This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date May 14, 2019); no calls will be taken.  

We discuss the challenges facing veterans and military families, and the support services available, in a state with no active military bases.

We discuss the challenges facing veterans and military families, and the support services available, in a state with no active military bases.

Global Conflict: What is America's Role?

May 2, 2018

Ambassador and global conflict leader Rick Barton uses a mix of stories, history and analysis for a transformative approach to foreign affairs and offers concrete and attainable solutions for the future.

Dean Cheng
The Heritage Foundation

Dean Cheng brings detailed knowledge of China’s military and space capabilities to bear as The Heritage Foundation’s research fellow on Chinese political and security affairs. He specializes in China’s military and foreign policy, in particular its relationship with the rest of Asia and with the United States.

Cheng has written extensively on China’s military doctrine, technological implications of its space program and “dual use” issues associated with the communist nation’s industrial and scientific infrastructure.


Jun 19, 2014
U.S. Army

In December 2011, President Barack Obama announced that the last American troops had left Iraq — ending nearly nine years of war. In the aftermath of the US withdrawal, Iraq has seen a steady amount of sectarian violence. In recent days, a group that even al-Qaida found too extreme has made significant advances in the country — the Sunni extremist group known as ISIS has seized large areas of northern Iraq. There are conflicting reports about whether ISIS has taken control of the country's largest oil refinery.

Mal Leary / MPBN

Hoping to put all questions about the future of Maine's National Guard - as he put it - "To bed," Gov. Paul LePage called a press conference with Adj. Gen. James Campbell to discuss what's known and not known about a much larger restructuring of the U.S. military. LePage says the issue is being studied by a panel, and the media coverage in recent weeks of the possible loss of the 133rd Engineer Battalion has been well ahead of itself. But Campbell repeated his prediction that Maine will be targeted for change by top brass.

Wikimedia Commns

The House Armed Services Committee is considering a proposal to hold another round of base closings under the so-called BRAC process: That's the use of a Base Realignment and Closure Commission to recommend changes in current bases and the closure of others. Members of Maine's congressional delegation are no fans of the process, which previously included the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on the hit list. And they're recommending that bases overseas be considered first.

A crowd gathered at the christening of the new US Navy Destroyer Zumwalt at the BIW shipyard in Bath on April 12, 2014. (File)
Mark Vogelzang/MPBN

BATH, Maine (AP) _ The U.S. Navy has christened the first ship of its newest class of destroyers, a 610-foot-long warship with advanced technologies and a stealthy design that will reduce its visibility on enemy radars.

The warship bears the name of the late Adm. Elmo "Bud" Zumwalt, who became the nation's youngest chief of naval operations and is hailed as a reformer who spearheaded changes that helped minorities and women advance in their careers.

Maine's Veterans

Sep 11, 2012

  How are our returning military veterans faring in Maine after they leave the battlefield?  What challenges are they facing?

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

First Lady Ann LePage

Jonathan A. Jensen Jr. SFC, MEARNG, Deployment Cycle Support NCO with the Maine National Guard Yellow Ribbon program