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Rowan Scarborough

Articles by Rowan Scarborough

John Kiriakou (Associated Press)

Ex-CIA officials assail ID of agents

Former intelligence officials use "reprehensible" and "egregious" to describe the alleged acts of a former CIA officer charged by the government with betraying his own when he revealed the identities of two overseas operatives to the media. Published January 30, 2012

**FILE** Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (Associated Press)

Panetta says 2013 defense budget to cut land forces

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Thursday presented the first act in shrinking the war-on-terrorism military over the next five years, saying his 2013 budget will cut land forces by 92,000, ask Congress to close bases and slow production of the F-35 stealth fighter. Published January 26, 2012

The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln transits the Indian Ocean on Jan. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)

U.S. military in Persian Gulf still necessary, welcome force

The U.S. is maintaining a sizable ground, air and sea force in the Persian Gulf, underscoring the need to protect oil-producing states after deposing Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein and exiting a democratic Iraq in December. Published January 24, 2012

An anti-Syrian regime protesters wears a revolutionary flag on his back during a protest outside the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. Arab League foreign ministers, meeting in Cairo, extended the much-criticized observers mission for another month, officials from the 22-member organization said. The League decided to add more observers and provide them with additional resources, the officials said. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Assad's fall could solve Iraqi weapons mystery

If Syria's regime falls, the U.S. will be in a better position to answer one of the lingering questions from the long Iraq War: Did Baghdad ship weapons of mass destruction components to Syria before the 2003 American-led invasion? Published January 22, 2012

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney speaks at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., on Wednesday. He has assembled several George W. Bush-era veterans as national security advisers to his campaign. The South Carolina GOP primary is scheduled for Saturday in the state. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Many Bush-era hard-liners are Romney security advisers

GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney has assembled a cast of conservative George W. Bush-era veterans as his key national security advisers. Some of them played important roles in the war on terror and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Published January 18, 2012

The USS Enterprise is among a fleet of 11 carriers that the Navy maintains by law, but Pentagon budget cuts have the service talking behind the scenes of protecting only 10 for future missions, sources say. (Associated Press)

New Navy budgets may sink plans for aircraft carriers

As Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta prepares to introduce the strategy's first budget next month, the Navy has been in a furious fight behind the scenes to protect only 10 carriers, sources familiar with the issue told The Washington Times. Published January 15, 2012

President Obama speaks during a news briefing at the Pentagon on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, to discuss defense strategic guidance. From left are Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Army chief of staff; Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta; Gen. James F. Amos, Marine Corps commandant; Navy Secretary Ray Mabus; Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, chief of naval operations. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Navy readies for Chinese power grab on shipping

The Navy's top officer detailed Tuesday the strategy for making sure the South China Sea and Western Pacific remain open to international shipping, saying an emerging China might try to "limit access in the region." Published January 10, 2012

President Obama speaks during a news briefing at the Pentagon on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, to discuss defense strategic guidance. From left are Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Army chief of staff; Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta; Gen. James F. Amos, Marine Corps commandant; Navy Secretary Ray Mabus; Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, chief of naval operations. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama's war plan pins hopes on peace

In dumping the Pentagon's two-war strategy, President Obama is reversing a doctrine adopted by Republican and Democratic presidents, including himself. Published January 8, 2012

U.S. Navy via Associated Press
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis transits the Strait of Hormuz on Nov. 12. The Pentagon declared Tuesday that U.S. warships will continue regularly scheduled deployments to the strategic waterway, despite warnings against doing so from Iran.

Tehran warns U.S. to stay out of Gulf

Iran's stepped-up bellicosity, including a warning Tuesday that a U.S. aircraft carrier should not return to the Persian Gulf, is a reaction to increased talk in the United States and Israel of a strike on its nuclear sites, and of the West adding economic sanctions on its already struggling economy, analysts say. Published January 3, 2012

** FILE ** Former Army Vice Chief of Staff John Keane (Associated Press)

Iraq surge's advocates fear gains will be lost

The outside advisers who worked to persuade President Bush in 2006 to send a "surge" of reinforcement troops to Iraq now fear their efforts are on the verge of being erased. Published December 28, 2011

In this undated photo provided by Knights Out, Brenda S. "Sue" Fulton is shown. President Barack Obama has appointed Fulton, a founding board member of OutServe, an association of actively serving gay military personnel, to the U.S. Military Academy Board of Visitors. Fulton is also co-founder and executive director of Knights Out, an organization of gay West Point graduates, and graduated in 1980 with the first West Point class to include women. She's the first openly gay member of the Academy's board. (AP Photo/Knights Out, Joe Galioto)

Three months on, 'don't ask' repeal gets mixed review

Three months after President Obama lifted the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military, Pentagon officials say heterosexual troops are adjusting well to the new policy. Critics, however, say they are just following orders, and a recent survey showed many troops reporting a rise in tension. Published December 23, 2011

Gingrich tough on women, gays in military

Republican presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich is siding with social conservatives on how the U.S. armed forces should treat gays and women, according to a survey released Monday. Published December 11, 2011

**FILE** Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (Associated Press)

Pentagon conducts budget war games

The nation's highest-ranking military officers convened at the Pentagon last week to discuss the smaller armed forces they will inherit once $450 billion in cuts commence in 2013. Published December 6, 2011

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican (AP Photo)

U.S. ready for eviction of drones in Pakistan

Pakistan's decision to evict the United States from a Predator-drone launching base will have little impact on the CIA's ability to strike terrorists in the country's austere tribal areas because the U.S. built backup bases in Afghanistan, a senior defense official said Sunday. Published December 4, 2011

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For Marine, a rush to judgment and a belated vindication

As William C. Rodriguez inspected the badly decomposed bodies of two Iraqis, he was troubled by the large crowd of observers in the military's national morgue at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Published November 30, 2011

Protesters rally in Lahore, Pakistan, on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, to condemn a NATO airstrike on Pakistani troops that killed 24 along the nation's border with Afghanistan. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Pakistan secretly helps, publicly hits U.S. interests

Pakistan has cooperated secretly with the U.S. on several war-fighting missions in an odd-couple alliance that also sees factions in Islamabad backing the fiercest American enemy. Published November 26, 2011