The Navy SEAL Museum Friendly Fire Podcast

The podcast where two old military friends with often opposing opinions come together to lob friendly grenades at each other about current events–and still part as friends.

Welcome to the Friendly Fire Podcast, a Navy SEAL Museum production. Our podcast is recorded in our MK-V Assault Craft at the Museum. Based in Fort Pierce Florida, the Museum resides on the original training grounds of the predecessors to today’s Navy SEALs.

Episode 30 | All for the Good of the Country

“Kaiser Family, still in the fight.” Rick’s prosthetic leg: not a WWII amputation. A formula for blade length for amputees competing in running races. Supporting the COVID policy and states all stumbling over it. Criminals versus the mentally ill: alternatives for helping those in a mental health crisis to avoid jail time. The correlation between mass shootings and our country’s deficit in care for the mentally ill. Building cities under sea level, storm surges, and houses on stilts.

The Friendly Fire Podcast is hosted by the Museum’s Chief Operating Officer, Rick Kaiser, retired Navy SEAL Master Chief, and Tim Nichols, retired Marine and current professor at Duke University; Tim joins the conversation from his home base in North Carolina. Special thanks to Shine a Light Productions for support of this production.

Timothy Nichols

Visiting Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University
Tim Nichols (B.A, UVA; M.A, USF; M.B.A.,NCSU) Tim served as an intelligence officer in the Marine Corps for over 21 years with extensive experience in the Special Operations and Counterterrorism fields. His overseas experience spanned deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, East Africa, Central America, and the Pacific. He was designated a Regional Affairs Officer for East Africa. While in Iraq, he directed a joint interagency task force in tracking and targeting foreign extremists traveling to Iraq for violent activities. Prior to his retirement from the military, Tim taught courses in Leadership, Ethics, and Management at Duke, UNC, and NC State for four years. In addition to his consulting activities, Tim is currently a research fellow and visiting associate professor of the practice in the School of Public Policy at Duke University. His research interests and teaching responsibilities include intelligence, interagency coordination, national security, homeland security and counterterrorism policy.

Rick Kaiser

Chief Operating Officer of the National Navy SEAL Museum
Rick was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After attending Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL (BUD/S) training Class 109 in Coronado, California, he was assigned to SEAL Team TWO in 1980. Rick deployed three times with SEAL Team TWO 2nd Platoon, specializing in Winter Warfare, Sniping, and Combat Swimming. He was assigned to SEAL Team SIX in 1985 acting as lead diver, breacher, and sniper. In 1993, Rick received the Silver Star for Valor during the Battle of Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down). He served as the training chief and lead sniper from 1993-2000. He then served as Deputy Operations Officer from 2001-2013, overseeing and managing numerous combat deployments post 9-11 of SEAL Team SIX personnel to Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa, and many other locations around the world. Rick is currently employed as the Chief Operating Officer of the National Navy SEAL Museum and lives in Vero Beach, Florida with his wife Barbara.

We want to hear from our listeners. Send us your suggestions for topics that are of interest to you, or submit a question for Rick or Tim to: online@navysealmuseum.org

Special thanks to Shine a Light Productions for support of this production.

Friendly Fire Podcast Archive

Episode 8 | Mask Mandates and Muster 35 Success

Episode 8 | Mask Mandates and Muster 35 Success

Celebrating Muster 35 success. Mask mandates: preventative or politicized? Scraping off base parking stickers for the rule-breakers at Command. A country divided. Unpacking the contentiousness of riots and protests and the security and legitimacy of our voting system.

Episode 7 | Complexities of Changing the Legal Drinking Age

Episode 7 | Complexities of Changing the Legal Drinking Age

Changing the legal drinking age from 21 to 18 and changing the complexion of college? Choosing Virginia for a SEAL duty station and a long string of subsequent successes. SEAL drinking culture sensationalized or sincere? Chief initiations with cattle prods. No nonlethal weapons at the Navy SEAL Museum.

Episode 6 | Extending the Election?

Episode 6 | Extending the Election?

Calling the election or extending it? Heartburn over capital punishment philosophically and practically in an imperfect system. Can it be applied fairly? Philadelphia on fire and the skillset for crisis response mode. Glue guns, beanbag guns, and de-escalation.

Episode 4 | Fraud or Flawed Voting System?

Episode 4 | Fraud or Flawed Voting System?

“I voted.” Is there fraud, or is the system simply flawed? Crossing (and redrawing) electoral lines–census or incensed? Identifying what’s good about America. The Navy SEAL Museum supports young people who come inquiring about military service. Is college for everyone? Raising individuals as individuals.

Episode 3 | Infringement of the Second Amendment

Episode 3 | Infringement of the Second Amendment

Two military guys discuss gun control and thoughts on the infringement of the Second Amendment. Investing in law enforcement and backing their service before citizens compensate? “Who’s good, who’s bad?” Embracing protests without arms. Running down groups running roughshod.

Episode 2 | Women in Special Operations Forces

Episode 2 | Women in Special Operations Forces

Is there a place for women to serve in Special Forces, specifically as Navy SEALs? The right to vote for all–but only with proof of identity? Appointing the Ninth Supreme Court Justice now or later? Can you be both a SEAL and a politician?

Episode 1 | COVID Deployment

Episode 1 | COVID Deployment

Is protesting appropriate in the arena of professional sports? More or less guidance and regulations for the “COVID Deployment”? Term limits for Supreme Court Justices in light of the contributions and passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg?