The Leadersmith


March 29, 2022

The Russian-Ukraine war had raged for over a month now.

I asked urban warfare expert, John Spencer, to come on the show to tell us how he would defend a city from a hostile force. If you are not familiar with John, here are some highlights of his bio:

-Award-winning scholar, professor, author, combat veteran

-Internationally recognized expert and advisor on urban warfare and other military related topics

-Considered the world’s leading expert on urban warfare

-Advisor to the top four-star general and other senior leaders in the U.S. Army as part of strategic research groups from the Pentagon to the United States Military Academy

-Chair of Urban Warfare Studies with the Madison Policy Forum

-Recently served as the Chair of Urban Warfare Studies at the Modern War Institute at West Point

-Co-Director of the Urban Warfare Project, and host of the Urban Warfare Project podcast

-Served over twenty-five years in the active Army as an infantry soldier, Spencer has held ranks from Private to Sergeant First Class and Second Lieutenant to Major

-His assignments as an Army officer included two combat deployments to Iraq as both an Infantry Platoon Leader and Company Commander, a Ranger Instructor with the Army’s Ranger School, a Joint Chief of Staff and Army Staff intern, fellow with the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group, and Co-Founder, Strategic Planner, and Deputy Director of the Modern War Institute at West Point.

-Spencer holds a Master of Policy Management from Georgetown University

-Spencer is also a regular military analyst and commentator for CNN, MSNBC, BBC, and numerous news and media organizations

-Connect via Twitter @SpencerGuard

In this episode, he will talk about : 

-The power of small groups

-Making yourself invisible

-Closing the castle gates

-Looking down and digging tunnels

-How to keep the enemy out

-Using surprise to your advantage as the defender

-What is more likely to kill you (it’s not bombs or bullets)

-And much more…

Listen to his Urban Warfare Project podcast:  

As you know, we are focused on the topic of Leadership in the Russian-Ukrainian war. I wrote a book focused on Zelenskyy’ leadership and you can find it here on Amazon:

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