Examples of Chas’ radio reporting

In November 2019, Chas reported from Germany on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, examining the barrier’s origins in 1961, its surprising 1989 demise, and how its one-time existence continues to impact Germany, Europe and the rest of the world.

As Westwood One News national security correspondent, Chas — in early 2016, the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm — recalled fighting as a U. S. Marine in the 1991 military action to eject Iraqi forces that had seized control of Kuwait.

From the Southwestern Philippines, Chas reported on U. S. and Filipino military engineers building classrooms at a number of rural schools.  The “civil society engagement” work was part of the April 2015 combined military exercise called Balikatan — Tagalog for “Shoulder to Shoulder.”

On the third anniversary of the repeal of the U. S. military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, Chas — in September 2014 — took an in-depth look at how the armed forces had changed, and hadn’t, during those years.

Meet John Collins in this March 2013 profile. Then nearly 92 — retired from careers in the Army and the Congressional Research Service — he was shepherding the Warlord Loop — an invitation-only, idea-sharing ListServ for some 500-some well-placed policy-influencers.

In future wars, will human soldiers be replaced by weapons that think for themselves? Lots of remotely controlled systems are already on the battlefield. During 2012, Chas spoke with scientists, analysts — and the nation’s then-top military officer — about how remote engagement and autonomous systems might be changing the American way of war.