The Warfighting Society
The Warfighting Society was founded in October 2017. Dedicated to professional military education and reform, it maintains chapters across the U.S. Department of Defense and NATO forces.
In October 2017, Damien founded The Warfighting Society, an organization focused on improving professional military education and encouraging comprehensive reform across the U.S. Armed Services and NATO forces. Comprising current and former service members and civilians in the defense establishment, the society encourages its members to form local communities of practice (chapters) that regularly meet after work hours to conduct self-directed educational events. These include decision games and essay presentations. With an unwavering focus on the art and science of warfare, the society seeks to fill the gaps of its members' professional education. It believes in the power and necessity of grassroots solutions to institutional problems. It believes that great good can come from the work of a dedicated few. If you'd like to learn more, please visit the Warfighting Society's website at www.themaneuverist.org.
Controversy & Clarity
Damien hosts and produces the podcast Controversy & Clarity. A leading effort of the Warfighting Society, the podcast has racked up over 60,000 streams and was recognized in 2020 as one of the “Top 10 Military Podcasts" by DOD Reads. It consists of long-form interviews that aim to generate honest debate and discussion across the U.S. Department of Defense and larger Western defense community. Recurring topics include professional military education, decision making, decision games, small unit tactics, leadership, history, teaching, learning, and critical thinking, to name a few. The guest list features notable retired and active-duty U.S. generals and diplomats, innovative junior military leaders, pioneering scientists and academics, and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors.
Controversy & Clarity is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, and RadioPublic.