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 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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pain management, PTSD, prostheses, and permitting cannabis. Women, Whiskey, Weapons, and Weed. An app for intoxication?
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.