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Rowan Scarborough

Articles by Rowan Scarborough

The crew of a B1-B Lancer flying combat air support during a mission in Afghanistan mistook American soldiers on the ground for enemy fighters and mistakenly fired upon the group, killing them where they stood. (u.s. air force)

Air Force clears crew in 'friendly fire' deaths

The Air Force said Tuesday that mistakes by its B1-B air crew when they targeted American soldiers did not directly cause the Afghanistan war's worst case of "friendly fire" fatalities. Published January 6, 2015

"The aluminum is supposed to act like a heat barrier, keeping the fighter's body heat from being detected by the drone camera system," says an analysis by the Middle East Media Research Institute. (Middle East Media Research Institute)

Terrorists adapting to avoid U.S. drones

The most dangerous al Qaeda affiliate to the U.S. homeland is teaching fighters how to avoid detection by the Predator drone, the terrorist group's feared assassin flying over Yemen. Published January 4, 2015

This undated publicity photo released by Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. shows Navy SEALs seen through the greenish glow of night vision goggles, as they prepare to breach a locked door in Osama Bin Laden's compound in Columbia Pictures' hyper-realistic new action thriller from director Kathryn Bigelow, "Zero Dark Thirty." (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., Jonathan Olley)

CIA's harsh interrogation tactics crucial in bin Laden capture

Senate Democrats' argument that harsh CIA interrogations played no role in finding Osama bin Laden revolves in crucial ways around the life of Hassan Ghul, who turned out to be the most informative biographer of Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, who eventually led the CIA to bin Laden's home address in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Published December 25, 2014

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is awaiting an Army decision on whether he will face criminal charges for walking off his base in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009, and becoming an enemy captive until last May. (Associated Press)

Army's options limited in Bergdahl case

The Army would have to give Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl an honorable discharge because he is past his active duty commitment, unless it proceeded with a court martial, a legal expert says. Published December 21, 2014

(Associated Press)

Cutting Pentagon bureaucracy, improving efficiency proves daunting

Just how daunting a battle it can be to reform a bureaucracy as large and as stubborn as the Department of Defense can be seen in the survival of a secretive club whose membership comprises boards that handle security clearances. Published December 7, 2014