Tom Bowman http://kajx.org en CIA Acts In Syria, Slipping Weapons To Rebels In Secret http://kajx.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 17543 at http://kajx.org CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say http://kajx.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 17486 at http://kajx.org CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say Army Vs. National Guard: Who Gets Those Apache Helicopters? http://kajx.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 17401 at http://kajx.org Army Vs. National Guard: Who Gets Those Apache Helicopters? What's The Right Size For The U.S. Army? http://kajx.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 16863 at http://kajx.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://kajx.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 16177 at http://kajx.org