Mon February 13, 2012
The Impact of War

Building Better Houses For Wounded Soldiers

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:02 am

The Wounded Warrior Home Project is an inventive approach to military housing, serving the needs of wounded soldiers and their families as they continue to serve on active duty at Fort Belvoir, Va.
Kainaz Amaria NPR

All wars bring innovations — in weapons, and also in ways to repair the damage done. Penicillin is one of the more famous examples: It came into use as a treatment for troops in World War II.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have brought their own breakthroughs, none more dramatic than the prosthetics that come close to giving back what has been lost. And big advances in treating grievous injuries have meant many more troops coming home alive.

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Sat February 11, 2012
National Security

Lawyers Share The Bench In Terrorism Cases

Originally published on Sat February 11, 2012 9:46 am


Thu February 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Women In Combat: Inevitable?

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 5:43 pm

American soldiers Kris Kuntz (left) and Hayley Barner in Afghanistan, near the border with Pakistan, last October.
Tauseef Mustafa AFP/Getty Images
  • NPR's Tom Bowman reports

The word that Pentagon rules may soon "catch up a bit with reality" as the military considers formally allowing women to do something that they've already been asked to do in Iraq and Afghanistan — serve close to the front lines but technically not "in combat" — raises a question.

As NPR's Tom Bowman reports, the new rules still wouldn't allow women to serve in front line combat jobs such as infantry, armor or Special Forces.

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Wed February 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Report: Pentagon 'Beginning Review Of Syria Options'

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 6:36 am

A Syrian rebel stands guard at a street in Idlib, Syria, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012.

As the U.S. continues to search for diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria, "the Pentagon and the U.S. Central Command have begun a preliminary internal review of U.S. military capabilities," CNN is reporting.

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Tue February 7, 2012
The Two-Way

President Obama Nominates First Woman As Four-Star U.S. Air Force General

Lt. Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger
Air Force Materiel Command

The Air Force may soon get its first female four star general. On Monday, President Obama nominated Lt. General Janet C. Wolfenbarger to the rank of general. If confirmed by the Senate, she'd become commander of Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio. She previously served as Vice Commander there.

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