Tom Bowman

Tom Bowman appears in the following:

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.


Pentagon Clears Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan Of Wrongdoing

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has been cleared by the Pentagon's inspector general of advocating for his former employer, Boeing. This clears the way for Shanahan's likely nomination.


U.S. Will Leave Up To 1,000 Troops In Syria To Guard Against ISIS Resurgence

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

The ISIS physical caliphate is no more, but it leaves a complex legacy. Thousands of ISIS fighters and family members are in camps with no clear future.


House Armed Services Committee Blocks Shift Of Pentagon Funding For Border Wall

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan appeared before the House Armed Services Committee for the first time following Democrats taking control of the House.


President Trump Says The ISIS Territorial Caliphate Has Been Eliminated In Syria

Friday, March 22, 2019

The White House announced on Friday that the ISIS territorial caliphate has been eliminated in Syria.


How Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan May Have Promoted Boeing Over Competitors

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Pentagon is investigating the Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan over his ties to Boeing. Before serving as deputy and now acting defense secretary, Shanahan was a Boeing executive.


Final Assault On Last ISIS Stronghold Doesn't Mean It Will Disappear Immediately

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Syrian Democratic Forces, with U.S. air support, are carrying out what is hoped to be the final assault on ISIS. This does not mean ISIS will disappear as its ideology remains powerful.


Shoddy Maintenance Of Military Housing Under Scrutiny By Senate, Military Leaders

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Thousands of military families are suffering from shoddy work or ignored calls for repairs from the private companies that maintain military housing. One senator called the negligence "criminal."


Military Housing Issues Are Bigger Than Realized, Army Secretary Says

Thursday, March 07, 2019

In the 1990s, the Army turned over base housing responsibilities to private contractors. The idea was to reduce costs and respond more quickly to housing needs. It hasn't worked out that way.


Transgender Troops Argue For Military Inclusion Before House Committee

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Some active-duty transgender troops testified before a House committee to promote inclusion as litigation continues over the Trump administration's policy to exclude trans people from the military.


U.S. Looking To Reduce Kabul Embassy Staff As Afghanistan Mission Changes

Thursday, February 14, 2019

An internal memo says the embassy has grown to an "extraordinary footprint" and it is time to "ensure our Embassy is right-sized for the long-term."


Defense Department Still Without Permanent Secretary

Monday, February 11, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is in Afghanistan, behaving not at all like a temporary official. He is putting his own senior staff in place and appears ready to serve for the foreseeable future.


Chief U.S. Negotiator In Afghanistan Says Peace Deal Is Still Far Off

Friday, February 08, 2019

The chief U.S. negotiator for peace in Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, has been in talks with the Taliban. He discussed the state of negotiations before a Washington, D.C., think tank audience.


Pentagon To Send Thousands More Active-Duty Troops To U.S.-Mexico Border

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Orders were signed for an additional 3,500 active-duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. The Pentagon is fulfilling a Department of Homeland Security request to assist Customs and Border Protection.


'The Heartbeat Of Wounded Knee' Aims To Usher In A New Narrative For Native Americans

Friday, January 25, 2019

Author David Treuer calls his new book a "counternarrative" to Dee Brown's 1970 classic. "I have tried to catch us not in the act of dying but, rather, in the radical act of living," he writes.


ISIS Claims Responsibility For Explosion In Syria That Killed U.S. Troops

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in the Syrian city of Manbij that targeted coalition troops. The Pentagon says U.S. service members suffered multiple deaths and injuries.


U.S. Soldiers Killed In Attack In Northern Syria

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

An attack in northern Syria has killed U.S. service members. The Defense Department says they were on a routine patrol. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.