Tom Bowman

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Senate Committee Questions Gen. James Mattis In Defense Confirmation Hearing

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis faces the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday for his confirmation hearing to become President-elect Trump's secretary of defense. The popular former four-star commander is expected to face questions about ISIS, Iraq, Afghanistan and other tough issues, but appears likely to be confirmed.


Why Generals Need Congressional Waivers To Become Defense Secretary

Monday, January 09, 2017

George Marshall was the last general nominated for defense secretary and he needed a waiver from Congress. We take a look at Marshall's Senate hearing in 1950. Donald Trump's pick also needs a waiver.


Fearing Arrest At Home, Turkish Military Officers Seek Asylum In U.S.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The officers, posted to the U.S. on exchange tours, are stranded after a July coup attempt in Turkey that has led to deep purges. They risk prison if they go home. Washington is in a tough position.


5 Fact Checks From President Obama's News Conference

Friday, December 16, 2016

President Obama gave one of his final news conferences as president on Friday. Here, NPR reporters provide context on five different Obama quotes.


A Closer Look At Michael Flynn

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Michael Flynn was a celebrated Army intelligence officer, though he was forced out of the Defense Intelligence Agency. He's known for energy and smarts, and for sharing conspiracy theories.


After Criticizing Generals In The Campaign, Trump Names Them To Top Jobs

Monday, December 05, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has already picked two former generals, Michael Flynn and James Mattis, for top positions and is considering at least one more, David Petraeus.


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.