The Professionals Playbook

Jul 06 2020 57 mins 72

*Ranked a "2019 Top Podcast* This is a podcast that brings transparency to top performers, careers, and topics. My name is Justin "Hasard" Lee. I'm an active F-35 fighter pilot for the Air Force. One of the most important lessons I've learned is that you have to be selective with who you listen to--there's a lot of noise out there. The goal of this podcast is to find experts who are at the top of their field to share their insights based on credibility and experience. About the Host:"Major Lee has 9 years of experience flying both the F-16 and F-35. In 2016, he was selected as the 'Top Instructor Pilot of the Year' for the Air Force's largest F-16 Combat Wing. In 2017, he returned from Afghanistan where his squadron dropped the most ordnance since the opening days of the war. He's flown 82 combat missions and has 4 Air Medals."

Fighter Pilot, CEO, and Author on Helping the NY Giants Win the Super Bowl--James "Murph" Murphy
Jul 06 2020 56 mins  
My guest today is James "Murph" Murphy who is the founder and Chairman of Afterburner, a leadership training firm comprised of more than 80 current and former elite military professionals. Afterburner was awarded Inc. Magazine's fastest growing company...

Are Drones Going to Replace Pilots and More--Q and A with Hasard
Jun 22 2020 40 mins  
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Gravity Jet Suit Inventor and Founder on Reimagining Human Flight and Overcoming the Status Quo--Richard Browning
Jun 07 2020 47 mins  
*T-shirts are now available here.My guest today is Richard Browning, the British inventor dubbed the “real life Iron Man.” He's the founder of Gravity, launched in 2017 with a dream to reimagine an entirely new form of human flight. Using 6 small jet...

Master Class: The Green Beret Soldier behind the Afghan SOF Strategy talks Leadership--Scott Mann
May 26 2020 62 mins  
*My editor sent me this after listening to the episode: "I wanted to let you know that this was by far one of my favorite episodes to edit. It provided great insight into leadership skills."*"The Professionals Playbook" t-shirts are now available...

The First Non-American F-22 Pilot on Fighter Pilot Culture and Augmented Reality--Daniel Robinson
May 12 2020 73 mins  
My guest today is Daniel "Bond" Robinson who is Founder and CEO of Red 6--a company revolutionizing augmented reality (AR) for military training by allowing pilots to see synthetic threats in dynamic and high speed environments.In 2005 the RAF selected...

"Loonshots:" Author of the #1 Book of the Year on 'The Invisible Axe'--Safi Bahcall
Apr 28 2020 79 mins  
My guest today is Safi Bahcall who is the author of Loonshots, The most recommended book of the year. It came out in 2019 and has already been translated into 18 languages. It's recommended by Bill Gates, Daniel Kahneman, Daniel Pink, Malcolm Gladwell,...

315 Combat Missions, 24 Air Medals, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, on what makes a Great Pilot--George Nolly
Apr 14 2020 68 mins  
My guest today is George Nolly, who flew 315 combat missions over Vietnam in both the O-2 as a forward air controller and the F-4 as strike pilot; earning 24 Air Medals and 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses. He was the last pilot to complete 100 missions...

Founder of Spartan and the Death Race, 3x Bestselling Author on Grit and High Performance--Joe De Sena
Mar 31 2020 45 mins  
My guest today is Joe De Sena, the Founder and CEO of Spartan, the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand. They have more than 250 events across 40 countries with over 1 million annual global participants.He is also the host of the Spartan Up...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guide: Unbiased Facts from former CDC Epidemiologist and Outbreak Investigator--Dr. Joel Selanikio
Mar 14 2020 70 mins  
Dr. Joel Selanikio is a physician, TED speaker, inventor, emergency responder, and former CDC epidemiologist and outbreak investigator. He was also the lead physician at the IMC Ebola Treatment Center in Sierra Leone.He is one of the few people on the...

Conversation with French Fighter Pilot, Author, and Speaker on Lessons Learned from Combat--"ATÉ" Chuet
Mar 03 2020 78 mins  
My Guest today is Pierre "ATÉ" Chuet a former French Fighter pilot who is now an author and speaker. He went through Pilot Training as an exchange officer with US Navy before flying for the Fence Navy.

Top Artist and World Economic Forum Cultural Leader on using Art to Boost Creativity in Other Fields--Drue Kataoka
Feb 18 2020 72 mins  
My guest today is Drue Kataoka who has built the top art studio in Silicon Valley, and did it entirely outside the gallery system. Her studio serves top art collectors in 4 continents and over 30 countries. Her art was used for the first zero gravity...

Virgin Galactic CEO and Former NASA Chief of Staff on Space Travel in 2020--George Whitesides
Feb 04 2020 45 mins  
My guest today is George Whitesides, who is the CEO and President of Virgin Galactic, the spaceflight company founded by Sir Richard Branson. In our conversation we talk about the strengths and weaknesses of NASA, how space exploration is like aviation 100 years ago, and what the future of Virgin Galactic looks like.

Smokejumper and Bestselling Author on Parachuting into and Killing Forest Fires--Jason Ramos
Jan 21 2020 59 mins  
Jason Ramos is a firefighter currently in his 30th season. He spent over half that time as an air-delivered firefighter. Known as Smokejumpers, these professionals are highly trained and specialized firefighters who can parachute or rappel into a forest fire.

Special End of the Year Q+A with Host Justin "HASARD" Lee
Jan 07 2020 59 mins  
Thanks for the support. It's been 1 year since I started the podcast. Today I'm answering your questions. Below questions along with the timestamps.

One of the Greats: Navy F-4 Fighter Pilot, 2,103 Days as a POW, Silver Star, Bronze Star, 2 Purple Hearts--Charlie Plumb
Dec 23 2019 59 mins  
On his 75th mission, just five days before the end of his tour, he was shot down over Hanoi, taken prisoner, tortured, and spent the next 2,103 days in an 8-by-8 foot cell as a Prisoner Of War.

Physician-Scientist, Inventor, and Entrepreneur on Living a Healthier Life and the Future of Medicine--Dr. Daniel Kraft
Dec 08 2019 55 mins  
In our conversation, we talk about the challenges of turning an idea into reality, the similarities between medicine and aviation, and how to live a longer healthier life.

Major General (Ret.) gives a Master-Class on Leadership, Talks Day 1 of Desert Storm, and Discusses Cyber Ops--Brett Williams
Nov 26 2019 59 mins  
My guest today is Major General (Ret.) Brett Williams. He is a command pilot with over 3,700 hours and 100 combat missions in the F-15C Eagle. He was also the Commander for the Air Force's largest combat wing.

Director of Earth and Space Exploration on Life outside of Earth, Overcoming a Gender Bias, and Meteorites--Dr. Meenakshi Wadhwa
Nov 12 2019 53 mins  
My guest today is Dr. Meenakshi Wadhwa, a planetary scientist and currently the Director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU. She is a cosmic CSI detective investigating the origins of our solar system, primarily through meteorites.

5x Shuttle Astronaut and John Glenn's Doctor: on Space, Climbing Mt. Everest, and Learning Well--Scott Parazynski
Oct 29 2019 56 mins  
Scott Parazynski has traveled 23 million miles over 5 missions to space, including 7 spacewalks. He was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2016 and is the only person to both fly into space and summit Mount Everest.

Legendary Baseball Pitcher Who Was Born Without a Right Hand--Jim Abbott
Oct 15 2019 52 mins  
My guest today is Jim Abbott, a pitcher who played for 10 seasons in the Major Leagues. Despite being born with only one hand, he won the James Sullivan Award as the nation's best amateur athlete and then went on to win a gold medal in the Summer Olympics.

The Head of Bloomberg Beta with $150M Under Management on Team Chemistry and the Future of Work--Roy Bahat
Oct 01 2019 49 mins  
My guest today is Roy Bahat who is the head of Bloomberg Beta, an investment firm with over 150 million dollars under management. He invests in the future of work with a focus on machine intelligence and automation.

The FBI's Lead International Kidnapping Negotiator on How to Get a Raise and More--Chris Voss
Sep 17 2019 48 mins  
In our conversation we talk about what it's like to be on the phone with a terrorist, the traits required of a hostage negotiator, how everyone can become better at negotiating, and more.

CEO and Co-Founder of ForeFlight on building the worlds best aviation software--Tyson Weihs
Sep 03 2019 53 mins  
My guest today is Tyson Weihs, the Co-Founder and CEO of ForeFlight--by far the best aviation software ever produced.

Lessons from a top Red Bull Air Racing and decorated fighter pilot--Matt Hall
Aug 20 2019 60 mins  
My guest today is Matt Hall, Australia's top aviator. For the last 10 years, he has been flying at the pinnacle of aviation racing--The Red Bull Air Race series.

The Co-Founder of Siri and on working with Steve Jobs, Time Management Techniques, and Keys to Success--Adam Cheyer
Aug 06 2019 63 mins  
My guest today is a genius that is changing the paradigm of the world we live in. He is the Co-Founder of Siri, the digital assistant that's in every Apple device.

Brig. General on Human Performance, Fostering Innovation, and Leadership Lessons--Pete Palmer
Jul 23 2019 52 mins  
My guest today is Brig. General (retired) Pete Palmer. He served for 32 years in the Army in various infantry assignments. His joint and coalition experience include four tours in NATO as well as Kosovo and Iraq.

Reno Air Race Champion on Optimizing Human and Machine Performance--Andy Findlay
Jul 09 2019 55 mins  
Two things stood out to me about Andy--his engineering expertise and his passion for understanding the mental side of peak performance. His engineering background is evident as he discusses how he and his team gain an incremental advantage with each modification to their plane. It's was also fascinating to hear how he trains mentally to perform his best on race day.

CEO and Co-Founder of Veo Robotics on superhuman robots and manufacturing--Patrick Sobalvarro
Jun 25 2019 55 mins  
I was impressed with how Patrick was able to explain the nuances of what he does to someone outside the industry like myself. He is humble and knowledgeable which makes him a great teacher. In this episode we talk about how robots are similar to the plow-horse from the early 20th century, how Tesla automated their factory too much leading to disastrous results, computer vision, A.I., what he looks for in new-hires, and his No Jerks policy.

The CIA agent behind the movie 'Fair Game' starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn--Valerie Plame
Jun 11 2019 42 mins  
Valerie Plame is one of America's most famous CIA officers. Her life was the subject of the 2010 movie Fair Game staring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.

USAF Thunderbird #1: The Air Force's top ambassador and warrior on life, loss, combat and more--John "Brick" Caldwell
May 28 2019 62 mins  
Lt. Col. John "Brick" Caldwell is the Commander and Leader of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. I had never met "Brick" before this interview, but several pilots I've flow with have a tremendous amount of respect for him. After our conversation, I do now as well.

Memorial Day Speech on combat, service, sacrifice, and remembering the fallen
May 27 2019 14 mins  
This is not a typical episode, but I felt it was worth sharing. It's a speech I gave for Memorial Day. The audio quality is not great, but it's meaningful to me. If I can use this podcast and platform to help keep the memory of the fallen alive, then it will have all been worth it.

Host of the "Airline Pilot Guy" podcast and one of the most senior airline pilots flying--Captain Jeff
May 07 2019 58 mins  
Jeff Nielsen, also known as “Capt. Jeff” is the host of the very successful "Airline Pilot Guy" Podcast. He has the calm demeanor and soothing voice you'd expect from a senior airline pilot. He has a wide breath of aviation knowledge and is the subject matter expert on being an airline pilot.

The first woman to solo across Antarctica: polar explorer Felicity Aston
Apr 30 2019 59 mins  
Felicity Aston is a British Polar Explorer living in Reykjavik, Iceland. In 2012 she became the first person in the world to ski alone across Antarctica using just muscle power.

3-time NFL Super Bowl Champion and Fighter pilot--Chad Hennings
Apr 16 2019 51 mins  
Chad Hennings is is a three time NFL Super Bowl Champion with the Dallas Cowboys, a former A-10 fighter pilot, an author, a speaker and an entrepreneur.

A day in the life of an Editor and Writer--Alex Hollings
Apr 10 2019 43 mins  
His writing can be found on a number of websites; most notably, where Hollings serves as editor,, where Hollings serves as a Senior Staff Writer, and Popular Mechanics.

Launching into space and commanding the International Space Station--NASA astronaut Terry Virts
Apr 02 2019 50 mins  
Terry Virts is a U.S. Air Force test / fighter pilot and a NASA veteran of two spaceflights – a two-week mission onboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 2010 and a 200-day flight to the Space Station in 2015. He is a leader, speaker, and author who is currently working on multiple projects, including a new book and television series.

CIA Officer and author of "Breaking Cover, My Secret Life in the CIA"--Michele Rigby Assad
Mar 19 2019 44 mins  
Michele Rigby Assad is a former undercover officer in the National Clandestine Service of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

"The Fighter Pilot Podcast" host and TOP GUN Instructor--Vincent "Jell-O" Aiello
Mar 05 2019 58 mins  
In this episode we talk about his advice to a new fighter pilot, what it feels like to land on a carrier at night, his favorite aircraft to fly, his views on leadership, and more.

Fighter Pilot, ER Doctor, and Firefighter: the most interesting man in the world (part II)--Jason Patten
Feb 19 2019 53 mins  
Minute 47:00 of this episode has a story that nearly brought a tear to my eye. Having been deployed to combat, I've seen the incredible team effort to save lives that he talks about. It's truly awe inspiring to see the military men and women, most under 30 years old, come together and sacrifice so that others may live.

Race Car Champion and youngest to finish the 24 hours of Le Mans --Gunnar Jeannette
Feb 12 2019 66 mins  
Gunnar Jeanette is a professional race car driver. At the age of 18 he became the youngest ever driver to finish the 24 hours of Le Mans. He has since raced there an additional seven times. He also competed in the American Le Mans Series, the Rolex Sports Car Series, and the World Endurance Championship—winning the 2005 Gran Am Cup team championship, the 2011 ALMS LMPC Driver Championship, and the 2013 ELMS GTE Team Championship. He currently races in the IMSA Weathertech Championship.

Similarities between the S.W.A.T. team and fighter pilots--Mike Doyle
Feb 05 2019 55 mins  
Mike Doyle is an active Special Weapons and Tactics team member, known as S.W.A.T. He also hosts a podcast called Tactical Tangents that delves into decision making, critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, and teamwork.

Red-Cell Navy SEAL, BUD/S Instructor--Ron Montgomery
Jan 29 2019 63 mins  
Monty served in nearly all of the East coast SEAL teams throughout his career, though much of what he’s done remains classified. He spent a tour in the elite Navy SEAL Anti-Terrorism Team as well as as the Naval Security Coordination Team, known as REDCELL.

Fighter Pilot, Delta Pilot, Ranger Grad, Harvard Grad: The real life most interesting man in the world- Stephen 'Boards' Kaminski
Jan 22 2019 77 mins  
'Boards' Kaminski is the real life most interesting man in the world. He is a F-16 Fighter Pilot in the Air National Guard and flies for Delta Airlines.

How to call in Airstrikes with elite 6'5 240 lb Machine 'Nasty' Staggs
Jan 14 2019 66 mins  
Nasty Staggs is THE premiere Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) for the US Air Force. He's won nearly every award that a JTAC can win

F-16 Flight Doc and Neuroradiologist Fellow at Duke University--Dr. Clint Davidson
Jan 02 2019 60 mins  
Clint Davidson was a poor academic student growing up until a mentor's advice changed the way he studied--now he's a radiologist fellow at Duke University.

Lessons from a legendary Fighter Pilot--Matt 'Freq' Casey
Jan 02 2019 64 mins  
'Freq' Casey is a legend in the fighter community. He has shot the most HARM missiles in combat of anyone in the world, he is a graduate of the prestigious Air Force Weapons School, and recently retired after a 23 year career in the Air Force.

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