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Military
3:42 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Combat Training: Can Female Marines Get The Job Done?

Katie Gorz (left) performs the ammo can lift next to male Marines as they go through the combat fitness test. The Marine Corps is experimenting with inserting some women into combat infantry roles that have historically been limited to men. At Camp Lejeune, female Marines are undergoing the same training as their male counterparts for combat arms.
Travis Dove for NPR

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 9:46 am

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

Lance Cpl. Jasmine Abrego is an office clerk who dreams of becoming a warrior.

She's flat on her stomach in the dirt, in full combat gear. Suddenly she pops up, slings a 44-pound metal tripod on her back and lurches forward in a crablike run. Finally, she slams the tripod to the ground. A male Marine slaps a .50-caliber machine gun into place.

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Military
3:34 am
Fri October 10, 2014

A Phone Call Helped Navy's First Four-Star Woman Embrace Her Path

Michelle Howard is the first woman to achieve the rank of four-star admiral in the Navy.
James Clark NPR

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 8:41 am

In July, Michelle Howard made history when she was made the first woman to earn the rank of four-star admiral in the U.S. Navy. She's also the first African-American woman to earn this rank.

Rising through the Navy, she found herself being asked to do all sorts of things on top of her day job — talking about women's policies, attending evening events, essentially becoming a spokesperson for women in the military. She says during her first tour in the Pentagon as a lieutenant commander, she called her mother to complain.

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Law Enforcement
11:22 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Police Nationwide Continue Adding Military Equipment

Military tanks like this have been issued to U.S. police departments.
Credit The Brain Toad/Flickr

President Obama is asking for a review of a government program that has been arming thousands of police departments nationwide -- including a number of South Florida forces -- with old military weapons and equipment.

An investigation by Daniel Rivero, a producer at Fusion in Doral, has found roughly 18,000 departments in the U.S. have registered for the hardware and about 8,000 have received it already.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Breach of Trust: The Gap Between America’s Soldiers And Society

Andrew J. Bacevich
www.democracynow.org

11/11/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with 23-year US Army officer and Boston University history professor Andrew Bacevich.  He studies military systems, and says a huge gap has occurred between America’s soldiers and the society in whose name they fight.  For most, the military has become simply “something others do,” starting with the conflict in Vietnam.

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Tragedy
8:06 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Attack At The Navy Yard: Gunman And 12 Victims Killed

Workers emerge from a building after a deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday. There are multiple injuries and deaths, and one gunman is dead. Police say they are searching for two other "potential" shooters.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 1:31 pm

(We're constantly updating the top of this post and adding to it below as well.)

The nation's capital went on high alert Monday after a shooting attack at the city's U.S. Navy Yard left at least 12 victims and one gunman dead and injured 8 others.

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Syria
12:25 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Should The U.S. Intervene In Syria?

In the wake of a chemical weapons attack that reportedly left more than 1,400 Syrians dead , the debate has begun on whether the U.S. should intervene. The American people now wait for what steps, if any, the United States will take in the coming weeks.

The Takeaway has responded to this call for a national conversation with special programming.

The Takeaway's John Hockenberry hosted a live chat dedicated to the unfolding crisis in the Middle East as America focuses on possible next steps for action in Syria.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

The Cost of American Militarism

National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism
http://www.ciponline.org/research/publications/category/book

06/24/13 - Monday’s  Topical Currents is with former CIA analyst and National War College Professor Melvin Goodman.  He’s written National Insecurity:  The Cost of American Militarism.  Goodman offers an insider’s critique of the U.S. military economy from Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell “military-industrial complex” warning to Obama’s expansion of the military’s power.

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Politics
1:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Capitol Visitors Get Up Close With Humvee And Military Chopper

Kid plays with the machine gun mounted on a Vietnam War era helicopter.
Jordan Michael/WLRN

Tuesday was Military Appreciation Day at the Capitol.

National Guard equipment from around the state was parked in the courtyard – the space between the old and new Capitol buildings.

“We have over 12,000 airmen and soldiers in the state of Florida,” said Major Blake Heidelberg, logistics officer with the Florida Army National Guard’s 83rd Troop Command.

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