Fri March 21, 2014
All Tech Considered

When Robots Can Kill, It's Unclear Who Will Be To Blame

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 12:42 pm

The TALON MAARS (Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System) can be transformed from a weaponized robot to one with an arm and gripper by changing out its modules.
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Fri March 7, 2014

U.S. Knew Of 'Imminent' Move In Crimea, Top Official Says

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 9:39 am

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee last month.
Lauren Victoria Burke AP

Senior U.S. officials were warned of imminent Russian military action in Crimea about a week before the troop movements that have sparked a major international crisis over Ukraine, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency tells NPR.

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Thu March 6, 2014

NPR/ProPublica Investigates: Grave Science

Lead in text: 
A joint investigation by NPR and ProPublica found the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command’s process of identifying remains is hindered by several layers of bureacracy, an aversion to risk and a reluctance to lead with DNA testing.
Source: Npr
America’s effort to bring home its war dead is slow, inefficient and stymied by outdated methods.


Thu March 6, 2014
Author Interviews

Reminder From A Marine: Civilians And Veterans Share Ownership Of War

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 12:47 pm

"Marines and soldiers don't issue themselves orders, they don't send themselves overseas," says former Marine Phil Klay. "United States citizens elect the leaders who send us overseas."

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Fri December 27, 2013
National Security

Marines: Most Female Recruits Don't Meet New Pullup Standard

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 6:06 am

Female Marine recruits train on the rifle range during boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., on Feb. 25. The Marine Corps said it has postponed new physical standards that would require women to do three pullups, noting that many female recruits were not yet able to do so.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Starting Jan. 1, every woman in the Marines Corps was supposed to meet a new physical standard by performing three pullups. But that has been put off.

The Marine Corps announced it quietly. There was no news conference — just a notice on its social media sites and an item on its own TV show, The Corps Report.

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