Tom Bowman

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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.


Yemen In Chaos Amid Reports Of Government's Collapse

Thursday, January 22, 2015

U.S. military advisers are keeping a low profile in Yemen after Huthi rebels staged a near coup. Sources tell NPR that U.S. special operations forces are still doing operations, but nothing to antagonize the Huthis. Meanwhile, White House officials are meeting to see what the changes mean for the counter-terror fight that President Obama lauded as a success only five months ago.


Hundreds Of U.S. Military Trainers Headed For Iraq

Thursday, January 15, 2015

They are expected to head to Iraq in the coming weeks to build up an Iraqi Army that has all but fallen apart. The additional American soldiers and Marines will work out of an ever-expanding number of training sites around the country. U.S. officials expect ground operations sometime in the spring to take back territory seized by the so-called Islamic State.


After Years Of Conflict, U.S. Mission Shifts In Afghanistan

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

With the start of the new year, the more than 10,000 American troops remaining there will take on more of a supporting role. But Afghan forces will still need help fighting the Taliban.


CIA Director Disputes Findings Of Senate Interrogation Report

Thursday, December 11, 2014

CIA Director John Brennan publicly disputed the findings of a Senate report on interrogation practices. It concluded that interrogation practices used by CIA after Sept. 11 were more abusive than previously thought and did not produce useful intelligence.


Senate Panel's Report On CIA Calls Harsh Tactics Ineffective

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Democrats on the Senate intelligence committee released a report saying the CIA misled higher-ups and didn't accurately describe its post-Sept. 11 interrogation tactics. The CIA disputes the findings.


New Details Emerge In Failed Yemen Hostage Rescue

Monday, December 08, 2014

Details are emerging about the failed hostage rescue attempt undertaken over the weekend by U.S. Special Operations forces in Yemen.


Texas Teams (Correctly) Shut Out Of New College Football Playoffs

Monday, December 08, 2014

Ohio State's romp in the Big Ten championship game propelled the Buckeyes past TCU and Baylor in the eyes of the college football playoffs selection committee.


Obama Points To Ashton Carter For Defense Secretary

Friday, December 05, 2014

For the fourth time in six years, Obama introduced the man he wants to be secretary of defense. Ashton Carter, a Pentagon veteran, is Obama's nominee to replace Chuck Hagel.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.