NPR: Rachel Martin http://weku.fm en Tiny Liechtenstein Loses A Precious Quarter-Acre http://weku.fm/post/tiny-lichtenstein-loses-precious-quarter-acre The tiny principality of Liechtenstein spreads across a grand total of 62 square miles. Now, it's getting smaller. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 58465 at http://weku.fm After A Bitter Struggle, DSO Brings 'Joy' To The People Again http://weku.fm/post/after-bitter-struggle-dso-brings-joy-people-again <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86ukcgSnME0</p> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 12:40:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 56551 at http://weku.fm After A Bitter Struggle, DSO Brings 'Joy' To The People Again Petraeus' Fall As Stunning As The Career Before It http://weku.fm/post/petraeuss-fall-stunning-career-it The resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus, the retired four-star general who stepped down late Friday citing an extramarital affair, brings to an end one of the most storied careers in modern U.S. military history.<p>Petraeus <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/08/31/140093537/after-37-years-petraeus-retires-from-the-army">left the Army</a> in August 2011 after nearly four decades in uniform. Before his retirement ceremony had even begun, he walked up on the empty stage, went over to the podium and tapped on the microphone. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 06:32:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 35671 at http://weku.fm Petraeus' Fall As Stunning As The Career Before It Turns Out, There Are Rules For The Debates. Lots http://weku.fm/post/turns-out-there-are-rules-debates-lots When President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney meet for their third presidential debate on Monday, there will be some rules for the candidates — and the audience.<p>In the first debate, Jim Lehrer of PBS demanded "Absolute silence!" Although Lehrer caught some flack for letting the candidates freewheel in that debate, he meant business when it came to keeping the audience quiet.<p>"If you hear something that's really terrific, sit on it!" he told the audience. "If you hear something you don't like, sit on it!"<p>But that's not the only debate rule — not by far.<p>On Oct. Sun, 21 Oct 2012 10:32:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 34635 at http://weku.fm Turns Out, There Are Rules For The Debates. Lots Frontlines Of Fatherhood: Catching Up After War http://weku.fm/post/frontlines-fatherhood-catching-after-war Last year, members of the 182nd National Guard regiment marked Father's Day far away from their loved ones. This year, they're home with their kids after a year in Afghanistan.<p>Spc. Bryan Tolley, 29, knows the challenges of being both a soldier and a dad. His son, Ryan, is a shy, blond 18-month-old who happily clings to his dad.<p>"Seeing his face light up when he sees Dada come through his bedroom door instead of Mama — because he's so used to his mother — it's awesome. I love it," says Tolley of Plymouth, Mass.<p>At a Guard event in the state, he meets up with his friends from deployment. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 09:42:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 28173 at http://weku.fm Frontlines Of Fatherhood: Catching Up After War Help And Hope, From Soldiers, For Soldiers http://weku.fm/post/guard-members-last-stop-transition-home The 182nd Infantry Regiment of the Army National Guard landed back in the U.S. last March after a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.<p>After two months of leave, however, their official transition time is over and the deployment paychecks have stopped. It's now time to get back to regular life, and for the members from Massachusetts, that means a mandatory check-in with the unit's leadership.<p><strong>From Soldier To Civilian</strong><p>For most of the soldiers, it was the first time they've put on a uniform in months. Sun, 10 Jun 2012 10:02:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 27828 at http://weku.fm Help And Hope, From Soldiers, For Soldiers National Guard Members' Next Battle: The Job Hunt http://weku.fm/post/national-guard-members-next-battle-job-hunt Before the soldiers of the 182nd Regiment of the Army National Guard came home, they were asked how many were unemployed or looking for work. The answer: about one in three.<p>As more soldiers return to civilian life, a civilian job may not be there waiting. Service members with the National Guard have the extra challenge of convincing employers to hire them when they may be called to active duty for a year or more. Sun, 29 Apr 2012 10:25:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 25652 at http://weku.fm National Guard Members' Next Battle: The Job Hunt The Army Chaplain: A Kind Of Mission Specialist http://weku.fm/post/army-chaplain-kind-mission-specialist Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>There is one group in the military with a unique role in helping soldiers and their families through difficult times. So, on this Easter Sunday, an Army chaplain describes his work helping soldiers who have just returned from war.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>RICK EBB: My name is Chaplain Rick Ebb. I'm the post chaplain here at Camp Atterbury. I am one of the first people they see, and I think that's very important that the representative of faith is there. Sun, 08 Apr 2012 12:00:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 24577 at http://weku.fm Dismissed: Military Families Reunite, Face The Future http://weku.fm/post/dismissed-military-families-reunite-face-future Back from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, the 182nd Infantry Regiment of the Army National Guard had to make a pit stop before heading home. Sun, 08 Apr 2012 10:01:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 24574 at http://weku.fm Dismissed: Military Families Reunite, Face The Future Home Front: 'Citizen Soldiers' Start A Transition http://weku.fm/post/home-front-citizen-soldiers-start-transition A few days ago, a plane carrying members of the 182nd Infantry Regiment touched down in Indiana. The 303 soldiers who were on board are members of an Army National Guard unit that has just finished a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.<p>The soldiers, dressed in their combat uniforms and carrying their weapons, bounded down the stairs from the plane. They shook the hands of the generals who had gathered there to welcome them home. It was the middle of the night and raining, but none of them seemed to mind. Sun, 25 Mar 2012 10:07:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 23786 at http://weku.fm Home Front: 'Citizen Soldiers' Start A Transition Candidates' (Vocal) Pitch Plays Into Appeal http://weku.fm/post/candidates-vocal-pitch-plays-appeal Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>So what does it take to win an election: A clear message, a strong organization, good hair? How about deep pipes?<p>SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL: It's my view that the administration's policies are actually designed on purpose to bring about higher gas prices.<p>MARTIN: That's Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell who has won a few elections in his day.<p>In a study published in a British biological research journal, 17 women and 10 men recorded the phrase: I urge you to vote for me this November. Sun, 18 Mar 2012 12:00:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 23394 at http://weku.fm CIA Tracks Public Information For The Private Eye http://weku.fm/post/cia-tracks-public-information-private-eye Secrets: the currency of spies around the world.<p>The rise of social media, hash-tags, forums, blogs and online news sites has revealed a new kind of secret — those hiding in plain sight. The CIA calls all this information "open source" material, and it's changing the way America's top spy agency does business.<p>NPR recently got a rare behind-the-scenes look at the CIA's Open Source Center. It operates on the down-low, though it deals with public material. We aren't allowed to tell you where the Open Source Center is. Sun, 22 Jan 2012 11:29:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 20135 at http://weku.fm CIA Tracks Public Information For The Private Eye Pentagon: U.S., Pakistan Share Blame In Shooting http://weku.fm/post/pentagon-us-pakistan-share-blame-shooting The U.S. military said Thursday that U.S. and Pakistani forces both made mistakes in a U.S. helicopter attack that killed two dozen Pakistani troops in November along the Afghan-Pakistan border.<p>The Pentagon released the findings of its investigation that said a lack of trust, miscommunication and faulty map information all contributed to the shooting.<p>"For the loss of life and lack of coordination between U.S. and Pakistani forces that contributed to those losses, we express our deepest regret," said Pentagon spokesman George Little.<p>Brig. Gen. Thu, 22 Dec 2011 20:05:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 18489 at http://weku.fm Pentagon: U.S., Pakistan Share Blame In Shooting National Guard May Receive Joint Chiefs Spot http://weku.fm/post/national-guard-may-receive-joint-chiefs-spot The most elite club in the military, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is set to get a new member: the chief of the National Guard. Congress approved the change as part of the defense authorization bill last week and the president is expected to sign the bill into law. Mon, 19 Dec 2011 20:00:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 18288 at http://weku.fm Report: High Levels Of 'Burnout' In U.S. Drone Pilots http://weku.fm/post/report-high-levels-burnout-us-drone-pilots Around 1,100 Air Force pilots fly remotely piloted aircraft – or drones. These planes soar over Iraq or Afghanistan but the pilots sit at military bases back in the United States.<p>A new Pentagon study shows that almost 30 percent of drone pilots surveyed suffer from what the military calls "burnout." It's the first time the military has tried to measure the psychological impact of waging a "remote-controlled war."<p>The report, commissioned by the U.S. Air Force, shows that 29 percent of the drone pilots surveyed said they were burned out and suffered from high levels of fatigue. Sun, 18 Dec 2011 23:01:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 18230 at http://weku.fm Improvised Warfare In Iraq Leaves Lasting Effects http://weku.fm/post/improvised-warfare-iraq-leaves-lasting-effects Army Sgt. Maj. Todd Burnett spent about three years in Iraq hunting for improvised explosive devices, also knows as IEDs.<p>"I can remember going out and one week I got blown up three times," Burnett says. He says back then, it wasn't whether you were going to get blown up, it was just a matter of when you were going to get blown up.<p>The IED, which is essentially a homemade bomb, became the weapon of choice for the insurgency in Iraq. The U.S. has officially declared the end of the war there, but one lasting legacy will be the IED and how it changed the way the U.S. Sun, 18 Dec 2011 02:00:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 18207 at http://weku.fm Improvised Warfare In Iraq Leaves Lasting Effects Drone Pilots: The Future Of Aerial Warfare http://weku.fm/post/drone-pilots-future-aerial-warfare To understand how important remotely piloted aircraft are to the U.S. military, consider this: The U.S. Air Force says this year it will train more drone pilots than fighter and bomber pilots combined.<p>And that's changing the nature of aerial warfare — and the pilots who wage it.<p>Steve, a lieutenant colonel, grew up wanting to be in the Air Force. Tue, 29 Nov 2011 05:01:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 17043 at http://weku.fm Drone Pilots: The Future Of Aerial Warfare Siemens Discovers Hiring Vets Is 'Good For Business' http://weku.fm/post/siemens-discovers-hiring-vets-good-business Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are winding down. That means more troops will be coming home. Jobs are tough to find these days for anyone, but especially for veterans. Yesterday President Obama signed into law a plan meant to get more vets hired. NPR's Rachel Martin has more.<p>RACHEL MARTIN, BYLINE: The unemployment rate for veterans is around 12 percent - that's close to four points higher than for everyone else. Tue, 22 Nov 2011 09:00:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 16700 at http://weku.fm With Defense Budget Cuts Come Challenging Costs http://weku.fm/post/defense-budget-cuts-come-challenging-costs The congressional supercommittee has only a few days left to come up with a plan to cut $1.2 trillion from the federal deficit. Sat, 19 Nov 2011 10:00:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 16554 at http://weku.fm Defense Leaders Make Their Case Against Budget Cuts http://weku.fm/post/defense-leaders-make-their-case-against-budget-cuts The congressional super committee has two months to come up with a way to slash more than a trillion dollars from the federal deficit, or risk deeper cuts that would be triggered automatically. Sat, 24 Sep 2011 09:37:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 13072 at http://weku.fm Defense Leaders Make Their Case Against Budget Cuts U.S. Rebukes Pakistan For Ties To Afghan Militants http://weku.fm/post/us-rebukes-pakistan-ties-afghan-militants U.S. military officials have for years talked of links between Pakistan's spy agency and militant groups attacking American targets across the border in Afghanistan.<p>During a hearing Thursday on Capitol Hill, the top U.S. military officer said there's proof.<p>The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, was blunt. Supported by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, the militant Haqqani network was responsible for attacks that included the one on the U.S. Thu, 22 Sep 2011 18:25:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 12980 at http://weku.fm U.S. Rebukes Pakistan For Ties To Afghan Militants 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Is Done; What Now? http://weku.fm/post/dont-ask-dont-tell-done-what-now "Don't ask, don't tell" is over Tuesday.<p>The ban against gays serving openly in the military has been repealed. Starting Tuesday, gay service members cannot be discriminated against for their sexual identity. But the policy has affected the lives of thousands of people during the 18 years it was in place. Tue, 20 Sep 2011 04:01:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 12753 at http://weku.fm 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Is Done; What Now? Leon Panetta: The Battle-Tested Politician http://weku.fm/post/leon-panetta-battle-tested-politician When Leon Panetta was CIA director, he helped lead the effort to find and kill Osama bin Laden.<p>Now, Panetta may have an even harder job.<p>He's two months into his tenure as secretary of defense and here's what Panetta has to do: Run two ground wars, keep up the fight against al-Qaida and at the same time figure out how to cut what could end up being a trillion dollars from a Pentagon's budget.<p><strong>The Laugh</strong><p>Now, Washington is a serious town and clearly the Pentagon is a serious place where serious things happen. Mon, 12 Sep 2011 04:01:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 12232 at http://weku.fm An Open Secret: Drone Warfare In Pakistan http://weku.fm/post/open-secret-drone-warfare-pakistan Drone warfare is now one of the most fundamental features of the U.S. battle against its enemies. Just don't any anyone in the government to talk about it.<p>Since 2004, the United States military has fired about 270 missiles into Pakistan since 2004, killing thousands of militants, according to the U.S. government. Dozens of so-called high-value targets have been eliminated, like al-Qaida's No. 2, who was killed in an attack last month.<p>But since the CIA runs these attacks, they are secret. Tue, 06 Sep 2011 19:45:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 11918 at http://weku.fm An Open Secret: Drone Warfare In Pakistan Military Branches Try To Deflect Budget Cuts http://weku.fm/post/military-branches-try-deflect-budget-cuts A Congressional panel has roughly three months to come up with a plan to cut the deficit. The Pentagon is likely to get hit with hundreds of billions of dollars in additional budget cuts. Each branch of the military knows the cuts are coming — so they are trying publicly and privately to minimize the damage to their bottom lines. Thu, 25 Aug 2011 08:00:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 11200 at http://weku.fm Pentagon Gears Up For Budget Cut War http://weku.fm/post/pentagon-gears-budget-cut-war Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is making the case against sweeping cuts that could reduce the Pentagon's budget by up to a trillion dollars. The Pentagon has already been ordered to cut 400 billion dollars over the next ten years. If additional cuts are ordered, some analysts say it will force the U.S. to make tough choices about its role as the sole military superpower. Wed, 17 Aug 2011 08:00:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 10715 at http://weku.fm For Navy Seal Team 6, A Huge Loss For A Small Unit http://weku.fm/post/navy-seal-team-6-huge-loss-small-unit The U.S. Special Forces held a changing of the guard Monday, and it should have been a moment to recount triumphs, like the raid that killed Osama bin Laden just three months ago.<p>Instead, the long-planned change of command in Tampa, Florida, was a somber day as military leaders paid tribute to the 30 American troops who died in Afghanistan in a helicopter crash Saturday.<p>Nearly two dozen were members of the unit responsible for killing bin Laden – Navy Seal Team 6.<p>"This is a reminder. That we remain a nation still at war," Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said at the ceremony. Mon, 08 Aug 2011 19:48:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 10138 at http://weku.fm Pentagon Could See Deep Cuts In Debt Deal http://weku.fm/post/pentagon-could-see-deep-cuts-debt-deal For several GOP lawmakers, the decision on whether to vote for the debt deal hinged on how the prescribed cuts will affect defense spending. Wed, 03 Aug 2011 09:00:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 9805 at http://weku.fm U.S. Looks For Ways To Break Libya Stalemate http://weku.fm/post/us-looks-ways-break-libya-stalemate It's been more than four months since NATO launched an attack on Moammar Gadhafi's forces in Libya. Since then, opposition forces have gained ground with help from NATO airstrikes, but Gadhafi's military is holding firm so far.<p>President Obama and other leaders have called on Gadhafi to leave, but he's clearly not listening. Now, the conflict in Libya has turned into a complicated waiting game.<p>The goal of the U.S. Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:53:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 9381 at http://weku.fm U.S. Looks For Ways To Break Libya Stalemate As Leadership Changes, So Could Afghanistan Strategy http://weku.fm/post/leadership-changes-so-could-afghanistan-strategy Gen. David Petraeus stepped down as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Monday and handed control of the war over to Marine Corps Gen. John Allen. Petraeus is leaving to become head of the CIA at the end of the summer.<p>A year ago, President Obama asked Petraeus to take charge in Afghanistan and jump start the counterinsurgency operation there. Mon, 18 Jul 2011 21:10:00 +0000 NPR: Rachel Martin 8821 at http://weku.fm As Leadership Changes, So Could Afghanistan Strategy