Tom Bowman

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Trump Picks Retired Marine Corps Gen. Mattis As Defense Secretary

Friday, December 02, 2016

At a rally in Cincinnati on Thursday night, Donald Trump said he would select retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to lead the Defense Department, filling a key role in the incoming administration.


Trump Says Retired Gen. Mattis Is His Choice To Lead Pentagon

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Speaking to a crowd in Cincinnati where he celebrated his win in Ohio, Trump compared Mattis to World War II Gen. George S. Patton and said a formal announcement of his nomination would come Monday.


Not Afraid To Ruffle Feathers: How Michael Flynn Became A Trump Confidant

Friday, November 18, 2016

The retired general was one of the first ex-military officers to back Donald Trump. His brazen comments and partisan political work trouble some of his former colleagues.


Political Obstacles May Hinder Retaking Of 2 ISIS Holdouts

Monday, November 14, 2016

As Iraqi forces move into Mosul, they face resistance from ISIS fighters. In Syria, local forces have started an operation to recapture Raqqa, the defacto capital of ISIS.


Calif. National Guardsmen Wait For Resolution To Bonus Scandal

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Members of Congress and veterans groups are outraged that the California National Guard is forcing thousands of veterans to pay back bonuses they might have been wrongfully paid during the Iraq War.


The Dueling Narratives In The Fight For Mosul

Saturday, October 22, 2016

In Iraq, the battle for control of Mosul, the country's second largest city, has been raging for almost a week. There are differing narratives coming from the Pentagon and the front lines.


U.S. Service Member Killed By IED Was Helping Iraq In Push To Retake Mosul

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Pentagon was expected Friday to announce the identity of an American service member killed in Iraq while helping to support the offensive against Mosul. NPR's Tom Bowman tells us more.


U.S. Navy Fires At Yemeni Radar Sites After Navy Destroyer Was Targeted

Thursday, October 13, 2016

A U.S. official says the Navy has destroyed three radar locations in Yemen after missiles were fired at a U.S. destroyer off the Yemeni coast.


To Retain More Parents, The Military Offers A Better Work-Life Balance

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

When a Pentagon official proposed flexible schedules at a town hall meeting, "They actually laughed at me," she says. But the schedules went into place. The military also now allows 1 to 3 years off.


U.S. Formally Accuses Russia Of Hacking Democratic Party

Friday, October 07, 2016

The U.S. publicly accused Russia of being behind the hacking of the Democratic Party, electoral meddling and other cyber-mischief, reflecting a major decision to openly "name and blame" Moscow.


Pentagon Investigates Airstrike That May Have Hit Syrian Soldiers

Monday, September 19, 2016

The attack on Saturday in eastern Syria, which had been targeting Islamic State militants, hit Syrian soldiers instead, according to the Russian military.


U.S. Airstrike In Syria Throws Wrench In Cease-Fire Plans

Sunday, September 18, 2016

A U.S. airstrike on Syrian military forces aligned with Bashar Assad has challenged the already tenuous cease-fire in Syria.


Abuse Of Recruits Revealed At Parris Island Marine Training Center

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Investigative documents reveal abuse of recruits at the Marine training center at Parris Island, S.C., including a drill sergeant accused of ordering a Muslim recruit into a clothes dryer, where he was burned. NPR takes a look at this incident and whether there is a pattern of abuse inside the Marines.


U.S.-Russia To Coordinate Airstrikes Against ISIS

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

If the Syrian cease-fire holds for the next week, the U.S. and Russia will for the first time coordinate airstrikes against ISIS and the al-Qaida affiliate in Syria.


The Rise Of The Drone, And The Thorny Questions That Have Followed

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the drone has become America's go-to weapon when it comes to tracking and killing extremists. But drones have raised many legal, moral and ethical issues.


Donald Trump Unveils Detailed National Security Proposals In Philadelphia

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Donald Trump unveiled some of his most detailed proposals yet for how he would tackle national security as president. He specified numbers of troops, numbers of ships and other goals. But his proposals would cost billions more than the Pentagon currently receives and require action by Congress to lift budget caps that today constrain spending.


Biden To Try To Smooth U.S. Relations With Turkey

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Vice President Joe Biden is in Turkey for meetings with the country's president. It's the highest level U.S. visit to Turkey since a failed coup attempt there that led to a crisis in U.S. relations.


Turkish Admiral Sought In Failed Coup May Be Seeking Asylum In U.S., Officials Say

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Rear Adm. Mustafa Zeki Ugurlu, who had just finished a NATO job in Norfolk, Va., is among the "pro coup fugitives" being pursued by Turkey following last month's failed coup attempt.


U.S. Begins Airstrikes Against Islamic State Fighters In Libya

Monday, August 01, 2016

American warplanes have begun attacking Islamic State fighters in Libya. It's the first step in what the U.S. and its allies hope is a new international campaign to stabilize a nation that's been in chaos since the 2011 NATO military intervention decapitated its government but did not establish a viable successor — creating conditions that ISIS found inviting.


Afghanistan: A Tragic Return To A War With No End

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

The most critical question in Afghanistan today is whether the Afghan military can keep the country safe from the Taliban. An NPR team went looking for the answer, and two of the group were killed.