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 Assualt 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 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. Catch and Release and criminal activity. Getting on with business as a cohesive country. On the shoulders of giants: raising capital for the Navy SEAL Museum, San Diego in support of Frogman history and heritage, and the Museum’s philanthropic efforts.

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 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 22 | Accountability Across the Board

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.

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.

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 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.