On Independence Day, we continue an occasional series, Those Who Serve, with a story about an Army captain who grew up hearing about the exploits of his grandfathers in Asia during World War II. Now he's a captain serving in Afghanistan.
These unmanned aircraft don't just target Taliban in the mountains of Afghanistan; they're used domestically for everything from law enforcement to crop-dusting. That's kicked up privacy concerns, and the trade group for companies that make and operate drones is trying to ease some of those worries.
With dramatic cutbacks in defense spending looming if Congress fails to reach a budget deal, defense systems manufacturer Lockheed Martin says it will be forced to send layoff warnings to more than 100,000 employees this fall.
The Pentagon and FBI have conducted more than 100 investigations into possible Islamist extremists inside the U.S. military in the wake of the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston shares the latest developments and what the military is doing to prevent radicalization within its ranks.
The FBI and military officials are conducting investigations into possible insider terror threats from Islamic extremists within the U.S. military. NPR has learned that about a dozen serious investigations are underway. The real challenge may be finding ways to prevent radicalization within the military in the first place.
At least a dozen of the cases are full-blown investigations of possible Muslim radicals in the military community. The stepped-up scrutiny comes in the wake of the 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, that left 13 dead.
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