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Today's podcast is part two of Educating Civilians, a conversation between Captain Rajiv Srinivasan and Fortnight Editor Samantha Hinds.
Rajiv examines the career trajectory of today's young soldier. He proposes new models of structural efficiency that will also incubate new leadership. Finally, Rajiv counters civilian misconceptions about the expenditure of "human capital" in warfare.
"It's not like there's this front line, and we have 100,000 soldiers," he says, "and when we draw down to 80,000 troops, it doesn't mean 20,000 just come off the front line." Rajiv invokes a nodes and networks image to describe the important difference between management and execution in modern military operations.
Previous dialogues in this Fortnight series include Educating Civilians, a chat on misperceptions about military service; Post-Traumatic, a podcast on the psychological stress of readjusting to civilian life; and Fitness & Strain, a podcast on Rajiv's physical changes during, and after combat.