Tom Bowman

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The Frightened Vietnamese Kid Who Became A U.S. Army General

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Forty years ago, Viet Luong was a 9-year-old Vietnamese boy fleeing Saigon with his family. Today he's the first Vietnamese-American general in the U.S. Army and is helping train the Afghan military.


On Its Own, The Afghan Army Takes The Fight To The Taliban

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Afghan army is now fully in charge of combat operations. NPR's Tom Bowman heads out on a mission with troops as they engage the Taliban in one of its strongholds near the Pakistani border.


With The U.S. In The Background, Afghan Commandos Step It Up

Monday, April 27, 2015

With fighting expected to pick up this spring, Afghanistan's security is heavily dependent on elite forces like the commandos. NPR's Tom Bowman profiles the top enlisted man.


Suicide Blast Kills More Than 30 In Afghanistan

Saturday, April 18, 2015

An attack in Jalalabad killed more than 30 people Saturday. President Ashraf Ghani says ISIS may have claimed responsibility. If confirmed, it would be the group's first major attack in Afghanistan.


Kabul Appears To Be More Tense Since U.S. Troop Drawdown

Thursday, April 16, 2015

In Afghanistan, U.S. forces are a tenth of what they were at the height of the war. In addition, their lead combat role has given way to a training mission. How are Afghan security forces faring?


Biden Says ISIS 'No Longer On The Move' In Iraq

Thursday, April 09, 2015

NPR's Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman offers this analysis of the vice president's speech Thursday on U.S. Iraq policy.


Pentagon Chief Searches For Beginning And Mid-Career Talent

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the military is looking for cyber professionals and others, saying it may have to waive barriers like age requirements in order to attract enough tech-savvy recruits.


Testing The Standards: Do Gender Differences Matter For Combat?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The man who designed the training experiment to determine if female Marines should be allowed into combat positions is not a Marine himself, but a civilian scientist.


Can Female Marines Carry The Load And Kill The Enemy?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Marines have to carry a pack that weights more than 100 pounds. For some of the women training in the Mojave Desert to join combat units, that nearly matches their body weight.


U.S. Reconsiders Troop Withdrawal Plan In Afghanistan

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Obama administration said Tuesday that it will maintain about 9,800 troops in Afghanistan until the end of 2015. The U.S. originally planned to reduce the number to 5,500 by the end of the year.


As Women Try Out For Armor Units, 'If You Can Hack It, You Can Hack It'

Thursday, March 19, 2015

As part of an experiment, the men and women of a Marine armor unit are being assessed on difficult physical tasks, such as hooking up heavy towing gear. The women are keeping up, but it's a struggle.


Obama Says Critics Making 'The Same Argument' Despite Better Economy

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The president defends his economic track record, even as Republicans are trying to change the government's fiscal course. House and Senate committees unveiled draft budgets that would cut spending.


In Intense Desert Training, Dozens Of Women Fight For Place On Front Lines

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Marines are being tested in California's Mojave Desert to see if they have what it takes to serve in infantry units. Injuries in earlier training kept another dozen women from getting that far.


Islamic State Fighters Hold Tikrit As Military Assault Enters Second Week

Monday, March 09, 2015

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, was in Baghdad as the Pentagon backed away from plans to take the city of Mosul, Iraq, from Islamic State militants.


Petraeus Agrees To Plead Guilty To Improperly Handling Classified Information

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

In 2011, retired Gen. David Petraeus allegedly gave several books with classified information to his biographer Paula Broadwell. He later was forced to resign as CIA director.


Advised By Iran's Military, Iraqi Forces Launch Effort To Retake Tikrit

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Tikrit, home town to Saddam Hussein, had been captured last year by the group that calls itself the Islamic State, or ISIS. The new military offensive is relying heavily on support from Iran.


Apache Helicopter Pilot To Join Other Women At Army Ranger School

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Six women have passed the 2-week assessment course. That sets them up for the full 2 months of training in April which is part of an effort to determine whether women can serve in ground combat units.


Up First For Secretary Of Defense Ash Carter: Afghanistan And ISIS

Monday, February 23, 2015

The new Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, is one week on the job and already wrapping up an overseas trip to Afghanistan and Kuwait. Carter is getting up to speed on two of the Pentagon's top priorities: the war in Afghanistan and the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS.


U.S. Classifies Some Basic Statistics About Afghan Security Forces

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The watchdog in charge of Afghan reconstruction said the classification threatens its ability to publicly account for the billions of dollars spent each year on Afghan forces.


How A Single Town In Syria Became A Symbol Of The War Against ISIS

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Now that Kurdish fighters have retaken the Syrian border town of Kobani from ISIS, the Obama administration is assessing the significance of the development. For months, officials suggested the town was of little strategic significance even as warplanes bombed targets day after day.