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"Brewer of Stout Conversation, Unfiltered and On Tap."


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Welcome to the Trident Room Podcast

For students and alumni of the Naval Postgraduate School, the Trident Room is an integral and well-known contributor to academic success and great ideas. While a pint poured in the stout mugs that dangle from above is part of that, we’d like to think it is the unfettered conversation that really makes the difference.

No matter what the topic whether it be Stochastic optimization … sub-state, social-revolutionist terrorism … applied fluid mechanics and heat transfer …, The Trident Room Podcast is the destination for illuminating, unencumbered conversation with colleagues, peers and classmates that really brews the NPS learning experience.

The Trident Room Podcast … Stout, unfiltered conversation, always on tap.

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EPISODE 47  |  Aug 08, 2023

In this episode, we are joined by Lt. Colleen Wilmington. This episode was published on Aug 8, 2023.


EPISODE 46  |  Jun 21, 2023

In this episode, our guest discussed the state of Marine Corps entry level, career progression, and skills enhancement training, hosted by Traver Mayfield. This episode was recorded on May 3, 2023.


EPISODE 45  |  Jun 13, 2023

In this episode, Col. Perry discusses his career from his time as a platoon commander to his current billet as the Senior Marine at NPS, hosted by Karl Flynn. This episode was recorded on May 10, 2023.


EPISODE 44  |  Apr 04, 2023

The Trident Room Podcast host Jeremy Fredrichsdorf sits down and has a conversation with Lt. Paul Johnson. This episode was recorded on January 22, 2023.


EPISODE 43  |  Mar 07, 2023

The Trident Room Podcast host Sydney Murkins sits down and has a conversation with Lt. Col. Chris Dellow, USMC. This episode was recorded on January 22, 2023. 


EPISODE 42  |  Jan 31, 2023

In this episode, our guests discuss important themes regarding the future of automation and its implications for naval combat, hosted by Karl Flynn. This episode was recorded on November 30th, 2022.


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Upcoming Guests to the Trident Room Podcast …


Drs. John Arquilla and Peter Denning

Dr. Aleksandar Matovski


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The (podcast) Trident Room History

The Trident Room Podcast officially started broadcasting in the summer of 2020. It was created by an HSI/OR student who wanted to capture conversations he was having with the impressive array of faculty, students, and staff roaming the halls of NPS. Podcasting provides a direct and unfettered connection with listeners, and he wanted to bring that same kind of informative, yet intimate exchange to the Naval Postgraduate School community.

Topics to be featured on The Trident Room Podcast include (but are not limited to): 

  • The on-campus “NPS Student-Learning Experience”
  • NPS Science and Technology
  • Student leadership, now, and in the Fleet
  • Facing difficult multi-domain problems
  • Applied research as the bridge between the classroom and the Fleet 
  • Individual, tactical, operational, and strategic level topics relevant to Naval Officers 
  • Human-centric technology, operations, and processes

The image of the Trident Room used on this website was captured by 2014 Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security graduate Ms. Angi English. The Trident Room Podcast is released by the Naval Postgraduate School Office of University Communications.

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The (real) Trident Room History

In 1926 The Spanish Revival Hotel Del Monte opened what they called “The Children’s Playroom” during the prohibition. The “playroom” acted as a speakeasy where the community came together. Within a week of the repeal of Prohibition in December 1933, the room officially became a bar. Hotel Del Monte renamed “The Children’s Playroom” as The Del Monte Tap Room. 

In 1951 the historic building became the Naval Academy’s postgraduate school that instructed students from multiple service branches. In 1953, The Trident Room was born (and renovated), becoming a social site for the students. The bar still possesses most of the original fixtures and character -- stained glass windows, copper, and dark wood. The ceiling is neatly lined with rows of designated mugs for each student. Each mug possesses a unique signature illustrated by the student, and that mug is taken with the student when they graduate. 

Within the atmosphere of The Trident Room, the patrons of the bar range from CIA agents, quantum physicists, airmen, and astronauts. Looking for the perfect place to have a drink? Welcome to The Trident Room.

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Sara Dixon, Host and Senior Producer

Sara grew up in Rushville, IN. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2010 with a Bachelor’s in English and commissioned in the Marine Corps. After serving as a CH-53E pilot for a few years, she laterally moved careers to become a Manpower Officer. Prior to joining NPS, she served as the G-1 Manpower-Operations Officer for 1st Marine Division on Camp Pendleton, CA. Sara is studying Manpower Systems Analysis.

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Karl Flynn, Host

Karl grew up in Geneseo, IL. He graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2018 with a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and commissioned as a Marine Second Lieutenant. Karl is an Infantry Officer who completed two Unit Deployment Programs as a platoon commander in the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion. He is studying applied physics and is researching unmanned aerial systems swarm defense.

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Jeremy Fredrichsdorf, Host

Jeremy grew up in Hilgen, Germany and immigrated to Raleigh, NC in 2008. To gain his US citizenship, he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves in 2015 as a Supply Analyst. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2018 with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science and was commissioned. He is a Logistics Officer and has deployed in support of Operation Pacific Eagle with Marine Special Operations. He is currently studying National Security Affairs with a concentration in Eurasia.

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Sydney Murkins, Host

Sydney grew up in Fort Morgan, CO. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Art in Sociology. She commissioned into the United States Marine Corps shortly thereafter. Sydney is a Communication Strategy and Operations (COMMSTRAT) Officer who has deployed in support of Marine Rotational Force – Europe and later with a task force in support of the U.S. COVID-19 vaccination mission. Prior to attending NPS she served as the 2d Marine Division Media and Engagements COMMSTRAT Officer. She is currently studying National Security Affairs with a concentration in Western Europe.

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Zack Ward, Host

Zach grew up in Bethel, OH. He graduated from Ohio University in 2013 with a B.A. in Russian and commissioned in the Marine Corps shortly thereafter. Zach is an Intelligence Officer who has deployed in support of the Unit Deployment Program with Marine aviation and twice in support of Operation Inherent Resolve with Marine Special Operations. He is currently studying National Security Affairs with a concentration in Southeast Asia.

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Other Guests

Brenden Jackman

Episodes Hosted: Episode 28 June 15


Luke Goorsky

Episodes Hosted: Episode 27 June 15

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