Tom Bowman http://wgcu.org en Army War College Opens A Probe Into Sen. Walsh's Alleged Plagiarism http://wgcu.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 20:15:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 12766 at http://wgcu.org U.S. Intelligence Tracking What Happened To Flight MH17 http://wgcu.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 12653 at http://wgcu.org The Marines Are Looking For A Few Good (Combat-Ready) Women http://wgcu.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 12087 at http://wgcu.org The Marines Are Looking For A Few Good (Combat-Ready) Women U.S. Faces Challenges In Shoring Up Iraq's Crumbling Military http://wgcu.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 11692 at http://wgcu.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://wgcu.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 19:35:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 11640 at http://wgcu.org Under Attack By ISIS, Iraq Agrees To Give U.S. Troops Immunity In Obama's Iraq Plan, An Answer That Breeds More Questions http://wgcu.org/post/obamas-iraq-proposal-answer-breeds-more-questions President Obama says that up to 300 U.S. military personnel will be heading to Iraq to advise Iraqi forces, not to serve in combat. But the proposal raises more questions: Will those U.S. forces heading out with Iraqi troops be armed? What are the rules of engagement? And how long will they stay? <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 11569 at http://wgcu.org Obama Rules Out Ground Troops; What Else Can U.S. Do In Iraq? http://wgcu.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 11319 at http://wgcu.org Green Berets Are Killed In A Possible Case Of Friendly Fire http://wgcu.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 20:33:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 11201 at http://wgcu.org Despite Details Of Bergdahl's Captivity, Answers Stay Scattered http://wgcu.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 11160 at http://wgcu.org Despite Video Of Bergdahl's Release, Questions Dog His Capture http://wgcu.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 21:00:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 11024 at http://wgcu.org Prisoner Swap Ignites Political Firestorm On The Hill http://wgcu.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 11020 at http://wgcu.org As Bergdahl Returns Home, Accusations Of Desertion Surface http://wgcu.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 10953 at http://wgcu.org Obama Sets A Number For U.S. Troop Levels In Afghanistan http://wgcu.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 10754 at http://wgcu.org One Of Many: Remembering A Fallen Son On Memorial Day http://wgcu.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 10693 at http://wgcu.org One Of Many: Remembering A Fallen Son On Memorial Day To Help Nigeria Find Missing Girls, U.S. Sends In Airborne Support http://wgcu.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 20:39:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 10370 at http://wgcu.org After Setbacks In Battle, Syrian Rebels Seek Victories In D.C. http://wgcu.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 10163 at http://wgcu.org Defense Intelligence Agency Chief Will Step Down http://wgcu.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 22:05:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 9879 at http://wgcu.org Defense Intelligence Agency Chief Will Step Down CIA Acts In Syria, Slipping Weapons To Rebels In Secret http://wgcu.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 20:31:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 9665 at http://wgcu.org CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say http://wgcu.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 9629 at http://wgcu.org CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say Army Vs. National Guard: Who Gets Those Apache Helicopters? http://wgcu.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 19:53:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 9572 at http://wgcu.org Army Vs. National Guard: Who Gets Those Apache Helicopters?