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Rowan Scarborough

Articles by Rowan Scarborough

** FILE ** New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks March 1, 2013, at a news conference at the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

Pentagon's budget fears fall on media's deaf ears

The Pentagon's intense public relations campaign is designed to sell Congress and the public on how the first year of "sequester" budget cuts is leaving the U.S. military unable to train or deploy overseas. Public warnings generally have garnered media sympathy, but there have been signs in recent weeks of a backlash from the Washington press corps. Published March 31, 2013

Models of a mock North Korea Scud-B missile (center) and other South Korean missiles are displayed at Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul on March 17, 2013. (Associated Press)

U.S. missile defense plans will raise Korea tensions, China warns

President Obama's decision to deploy additional missile interceptors at Alaska's Fort Greely reverses a decision he made in 2009 to scale back the number of active silos approved by President George W. Bush to blunt long-range nukes. Published March 18, 2013

The Pentagon. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Unlike White House, Pentagon keeps up public tours

The Defense Department is keeping only one aircraft carrier in the strategically important Persian Gulf, but unlike the White House, the Pentagon is keeping its doors open for public tours. Published March 13, 2013

THE LATEST: Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., (right) takes the hand and the command of Gen. John Allen during a February ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gen. Dunford became the fifth commander of the war in the past five years. (Associated Press)

Revolving door of generals takes Afghanistan command

When Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford took command of the war in Afghanistan on Feb. 10, he succeeded a line of hard-luck officers who had succumbed to scandal or felt the White House's sting over requests for more troops. Published March 10, 2013

Military brass marching to Obama’s beat

The military leadership is proving to be a solid ally of President Obama in political Washington, adopting his social revolution and willing to serve as backdrops to the White House's campaign-style drive to win the budget battle with Republicans. Published February 28, 2013

** FILE ** U.S. soldiers stand guard at the scene of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

Decline for insurgent Afghan attacks was misreported

An officially reported downward trend in insurgent attacks that has underpinned President Obama's decision to pull 34,000 troops from Afghanistan did not actually happen last year. Published February 26, 2013

** FILE ** Female soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division train on a firing range while testing new body armor in Fort Campbell, Ky., in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Few women will qualify for land combat: report

A new report to Congress predicts that relatively few women will be able to perform land combat tasks on the same level as men, and it says the Pentagon's pledge to maintain "gender-neutral" physical standards has a loophole. Published February 24, 2013

** FILE ** Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican (The Washington Times)

NASA accused of technology transfers

One of NASA's renowned research centers has been under a four-year FBI investigation for the possible transfer of secret weapon-system technology to foreign countries, including China, two Republican congressmen have disclosed. Published February 12, 2013