Tom Bowman en Line Of Defense: Arguments In Afghan Attack Case Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News, I'm Scott Simon. Murder charges have been filed against the U.S. Army Sergeant accused of killing 17 Afghan men, women and children. Now, an investigative officer will decide whether there's enough evidence to go forward with a court martial. NPR's Pentagon correspondent, Tom Bowman, walks us through the legal challenges ahead for the defense and the prosecution.<p>TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: John Henry Browne is Sergeant Bales' lawyer. Sat, 24 Mar 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 3613 at Details Still Emerging In Afghanistan Shooting Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>We've spent much of the weekend trying to understand a nightmare moment of the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. An American soldier apparently walked off his post and killed 16 Afghan men, women and children. Staff Sergeant Robert Bales - we know his name now - is being held in solitary confinement in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman has been gathering details of the shooter's life, and he's on the line now. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 08:00:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 1589 at Killings A Blow To U.S. Strategy In Afghanistan The killings of some 16 civilians in Afghanistan on Sunday allegedly by a U.S. soldier are raising new questions about U.S. military strategy: whether the surge of American troops worked, and whether the U.S. troops have won over the Afghan people or alienated them.<p>The place where the killings happened was a "no-go zone" for American and even Afghan troops as recently as two years ago — it was Taliban country.<p>That changed when soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division swept into the rural district in the dead of night in November 2010. Back then, Capt. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 04:01:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 1369 at Killings A Blow To U.S. Strategy In Afghanistan Experts: A Strike On Iran Poses Many Challenges The question hanging over Washington for months has been this: Will Israel strike the Iranian nuclear program?<p>The Obama administration seems to have bought some time this week after rounds of meetings and speeches with Israeli officials in Washington.<p>Still, the president assured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the U.S. Fri, 09 Mar 2012 21:49:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 1298 at Experts: A Strike On Iran Poses Many Challenges In Mock Village, A New Afghan Mission Takes Shape At the Fort Polk military base in the pine forests of central Louisiana, the Army has created a miniature version of Afghanistan — with mock villages and American soldiers working alongside Afghan role-players.<p>This is the training ground for a new American approach in Afghanistan as the U.S. begins to look ahead to the goal of bringing home the U.S. forces by the end of 2014. The idea is that Afghan forces have to be good enough to defend their country against the Taliban, and to make that happen, the U.S. Army is creating small U.S. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 05:01:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 970 at In Mock Village, A New Afghan Mission Takes Shape Afghan Violence Raises Questions About U.S. Strategy The violence against U.S. forces in Afghanistan has called into question the American exit strategy, which is set to play out steadily over the next three years.<p>It was only a few weeks ago that the second-ranking American military officer in Afghanistan laid out a new phase of that strategy. Small groups of U.S. advisers would team up with larger Afghan units to train them, said Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti.<p>The first of these U.S. assistance teams will head into Afghanistan this spring to train Afghan police and soldiers.<p>"As we move forward ... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 22:14:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 871 at Afghan Violence Raises Questions About U.S. Strategy As China's Military Grows, U.S. Assesses Risks At the White House on Tuesday, President Obama greeted China's Vice President Xi Jinping and called for cooperation between the two nations.<p>Later in the day, the Chinese vice president crossed the Potomac to visit the Pentagon, where the U-S military may hope for cooperation, but has to plan for possible confrontation.<p>The Pentagon's new budget request, unveiled Monday, signals a shift for the US military, with a greater focus on the Pacific.<p>China is building more ships and aircraft, and is now patrolling hundreds of miles out into the Pacific.<p>China's satellites and surveillance air Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:35:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 396 at