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Rowan Scarborough

Articles by Rowan Scarborough

Army seeks gun industry help on M4 carbine in tacit admission of rifle's flaws

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The Army is asking the gun industry to build new components for its soldiers' primary weapon — the M4 carbine — a move that experts say is a tacit admission that the service has been supplying a flawed rifle that lacks the precision of commercially available guns. Published April 26, 2015

Pfc. Christina Fuentes Montenegro and other Marines from Delta Company, Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry-East, receive final instructions prior to assaulting an objective during the Infantry Integrated Field Training Exercise aboard Camp Geiger, N.C., Nov 15, 2013. (U.S. Marine Corps photo)

Pressure grows on Marines to consider lowering combat standards for women

Two years ago, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the nation's top military officer, laid down an edict on the Obama administration's plan to open direct land combat jobs to women: If women cannot meet a standard, senior commanders better have a good reason why it should not be lowered. Published April 19, 2015

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived last week to distribute weapons and support security forces and Sunni volunteers at a camp in Habaniyah, west of Baghdad. After victory against Islamic State militants in the city of Tikrit, Iraq set sights on western Anbar province for its second major counteroffensive against the Islamic State. (Associated Press)

Iraq may follow Marines' blueprint to defeat Islamic State in Anbar

Baghdad's Shiite-run government has begun its second major counteroffensive against the Islamic State, this time choosing western Anbar province, where the U.S. Marine Corps years ago showed that the path to victory requires an alliance with Sunni tribal chiefs. Published April 12, 2015

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (right) quickly put together a coalition last week to raid Yemen by air and position forces for an incursion by land. The regime has told President Obama that it simply will not tolerate an Iranian puppet state on its border. (Associated Press)

Arab allies wage war in Yemen with U.S. weapons, without U.S. leadership

The U.S. has shipped billions of dollars worth of its best weapons to the Middle East in recent years, and today Arab nations are tapping that unprecedented arms buildup for the first time to wage war on multiple fronts, sometimes without American leadership. Published March 29, 2015

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is facing desertion charges after leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009. Experts say the former POW may get a lesser sentence. (Eugene R. Fidell via Associated Press)

Bowe Bergdahl did not collaborate with the enemy, lawyer says

The lawyer for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says an official investigation cleared the soldier of any misconduct during his five-year captivity the Taliban and Haqqani terrorist network, trying to dispel speculation that his client somehow collaborated with the enemy. Published March 26, 2015

Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh, flanked by Army Chief of Staff Gen Raymond Odierno, right, and Maj. Gen. William E. Rapp, the Army legislative liaison, arrives to update members of the Senate Armed Services Committee about the deadly shooting rampage by a soldier yesterday at Fort Hood in Texas, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 3, 2014. An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness was the gunman who opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide, in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Army's withdrawal of officer's Silver Star sparks ire of Congress

A group of House lawmakers is moving to strip the armed services' civilian leaders of the power to revoke combat valor awards in response to Army Secretary John McHugh unilaterally canceling the Silver Star, one of the military's highest honors, for a former Green Beret officer. Published March 15, 2015

Retired Marine Corps Gen. James "Hoss" Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a close military adviser to President Obama, was reportedly the target of a Justice Department criminal investigation into leaks to The New York Times. (Associated Press)

Obama plays favorites, protects loose-lipped generals who leak top secret info

Analysts are questioning whether the White House is protecting one of its inner-circle members in a leak investigation, especially given the Obama administration's demonstrated willingness to prosecute and imprison lower-level government employees for providing classified information to the press. Published March 12, 2015

Leading the way: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, attended a meeting with environmental officials and activists at his residence in Tehran on Sunday. Iran's supreme leader holds a deep mistrust of America. (Associated Press)

Iran using sanctions relief to undermine U.S. interests in Middle East

Iran is on a roll in the Middle East, becoming a dominant military player in Iraq, rescuing the regime of Bashar Assad in Syria, bringing down a U.S. ally in Yemen and building its surrogate Hezbollah terrorist army into a political force in Lebanon and throughout the region. Published March 8, 2015