The Navy SEAL Museum Friendly Fire Podcast

The podcast where two old friends with differing opinions get together to discuss current events and topics 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 22 | Accountability Across the Board

Navy SEAL Xperience coming to San Diego and California politics. A discrepancy in discarded votes from 2016 to 2020? Polarization or populism in Congress? The SEAL Community and secrecy: how SEALs have moved from a blue-collar force to a white-collar one. The reason for treason? GTMO (Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp), detainees, rough edges, and values. Rick and Tim’s ocean-going Caribbean cruiser ask.

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.

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 Lieutenant Colonel 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.

Friendly Fire Podcast Archive

Episode 30 | All for the Good of the Country

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.

Episode 29 | On the Shoulders of Giants

Episode 29 | On the Shoulders of Giants

Florida’s “common sense governor” and Miami’s bikini-clad beaches. “The Compact” at Duke University and misbehavior. Rick, a person of the people. Gold Star Families visit the Museum’s Memorial Garden and its healing impact. The “non-crisis” at the border and FEMA’s involvement. “Walls don’t work” while COVID continues to crush businesses.

Episode 28 | Chasing Symptoms

Episode 28 | Chasing Symptoms

Retired Master Chief Museum Assistant Executive Director Ken Corona joins the conversation. A whole buffet of stupidity and shutting down young SEALs. Tim’s tenure at Duke with motivated students, Millennials before there were Millennials, believers in democracy, vitriol over the immigration crisis at the border.

Episode 27 | Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War

Episode 27 | Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War

The complicated issue of immigration at our border and the need for reform with policy. How much power do citizens have over governance? The “distasteful” position of politicians. Rick’s time at Great Lakes as a cadre for Naval Special Warfare recruitment. Today’s challenges recruiting for the military–should the uniform services be presented as a more mainstream career option?

Episode 26 | Democracy is Not Easy

Episode 26 | Democracy is Not Easy

Exercising our First Amendment rights and cancellation. Integrating schools with the use of vouchers and the comprehensive cost of public education. “Sending” Tim some tough questions. Is the government inherently inefficient? Connected, demanding, consuming Americans. Amazon, the 800-pound gorilla. The need for diversification of economy.

Episode 25 | Thermonuclear Engagement, Accountability, and Ingenuity in The Teams

Episode 25 | Thermonuclear Engagement, Accountability, and Ingenuity in The Teams

Authorizing airstrikes and the upper hand–plus hypocrisy. The President’s ultimate authority, a hierarchy of authorities from Congress, and shackling elected leaders. Higher stakes with bigger bombs, breaking rice bowls to reorient the military, and cake-eating officers. Active combat or nothing. The bell curve of anti-authoritarian, curious, problem-solving, decentralized SEALs walking a fine line of productive citizens.

Episode 24 | Museum Musings, Memorial Day, and Military Recommitment

Episode 24 | Museum Musings, Memorial Day, and Military Recommitment

Praise for the Heroes and Legends Lecture Series and more speakers to come. The Museum’s Memorial Day Service on the horizon, including the annual Flag Retirement Ceremony, Beyond The Teams’ beach arrival, the Museum’s Memorial Garden, and the Living Beach Dedication. The Scholarship Program application process opens the end of March for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Episode 23 | Grow Up, Get Smart, Give Back

Episode 23 | Grow Up, Get Smart, Give Back

Identifying as a transgender SEAL and the question of confidentiality. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Self Actualization. 1980: a stellar year for SEALs. The primary and secondary weapons of SEALs and the never-ending importance of knives. The future of Special Forces and battles around the world: figuring out how to get the Force to change without harboring the old for the sake of the new. Drinking and axe throwing.

Episode 21 | The Machinery of Government and a Multipolar World

Episode 21 | The Machinery of Government and a Multipolar World

A show pony or sweat equity for the Navy? How politics influence us and making exceptions for exceptional people. The might of the military and its ability to move the COVID vaccine to guarantee success for the states–what is the Federal Government’s role? Rick’s concerns under the new administration. Stretching our energy, managing the Middle East, and China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Episode 20 | Dealing with America’s Problems in Open Conversation

Episode 20 | Dealing with America’s Problems in Open Conversation

The pursuit of impeachment for a past president–a waste of time or compelling for accountability? Enhancing the roles of military spouses for their own personal and professional goals: is there a viable future for the military spouse when the system is still stuck in a 1950’s construct?

Episode 19 | A Country That Carries a Swagger

Episode 19 | A Country That Carries a Swagger

America’s right to free speech, how social media changed the world’s communication, and accountability for censorship. Twitter and technology stretched to extremes. Ongoing discord in our country, listening to understand each other, and the reliability of the news. Minding Mexico and creating consistent immigration policies.

Episode 18 | Imminent Insurrection Before Inauguration Day?

Episode 18 | Imminent Insurrection Before Inauguration Day?

Breaking through barriers at the Capitol–and of the underlying hypocrisy. Water cannons, angry dogs, and securing the continuity of government. Inciting violence or inciting the people against The President? The Minnesota Freedom Fund, our country’s black eye in history, and the government’s control of communication.

Episode 17 | “Humility is Part of Being a Good Warrior”

Episode 17 | “Humility is Part of Being a Good Warrior”

The Church of Universal Life and Rick’s ordination. Tim’s experience of the clergy in the military and Rick’s change of heart after his role with Casualty Assistance. Extortion 17 and Rick’s “compassion disorder.” The Museum’s Trident House Charities Program: addressing the spiritual health of those in the Special Operations Community. Grounding new SEALs in their heritage.

Episode 16 | Know Your Neighbors

Episode 16 | Know Your Neighbors

With special thanks to the Brown Forman family and their support of the Navy SEAL Museum. Hate and destruction and the Nashville bombing. HMEs and the reluctance to report suspicious behavior: where does our civic responsibility lie in heading off potential threats? Know your neighbors.

Episode 15 | Calming the Chaos

Episode 15 | Calming the Chaos

The Senate runoff: Georgia politics and painful lessons learned. The obligation to accommodate citizens with convenient voting and wicker basket ballot collection in the middle of farm fields. Tim’s priorities for President-elect Biden: domestic versus foreign policy themes. Addressing super-spreaders, the Proud Boys, Boogaloos, Antifa, and “the fringe” of society.

Episode 14 | History, Heritage, and Dive Tower Demolition

Episode 14 | History, Heritage, and Dive Tower Demolition

Losing the BUD/S Dive Tower at Coronado and the Museum’s mission to save Naval Special Warfare relics. The introduction of the Lambertsen Lung and ­its impact on underwater breathing. Innovation, artifacts, and lard. Sighting SEAL rifles and advances in tactical technology. Faithfully serving good and bad leaders. Profound leadership without bravado and its lasting legacy.

Episode 13 | The Great Debate Over a Social Supplement

Episode 13 | The Great Debate Over a Social Supplement

A split nation: has America’s prowess degraded? A call for welfare reform and accountability for hand-ups. Taking control of one’s body and Rick’s vasectomy in a military hospital. The middle class: the backbone of this country and education as the pathway to it.

Episode 12 | “Welcome to Special Operations”

Episode 12 | “Welcome to Special Operations”

The impetus for the Friendly Fire Podcast and the history between Rick and Tim. The needs of the Navy and unclassified communications between couples in the Special Operations community. The Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Museum’s Memorial Day Service and honoring the fallen at the Museum’s Memorial Wall.

Episode 11 | The Churn Doesn’t Stop

Episode 11 | The Churn Doesn’t Stop

Are holidays just a distraction for our military men and women? The level of frenzy in the world of Special Operations–how to reduce the manic? PTSD, depression, drug use, TBI, dysfunctional families, and suicide: the deep scars of Special Operators who have given greatly. Winning hearts and minds or throwing troops at it?

Episode 10 | “I Don’t Believe in The System”

Episode 10 | “I Don’t Believe in The System”

Voter fraud or “rubbish, speculation, and fake news”? Skepticism and distrust of the voting system, a fracture in our nation, and how COVID changed the election conversation. “The New Normal” since COVID and never another Snow Day. Classified to the American public no more:

Episode 9 | SEALs in Cages

Episode 9 | SEALs in Cages

Pampered military representatives? China training at the Canadian border: reasonability or vulnerability? The SEAL cage mentality, vaccinating for COVID to prevent conditions for spread, Vietnam veterans who served honorably against their desire, and the need for more military recognition award medals.