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Tom Bowman 2010
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Tom Bowman

Pentagon Reporter

Tom Bowman is a NPR National Desk reporter covering the Pentagon.

In his current role, Bowman has traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan often for month-long visits and embedded with U.S. Marines and soldiers.

Before coming to NPR in April 2006, Bowman spent nine years as a Pentagon reporter at The Baltimore Sun. Altogether he was at The Sun for nearly two decades, covering the Maryland Statehouse, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the National Security Agency (NSA). His coverage of racial and gender discrimination at NSA led to a Pentagon investigation in 1994.

Initially Bowman imagined his career path would take him into academia as a history, government, or journalism professor. During college Bowman worked as a stringer at The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Mass. He also worked for the Daily Transcript in Dedham, Mass., and then as a reporter at States News Service, writing for the Miami Herald and the Anniston (Ala.) Star.

Bowman is a co-winner of a 2006 National Headliners' Award for stories on the lack of advanced tourniquets for U.S. troops in Iraq. In 2010, he received an Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of a Taliban roadside bomb attack on an Army unit.

Bowman earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vermont, and a master's degree in American Studies from Boston College.

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U.S. troops from the 82nd Airborne receive rifles in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, in 1982. For decades, U.S. troops have been part of the multinational peacekeeping force in the Sinai Peninsula designed to ensure the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt. While the accord has held, extremists linked to ISIS now operate in the Sinai and are considered a threat to the Americans. Aristotle Saris/AP hide caption

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Afghan security forces patrol near their base in the Marjah district of Helmand province on Dec. 23. Dozens of Marines were killed in Marjah five years ago, and since then the Taliban have slipped back in. Now American forces are increasingly being drawn back into the fight. Noor Mohammad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Airmen use a ground-control station cockpit to control remotely piloted aircraft Nov. 17 during a training mission at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nev. The Pentagon plans to remotely piloted aircraft flights by as much as 50 percent in the next few years to meet increased needs for surveillance, reconnaissance and lethal airstrikes around the world. Isaac Brekken/Getty Images hide caption

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The Pentagon says the new force will help secure the border between Iraq and Syria and hunt down Islamic State leaders in raids. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. To Send 100 More Troops To Iraq In Fight Against Islamic State

The Pentagon plans to create an "expeditionary targeting force" in Iraq, and says some of those troops will take part in combat raids.

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