Tom Bowman

Tom Bowman is a NPR National Desk reporter covering the Pentagon.

In his current role, Bowman has traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan often for month-long visits and embedded with U.S. Marines and soldiers.

Before coming to NPR in April 2006, Bowman spent nine years as a Pentagon reporter at The Baltimore Sun. Altogether he was at The Sun for nearly two decades, covering the Maryland Statehouse, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the National Security Agency (NSA). His coverage of racial and gender discrimination at NSA led to a Pentagon investigation in 1994.

Initially Bowman imagined his career path would take him into academia as a history, government, or journalism professor. During college Bowman worked as a stringer at The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Mass. He also worked for the Daily Transcript in Dedham, Mass., and then as a reporter at States News Service, writing for the Miami Herald and the Anniston (Ala.) Star.

Bowman is a co-winner of a 2006 National Headliners' Award for stories on the lack of advanced tourniquets for U.S. troops in Iraq. In 2010, he received an Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of a Taliban roadside bomb attack on an Army unit.

Bowman earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vermont, and a master's degree in American Studies from Boston College.

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Iraq
4:32 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

White House Will Send 1,500 Military Personnel To Iraq

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 8:11 pm

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Parallels
4:46 am
Thu October 30, 2014

With Limited Gains, U.S. Bombing Campaign Faces Growing Criticism

Iraqi soldiers walk in Jurf al-Sakhr, south of the capital Baghdad, on Monday after Iraqi military forces retook the area from Islamic State militants. Iraqi forces, supported by U.S. airstrikes, have made limited gains in recent months, but critics are questioning whether the U.S. strategy is likely to succeed.
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Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 2:25 pm

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been on the defensive recently about the strategy to take on the Islamic State. American warplanes have been bombing targets in Iraq and Syria, but militant fighters are still on the move.

"We have made it very clear, I have and President Obama has, that this is a long, difficult effort," Hagel said.

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Middle East
4:03 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Judging Effectiveness Of Airstrikes Against ISIS Remains Challenging

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 6:41 pm

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Middle East
4:18 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Judging Effectivenes Of Airstrikes Against ISIS Remains A Challenge

Originally published on Thu October 9, 2014 9:58 am

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Afghanistan
4:50 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

With New Security Agreement, U.S. Mission In Afghanistan Continues

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 6:14 pm

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Middle East
5:43 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Second Round Of Airstrikes In Syria Target Oil Assets

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 3:29 pm

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Middle East
4:59 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Syria Airstrikes Targeted Command Sites, Training Facilities

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 3:30 pm

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Middle East
6:32 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Islamic State Targets Hit In Syria, Pentagon Says

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 1:20 pm

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Middle East
4:16 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

What Does 'Boots On The Ground' Really Mean?

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 6:08 pm

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Hundreds of U.S. military advisers will be assisting and training Iraqi forces as part of the battle against ISIS. President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel were clear about what they will not do.

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World
4:19 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Hagel, Dempsey Defend Obama's Strategy For Fighting ISIS

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 5:33 pm

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, defended the Obama administration's new strategy to fight the group called the Islamic State. The two officials were testifying before a Senate committee and were questioned on key aspects of the strategy, including whether a more U.S. troops might be needed on the ground in Iraq.

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