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

Pentagon Chief Searches For Beginning And Mid-Career Talent

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Testing The Standards: Do Gender Differences Matter For Combat?

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Sgt. Courtney White carries her machine gun before a live fire exercise at the Marine base at Twentynine Palms, Calif. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Can Female Marines Carry The Load And Kill The Enemy?

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U.S. Reconsiders Troop Withdrawal Plan In Afghanistan

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Lance Cpl. Brittany Dunklee talks with her fellow Marines. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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As Women Try Out For Armor Units, 'If You Can Hack It, You Can Hack It'

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Female and male Marines prepare for a live-fire exercise at Twentynine Palms, a training camp in the Mojave Desert. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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In Intense Desert Training, Marine Women Fight For Place On Front Lines

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Islamic State Fighters Hold Tikrit As Military Assault Enters Second Week

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Petraeus Agrees To Plead Guilty To Improperly Handling Classified Information

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Advised By Iran's Military, Iraqi Forces Launch Effort To Retake Tikrit

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Apache Helicopter Pilot To Join Other Women At Army Ranger School

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Up First For Secretary Of Defense Ash Carter: Afghanistan And ISIS

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Despite Coalition Partners, U.S. Has Done Most Airstrikes Against ISIS

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Senate Panel Holds Hearing For Ash Carter, Defense Nominee

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How A Single Town In Syria Became A Symbol Of The War Against ISIS

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