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Rowan Scarborough

Articles by Rowan Scarborough

Female recruits in the Marine Corps and other services will have to prove themselves as capable as men during training, if traditionalists have their way. (Associated Press)

Military is advised against lower standards for women

With Republicans lacking the votes to reinstitute the ban on women in combat as federal law, conservatives are focusing on how to make sure the Pentagon does not lower the standards — and with them, combat readiness — to ensure that female service members graduate. Published February 6, 2013

**FILE** Capt. Sara Rodriguez, 26, of the 101st Airborne Division, carries a litter of sandbags during the Expert Field Medical Badge training at Fort Campbell, Ky., on May 9, 2012. (Associated Press)

House GOP pursuing bill to keep combat standards high

House Republicans are beginning to discuss legislation that would prevent the Pentagon from lowering physical standards for women to ensure an ample number get accepted in the most arduous combat jobs in the infantry and special operations. Published January 29, 2013

"I think the State Department is totally inept when it comes to being able to have oversight on things like this. This should not have gotten to this point," Rep. Duncan D. Hunter says. (Associated Press)

Rep. Hunter: Subsidy for Pakistani fertilizer company ‘crazy'

A congressman who served as Marine officer in Iraq and Afghanistan says "it's crazy" that a Pakistani fertilizer maker is being allowed to build a plant in the U.S. while it rejects Pentagon pleas to control its products that end up in homemade bombs that kill American troops. Published January 28, 2013

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Hagel fate is tied to political posturing

Defense Secretary-designate Chuck Hagel's confirmation fight in the Senate is not only about the issues. It's also a bit personal. Published January 28, 2013

** FILE ** Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, gestures as he address the media in front of the USS Enterprise at Naval Station Norfolk on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Norfolk, Va., before an inactivation ceremony for the Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The ship served in the fleet for 51 years. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Navy chief calls for sharp spending cuts

The Navy's top officer sent a memo to his admirals Thursday ordering them to curtail activities because of a $3.6 billion shortfall for operations and maintenance. Published January 24, 2013

**FILE** A U.S. flag flies July 3, 2012, over a field during the Fanfare and Fireworks celebration at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. (Associated Press/The Gainesville Sun)

'Far Right' report outrages critics of federalism

A West Point think tank report that links people who believe in individual freedom with violent "far right" movements has stirred strong opposition from conservatives and former members of the military. Published January 21, 2013

**FILE** A U.S. flag flies July 3, 2012, over a field during the Fanfare and Fireworks celebration at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. (Associated Press/The Gainesville Sun)

West Point center cites dangers of 'far right' in U.S.

A West Point think tank has issued a paper warning America about "far right" groups such as the "anti-federalist" movement, which supports "civil activism, individual freedoms and self-government." Published January 17, 2013

** FILE ** Then-Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican, speaks on foreign policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington in 2008. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Pentagon campaign for Hagel questionable, expert says

The White House, not the Pentagon, should be making the political argument to the Senate to confirm former Sen. Chuck Hagel as the next defense secretary, a government expert says. Published January 15, 2013

** FILE ** Then-Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican, speaks on foreign policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington in 2008. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Pentagon begins campaign to bust 'myths' about nominee Hagel

The Pentagon has begun a campaign to rebut what it calls "myths" about Defense Secretary-designate Chuck Hagel and is sending to senators documents purporting to show that he is pro-Israel and tough on Iran. Published January 13, 2013

**FILE** Then-Sen. Chuck Hagel is pictured in 2008. (Associated Press)

Hagel's group sees Iran as a future ally

The think tank overseen by President Obama's defense secretary-designate predicts that Iran one day will be a "natural partner" for the U.S. and could possess nuclear weapons. Published January 8, 2013

** FILE ** Then-Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican, speaks during an appearance at Bellevue University in Bellevue, Neb., in 2007. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Hagel is in for tough challenge to lead the Pentagon

As White House officials confirmed Sunday that the president plans to nominate Chuck Hagel on Monday as Pentagon chief, Republicans made it clear that the former senator from Nebraska will face a tough confirmation battle. Published January 6, 2013

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