Tom Bowman http://wyso.org en CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say http://wyso.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 48965 at http://wyso.org CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say Army Vs. National Guard: Who Gets Those Apache Helicopters? http://wyso.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 20:10:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 48892 at http://wyso.org Army Vs. National Guard: Who Gets Those Apache Helicopters? What's The Right Size For The U.S. Army? http://wyso.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 48360 at http://wyso.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://wyso.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 20:45:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 47686 at http://wyso.org Air Force To Release Results Of Cheating Probe http://wyso.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 47647 at http://wyso.org