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Rowan Scarborough

Articles by Rowan Scarborough

Navy officer who shot down Air Force jet won't be promoted after all

A Senate committee has refused to approve a promotion to admiral for a Navy officer who, as a young fighter pilot during a training mission, deliberately shot down an Air Force plane whose flier has suffered a life of pain from his forced ejection. Published January 3, 2013

**FILE** Veterans Kori Cioca (left), 25, of Wilmington, Ohio, and Panayiota Bertzikis, 29, of Somerville, Mass., who were assaulted and raped while serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, meet at their attorney's office in Washington on Feb. 13, 2011. They are plaintiffs among about a dozen women and at least one man, who are suing Pentagon officials, seeking change in the military's handling of rape and sexual assault cases. (Associated Press)

Pentagon undeterred by sex scandals; policy on women proceeds

The Pentagon is pushing ahead with its campaign to move women closer to the battlefield, despite a series of sex scandals involving senior officers and a report showing an increase in sexual assaults among the troops. Published January 3, 2013

** FILE ** Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (center right) walks across the apron with Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III (center left), commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, after arriving in Baghdad on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. Mr. Panetta was participating in ceremonies marking the end of the U.S. military mission in Iraq. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

Army gets geographical command, at last

The Army stepped to the fore last month, winning one of the armed forces' most coveted commands after having seen Marine Corps generals selected in recent years to head operations in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Europe. Published December 31, 2012

**FILE** Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf waves to the crowd after a military band played a song in his honor during welcome-home ceremonies at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., on April 22, 1991. (Associated Press)

Gen. Schwarzkopf, a man for his times

The twist in the long military career of Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf is that a 35-year Army soldier is remembered more for what he did in the air than on land. Published December 28, 2012

** FILE ** U.S. Army chief Spc. Jenny Martinez holds the hand of an injured U.S. Marine who was wounded in an IED strike in June, 2011. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Army rolls out brass to defend anti-IED software

The Army presented two two-star generals and three intelligence specialists Thursday to defend its $2.5 billion battlefield intelligence processor, which has failed operational tests and has been criticized by soldiers as being too slow to analyze the enemy and help find buried bombs in Afghanistan. Published December 20, 2012

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta underscored the alliance Tuesday when he landed in Kuwait, a staunch Persian Gulf ally, for consultations. U.S. allies in the region, notably Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are proxies for the U.S. against Iran.

U.S. arms to Gulf allies hint of strategy

The largest infusion of U.S. arms ever for Persian Gulf allies has shifted more toward offensive weapons at the same time that President Obama's military strategy says it will rely more on allied firepower in any future war. Published December 16, 2012

**FILE** U.S. Marines patrol outside Marjah, in Afghanistan's Helmand province, in February 2010. (Associated Press)

Marines to test for drunkenness on duty

The Marine Corps has issued new rules for randomly testing its warriors twice yearly with a Breathalyzer to make sure they are not drunk on duty. Published December 14, 2012

**FILE** Rep. James P. Moran, Virginia Democrat

Army’s own data mining system fails test

The Pentagon's top weapons tester has given a failing grade to the Army's premier battlefield intelligence processor, which troops in Afghanistan have criticized as being too slow and unreliable in sifting data to find the enemy. Published December 2, 2012

Army Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley is fighting back, appealing a negative performance evaluation. (U.S. Army)

Pentagon report defends ouster of military instructor

A military college course taught by a decorated Army officer "was overtly negative with respect to Islam" and used "extreme" hypothetical situations to discuss war options, says a Pentagon report sent to Capitol Hill. Published November 29, 2012

Libya timeline suggests cover-up in attack

The Obama administration's public versions of events in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya have been riddled with discrepancies, starting soon after the American dead and survivors left behind a charred diplomatic compound and bullet-scarred CIA building in Benghazi. Published November 14, 2012

** FILE ** A Libyan man checks out the interior of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after the attack.  (Associated Press)

Security taken early, arrived late in Benghazi

The Obama administration's new timelines for the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, reveal a significant delay in getting ground troops to the area and the negative impact of the State Department's decision to remove from the country a site security team and its aircraft that could have aided a rescue. Published November 11, 2012

Head of Africa Command not forced out

The Obama administration's decision to grant retirement to the top general of U.S. Africa Command is part of the internal jockeying that goes on among the military branches to win top war-fighting assignments and was not related to the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, a well-placed military source told The Washington Times. Published November 7, 2012

Behind the crisis in Benghazi, a commander's lack of firepower

As Americans fought for their lives in Benghazi, Libya, the Pentagon's options for direct intervention were narrowed to one: a fleet of F-16 fighters parked across the Mediterranean at NATO's air base in Aviano, Italy. Published November 4, 2012