Tom Bowman

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Pentagon Launches Pilot Program For Military Women

Thursday, February 04, 2016

The Pentagon is launching a pilot program to freeze troops' sperm or eggs as part of widespread reforms to personnel policies across the force. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says he wants the military to be more family friendly and able to compete for the best talent with private sector employers like those in the world of tech.


Libyan Journalist: People In Benghazi 'Divided' Over How To Stop ISIS

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Omar al-Mosmary, a Libyan journalist based in Benghazi, about how life there is impacted by the Islamic State and other violent factions. He says half the city that was controlled by al-Qaida is now controlled by Islamic State. No one lives there except for fighters and their families. The residents who were living there have crowded into the rest of town.


House Panel To Get An Update On Security In Afghanistan

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Gen. John Campbell, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is set to appear before a House panel on Tuesday for what's expected to be a contentious report about the progress of the war.


Next Afghan War Commander To Re-Evaluate U.S. Response

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The war in Afghanistan is getting a new commander even as events there are not going well. The Taliban control the most territory since the U.S. invasion, and Afghan government casualties continue to mount. NPR takes a look at how American forces might respond.


A Place Where U.S. Troops Are Very Close To ISIS

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

U.S. peacekeeping troops have been based for decades in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, where the greatest danger was often sunburn. But with extremists now nearby, the mission has become far riskier.


About 10 U.S. Navy Sailors Currently Detained By Iran

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

About 10 U.S. sailors are being detained by Iran after they allegedly strayed into Iranian waters on their way from Kuwait to Bahrain Tuesday. Iran says the troops are safe and will be returned.


U.S. Forces Increasingly Drawn Back Into Afghanistan's Battles

Friday, January 08, 2016

The president said the U.S. combat mission is over, but a Green Beret died Tuesday during an assault on Taliban forces. "Americans are very much in the thick of these fights," says a retired general.


Combat Jobs Are Open To Women But Filling Slots Will Take A While

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

The Army and other military services must begin to recruit, train and place women in the infantry, special operations and other units โ€” and that process might not be complete until next year.


Examining The Ramadi Offensive, Is It Working?

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Iraqi troops are making progress in their battle to retake the western city of Ramadi from the self-proclaimed Islamic State, but the fighting is expected to get tougher as they go.


Obama Visits Pentagon To Highlight Ongoing Fight Against ISIS

Monday, December 14, 2015

President Obama used a visit to the Pentagon on Monday to signal that he is focused on the fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. He met with military and other national security leaders to discuss the ongoing operations ahead of another planned visit this week to the National Counterterrorism Center.


Air Force Unveils Plan To Improve Conditions For Drone Operators

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Air Force's corps of drone operators is in bad shape from years of overwork, so service officials want to put it on a path to more sustainable, normal operations.


U.S. Military Works To Implement New Rules On Women In Combat

Friday, December 04, 2015

The Pentagon has declared all military jobs will be open to women โ€” and now it must begin deciding how it will actually implement that directive. How far along are the plans to admit women to tank crews, the 75th Ranger Regiment, the Navy SEALs and other such elite units?


Pentagon Opens All Combat Positions To Women

Thursday, December 03, 2015

The Pentagon will admit women to all its combat positions, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Thursday. The policy change drops the last major barrier to equal service in the military.


U.S. To Send 100 More Troops To Iraq In Fight Against Islamic State

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

The Pentagon plans to create an "expeditionary targeting force" in Iraq, and says some of those troops will take part in combat raids.


Top U.S. Commander In Afghanistan Calls Hospital Bombing 'A Tragic Mistake'

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

An American airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan last month was "a tragic mistake," the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Wednesday. He cited a long list of what he called "human" and "process" failures that led to the attack.


U.S. Commander In Afghanistan Admits Mistakes In Kunduz Airstrike

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The airstrike killed at least 31 people in a hospital in the Afghan town. Gen. John Campbell briefed reporters Wednesday on the Oct. 3 bombing.


Downed Russian Military Jet Heightens Debate Over Syria No-Fly Zone

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio and others are supporting the idea of a no-fly zone over Syria to try to help civilians there. But skeptics say it no longer has any relevance to today's Syrian crisis.


Obama Administration Urged To Do More After ISIS Terror Attacks

Monday, November 23, 2015

With four major terrorist events in the past month, the Obama administration is under increasing pressure to bring more U.S. military might into the fight against ISIS and other terror organizations.


More Than 2 Dozen Dead After Attack On Radisson Hotel In Mali

Friday, November 20, 2015

American troops have been supporting French and Malian military operations against Islamic extremists for years, and a few U.S. personnel were on hand at a terror attack Friday in the capital, Bamako.


U.S., French, Russian Airstrikes Continue To Attack ISIS Targets In Syria

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Russian, French and U.S. warplanes continue to attack ISIS targets inside Syria. But despite an increase in resolve since Friday's attacks in Paris and vows by President Obama to "intensify" operations, there has been no new coordination between the U.S.-led coalition and the Russians.