Tom Bowman http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Air Force To Release Results Of Cheating Probe http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/air-force-release-results-cheating-probe Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Lt. General Stephen Wilson report Thursday on the results of an investigation involving aobut 100 nuclear missile launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:05:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 34771 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org General Takes Plea Deal In Sexual Assault Case http://news.stlpublicradio.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 20:09:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 34487 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Hagel Concerned By Ethical Lapses In Armed Forces http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/hagel-concerned-ethical-lapses-armed-forces Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>The American military is trying to get to the bottom of a series of scandals. Air Force nuclear missile officers cheated on tests, Navy sailors are accused of the same, and more - enough that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is concerned that there's a pattern here, a problem with ethical lapses across the armed services. NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman joins us now to talk about this. Good morning.<p>TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.<p>MONTAGNE: Well, what is the latest? Thu, 06 Feb 2014 10:16:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 33512 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Medal Of Valor, 30 Years In Coming http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/medal-valor-thirty-years-coming The year is 1984: A Soviet defector dashes across the Korean border — chased by North Korean troops. American troops shield him and open fire on the North Koreans. There are dead and wounded on both sides.<p>Now, 30 years later, one of those Americans is finally receiving his medal for bravery.<p>Mark Deville was just 19 on that November day in 1984, part of an American Army unit patrolling the tense border between North and South Korea.<p>Deville didn't know what he was facing. The only message was: Shots fired. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 33341 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A Medal Of Valor, 30 Years In Coming Gates Memoir Tests Civilian-Military Rules Of Engagement http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gates-memoir-tests-civilian-military-rules-engagement Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new book, <em>Duty, Memoirs of a Secretary at War</em>, paints a picture of a White House suspicious of military leaders and their motives.<p>In the book, Gates criticizes both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden over issues like the Afghanistan war. It's a case study of civilian-military tensions that are as old as the Republic.<p><strong>A President Wary Of Being Boxed In</strong><p>Gates takes the reader inside the White House, where a debate was on about whether to send more troops to Afghanistan. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 16:31:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 32945 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Gates Memoir Tests Civilian-Military Rules Of Engagement China's Military Buildup Reignites Worries In Asia, Beyond http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chinas-military-buildup-reignites-worries-asia-beyond China has been building up its military strength for some time now, and pushing ever farther from its coastline and into international waters. The real concern now is for miscalculation — particularly with Japan — that ends up in gunfire.<p>Just six months ago, the Pentagon released its annual report on China's military. Its defense budget was growing. The country was building more stealthy aircraft and submarines. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 08:17:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 31960 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org China's Military Buildup Reignites Worries In Asia, Beyond When Most U.S. Forces Leave Afghanistan, Contractors May Stay http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/when-most-us-forces-leave-afghanistan-contractors-may-stay Should the Afghan government sign a security agreement, the U.S. plans to keep between 6,000 and 9,000 American troops in Afghanistan even after the U.S. and NATO's combat mission officially ends late in 2014.<p>Beginning in 2015, the remaining troops would train Afghan soldiers and mount operations against any remnants of al-Qaida.<p>But they wouldn't be the only ones who stay behind: U.S. troops would almost certainly be outnumbered by civilian contractors.<p>Ever since the U.S. Thu, 28 Nov 2013 21:35:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 31820 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org When Most U.S. Forces Leave Afghanistan, Contractors May Stay Women Break New Ground In Marine Infantry Training http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/women-break-new-ground-marine-infantry-training Female Marines have been training for the past month at Camp Lejeune, trying to make it through infantry training. They've got a month to go, including a 12-mile hike with a heavy pack. They're the first ones ever to handle the training, part of an effort to integrate women into combat positions by 2016. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 08:50:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 30838 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Foundation To Pay Military Death Benefits During Shutdown http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/foundation-pay-military-death-benefits-during-shutdown Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>On a Thursday, this is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>The remains of four American service members were returned yesterday to Dover Air Force Base. They were killed in Afghanistan.<p>GREENE: The United States had committed to look after their families, as it has cared for families for generations. It was Abraham Lincoln in 1865 who called for the United States: To care for him who shall have born the battle and for his widow and orphan. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 08:44:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 30551 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Obama Considers Training Options For Syrian Rebels http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/source-obama-considers-using-us-military-train-syrian-rebels Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne.<p>President Obama has promised limited military action against Syria. He says missile strikes are not about regime change and there will be no boots on the ground. But even as the Congress debates the president's plans for action, the White House is looking at broader options.<p>NPR's Tom Bowman reports the president may call on the U.S. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 08:45:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 29623 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org