  • S01 E01 - Chasing Ghosts: Episode 1: "Terms of Endearment"

    S01 E01 - Chasing Ghosts: Episode 1: "Terms of Endearment"

    This charter episode will discuss the intent and get started with the basics to create a framework of common understanding. This episode will discuss the National Defense Strategy, generations of warfare, civil war and the regiona...

    37:47