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Tom Bowman

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White House To Find Successor To Defense Secretary Hagel

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced his resignation on Monday. He will stay on until his replacement is found. Why did Hagel resign, and what does it mean for the Obama administration's policies?

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Marine Training Tests Women's Toughness In Ground Combat

Monday, November 24, 2014

About 100 female Marines are taking part in a year-long experiment to determine whether they have what it takes to serve in ground combat units: infantry, armor and artillery. Some of the volunteers hope to open the door for other women while others are trying to see if they're tough enough.

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Secretary Of Defense Hagel To Resign

Monday, November 24, 2014

Chuck Hagel's resignation comes amid concern over the rise of ISIS, also known as the Islamic State, and a return of U.S. troops to Iraq. President Obama is announcing the move Monday morning.

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Combat Training: Can Female Marines Get The Job Done?

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Marine Corps has begun a yearlong experiment to decide whether women can enter ground combat. Hundreds of men and women began training a few weeks ago at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

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White House Will Send 1,500 Military Personnel To Iraq

Friday, November 07, 2014

The White House authorized the deployment an additional 1,500 U.S. military personnel to Iraq to help advise that country in its fight against the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS.

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Civil War Veteran Awarded Medal Of Honor, 150 Years Later

Thursday, November 06, 2014

President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor on Thursday to a soldier who stayed at his post under withering fire, 150 years ago. Lt. Alonzo Cushing was just 22, commanding an artillery battery during the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

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With Limited Gains, U.S. Bombing Campaign Faces Growing Criticism

Thursday, October 30, 2014

U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State began nearly three months ago, yet there have been relatively few changes on the battlefield. Many analysts say the U.S. effort may not be sufficient.

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Pentagon's Ebola Monitoring Policy For Soldiers Under Review

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno announced that all soldiers going to the Ebola region in West Africa would go through three weeks of monitoring, even though the soldiers will not have had contact with patients. Secretary Chuck Hagel is now reviewing the policy.

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White House Sharpens Focus On ISIS Moves In Anbar Province

Friday, October 17, 2014

Militants from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, control about 80 percent of Iraq's Anbar Province. Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey says ISIS could eventually shell Baghdad Airport.

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Judging Effectiveness Of Airstrikes Against ISIS Remains Challenging

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Obama administration's strategy against ISIS is fraying, according to U.S. officials. The bombing strikes are too small and dispersed, leading to a charge that they are "Shock and Yawn," a play on the "Shock and Awe" bombing campaign of the Iraq War.

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Judging Effectivenes Of Airstrikes Against ISIS Remains A Challenge

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

There have been about 400 airstrikes so far in Iraq and Syria. We take a look at the impact in both countries, whether the Islamic State fighters have been slowed, and the way ahead.

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With New Security Agreement, U.S. Mission In Afghanistan Continues

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Despite President Obama's assertion that the combat mission in Afghanistan would be over by the end of 2014, the new agreement means that 10,000 U.S. troops will still be in harm's way.

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Second Round Of Air Strikes In Syria Target Oil Assets

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The U.S. launched another round of airstrikes inside Syria on Wednesday, again targeting the group known as the Islamic State.

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Syria Air Strikes Targeted Command Sites, Training Facilities

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The U.S., along with several Arab states, launched air strikes inside Syria overnight. The strikes targeted the group that calls itself the Islamic State.

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Islamic State Targets Hit In Syria, Pentagon Says

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The U.S. and its allies expanded the assault against the Islamic State. The Pentagon says targets inside Syria were hit for the first time. The attacks are focused on ISIS assets around Raqqa.

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What Does 'Boots On The Ground' Really Mean?

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Obama administration says that American advisers sent to Iraq will not have a combat mission. But military experts say it's almost impossible to draw a line between combat and non-combat roles.

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Hagel, Dempsey Defend Obama's Strategy For Fighting ISIS

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before a Senate committee on Tuesday.

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Details Emerge About U.S. Plans To Fight ISIS In Iraq

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The U.S. has secured commitments from some Arab nations and allies to cooperate in the battle against the militant group known as the Islamic State.

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Far From The Battlefield, U.S. Troops Will Assist Iraqi Forces

Friday, September 12, 2014

President Obama will send 475 additional troops to Iraq to train, assist and advise Iraqi forces on the fight against militants in the Islamic State. But they will not be involved in combat.

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Obama's ISIS Plan A 'Sunni Awakening: Part Two'

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Obama administration's strategy for combating the Islamic State relies on ground forces provided by Iraq and Syria because the White House says it will not send U.S. combat troops. In Iraq, that means trying to win back Sunnis in areas where the group controls territory. Something similar happened during the Iraq war: it was called the Sunni Awakening.

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