Tom Bowman http://nhpr.org en Under Attack By ISIS, Iraq Agrees To Give U.S. Troops Immunity http://nhpr.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 50702 at http://nhpr.org Under Attack By ISIS, Iraq Agrees To Give U.S. Troops Immunity Despite Video Of Bergdahl's Release, Questions Dog His Capture http://nhpr.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 49718 at http://nhpr.org Medal Of Honor Recipient Dodged Bullets To Help Wounded Soldiers http://nhpr.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 48429 at http://nhpr.org Medal Of Honor Recipient Dodged Bullets To Help Wounded Soldiers Syrian Opposition Leader To Meet With White House Official http://nhpr.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 09:20:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 48380 at http://nhpr.org Defense Intelligence Agency Chief Will Step Down http://nhpr.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 47691 at http://nhpr.org Defense Intelligence Agency Chief Will Step Down What's The Right Size For The U.S. Army? http://nhpr.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 46580 at http://nhpr.org What's The Right Size For The U.S. Army? Air Force To Release Results Of Cheating Probe http://nhpr.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 45705 at http://nhpr.org General Takes Plea Deal In Sexual Assault Case http://nhpr.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 45207 at http://nhpr.org Pentagon Officials To Outline Defense Budget Priorities http://nhpr.org/post/pentagon-officials-outline-defense-budget-priorities Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will outline budget priorities during a news conference on Monday. A key question for the Pentagon: How to curb growth of military pay and benefits? Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:05:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 44029 at http://nhpr.org Hagel Concerned By Ethical Lapses In Armed Forces http://nhpr.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 43086 at http://nhpr.org A Medal Of Valor, 30 Years In Coming http://nhpr.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 42663 at http://nhpr.org A Medal Of Valor, 30 Years In Coming Gen. Dempsey: Better To Get Others To Solve Their Own Problems http://nhpr.org/post/gen-dempsey-better-get-others-solve-their-own-problems <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/17/263333207/chairman-of-joint-chiefs-warns-of-disconnect-with-military" target="_blank">On <strong>Morning Edition</strong></a>, NPR's Tom Bowman profiled Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.</em><p><em>Dempsey, as Tom reported, says the U.S. public, and even its leaders, know little about how military power can be used. The disconnect is most glaring when comes to this: What can the U.S. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:26:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 42047 at http://nhpr.org Gen. Dempsey: Better To Get Others To Solve Their Own Problems Chairman Of Joint Chiefs Warns Of Disconnect With Military http://nhpr.org/post/chairman-joint-chiefs-warns-disconnect-military Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Martin Dempsey says the U.S. public, and even its leaders, know little about how military power can be used. He says the disconnect is most glaring when comes to this: What can the U.S. military achieve in places like Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria? Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:51:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 42007 at http://nhpr.org Gen. Dempsey Disputes Gates' Characterization Of Obama http://nhpr.org/post/gen-dempsey-disputes-gates-characterization-obama The nation's top military officer, Gen. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:29:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 41847 at http://nhpr.org Gen. Dempsey Disputes Gates' Characterization Of Obama Gates Memoir Tests Civilian-Military Rules Of Engagement http://nhpr.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 41667 at http://nhpr.org Gates Memoir Tests Civilian-Military Rules Of Engagement