Tom Bowman

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USS Boxer Used Electronic Jamming To Take Down Iranian Drone, Pentagon Sources Say

Friday, July 19, 2019

President Trump says the U.S. Navy ship shot an Iranian drone down. That statement conflicts with those of Pentagon officials who say the Boxer used electronic jamming to take it down.


White House Says Turkey Can't Buy New F-35 Fighter Jets

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Days after Turkey defied NATO and the U.S. by accepting the first components of an advanced Russian missile defense system, the White House says Turkey won't be able to buy 100 new F-35 fighter jets.


Trump Says Plan To Retaliate Against Iran Called Off Due To Potential Iranian Deaths

Friday, June 21, 2019

The planes were ready to go on Thursday night, but with 10 minutes to spare, President Trump called off a military action meant to retaliate against Iran for shooting down a U.S. drone.


What Might Come Next After U.S. Drone Shot Down By Iran

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The U.S. says Iran shot down a military surveillance drone in an unprovoked attack and denies the aircraft was over Iranian territory. Iran claims it shot down a spy drone over a southern province.


Drone Shootdown Adds To Tensions Between U.S. And Iran

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Iran's Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S. military drone in the Persian Gulf. A U.S. official confirms to NPR that the drone was taken down but disputes the details surrounding the attack.


News Brief: Trump Campaigns In Florida And Threatens Mass Deportations

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

President Trump chose Orlando, Fla., for the official kickoff of his reelection campaign. Also, he tweeted about an intensified immigration enforcement effort.


New Acting Defense Secretary

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan withdrew from consideration to be permanent secretary and resigned. Army Secretary Mark Esper will serve as acting secretary.


Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan Withdraws His Nomination For Permanent Post

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan asked President Trump to withdraw his nomination to assume the post permanently. Trump says Shanahan will be replaced by Army Secretary Mark Esper.


What The U.S. Military Knows About The Attacks On Oil Tankers In The Gulf Of Oman

Friday, June 14, 2019

Before the two tankers were attacked Thursday there were four other ships attacked in the last month around the Persian Gulf. The U.S. Navy watches the sea lanes there closely.


U.S. And Russian Ships Almost Collide In Philippine Sea

Friday, June 07, 2019

Warships from the U.S. and Russia narrowly avoided a collision in the Philippine sea. The countries are blaming each other.


The Marines' Top General Talks About A Changing Corps

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Gen. Robert Neller will step down as Marine Corps commandant this fall. In a wide-ranging interview, he talks about Russia and China, cyberwarfare, female Marines and sexual assault in the Corps.


Growing Number Of Turkish Military Officers Seek Asylum In The U.S.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

More than two dozen ex-Turkish military officers are in the U.S. seeking asylum — afraid they'll be jailed if they return home. They say they were falsely accused of taking part in a 2016 coup.


Trump's National Security Team Briefs Congress On Iran

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan gave closed briefings on Tuesday to the full House and Senate on the situation with Iran.


Trump Officials Are Divided Over How Aggressive To Be With Iran

Friday, May 17, 2019

A debate has been playing out in the Trump administration and with its European allies over whether the threat posed by Iran has changed. Trump has said he doesn't want a military conflict with Iran.


Trump Administration Debates How Much Of A Threat Iran Is To The U.S.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A debate is underway within the Trump administration over how significant a threat Iran is to the United States and how to respond.


Trump Picks Shanahan To Permanently Replace Mattis As Defense Secretary

Friday, May 10, 2019

President Trump will nominate acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to the permanent role. Shanahan has spent much of his life working at Boeing before joining the Trump administration in 2017.


Trump To Nominate Patrick Shanahan As Defense Secretary

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Shanahan has served as acting defense secretary since former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned last December over President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.


Boeing's Troubles With 737 MAX Jets Could Disrupt Its Business Model

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Boeing is struggling with its commercial airline business, but how will that impact its defense work? Some analysts say Boeing always depended on commercial work to help bid for long-term defense work.


U.S. To Deploy Carrier And Bomber Task Force After Concerns About Iran Threat

Monday, May 06, 2019

National Security Adviser John Bolton announced Sunday the U.S. is sending USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and land-based bombers to the Middle East in response to unspecified developments in Iran.


Sexual Assault Within Military Is On The Rise

Thursday, May 02, 2019

The Pentagon's anonymous survey of sexual assault in the military shows a sharp increase. It's unclear whether this is due to more reporting or more instances of assault.