Tom Bowman http://iowapublicradio.org en Army War College Opens A Probe Into Sen. Walsh's Alleged Plagiarism http://iowapublicradio.org/post/army-war-college-opens-probe-sen-walshs-alleged-plagiarism <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Army+War+College+Opens+A+Probe+Into+Sen.+Walsh%27s+Alleged+Plagiarism&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODMzOTM1MDEyMTY4Mzc5OTliNTMwMg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 44300 at http://iowapublicradio.org U.S. Intelligence Tracking What Happened To Flight MH17 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/us-intelligence-tracking-what-happened-flight-mh17 Senior U.S. intelligence officials say they have proof that a surface-to-air missile was launched when the airliner went down and have ID'd people in a recorded conversation implicating the culprits. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:45:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 44144 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Bloody Battle, Medal Of Honor Recipient Held His Post Alone http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bloody-battle-medal-honor-recipient-held-his-post-alone Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>At the White House today, President Obama awarded the nation's highest award for combat bravery. He presented the Medal of Honor to former Sergeant Ryan Pitts. In 2008, Pitts fought off a large Taliban force at an Afghan outpost. He did this for a time alone and wounded until the Americans could turn the tide of the battle.<p>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: As one of his teammates said, had it not been for Ryan Pitts, that post almost certainly would've been overrun.<p>SIEGEL: Today, Pitts is married with a young son and lives in New Hampshire. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 44070 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Marines Are Looking For A Few Good (Combat-Ready) Women http://iowapublicradio.org/post/marines-are-looking-few-good-combat-ready-women The challenge for the Marines, and for the Army, is how to open up ground combat jobs to women in January 2016, without lowering standards.<p>And here's where things stand in the Marines.<p>Eighty-five female Marines already made it through an <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=239534349" target="_blank">infantry training course</a> last fall at Camp Lejeune, N.C., which included drills such as attacking a mock enemy force, hidden in a pine forest. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 07:16:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 43310 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Marines Are Looking For A Few Good (Combat-Ready) Women U.S. Faces Challenges In Shoring Up Iraq's Crumbling Military http://iowapublicradio.org/post/whats-behind-collapse-iraqs-military Rick Brennan remembers sitting around Baghdad back in 2011 with some fellow U.S. military planners. Talk turned to the Iraqi army of the future. In one scenario, they pictured the Iraqi army falling apart, splintering along ethnic lines.<p>"We painted a worst-case scenario, a nightmare scenario, that was exactly what we're seeing take place right now," Brennan says.<p>What's taking place right now is an Iraqi army under attack by the Islamist militants of ISIS, who are capturing cities in Iraq's north and west. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 42724 at http://iowapublicradio.org U.S. Faces Challenges In Shoring Up Iraq's Crumbling Military Under Attack By ISIS, Iraq Agrees To Give U.S. Troops Immunity http://iowapublicradio.org/post/under-attack-isis-iraq-agrees-give-us-troops-immunity Remember last week when President Obama said <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/16/322451204/militant-group-advances-in-iraq-taking-northern-iraqi-town">he planned to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq</a>?<p>Well, the U.S. couldn't do it until the Iraqi government gave U.S. soldiers immunity from prosecution, through what's called a "diplomatic note." If those U.S. soldiers committed any crimes or had any legal troubles while advising Iraqis, the U.S. wanted to handle any prosecutions.<p>Here's what Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 19:44:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 42657 at http://iowapublicradio.org Under Attack By ISIS, Iraq Agrees To Give U.S. Troops Immunity Obama Rules Out Ground Troops; What Else Can U.S. Do In Iraq? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obama-rules-out-ground-troops-what-else-can-us-do-iraq President Obama said that he will help the Iraqi military break the momentum of the militants on the march to Baghdad. The Pentagon said that one possible option could include airstrikes. But the president said that any military help must include political solutions from the Iraqi government, which has helped fuel the unrest by failing to reach out to its Sunni minority. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 42185 at http://iowapublicradio.org Green Berets Are Killed In A Possible Case Of Friendly Fire http://iowapublicradio.org/post/green-berets-are-killed-possible-case-friendly-fire Five U.S. soldiers have been killed recently in Afghanistan, the result of what might have been friendly fire from an American airplane. The deaths, if confirmed, would constitute the worst case of friendly fire in the war so far. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 41998 at http://iowapublicradio.org Despite Details Of Bergdahl's Captivity, Answers Stay Scattered http://iowapublicradio.org/post/despite-details-bergdahls-captivity-answers-stay-scattered Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Now to the latest on US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl who was released from captivity in Afghanistan. It's possible he could return the United States later this week. Bergdahl is being treated at a military hospital in Germany. And there are new reports about the nearly five years he spent in captivity. He had been captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan after apparently walking off his post. NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman joins us now. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 41943 at http://iowapublicradio.org Despite Video Of Bergdahl's Release, Questions Dog His Capture http://iowapublicradio.org/post/despite-video-bergdahls-release-questions-dog-his-capture Even as the Taliban released a video of Army Sgt. Bergdahl's release, questions continue to surround his initial disappearance. Bergdahl has said he was captured by the Taliban while lagging behind on a patrol. In a classified report produced in 2010, the Army paints him as a soldier troubled by U.S. policy, but it does not go so far as to call him a deserter. Still, many wonder whether Bergdahl planned to return before his capture. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:55:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 41721 at http://iowapublicradio.org Prisoner Swap Ignites Political Firestorm On The Hill http://iowapublicradio.org/post/prisoner-swap-ignites-political-firestorm-hill Everything the Obama administration touches seems to set off a political firestorm. The latest involves Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and the prisoner exchange that led to his release by the Taliban. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 41715 at http://iowapublicradio.org As Bergdahl Returns Home, Accusations Of Desertion Surface http://iowapublicradio.org/post/bergdahl-returns-home-accusations-desertion-surface A member of Bowe Bergdahl's squad tells of a soldier who soured to the Afghan mission and deserted. If true, the Army would have to consider the circumstances and whether charges are warranted. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 41603 at http://iowapublicradio.org Obama Sets A Number For U.S. Troop Levels In Afghanistan http://iowapublicradio.org/post/obama-sets-number-us-troop-levels-afghanistan President Obama intends to keep a force of 9,800 American troops after the end of 2014. The troops will remain in the country in order to train Afghan forces and support counterterrorism operations. By the end of 2016, all U.S. troops would leave Afghanistan. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 27 May 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 41304 at http://iowapublicradio.org One Of Many: Remembering A Fallen Son On Memorial Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/one-many-remembering-fallen-son-memorial-day Sometime on Monday, Dave and Cilicia Boelk will visit the grave of their son James, not far from their home in Manassas, Va. It's Memorial Day.<p>Lance Cpl. James Boelk was a Marine killed in Afghanistan in the fall of 2010. Dave Boelk admits that Memorial Day was never all that special. Mon, 26 May 2014 08:04:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 41208 at http://iowapublicradio.org One Of Many: Remembering A Fallen Son On Memorial Day To Help Nigeria Find Missing Girls, U.S. Sends In Airborne Support http://iowapublicradio.org/post/help-nigeria-find-missing-girls-us-sends-airborne-support The U.S. has deployed surveillance aircraft to Nigeria in the search for the more than 250 schoolgirls still missing. Imagery gathered by the aircraft and satellites will be shared with the Nigerian government. Thu, 15 May 2014 20:05:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 40686 at http://iowapublicradio.org Medal Of Honor Recipient Dodged Bullets To Help Wounded Soldiers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/medal-honor-recipient-dodged-bullets-help-wounded-soldiers President Obama on Tuesday awarded the Medal of Honor, the military's highest award for combat bravery, to former Army Sgt. Kyle White. Obama described how — during a firefight in Afghanistan — White single-handedly saved the life of a fellow soldier and then helped evacuate the wounded during a firefight with the Afghan Taliban.<p>" 'When you're deployed,' he later said, 'those people become your family. What you really care about is, I want to get this guy to the left and to the right home,' " Obama said of White.<p>That's why White says he risked his life that November afternoon in 2007. Tue, 13 May 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 40579 at http://iowapublicradio.org Medal Of Honor Recipient Dodged Bullets To Help Wounded Soldiers Syrian Opposition Leader To Meet With White House Official http://iowapublicradio.org/post/syrian-opposition-leader-meet-white-house-official Key Syrian opposition leader Ahmed al-Jarba is expected at the White House on Tuesday to meet with National Security Advisor Susan Rice. The Syrian civil war has been raging for more than three years. Tue, 13 May 2014 08:56:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 40540 at http://iowapublicradio.org After Setbacks In Battle, Syrian Rebels Seek Victories In D.C. http://iowapublicradio.org/post/after-setbacks-battle-syrian-rebels-seek-victories-dc Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. The war in Syria took a turn this week on two fronts. Inside Syria, rebel fighters abandoned their positions in the city of Homs, once the heart of the revolution. The negotiated withdrawal is widely seen as a major setback for the rebels, and a victory for the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. And here in Washington, opposition leaders are lobbying the Obama administration and Congress. They're asking for more U.S. weapons and trainers. Fri, 09 May 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 40401 at http://iowapublicradio.org Defense Intelligence Agency Chief Will Step Down http://iowapublicradio.org/post/defense-intelligence-agency-chief-will-step-down The Army general who heads the Defense Intelligence Agency is leaving a year early and retiring.<p><a href="http://www.dia.mil/About/Leadership/ArticleView/tabid/3982/Article/6952/lieutenant-general-michael-t-flynn-usa.aspx">Lt. Gen. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:56:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 39959 at http://iowapublicradio.org Defense Intelligence Agency Chief Will Step Down CIA Acts In Syria, Slipping Weapons To Rebels In Secret http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cia-acts-syria-slipping-weapons-rebels-secret Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The relentless use of conventional weapons by Syria's government against its citizens may have pushed Washington to step up its involvement there. A new covert U.S. program is sending arms to Syria to help rebel forces. Another reason for that new effort: the failure of diplomatic talks in Geneva to resolve the three-year-old civil war. NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman has learned details of the arms program.<p>TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: An American-made anti-tank weapon appears in a recent Syrian rebel video posted on YouTube. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 39657 at http://iowapublicradio.org CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say http://iowapublicradio.org/post/cia-quietly-ramping-aid-syrian-rebels-sources-say The U.S. is providing more arms and training to the moderate rebels in Syria, under a growing secret program run by the CIA in Jordan. Sources tell NPR that secret program could be supplemented by a more public effort in the coming months involving American military trainers.<p>The change in strategy comes as the White House sees Syrian leader Bashar Assad growing in strength, and continuing to strike rebel strongholds.<p>Another factor: Russian leaders appear unwilling to help end the three-year-old civil war and are continuing to provide weapons to Assad. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 39596 at http://iowapublicradio.org CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say Army Vs. National Guard: Who Gets Those Apache Helicopters? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/army-vs-national-guard-who-gets-those-apache-helicopters For decades the National Guard has fought hard against the stereotype that it was the place to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War, or that it's a place to get college money rather than combat duty.<p>Guard leaders thought that after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq they had finally earned some respect. So it was a body blow when the Army's top officer, Gen. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:30:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 39518 at http://iowapublicradio.org Army Vs. National Guard: Who Gets Those Apache Helicopters? What's The Right Size For The U.S. Army? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/whats-right-size-us-army With the U.S. military out of Iraq and winding down in Afghanistan, the U.S. Army, which peaked with a force of around 570,000 a few years ago, was supposed to drop to around 490,000 troops.<p>But U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that's still too big.<p>"An Army of this size is larger than required to meet the demands of our defense strategy," Hagel told a news conference in February.<p>Translation? Hagel isn't planning to occupy any countries. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:52:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 38963 at http://iowapublicradio.org What's The Right Size For The U.S. Army? Air Force Roots Out Cheaters In Ranks — As Well As Why They Did It http://iowapublicradio.org/post/air-force-roots-out-cheaters-ranks-well-why-they-did-it Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>The Air Force has fired nine officers in connection with a cheating scandal at one nuclear missile base. An investigation found there was widespread cheating on proficiency tests at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana. The case involves a total of 79 officers.<p>Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James called it a problem of leadership culture.<p>SECRETARY DEBORAH LEE JAMES: We do have some systemic issues in our missile community. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:55:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 38229 at http://iowapublicradio.org Air Force To Release Results Of Cheating Probe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/air-force-release-results-cheating-probe Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. We learned earlier this year that some Air Force officers were cheating on proficiency tests. The shocking part was their specialty - handling America's nuclear missiles. Later today, the Air Force will announce the results of its investigation into that cheating. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 38189 at http://iowapublicradio.org Following Plea Deal, General's Misconduct Gets Fine And Reprimand http://iowapublicradio.org/post/following-plea-deal-generals-misconduct-gets-fine-and-reprimand Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>A U.S. Army general accused of sexual assault will not face jail time. Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair was sentenced today at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Sinclair could have faced a prison term of up to 18 months as part of a plea deal. Instead, he'll receive a letter of reprimand and a $20,000 fine. Some members of Congress and victims' advocates are outraged at what they see as a leniency of the sentence. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 37852 at http://iowapublicradio.org Decades Later, A Medal Of Honor For Hispanic-American Hero http://iowapublicradio.org/post/decades-later-recognition-vietnam-vet-who-risked-his-life At the White House on Tuesday, President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to two-dozen soldiers whose service ranged from World War II to the Vietnam War. These soldiers are being commemorated after congress mandated a review to make sure that no one was overlooked because of prejudice.<p>One of them is Santiago Erevia, who risked his life on a May afternoon in 1969, charging toward bunkers held by the North Vietnamese.<p>Erevia was a cook back in 1968, working in small restaurants in Nevada and his native Texas. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:02:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 37720 at http://iowapublicradio.org Decades Later, A Medal Of Honor For Hispanic-American Hero General Takes Plea Deal In Sexual Assault Case http://iowapublicradio.org/post/general-takes-plea-deal-sexual-assault-case Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>Today, a plea deal in the most closely watched sexual assault case in the military. An Army general admitted to charges of mistreating a subordinate and adultery. But Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair will not face more serious charges. That's because the Army's case against him fell apart. We're going to hear more about what happened now from NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman. Hi, Tom.<p>TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Hello, Robert.<p>SIEGEL: The case against General Sinclair has become almost a symbol of the problem of sexual assault in the military. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 37692 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hagel Proposes Cuts To Size And Spending of Armed Forces http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hagel-proposes-cuts-size-and-spending-armed-forces Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>And we begin this hour with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's plan to cut the military. At the Pentagon today, he called for a smaller Army and Marine Corps. He also suggested grounding a vintage Cold War plane and asked troops to pay more for health care and other benefits. Hagel said his budget plan offers a new post-war vision for the Pentagon. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 36721 at http://iowapublicradio.org New Military Ethics Chief Will Face A Full Plate http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-military-ethics-chief-will-face-full-plate Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to appoint a senior officer to oversee military ethics, in response to recent high-profile ethics problems. Whoever takes the job will face a stiff challenge. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 36615 at http://iowapublicradio.org