Tom Bowman http://kufm.org en CIA Acts In Syria, Slipping Weapons To Rebels In Secret http://kufm.org/post/cia-acts-syria-slipping-weapons-rebels-secret As diplomatic talks in Geneva have failed to resolve the three-year-old civil war in Syria, the U.S. is undertaking a new covert program to send weapons in support of rebel forces there. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 18141 at http://kufm.org CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say http://kufm.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 18080 at http://kufm.org CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say Army Vs. National Guard: Who Gets Those Apache Helicopters? http://kufm.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 17997 at http://kufm.org Army Vs. National Guard: Who Gets Those Apache Helicopters? What's The Right Size For The U.S. Army? http://kufm.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 17496 at http://kufm.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://kufm.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 20:05:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 16813 at http://kufm.org Air Force To Release Results Of Cheating Probe http://kufm.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 16780 at http://kufm.org Following Plea Deal, General's Misconduct Gets Fine And Reprimand http://kufm.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 20:28:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 16473 at http://kufm.org General Takes Plea Deal In Sexual Assault Case http://kufm.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 16310 at http://kufm.org Hagel Proposes Cuts To Size And Spending of Armed Forces http://kufm.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 21:20:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 15423 at http://kufm.org New Military Ethics Chief Will Face A Full Plate http://kufm.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 21:05:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 15297 at http://kufm.org