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Tom Bowman

Tom Bowman appears in the following:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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